Noakes the new sponsor for Sydney-Gold Coast race

Photo: Sean Langman’s Grundig blasting North during the Sydney-Gold Coast Race.

The Noakes Group of marine companies which have supported the sport of sailing in Australia for more than 30 years are the new sponsor of the Sydney-Gold Coast Yacht Race. The Noakes Sydney-Gold Coast race will start at 1:00pm on Saturday 28 July.

Managing Director, Sean Langman, has a special connection with the event, having won line-honours three times in his famous 60-footer Grundig and taken out the handicap prize in 2003.

“We’re very excited to have this opportunity to build on our commitment to the sport, and to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia”, he said. “As a company we’ve always had a strong connection with the offshore racing community. There can’t be many owners who haven’t put their yachts in our care at some stage.

“Personally, I’ve always enjoyed competing in the Gold Coast event. It’s a great test of tactics and sailing skill. Now this partnership with the CYCA positions the Noakes Group right in the mainstream of Grand Prix yachting in Australia. It’s a terrific initiative for us.”

The Noakes Group is Australia’s leading general marine company. From its origins as a rigging provider in 1984 it has grown to include the full range of maintenance and repair services for recreational and commercial boating. It operates two shipyards – at North Sydney and Nelson Bay (Port Stephens), the heritage Sydney Harbour ferries of Rosman Cruises, and has extensive interests at Port Huon in Tasmania.

A measure of the high levels of workmanship and care at Noakes is that the company has recently been awarded long-term continuous maintenance contracts with the Royal Australian Navy and NSW Government.

About the race:
The CYCA introduced the 384nm Sydney-Gold Coast Yacht Race in 1986 as “the great winter escape”, taking advantage of the completion of the Gold Coast Seaway. Extensive harbour works by the Queensland Government had opened up an all-weather entrance at the Southport bar to deep-keel craft.

Most of Australia's best-known ocean racing yachts, their skippers and crews have competed at some stage including Apollo, Sovereign, Ragamuffin, Midnight Rambler, Brindabella, Wild Thing, Grundig and Wild Oats XI.

The CYCA will conduct the Noakes Sydney-Gold Coast Race in co-operation with the Southport Yacht Club, which provides its clubhouse and marina facilities for the visiting yachts and crews in a relaxed semi-tropical setting.

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