Test yourself and discover your potential
When a lot of sailors think about racing; skippers with short tempers, high blood pressure and excessing yelling and screaming come to mind. This picture of a high stress environment, can be etched in our minds from a bad experience earlier in life or just the behaviour we witness at our local yacht club on a windy weekend.
On cohesive, well trained racing teams this behaviour could not be further from reality. The Ocean Gem racing team that we have shaped and developed over the past 5 years, over the course of 400+ races has created a culture of talented amateur sailors, that work well together and who are crossed trained and able to cover most positions on the boat. When you join this our racing team for an ocean race or regatta, you will quickly settle into a role, surrounded by capable team-oriented people who will support and train you to quickly become a contributor to the team.
With the latest in carbon racing sails, racing rigging systems and advanced electronic technology, we are a competitive and consistent performer in local, coastal and long-distance ocean races. You’ll enjoy great team morale, plenty of humour, a comfortable warm dry, bunk and excellent food as we compete in comfort and style on a solid boat you can count on to be reliable. We have picked up plenty of inshore and offshore club championship and regatta titles, won Queensland State titles and won a number of long distance ocean races and its seldom because we have the fastest boat and often because we have a great team that work well together, give it 100% and who refuse to give up when the chips are down. We never give up and often come from behind when others have.
There is nothing more exhilarating than being on the start line with 50 other large yachts as the 5 minute gun goes off… or battling you way around the top mark with your competitors and getting your spinnaker up first… or surfing downwind under spinnaker in 20-30 knots of wind… or winning a long ocean race by just a few seconds and realise you it was that one tack you did a little bit better than the other boat.
We have taken first time sailors, on day one to racing regatta performers from the get go. Yacht racing is really a bunch of simple steps, carried out in the right order in coordination with the rest of the team. That takes communication, training and a willingness to listen and learn. Thats all.