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 11 May 2010
 


Austal behemoth due, SCIBS countdown, Raymarine new products on show

By now you must have ‘OD-d' on news from Hong Kong. Hope there was enough variety to amuse, inform and enthuse. It's a must-be place for boat brands, big and small, as HK is the gateway to mainland China and considered the most suitable place to buy a boat.

I tucked a few more morsels in there for interest sake too, about the cuisine and culture, and yes, the shopping was great!

Now all attention is on Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show next week, and even our northern neighbours are planning visits to see how a dynamic, well supported Australian show shapes up for consumers and the trade. There's plenty of innovation, launches and world-firsts scheduled for this year's event, so let's just pray the Goddess Tin Hau (Deity of the Sea) smiles on us, the elements conform and skies remain clear.

Also this week, we have news from Austal, our country's most successful ship builder, awaiting the completion of its massive 102m high speed trimaran, which is already attracting interest from around the world; there's some exciting news about investment and development underway in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter and planned for the Gold Coast's Coomera precinct in Queensland, as well as award winners from WA.

Now the magic dust is settling and the 5 Oceans PR claims have, it seems, disappeared or never were, a summary: No, Sail-World is not responsible for the WSSRC Rules, we are Southern hemisphere based, we run an online sailing publication and subscriptions are free. We made a host of attempts, by phone and email querying the route and the record claims with her PR team. The first of those was around 70 days before her departure.

We'd like to put on record our very sincere thanks to the sailing community for their considerable support at every level, from sailors everywhere, our advertisers, industry, media, both sailing and general. We were very heartened that the industy 'got it'. You can judge for yourself reading the feedback, the marine industry understood what had been happening.

We DO think Jessica Watson has sailed very well and we feel she is young Australian of whom we should all be proud. We will be reporting at length on her heroic circumnavigation and what will surely be a great welcome home. Enough of this subject.

Most importantly this week, you still have a shot at winning a lifetime of free berthing, which is valued at more than AUD$300,000. The prize will entitle the winner to a 16m berth at any of Meridien Marinas locations including Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast, for a term of up to 25 years! Get your entry in and good luck!

See you at the show!


