Ready for Something Different?

Join the 2020 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race on ‘Merit’

No sailing experience required. 


How is it possible that a bunch of non-sailors can crew a Volvo 60 in the Brisbane to Gladstone?

In 2018, The Moreton Group took a chance: crewing for Hamilton Island Race Week on ‘Merit’.

None of them were sailors.

Two days’ training. Two Line Honours. A Second and a Third on Handicap. Best-dressed boat in the Prix D’Elegance.

Their guest, world-renowned speaker Dan Clarke, said it was ‘the best experience’ of his life. Which is saying something considering Dan’s done quite a lot of interesting things.

Now it’s Your Turn

What an opportunity to bring one or two (or more!) of your clients, or just come and connect with other business owners, and stretch yourself in a completely new direction.

You’ll spend the weekend of April 4-5 getting top-quality training from our team of instructors.

Then on April 10 you’ll set off for Gladstone for the overnight race.

Only 12 Spaces Available

The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is one of Australia’s flagship offshore yacht races. One of Queensland’s icons, it’s the highest profile Easter Weekend sporting event.

The 308 nautical mile ocean classic starts on Good Friday and will include the country’s best race boats, including Blackjack and Ichi Ban. So, get amongst he action on a highly-competitive Volvo Ocean 60 and see if we can claim some bragging rights. It’s hands-on racing, so get involved and do something different. Race training is conducted the weekend before and is an essential part of the complete package.

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • 2 days’ training – April 4-5 2020
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Food, non-alcoholic drinks

PRICE: $1,975 inc. GST


The Training Camp

Practise the basics of sailing: hoisting, manoeuvring and dropping sails, including spinnakers. Two days of hands-on sailing around Moreton Bay.

This event is open to everyone, including those with no previous experience.


Your Skipper

Owner/Skipper Michael Schwarzel 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.


“Wow! … Thank you for the experience of a lifetime.”

Ric Haydock

The Moreton Group

“I’d never been sailing before, much less on a vessel built for speed. What a truly enjoyable experience.”

Matt Giannini

“Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience offshore yacht racing at its best.”

Phil Killian

*** Credit for the images of The Moreton Group on ‘Merit’ goes to the fabulous Lucinda Bartkaitas of LB Designs, who travelled as a guest of The Moreton Group. Lu is one gutsy photographer! ***