Yachts prepare at Rivergate

Rivergate Marina & Shipyard will be the race preparation destination for contenders in the 2022 Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race.

27 June 2022


Some of the most high-profile racing yachts will prepare for the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard on the Brisbane River.

Participating yachts will head from the start line, just east of Green Island on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay on 5 August, heading north to enjoy the on-water and onshore action at Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks.

Among the race yachts preparing at Rivergate are the successful Hamilton Island Wild Oats, Black Jack, Stefan, No Limit, Alive and Whisper, with more scheduled to arrive in July.

The hot-pink-hulled Botin 80, Stefan, owned by Grant Wharington and Adrian Seiffert and sponsored by hair salon entrepreneur and offshore racing champ, Stefan Ackerie OAM, is a regular at Rivergate.

“Rivergate is one of the best shipyards in the country,” said Seiffert.


“It’s an all-purpose marina, the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Plus, the deep-water location. We draw 5.5-metres so it suits us. It’s a great setup.”

For his part, Adrian is working on putting the crew together.

“As of right now, there’s Grant the skipper, Theo, a few crew from Sydney. We’ll have a dozen or so crew to head up to Hamo, and another crew flying in for Hamilton Island Race Week.”

“After a few years hiatus, it’s going to be great to reunite in the Whitsundays. We’re all looking forward to the racing and partying – it’s been a while. We were ready to go last year. It was disappointing that it was cancelled. So, it’s all systems go for this year!”

Ahead of the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race, Stefan’s manager, Theo Somssich is checking over all the systems to ensure they’re race ready.

The Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race is one of Australia’s longest tropical category 2 offshore yacht races. It delivers competitors to the wonderful destination of Hamilton Island, just in time for the Whitsunday Race Weeks.

The 2021 edition of the race was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID, and so far, a fleet of 20 yachts have registered.

The Yacht Sales Co. 2022 Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race is an opportunity to compete in a race in warm, coastal waters to a fantastic destination,” comments Mark Gallagher, 2022 Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race Director.

“Further, the race distance of 600+ nautical miles provides a challenge to the sailors, especially the navigators.

“For our short-handed and multihull entrants especially, this race is the premier event open to them in this country in terms of distance, racecourse and destination.”

Andrew Cannon, General Manager at Rivergate says Rivergate offers vessels of all sizes the ideal, deep-water location for maintenance, service and refits ahead of peak winter racing.

“All the marine trades on-site: mechanics, painters, machinists and rigging experts and our position on the Brisbane River allows immediate access on any tide to Moreton Bay and out to open sea.”

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