Jeni Bone, editor



Raymarine's new products make Australian debut at SCIBS
Liza Sticpewich,
Also making its Australian debut at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be the Raymarine HD Digital Radome. Radar target detection has undergone massive changes in the last year, thanks to the introduction of High Definition Digital technology. Now the superior benefits of these new systems are available to even more boaters, with the launch of Raymarine's new HD Digital Radomes.... [more]
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Austal prepares for launch of Next Gen Trimaran
Austal,
The approaching completion of Austal's next generation 102 metre high speed trimaran ferry heralds a new era in maritime transportation.... [more]
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SP-High Modulus' Aussie launch at Sanctuary Cove
Gurit (UK),
SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (QLD Australia) from 20th – 23rd May 2010. This will be the first time the newly created brand exhibits within the Australian market, following Gurit's acquisition of the Auckland-headquartered company High Modulus in December 2009.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy streamlines for 2012
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has announced today,10 May, that it will be streamlining the organisation ahead of the 2012 sailing events which will attract the world's top sailors to the South West of the UK.... [more]
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Selling boats in Hong Kong is a case of trust, not chance
Jeni Bone,
Boat shows in Hong Kong are all about appearance. 'You have to be there,' explains James Rayner from Simpson Marine. 'You're expected to put on a show, regardless of who turns up, or how many people attend. It's a case of waving the corporate flag.'... [more]
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Gold Coast Boat Show 2010 – lots of boats, but no shade
Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment, Sail-World Asia,
Storm Force Marine, a supplier of marine equipment and products, was particularly affected - Director Simon Boyde was very grateful for the assistance given by the Gold Coast Yacht Club to get them back in action with replacement tentage. In addition, 'our laptop computer was full of water, but after a quick draining it was back in action. I now have more faith in marinised laptops...'... [more]
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New pipeline places Wimmera fish on a new perch
Vic Department of Primary Industries,
During the recent pipeline celebrations 8,800 golden perch were released into the Wimmera River – one fish for each kilometre of the pipeline. This extra water will provide more habitat and improved water quality for fish in the future.... [more]
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Sink your teeth into gummy sharks with confidence
Vic Department of Primary Industries,
People who enjoy a serving of flake and chips can now do so with confidence that they are eating a product from a well-managed and sustainable fishery.... [more]
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Anglers have a new guiding light to inland waters
Vic Department of Primary Industries,
Victorian anglers have long been familiar with the Guide to Inland Angling Waters of Victoria which was first written and published in 1976. A new online version of the Guide has been released. The new version uses modern technology with a key feature being interactive maps for many of the key angling waters.... [more]
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Was it Spin? Reader feed back - You Decide
www.Sail-World.com,
Its been a tough week and we've received lots of emails and now our advertisers are being bombarded with hate mail. Was it Spin or did he never say that? Fascinating feedback - definitely worth a read. Some of the public seemed to have not noticed that the claims from the spinners have disappeared under the overall weight of some hard questioning from the mainstream media.... [more]
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Win Lifetime of Free Berthing- Prize value over AUD$300,000 -ENTER NOW
www.powerboat-world.com,
Win a Lifetime of Free Berthing – Prize value over AUD$300,000. Enter now, closing next week!! The prize is, at maximum, a 16m berth at any of Meridien Marinas locations including Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast, for a term of up to 25 years.... [more]
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Traditional soy sauce - not for the faint-hearted
Jeni Bone,
You can't come to Hong Kong without commenting on the cuisine. This is the place where food halls are filled from mid-morning til afternoon, then into the night, every day, every night.... [more]
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Bakewell-White Yacht Design wins 4th New Zealand Powerboat Title
BWYD Media,
Second place in the last race of the 2010 Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship was enough to secure both the Superboat Class and overall New Zealand Title for ‘Doosan' and her crew of Sam Filmore and Cary Gleeson.... [more]
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Mainland Chinese seek Hong Kong lifestyle - yachting!
Jeni Bone,
Mainland Chinese with cash are shelling out for “the next big things” after real estate, fine clothes and the trappings of affluence – yachts and private jets. And they are flocking to Hong Kong dealers, attracted by the reputation for good service, quality brands and the Hong Kong lifestyle.... [more]
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Hong Kong, trade gateway to the world
Jeni Bone,
Looking more like a forest of beings from science fiction, the Port of Hong Kong and its container terminals are a hub port serving the South Asian Pacific region and entry point for the Mainland of China.... [more]
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Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show begins
Jeni Bone,
The Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show started today with a Media, Members and Trade day, mostly setting up and mopping up following torrential rain overnight.... [more]
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Multi-million dollar investment in Qld's Gold Coast marine industry
Media Services,
The Gold Coast's marine precinct is about to enjoy a massive injection of funds for development, following the announcement by Maritimo's Bill Barry-Cotter who is planning a $530m plan to double the size of the existing Coomera marine precinct.... [more]
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BWA Yachting introduces carbon offset program
BWA Yachting,
