TAFE students win battle of the boat builders at Gold Coast International Boat Show - TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

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TAFE students win battle of the boat builders at Gold Coast International Boat Show

On Saturday 18 March students studying Marine Craft Construction faced off with their teachers as they built a boat from scratch and raced it across the water in a 'best of three' competition at the Gold Coast International Boat show held at the Coomera Marine Precinct.

Each team was given four hours and basic boat building materials including ply, timber, screws and glue to build a boat and race it across the water.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Director of Industry Trade Skills Rob Jones said he loves participating in these challenges as it allows him to see firsthand how the students have grown and what they have learnt in their time at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

"I am really excited to see the students win this year. Four hours is not a lot of time to get a vessel ready for the water and the students did a fantastic job, we were all really proud of them," said Jones.

Current Marine Craft Construction student Bailey Harding said they were confident that they would win this year.

"Last year the teachers beat us but we had a few more tricks up our sleeve this year so we were really happy to win the title," said Harding.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Robert Petherbridge presented the trophy to the very excited students on the main stage on Saturday afternoon.

The Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo is an annual three-day, family-friendly event attracting exhibitors and visitors from across Australia and around the world.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast's Coomera Marine campus is located in the heart of the marine precinct. The specialised training facility is based on-site with Gold Coast boat building employer, Riviera. The facility boasts two levels of industry style workshop and specialised learning spaces to offer the best of both worlds in practical and theory based training experiences.