Open the headings below for more information about getting your boat and crew to Brisbane.

  • Loaner Boats
  • Boat Storage
  • International Shipping (last updated 27 Feb 2018)
  • Coach Boats – Local Licensing Requirements & Hire
  • Insurance
  • Boat Work
Loaner Boats
The Brisbane Etchells fleet qualifications will conclude in April.  After commitments from the local fleet to enter the Worlds, we will know how many and which boats may be available for the loaner boat pool for overseas entrants. If you are interested in being included in the loaner boat draw and have not already been in contact with us, please email chairman@2018etchellsworlds.org expressing your interest. Please also refer to the 2018 World Championship NOR under Race Documents for further details on loaner boats. With regard to private charters, the organisers will not be actively involved in any formal arrangements but are happy to assist in putting relevant parties in contact. 
Boat Storage

For any ‘out-of-towners’ planning to compete in the lead-up regattas before the Worlds, and / or the Etchells Australasian Championship in Mooloolaba (7-10 June), we currently have space at RQYS to store your boat over this period in the lead-up to the Worlds and afterwards in preparation for the Australian Nationals in January 2019. 

Etchells Brisbane and RQYS are pleased to be able to offer some ‘free storage periods’ around the key regattas.  Please refer to the table of dates for free storage and weekly storage rates outside the free storage period here.

For further information on storage and fees please contact RQYS Marina Manager Glen Scott directly at marinamanager@rqys.com.au  Please use the subject header ‘Etchells Boat Storage’ in your email. 

International Shipping (last updated 27 Feb 2018)


We have partnered with the international freight forwarder DSV Air and Sea along with the container shipping line ANL (CMA CGM in Europe and APL in North America) to offer a door to door shipping service to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Brisbane for 40’ HC containers from a number of ports around the world.

ANL is providing an increased ‘free container utilisation period’ upon arrival in Brisbane of 21 days (standard is 7 days) for those competitors looking have their boats arrive shortly before the regatta and re-exported immediately after the conclusion of the regatta. This means is that between arrival and export you can potentially hold onto the container for up to 39 days and use the same one for re-export. The container can be held at the RQYS and be able to be used for storage etc during the event.

For further clarification or information please contact Kevin Molen at  logistics@2018etchellsworlds.org

Container Transport  

ANL are able to offer container shipping services from many parts of the world but listed below are some options & indicative prices (as at August 2017). Please note that international shipping rates are very fluid, are subject to global and domestic forces and prices for mid 2018 may be different (up or down) than those indicated below. These rates will be updated closer to the shipping period. Please contact Kevin at logistics@2018etchellsworld.org for other options or logistics enquiries.

Shipping and origin costs per 40’ HC container (excludes origin trucking*)

Load Port to Brisbane Port, Australia

Long Beach/Oakland USD 3200
New York/Savannah USD 2600
Houston USD 3400
Miami USD 3700
Hong Kong USD 2500
Felixstowe EUR 2600
Auckland USD 1100
Australian import charges     AUD 1600 (including customs clearance, port charges, container trucking) May be subject to Customs and Quarantine inspection fees. *this will be dependent on where the container is packed.

Shipping and destination costs per 40’ HC container

(excludes destination trucking*)

Australian export charges: AUD 1500  (including customs clearance, port charges, container trucking)

Brisbane Port, Australia to destination Port

Long Beach/Oakland USD 4000
Philadelphia/Savannah USD 4300
Houston USD 6000
Miami USD 5000
Hong Kong USD 1200
Felixstowe USD TBA
Auckland USD 1300
*this will be dependent on where the container is unpacked.

DSV Air & Sea Limited

DSV Air and Sea offers a door to door service from multiple locations worldwide. Listed below are some of the key DSV offices contact details near expected Etchells shipping ports. Please contact one of the below offices to clarify rates and service offerings. If you want other options please contact Kevin at logistics@2018etchellsworlds.org

DSV Air & Sea Limited – Auckland

Tel:             +64 9 255 1108

Email:         grant.buckingham@nz.dsv.com

 DSV Air & Sea Limited – Hong Kong

Tel:             +852 2232 5300

Email:         bobo.lau@hk.dsv.com


DSV Air & Sea Inc. – Philadelphia

Tel:             +1 484 493 7546

Email:         david.urbain@us.dsv.com

DSV Air & Sea Inc. – Houston

Tel:             +1 281 590 5590

Email:         ExpSea.IAH@us.dsv.com


DSV Air & Sea Inc. – San Francisco

Tel:             +1 650 869 5880

Email:         Art.Adams@US.DSV.COM


DSV Air & Sea Inc. – Los Angeles

Tel.             +1 310 414 1516

Email:         ExpSea.LAX@us.dsv.com


DSV Air & Sea Inc. – Miami

Tel:             +1 305 477 6800

Email:         ExpSea.MIA@us.dsv.com


DSV Air & Sea Limited – Southampton

Tel:             +44 23 80 112516

Email:         cara.richards@uk.dsv.com

DSV Air & Sea Pty Ltd – Brisbane

Tel:                  +61 7 3268 8600

Email:             malla.tennila@au.dsv.com


As imports into Australia will attract 10% goods and services tax and potentially customs duty it is suggested that all Etchells move using an ATA Carnet. These are generally available from your local Chamber of Commerce. This will also facilitate the entry of your boat back into your country of origin. Those requiring a temporary entry but not using a carnet will be required to deposit an amount equivalent to the applicable taxes to the Australian Government upon arrival and make a subsequent refund claim once the boat has been exported (this can be time consuming and expensive). Anyone intending to permanently leave their boat in Australia will be to have a formal import clearance undertaken and make payment of any applicable taxes at the time of importation.


