Superyacht Queensland met late last year to elect its 2018 committee as the sector braces for a busy year ahead starting with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.
The games are already proving to be a drawcard for visiting yachts, writes Marine Business, with Southport Yacht Club advising it is already booked out for the games, while the other marinas in the region are also taking bookings.
“Bookings are now starting to come in and those superyachts wanting to visit during this period need to firm up their marina bookings,” said MaryAnne Edwards, Superyacht Australia CEO. “We have members with excellent facilities in the immediate vicinity and they are likely to book out very quickly.
“With both Brisbane and the Gold Coast having port clearance facilities this makes it easy for visiting superyachts to clear customs. It is also important to note that there are excellent refit and repair facilities in the Queensland region and it is expected a number of visiting superyachts will take advantage of this.”
Luke McCaul from Abell Point Marina commented: “Many superyachts visiting for the games are also utilising this time to travel all around Australia and many will be heading north to the Great Barrier Reef stopping at superyacht marinas like ours at Abell Point and of course Cairns and Port Douglas.
“Events such as the Commonwealth Games are a big attraction for superyacht owners and we are also gearing up for the influx of superyachts that will start heading this way around 2019 for the Americas Cup.”
Commonwealth Games 2018
From 4-15 April, history will be made on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.
The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.
The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in 6 sports and 59 events.
Since then, the Games have been conducted every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II) and the event has seen many changes, not least in its name. From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. It was the 1978 Games in Edmonton that saw this unique, world class, multi-sports event change its name to the Commonwealth Games.