Multihull Australia Team
Mark Elkington, Managing Director
They say the key to a successful career is doing something you love. Mark took this advice early in his life after learning to sail dinghies as a boy in Western Australia. He completed studies at the Fremantle Maritime College, bought his first cruising boat at the age of 20, was appointed Safety Officer for the America’s Cup in 1987, moved east to Hamilton Island to manage a fleet of luxury vessels, and was inaugural President of the Hamilton Island Cruising Yacht Club.
As one of the founding directors of Sunsail Yacht Charters in Australia in 1994, Mark was responsible for the development of the Hamilton Island base and its fleets, overseeing the highly successfully importation of Fountaine Pajot Catamarans into Australia. He imported the first Lagoon Catamarans, worked on the interior redesign of the Perry 43, and assisted the growth of Catana in the region.
Now leading the Multihull Australia team, in his spare time, Mark kayaked over 2500kms to raise money for childhood leukaemia, and sailed more than 10,000nm in various offshore races including the Sydney to Hobart. In between, when the wind dropped, he ducked ashore to get married and have three children.
Patrick Gilot, International Sales & Logistics
Born in France, Patrick studied and lived in Europe as well as South America and USA, and is subsequently fluent in French, Spanish, English and German.
He started sailing Lasers when he was young in his hometown of Marseilles, then later cruised the Mediterranean on various catamarans. Prestigious catamaran manufacturer Catana recognised his value when he worked as one of the company’s agents in Florida, and soon appointed him as the company’s Export Sales Manager in 2003. In this role, he travelled the world attending boat shows and played an integral role in the launch of the new range, as well as managing after-sales service and brokerage issues.
He then became Catana’s Australian agent, representing the company with his outstanding product knowledge and experience with the international multihull market. His sales skills, technical knowledge, industry experience and multilingual talents strengthen the Multihull Solutions’ team immeasurably.
When he’s not working, Patrick is a volunteer surf life saver at Mooloolaba.
Michael (Nod) Crook, Services Manager
Nod’s been taking things apart and putting them back together from a young age. Fortunately he discovered the engineering industry early, and now brings over twelve years of specialist marine engineering experience to Multihull Solutions. Originally an aircraft engineer in his homeland of England, Nod moved into superyachts, completing two seasons in the Med and US maintaining the spectacular 50m MY Michaela Rose.
Since moving to Australia, he has taken apart and reassembled most of the east coast, commissioning a large variety of imported and domestic production boats. And from a glance at his sailing history, it’s clear he knows what he’s doing – Nod has completed several Atlantic and Pacific Ocean crossings, is an AYF Offshore Yacht Master and sailed on the PHS Division-winning yacht in the 2008 Sydney to Hobart.
An integral member and company shareholder of the Multihull Solutions team, Nod always enjoys helping clients take ownership of their new catamaran, assisting with the initial commissioning, right through to final handover. He has just taken delivery of his first baby and is already working out how to make him go faster.
Rachel Haynes, Marketing Manager
Born in New Zealand, Rachel quickly discovered she was not designed for the cold. She moved to Australia as a child and developed a love of the outdoors which now manifests itself in regular sessions of netball, touch football, beach cricket, bushwalking, surfing, camping, and of course, boating.
Before moving to the Sunshine Coast, Rachel spent four years as Sunsail’s reservation consultant on Hamilton Island, exhausting all of the 74 stunning islands by yacht and also sailed from Tonga, Greece and Thailand during her holidays.
She oversaw Multihull Solutions’ Client Services division for two years, before providing support to the Sales and Marketing team, running the company’s major events and managing boat listings. She was recently appointed Marketing Manager and is now successfully implementing the knowledge she has accrued from her Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree. With a comprehensive knowledge of Multihull Solutions’ entire operations and possessing over ten years of experience in the marine industry, Rachel is a dynamic and invaluable member of the team.
Kim McKee, Freelance Marketing Consultant
Few people would prefer to be working than having fun on the water. Kim McKee figured out early that it might just be possible to have it both ways. Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, she decided to carve a career out of having a good time. After studying Recreation at Griffith University, she spent a couple of years learning the marketing ropes with a top Queensland firm, then marketing the delights of the Whitsundays to agents and guests.
A chance meeting with Mark Elkington started her illustrious career in the sailing industry, first working aboard a luxury yacht from Hayman Island, before undertaking a six month delivery of a Beneteau 50 from Turkey to Australia. She was then hard-pressed to find people who pitied her during her ten year stint as Sunsail’s Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, traveling all over the world to the company’s extensive range of exotic bases.
