With an influx of both international and domestic superyachts expected to be visiting Australia’s Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games (April 4-15, 2018), the appropriately-timed second edition of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous (April 20-21), has drawn support from four local marinas.

To date some 20 superyachts are expected for the Games and 18 are booked for the Rendezvous. The four Queensland superyacht marinas supporting the Rendezvous are Abell Point Marina, Cairns Marlin Marina, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina Port Douglas and Hamilton Island Marina.

The four facilities are sharing in a joint initiative to promote the Great Barrier Reef destination, hence the support for the Rendezvous. It is seen as a collective marketing approach to target international superyachts and to highlight the Great Barrier Reef as one of the best cruising grounds in the world. Recently the rules relating to superyachts in the Reef were changed, increasing the size of vessels that can visit from 35m (115ft) to 75m (246ft).

These four marinas are located close to the Reef and can provide visiting superyachts with the standards of service they expect and are used to.

As to the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, this is being hosted by Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM). Following the success of last year's event, the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous provides the ultimate platform for industry to further enhance the potential of the superyacht industry in Australia.

GCCM CEO, Trenton Gay, commented: “We are thrilled to have all four of the major Great Barrier Reef marinas onboard as sponsors. Their support adds enormous strength to our event and the very strong message we are sending to the global superyacht fleet. The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is about the superyacht industry banding together to put an international spotlight on our amazing country as the ultimate cruising destination and collaborating to attract a larger superyacht fleet to our pristine waters.”