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Gold Coast sets sail in Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

Maggie Gray | December 17, 2021

Maritimo II

Legendary boatbuilder Bill Barry-Cotter is entering his 54-foot yacht ‘Maritimo II’ in the world-renowned Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

 

Maritimo factory, Hope Island

Bill Barry-Cotter

Photo credit: Maritimo

 

“It’s very exciting to be an entrant representing the Gold Coast in this year’s Sydney to Hobart,” says Barry-Cotter.

“It was a disappointment last year when the race was cancelled because of Covid, so we are very excited to be campaigning again this year.

“Over the last 12 months, our in-house team of experts have worked tirelessly to prepare the yacht to be race ready.

“We’ve re-engineered much of the boat, including a new carbon fibre mast and boom, new sails and rigging.”

Maritimo II will be headed up by a world-class crew including veteran skipper of 43 Sydney-Hobart yacht races and 5-time world champion yachtsman, Michael Spies.

“Michael has assembled some of the best sailors in the business to race the yacht, including internationally respected navigator Murray Spence, and New York-based designer and Olympian, Scott Kaufman, to name a few,” reveals Barry-Cotter.

“We will be very competitive.”

Maritimo’s team of craftspeople are located between the Hope Island Boatmasters service centre and its manufacturing headquarters at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera.

Maritimo II

The Gold Coast has the largest concentration of marine trades in Australia.

Spanning 250 hectares, the Gold Coast Marine Precinct is dedicated to the manufacture, service, and re-fit of recreational boats.

The precinct houses over 80 on-site traders and employs over 700 marine-related contractors.

Over the last 20 years, the precinct has maintained, repaired, and built in excess of 50,000 vessels.

“The Gold Coast Marine Precinct is one of the only places in the world that is a dedicated centre designed specifically for boat manufacture, repairs and maintenance,” says Barry-Cotter.

“It is the hub of a significant business sector that sees millions of dollars in export earnings flow back to Australia and supports thousands of employees.”

Maritimo 11 will depart the Gold Coast for Sydney on Friday 17 December.

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