Not quite waterlogged, she launched her own marketing business, Kee Marketing, and is widely regarded as the region’s most respected marine marketing consultant. Kim consults to Multihull Solutions on a freelance basis. Naturally, Kim’s partner is also a yachty and they work hard at spending as much time as possible aboard their own boat, or exploring amazing international cruising destinations …all in the name of market research, of course.
Katie Ritzema, Client Services
Katie Ritzema was born with salt water in her veins. The vivacious Kiwi virtually exhausted the marine qualifications on offer in New Zealand, sailing through an astonishing list of certifications including a Diploma of Marine Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Environmental), Day Skipper, R.Y.A. National Power Boat Cert. II, PADI Dive Master, STCW, NZ Boat Master, NZ Restricted Radio Operators License, as well as serving time as a Royal NZ Navy Limited Service Volunteer.
Eager to test her skills in new waters, Katie crossed the Tasman in 2001, spending two years as a snorkelling instructor and lifeguard on the Great Barrier Reef. She then swapped the Coral for the Med, working for two years on Super Yachts and enjoying the spectacular scenery of France toTurkey, Florida and much more. On her return to Australia, Katie worked aboard a catamaran from Port Douglas that took guests sailing and snorkeling.
A stint as a tour guide for an adventure tour company in New Zealand provided plenty of fun, but reminded Katie that she was better suited to the warmer climes. So this led to her relocation to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast where Katie worked for the marina office before her talents were recognised by Multihull Solutions. Unsurprisingly, when Katie is not out on the water, you can find her near it with her spare time spent at the beach, fishing or just exploring the spectacular region she now calls home.
Anna Wallace, Sales Coordinator
Anna Wallace is proof that children should always listen to their parents. When a young Anna was afraid of the Sabot that her father had given her in grade one, he ordered her to “get in that boat and sail it, kid.” So she did, and she never stopped.
Anna progressed from sabots to Wrights, supersabs and 16ft skiffs, and then made it her profession in 1987, working and cooking on yachts in the South Pacific and around the world ever since. She has crossed the Indian Ocean via the Suez to France twice from Brisbane, completed numerous Atlantic crossings, and almost sailed around the world (“just not the bit between Hawaii & Fiji!”).
Anna came ashore to establish a high-end catering business in the Brisbane, but was poached by Multihull Solutions who immediately recognised her exceptional organisational and client services skills.
Wayne Dickenson, Chief Financial Officer
Understanding why Multihull Solutions chose Wayne Dickenson as their new Chief Financial Officer is simply all about numbers. Born and bred in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, Wayne ticked the important first box with his love of the outdoors, having represented his school, district, and Country NSW in School rugby. He graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Business/ Accountancy degree and started out in the auto industry, rapidly working his way up the ladder to GM for a major Bathurst dealership.
Wayne also satisfied the obligatory ‘world experience’ criteria, having travelled through Europe, Russia, India and Nepal in his faithful VW Combi. He moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife Monique and two children, operated his own finance business for five years, worked at Sunstate Motorcycles as Financial Controller for six years, owned several motorbikes which he uses to explore the region, and now spends a vast portion of his weekend ferrying kids to sporting commitments.
After finding leftover time to go camping or renovate their house, Wayne returns to his waterfront office where he has rapidly become the number one asset for Multihull Solutions!
Ian (Condor) Smith, Delivery Skipper / Client Services
We tried to condense Condor’s biography into a simple paragraph, but it just wouldn’t fit. In fact, it needed its own website. So you’ll have to just trust us when we say this man possesses possibly every marine qualification ever invented.Condor has too many certificates to store in one place, spanning RYA Yachtmaster Ocean to instructor and M.E.D.III (Engineering) right through to qualifications in waterskiing, parasailing and scuba diving.At last count, he has accrued more than 480,000 nautical miles in his marine career.
We think he might actually be a duck – a very musical duck, as Condor is also an accomplished musician and doesn’t need much encouragement when a jam session is in the air. We’ve had a very long association with Condor and are thrilled to finally have him join the Multihull Solutions team full time.
Whether he is repairing and maintaining your boat, delivering or crewing, or helping you develop your boating skills, you can be assured you could not be in more qualified and friendly hands.
Rossco Clarke, Training and Tuition
Some call him Australia’s best sailing instructor. Others call him the most popular personality to ever carve up the Victorian snow fields. Here at Multihull Solutions, we call him the Silver Fox. Rossco Clarke’s career reads like the pages of a glossy adventure magazine.