BWA Yachting, worldwide leader in concierge and marine agency services to the superyacht industry, has introduced a new option for yachts who wish to offset their carbon footprint. Through preferred partners Yacht Carbon Offset, carbon emissions of the yacht's engines can be balanced with equivalent greenhouse gas savings from independently audited projects around the world.... [more]
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Auckland's Wynyard Quarter attracts interest aplenty
Sea+City Projects,
There has already been strong interest in a key marine site in Wynyard Quarter, which is currently open for expressions of interest. Several parties, mostly local, have already confirmed their interest and are working on development ideas for the 2.8ha land and water space at the corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont streets.... [more]
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WA Marine Industry Award Winners 2010
BIA WA,
The winners for the 2010 WA Marine Awards were announced at a prestigious gala dinner at the Burswood on Swan.... [more]
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Log on to secure the future of Marine Rescue NSW
Marine Rescue NSW,
'Marine Rescue NSW urges everyone who enjoys our magnificent boating waters in NSW to register their support for this funding model to secure the future of volunteer marine rescue in NSW.'... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club - Curtain raiser for Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Southport Yacht Club,
One of the leading lights in the marine industry in Australia, John Hogan, will be the guest speaker at this year's Southport Yacht Club Marine Industry Lunch, which is a prelude to the opening of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast this month.... [more]
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It's official! Maritimo owns Mustang
Bob Wonders,
The rumour mill got it right for once. The official Maritimo statement confirms that the company, based at Coomera and Hope Island, has purchased the intellectual property and moulds of Mustang Marine and will maintain the Mustang name.... [more]
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Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Fairline Squadron 65 makes Asian show debut
Saltwater PR,
The award-winning Fairline Squadron 65 flybridge motor yacht is making her first Asian show appearance at this year's Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, following her launch in May 2009. Visitors will be offered extensive details of this latest Squadron model at the Fairline stand, which is being hosted by the authorised Fairline dealer in the region, Fairline Hong Kong.... [more]
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Peters & May expands Asia network
Saltwater PR,
'Our experience of working with Peters & May has been very successful and I strongly believe that together with its agents and offices we will further extend its service arm within this territory.'... [more]
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The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 – ATN Incorporated join as race partner
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 can announce a new Race Partner for the event in the form of ATN Incorporated. Florida-based ATN is owned and operated by renowned French sailor Etienne Giroire who has created some of the best products in the world that assist short-handed sailors.... [more]
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Fish frenzy for fatigued feet
Jeni Bone,
This story is not for the faint-hearted, but it will tickle the fancy of Marine Business-World, Powerboat-World and Sail-world readers. It involves bizarre rituals at high altitudes, prolonged immersion in bubbling liquids, mystical creatures, anxiety levels off the scale and its fair share of screaming.... [more]
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Strong growth for Maritimo leads to expansion in New Zealand
Imprint Media,
Luxury boat builder Maritimo continues its aggressive international Dealership expansion with the appointment of Orams Marine in New Zealand to represent the company's Aegean and Sport Cabriolet lines.... [more]
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President of MOP addresses spill fears
MOP,
It's ironic how adversity so often carries the seeds of opportunity and hope. All of us are devastated by the scope and potentially disastrous effects of the spill in Louisiana. We pray the wellhead is capped soon to stop the spill from growing worse yet.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show reflects economic upswing
Kate Duryea,
The 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to be staged later this month has seen an increase in exhibitor numbers with keen anticipation by the marine sector of a successful business event.... [more]
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TEAMORGIN continues tradition with Salthouse Boatbuilders
Richard Gladwell,
When the Audi MedCup fleet crosses the start line for the first event Cascais, Portugal, next week, most eyes will be on the performance of TEAMORIGIN. The new TP52, helmed by triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, was launched from the Salthouse Boatbuilders yard in Auckland in March, during the 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy. TEAM ORIGIN is the first venture into the white hot TP52 circuit... [more]
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Cruising boaters could find tax bills under the welcome mat
BoatUS,
Staying too long in one place can ruin a good thing. At least that's the case with boaters making lengthy journeys, who are finding themselves targets of cash-hungry U.S.A. states looking to balance their budgets.... [more]
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Hong Kong Maritime Museum celebrates seafaring
Jeni Bone,
One of the hidden attractions of Hong Kong – tucked away in Stanley, with none of the neon lights of Nathan Road nor the allure of the cuisine and culture of Kowloon – is the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. But it's a must see, just the same.... [more]
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Simpson Marine rising with the fortunes of China
Jeni Bone,
After 25 years in Hong Kong and Asia, Mike Simpson is a veteran on the local marine scene. In that time, he and his team have grown the company to become the largest yacht broker and dealer in Asia, providing comprehensive yacht services from Taipei to Thailand, in eight offices with around 60 staff.... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen.,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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Maritimo acquires Mustang Marine?
