‘Surf to City’ Yacht Race

Dates to be confirmed – early 2022


Join the 2022 Gladstone Ports Corporation Surf to City Yacht Race on ‘Merit’

No sailing experience required. 


It’s Your Turn

Race onboard the Volvo 60 ‘Merit’ in the ‘Surf to City’ Yacht Race 2022.

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 two days getting top-quality training from our team of instructors.

Then  in early 2022,  you’ll be racing.

Only 12 Spaces Available

‘Surf to City’ Yacht Race

No other race in Australia consists of two fleets, an offshore and inshore fleet, both starting and finishing at the same place. The Surf to City Yacht Race is also one of a handful of races that see both monohull and multihull yachts compete against each other.

The Offshore Fleet is a day/night race. Starting off the Southport Seaway, the yachts head north around Cape Moreton to enter Moreton Bay and then to the finish.

The race is organised and hosted by Queensland Cruising Yact Club and run in association with Southport Yacht Club.

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • 2 days’ training
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Food, non-alcoholic drinks

PRICE: To be confirmed

The Training Camp

Practise the basics of sailing: hoisting, manoeuvring and dropping sails, including spinnakers.

Two days of hands-on offshore sailing around Southport. 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! ***