RADIO controlled yachts are far different to the adrenaline of a Sydney to Hobart, but for Grant Cooper, it's enough of a reminder of those frenetic days to keep him happy.
The family man is one-third of the directing team at Cooper McKenzie Marketing and praised the industrial harbour town as a great place to raise kids and do business.
"I used to be a radio announcer here for 15 years with 4CC and I loved Gladstone so much I decided to put the roots down and start a family," Mr Cooper said.
"I've sailed since I was about eight years old, done everything from Hamilton Island Race Week and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and when family came along it was a lot easier instead of being away on a big boat to come down here (marina) of a Sunday and get my sailing fix."
The director of Cooper McKenzie Marketing said he was excited about the dynamic nature of doing business in Gladstone.
"Gladstone's always been progressive with its communication and advertising due to the fact that people here are transient to a certain degree so you need to get in the ear of everybody because it may change from week to week, so it's a great place to do business," he said.
"To be able to look after multinational clients like RioTinto and even companies like QantasLink from Gladstone is great."
Mr Cooper encouraged anyone keen on radio controlled yachting to go to http://www.rcyachts.com.au, as newcomers were welcomed.