Raised in a small coastal town in Victoria, his family operated a marine services agency and he learnt to sail proficiently on their 47ft yacht. By his teens, he was racing on ocean-going yachts, then lived aboard his own 40ft yacht while studying Masters level training at Maritime College. He tacked to the snow industry, becoming resident manager of a large ski lodge and then team manager of the regional development Ski Team. The ocean lured him back in 1989, where he rose through the ranks of sail training, becoming one of the country’s most accredited instructors. For 16 years, he was responsible for making thousands of Whitsunday visitors fall in love with boats at the Sunsail’s Sailing School.
Now an integral part of Multihull Solutions, Rossco is dedicated to helping clients learn how to make the most of their new boat, his easy nature and patient humour making lifelong friends in the process.
Ant Kovacevic, Sales Consultant – Sunshine Coast
Every successful team needs a good all-rounder, and Multihull Solutions has found that in their new Sunshine Coast-based sales consultant, Ant Kovacevic.
Previously employed as an award-winning sales executive and office manager at Ensign Ship Brokers, Ant also is a highly qualified naval architect.
His knowledge of boats – inside and out – is second to none, and his outstanding sales abilities were acknowledged at the 2012 Top Performance Awards for Most Vessels Sold and Most Vessels Listed.
Ant has travelled the world in his capacity as a naval architect across the spectrum of the marine industry, and is passionate about helping people realise their own dreams to enjoy life on the water.
Kelvin Gorrie, Sales Consultant (Gold Coast based)
Enriching the team’s multinational constitution, South African-born Kelvin Gorrie has joined the Multihull Solutions with literally oceans of experience.Raised near the sea, Kelvin immersed himself in watersports while completed his studies in Engineering Surveying. Not content with being far from the water, he added to his qualifications with an impressive swag that included YachtMaster, Master V/Med 3/ STCW95 and Dive Master tickets. Having scaled the peaks of engineering and marine studies, Kelvin put his theory into practice by sailing the entire South African Coast and Indian Ocean islands before completing the build of a catamaran.
Pausing to get married to his wife Tiffeny, he then embarked on an envious array of adventures including sailing as delivery skipper across the Atlantic to the Eastern Caribbean, working as a charter catamaran Captain in the British Virgin Islands, captaining two Horizon motoryachts, managing a charter yacht company in the BVIs, overseeing the build of a 70ft MY in Taiwan, and delivering more yachts to the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The couple dropped anchor in New Zealand where they started a family and Kelvin worked for the international company Nautical Structures.
After several years, they crossed the Tasman and settled on the Gold Coast where Kelvin now represents Multihull Solutions, using his remarkable knowledge and experience to help other multihull enthusiasts realise their dreams.
Charles Robinson, Sales Consultant (Perth, Western Australia Based)
Charles Robinson has a CV that reads more like a Lonely Planet guidebook. Having worked in engineering and sales for the oil and gas drilling supply industry for almost 25 years, Charles has been based in England, South Africa, Dubai, Azerbaijan, Iran and Algeria.
Wherever and whenever possible, he pursued his love of catamaran sailing off the many picturesque coastlines around the world. Considering he spent his infant years bouncing over waves in his parents’ Coot dinghy in Zanzibar and was given a Marine ply Lateen Sail 10’ kit by his father as a seventh birthday present, it was only natural that Charles developed a lifelong passion for sailing. He sailed Mirrors, Enterprises and Bosuns as a sport at school, then moved into Hobie sailing with his wife in Cape Town in the early 90s. The couple continued their love of Hobies when Charles was transferred to Dubai, and they competed in the 2007 World Championships in Fiji with a Dubai team of Masters sailors.
Moving to Perth in 2009, Charles has enjoyed some great sailing although noticed a significant lack of big catamaran sailing and racing on the West coast. He aims to remedy that with his new role at Multihull Solutions, where he intends to convince the west of the numerous benefits of multihulls.
Contact our Australia team
Multihull Solutions Australia:
33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Queensland, 4557, AUSTRALIA
Toll Free: 1300 855 338
P: +61 (0) 7 5452 5164
M: +61 (0) 401 045 228
F: +61 (0) 7 5444 3792
Marine Precinct, 1 Boat Works Drive, Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4209, AUSTRALIA
Toll Free: 1300 855 338
P: +61 (0) 7 5665 9148
All other states:
Toll Free: 1300 855 338