Ocean Gem

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SkipperDavid Hows
Home PortSouthport, Gold Coast
Length Overall13.48m
Boat DetailsBeneteau 445
Race Number6


Since arriving in the Gold Coast, Ocean Gem has competed in more 270 club races, ocean races and regattas.

Winning the Coffs to Gold Coast Race and Queensland Beneteau Cup in 2016 and then being crowned Southport Yacht Club’s Overall Keelboat Champion from 6 series totalling 60+ races in the 2015/16 season, have been just some of the highlights for this passionate rookie crew in a 25 year old Beneteau.



David Hows


David Hows purchased his 1991 Beneteau 445 in 2011 and renamed her Ocean Gem. Based at the Gulf Harbour Marina in Auckland, David spent the next 2 summers cruising the New Zealand waters with his family and sailed as far south as Tauranga and north to the Bay of Islands.

In 2013 David completed an extensive refit, before sailing Ocean Gem across the Tasman to the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia where he now lives.

In his spare time David hosts the www.oceansailingpodcast.com podcast show.

Having competed in the Sydney to Gold Coast Race and Hamilton Island race week in 2016, David is focusing next on competing in the Sydney to Hobart Race in 2017, before sailing Ocean Gem from Hobart to New Zealand in early 2018 to tackle the Solo Tasman Race.