Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race

31 July – 4 August 2020


Join the 2020 Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race on ‘Merit’

No sailing experience required. 


Race onboard the Volvo 60 ‘Merit’ in the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race 2020.

Be part of the crew on a thoroughbred racer – you’ll be fully involved in sailing the boat.

You’ll spend 29-30 July getting top-quality training from our team of instructors.

Then on July 31,  you’ll be racing.

Only 12 Spaces Available

Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race

This race is set to become one of Australia’s flagship offshore yacht races – and 2020 will be its second year.

The 600 nautical mile ocean classic will include the country’s best race boats, including Blackjack and Ichi Ban. So, get into the action on a highly competitive Volvo Ocean 60 and we’ll see if we can claim some bragging rights. 

It’s hands-on racing, so get involved and do something different!

The race training beforehand is part of the complete package.

Your Package Includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • 2 days’ training – July 29-30 2020
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Food, non-alcoholic drinks

PRICE: $2,970 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 Crew

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! ***