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Gold Coast sets sail in Sydney to Hobart

Maggie Gray | November 2020

* UPDATE: The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has been cancelled for 2020 *

Every Boxing Day, a kaleidoscope of colour erupts across Sydney Harbour in what is considered one of the most iconic scenes in Australian sport – the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

This year, the harbour will shine even brighter with the addition of 54-foot yacht ‘Maritimo’, the only locally registered entrant, owned by renowned boating entrepreneur, Bill Barry-Cotter.

With a history steeped in the Gold Coast, Barry-Cotter is no stranger to achieving industry firsts and casting the city’s name far and wide.

Throughout his illustrious 60 year career, Barry-Cotter has established three internationally recognised brands, two of which were born on the Gold Coast.

“When I was 22, I started Mariner Cruisers, building a large range of motor craft and some sail craft,” reflects Barry-Cotter.

“I sold Mariner in 1978, and two years later moved to the Gold Coast where I established luxury motor yacht business, Riviera.”

“My reasons for relocating to the Gold Coast were threefold.

“Firstly there were much lower housing costs, secondly a lot of the people I had trained in the industry in Sydney had moved up here so in effect I was following them up and finally it was and still is a great place to live and raise a family.

“After 22 years, I sold Riviera and went on to start Maritimo – now recognised internationally as Australia’s leading manufacturer of long-range luxury motor yachts.”

An expert in boatbuilding, design and offshore powerboat racing, Barry-Cotter’s latest challenge has involved transforming the 54-foot yacht from his Gold Coast headquarters to be race ready for December.

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

“Over the last six 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’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.

Behind the Gold Coast’s sundrenched beaches and Heritage-Listed rainforest, exists a thriving city with 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 and 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.”

The Maritimo yacht departs the Gold Coast from Sanctuary Cove Friday 27 November. It will then compete in pre-Sydney to Hobart qualifying series races, before setting sail with the Tattersall Cup firmly in its sights in the IRC division on 26 December 2020.

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