Brisbane’s Rivergate Marina & Shipyard has been working on Sydney to Hobart contenders and bluewater champion yachts, the 66ft Alive and famed Volvo 70 yacht formerly Telefonica and now Black Jack, named after the owner’s friend and F1 legend, Jack Brabham.
The 72nd edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has attracted 100 yachts for the Boxing Day start of this internationally renowned bluewater event and these vessels are among the big names competing this year.
According to Rivergate General Manager, Andrew Cannon, Rivergate’s facilities and the expertise of its on-site contractors were what appealed to the owners and managers.
“Due to the deep draft of many racing yachts Rivergate is the perfect marina with deep water access in the facility,” he explains. “A large number of maxi yachts use Rivergate when changing destinations from Hamilton Island Race Week to the Sydney to Hobart.
“Rivergate has a number of on-site contractors who have worked with racing yachts in the past, so they are well versed in that area. We have our 75 and 300 tonne travelifts and 300 tonne shed to accommodate these sorts of highly specialised vessels.”
Some yachts have major repair work or refits undertaken, such as Black Jack which had its hull painted, keel removed and reinstalled. “Some of the fleet conduct their own works, preparing the vessels to be as efficient as possible for the great Race.”
Both Black Jack and Alive are repeat clients who consistently choose Rivergate and have done so for several years, continues Cannon, “For the superyacht quality service, outcomes, our great location and competitive pricing”.
“Deep water access is the key as most facilities on the East Coast of Queensland cannot accommodate them. Rivergate has been able to offer Black Jack and Alive an annual facility charge which allows for storage of all the vessels equipment and cradles, hardstand and marina storage (depending on season) as well as all lifting requirements.”