‘Sail Paradise’ Regatta

3-6 January 2022


Join the 2022 Sail Paradise Regatta on ‘Merit’

No sailing experience required. 


Race onboard the Volvo 60 ‘Merit’

in the Gold Coast’s premier sailing event.

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

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 December 28-29 getting top-quality training from our team of instructors.

Then on January 2-5  you’ll be racing.

Only 12 Spaces Available

‘Sail Paradise’ Regatta

Hosted by the Southport Yacht Club, the Bartercard Sail Paradise consists of four days of magnificent racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from 3-6 January 2022.

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • 2 days’ training – December 28-29, 2021
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Food, non-alcoholic drinks

PRICE: To be confirmed

The training camp

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

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! ***