http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival Australia has very strict quarantine requirements and all competitors containers will be subject to an inspection by the Department of Quarantine. This means that all containers & contents must be free of any quarantine risk material. The below table highlights the risks that Quarantine focus on.
Item Examples
Live animals – vertebrates frogs, geckos, birds, rodents, reptiles
Animal material hair, fur, skin, faeces, shell, blood, and fluids, feathers, honey, flesh, bone, horn
Animal material – evidence feathers, fur, faeces
Plants – live plants, weeds, sprouted seeds, propagatable material
Plant material – reproductive pollen, spores, flowers, fruit, vegetables
Plant material – seeds seeds, pods
Plant material – fresh fresh leaves, gum, stems, pods, roots, flowers
Plant material – dry dried leaves, branches, roots, straw, wood
Plant material – bark bark
Invertebrates – timber pests borers, wasps, termites, ants, larvae, eggs, beetles
Invertebrates – flying pests flies, moths, bees, wasps
Invertebrates – fresh produce pests beetles, thrips, larvae, mites, flies, caterpillars
Invertebrates – stored product pests beetles, larvae, eggs, casings
Other invertebrates of concern – terrestrial flatworms, nematodes, earthworms
Other invertebrates of concern – aquatic sponges, jellyfish, starfish, barnacles, algae
Invertebrates seeking refuge – hitch-hikers ants, bees, wasps, moths, spiders, grasshoppers, butterflies
Invertebrates – evidence wasps nests, mud nests, wings, shells, casing, frass
Snails and slugs snails, slugs
Snails and slugs – evidence shells, eggs, trail marks
Plant pathogens fungi, lichen, bacteria, viruses, moulds, protozoa, phytoplasmas
Soil dirt, mud, clay, sand
Water pools of water, water in receptacles, articles used with water
Water – evidence water marks

Particular risks for Etchells & trailers

  • Packing a wet boat or in a wet environment
  • Plant material (leaves etc.) within the hull and trailer boxes
  • Excess grease on the trailer that could trap seeds etc.
  • Spiders, webs and other insects within trailer frames
  • Mud within tyre treads
  • Water sitting in the hull/trailer
  • Existing container residue – ensure container is swept clean prior to loading
  • Dirt/soil on trailer and in container – suggest loading container from a sealed/dry surface and sweep after loading
  • Non ISPM timber: Timber packing/supports/dunnage – all timber used within the container must be ISMP compliant (ISPM stamp visible on each piece) unless you fumigate the container prior to shipping in which case evidence of fumigation from an approved fumigator is required. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/timber-packaging/ispm-15
Each competitor must go over their boat and trailer at the time of packing to eliminate all quarantine risks. Remedial treatment and associated activity in Australia is very expensive and time consuming.
Coach Boats – Local Licensing Requirements & Hire
If you plan to bring a coach boat with you to Queensland or look to hire one locally,  we recommend you check the local boating license requirements on the Queensland Government website under ‘Boat and personal watercraft licences’.  For interstate and overseas visitors, there are comparable recognised licenses accepted in Queensland but you will need to check online to ensure your marine license complies. https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/boating/licences/recreational Please note: we are currently looking at arranging a pool of ribs to be available for hire.  For those shipping in their own Etchells, there will be an opportunity for you to purchase a RIB outright here locally and return it with your Etchells after the Worlds in your container.
Please refer to the 2018 Etchells World Championships NOR under ‘Race Documents’ on this website for details insurance coverage level required to compete.  If you have any further enquiries on insurance, please email committee@2018etchellsworlds.org
Boat Work


  • Morton’s Hardware 33965677
  • Wynnum Mitre 10  07 3893 4340
  • Wynnum Nuts and Bolts  07 3893 2593
  • Bunnings  Manly West 07 3213 7700  website

Boat Builders / Marine


Sail Lofts

  • North Sails 1/24 Tingal Rd Wynnum Ph: 3396 5822 Mob: 0402 290 482
  • Hood Sail Makers 124 Glenora St Wynnum Ph: 3893 1022 Mob: 0419 799 958
  • Ultimate Sails Unit 3, 76 Andrew St Wynnum Ph: 3348 7254 Mob: 0409 057 689
  • Doyle Fraser Sails 4/5 Byres Rd Newstead Ph: 3252 5161 Mob: 0412 127 028

 Dive Services

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