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The Perfect Branding Exercise

We all know corporate events are important for team building and networking.

Grand Prix Yachting can help you create the perfect brand awareness campaign out of your event.

Guests often choose to have their logo fly proudly on a sail and the hull – photo opportunities that provide year-round content.

Through our own digital marketing agency, McKee Creative, we can promote your brand on the digital platform best suited to your industry, reaching the right people at the right time with the right message.

If that’s not value for money, we’ll flake our sail and go home.

experience racing on the Volvo 60 Merit

Your Skipper

Michael Schwarzel is owner/skipper (that’s him in the red cap, doing his thing).

Michael holds a Royal Yachting Association Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate and is a qualified sailing instructor.

Experience? He’s crossed oceans, won trophies, dealt with those moments at sea you’d rather avoid, plus rebuilt Merit almost from scratch after Cyclone Debbie. With his ‘plan, prepare, execute’ approach, even novices feel safe and have an excellent time participating on board.

The Vessels: Merit + Spirit

Each of our Volvo 60s, ‘Merit’ and ‘Spirit’, holds a rich pedigree in offshore racing events including the Volvo Round the World ocean race and the Sydney Hobart.

In fact, ‘Spirit’ (then ‘Nokia’) smashed the record in 1999, when she sailed the course in one day, 19 hours, 48 minutes and two seconds, a record which stood until 2005 when Wild Oats XI won line and handicap honours in 1 day 18 hr 40 min 10 sec.

Their hull shape means they slice very smoothly through the water and can overtake their own bow wave, meaning that when the conditions are right, there is no limit to their speed!

We’ve successfully catered for people who have little or no sailing experience as well as those who know their way around a cockpit.


We’re happy to arrange suitable accommodation for the duration of your stay.

Please advise us of any particular requirements you have.

Catering + Dining

We can assist with all aspects of on-board catering, provisions for your accommodation, and booking for special evenings.

When in the Whitsundays, we proudly source your food from Peach & Pear Events

Team Uniforms

For race events, we’ll provide quality gear to ensure your brand is shared well after the experience.

You’re welcome to talk to us about caps and shirts for a day charter.

Grand Prix Yachting

ABN 15 147 301 951

PO Box 2119
Cannonvale, Queensland 4802

+61 0488 068719

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