Brendan Maxwell,
Queensland Gold Coast waterfront buzzing with gossip. No monetary figure has been mentioned, either, but the suggested figure being quoted on local marina arms is slightly less than $3 million.... [more]
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US Navy to trial new Mobilarm VHF Personal Locator Beacon
Saltwater PR,
US Navy submariners are expected, in late May 2010, to begin sea trials and evaluation of a new VHF Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) being developed by Mobilarm, following a Sole Source contract awarded to the company by the United States Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).... [more]
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AIMEX Awards applications flow in
AIMEX,
Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), the peak body for the Australian Marine Export Industry, is confident this year's 2010 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards will exceed that of 2009 with applications beginning to flow in... [more]
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Deadline for AIMEX Awards approaches
AIMEX,
May 14 is the deadline for entries into this year's Export Awards.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove hub of marine business and entertainment
Kate Duryea,
Sanctuary Cove's vibrant waterfront Marine Village offers plenty of entertainment options during this year's Show.... [more]
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BP hires locals boats to assist in Gulf clean up
Media Services,
British Petroleum has hired 500 civilian boats to help in the clean up operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The boats will be instrumental in stopping the oil's advance to shore.... [more]
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ISS seeks nominations for Awards
ISS,
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is seeking nominations from the yachting industry and yachting public for its annual recognition programs. While many are familiar with the organization's design awards that celebrate achievement in superyacht engineering and style, ISS equally celebrates personal triumph from crew to the corporate office.... [more]
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EPA launches site for oil spill information
US EPA,
US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson concluded her tour of areas that could be impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. The administrator joined President Obama at a briefing with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen and also held a conference call with New Orleans officials... [more]
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Whittington man jailed for abalone theft
DPI Media,
A 42 year old Whittington man was sent to jail by Magistrate Michael Coghlan in Victoria's Colac Magistrates Court today (Monday, May 3) after poaching abalone on New Years Eve.... [more]
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New speed limit for The Spit in New South Wales
Paul McLeay MP,
Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay said the new speed limit, taking effect immediately, would apply to an area bound by Clontarf Point and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the east and d'Albora Marina and the Seaforth shoreline on the western side of The Spit Bridge.... [more]
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Bellingham asserts its marina muscle
John Spragg,
'The Bellingham Marine marina system is still the best in the world.” This statement made by John Spragg, General Manager for Bellingham Marine Australia in a recent interview, it's a statement that's been echoed by many proud Bellingham Marine marina owners... [more]
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Mercury continues investment in staff training
Mercury Marine,
Despite the recent business slowdown, Mercury has maintained its commitment to staff training as a long-term investment for the company and its customers.... [more]
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Robot may be the solution to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Media Services,
As the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, hopes are pinned on the innovative robotic technology being trialled in the clean up.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show offers incentives for exhibitors
KOTRA,
Australian business visitors to the Korea International Boat Show this year will be able to obtain a 50% refund of their return airfares to Korea. In addition they will be eligible for free-of-charge benefits including three nights' accommodation in an international class hotel with breakfast, airport transfers and show shuttle bus.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team joins the Sail Racing Test Team
Mirsky Racing Team/Sail Racing,
Sail Racing International have recently formed a partnership with professional match racing team, Mirsky Racing Team. Americas Cup is at the forefront of the team's sight. 'Its great to be associated with such a strong brand as Sail Racing, they have realized the future direction of sailing and are one step head of the competition in terms of design, fashion and quality.'... [more]
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Tourism Industry responds to Gulf oil spill
Media Services,
A state of emergency has been issued for several Florida Panhandle counties following the April 21 explosion of the Horizon Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. The explosion, which occurred roughly 130 miles southwest of New Orleans, caused an oil slick of at least 600 square miles that threatens Florida's coast and its flora and fauna.... [more]
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Save our Seas Ocean Racing - ready to depart
SOS Media,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing is out to set a world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia and will depart May 2nd from Airlie Beach in an endeavour to go around in under 50 days. Set up by Ian Thomson, a commercial skipper in the Whitsundays, Ian wants to create a new bench mark for all future attempts by smashing the current record of 68d:8h:30m set by David Beard in 1990.... [more]
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Illinois life jacket legislation rejected
BoatUS,
As reported on 22 April 2010, the Illinois House of Representatives and DNR were working on a legislation that would have required any adult sailing solo in a boat under 26' to wear a life jacket.... [more]
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