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 20 Jul 2010
 


Green threat to boating, Sydney in 8 sleeps, Keppel Bay 5 Gold Anchors

One week before the 43rd Sydney International Boat Show, dealers, brokers, brands and boaties are preparing for Australia's major boating exhibition. What are the highlights this year? Well, according to Mr SIBS himself, Domenic Genua, they are too numerous to list and include the likes of Jessica Watson, Don McIntyre, Sean Smith (‘the Fat Paddler') and the Norris Family who will share their remarkable boating journeys at the show and offer the audience a firsthand insight into these personal experiences which changed their lives.

There's also the photographic competition and display, historical boat displays, Musto fashion show, Discover Boating Tours of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Walk of Fame and the Nautilus Marine Boat Insurance Fishing Clinic for the estimated 70,000 visitors to see and learn more about the various activities associated with recreational boating.

So get to Sydney one way or another and celebrate our marine lifestyle!

Also in the news this week, along with the launches, innovations and products to look out for in Sydney, the sobering stats from Qld Maritime Safety which show 12 more fatalities on the state's waterways than the year prior, prompting some in the industry to call for stricter licensing guidelines.

A former British sailing champion has brought Australia's premier Laser dealership. It's a good read. Great images too, thanks to the expertise of Andrea Francolini. Is that the kind of image quality you use in your business? Your brand and message would benefit from professional standard images as required by all media outlets, which in most cases, just means investment in a good camera or an expert who wields a good camera.

Rob McMillan - Finn wet  Andrea Francolini ©


Congratulations to Marina at Keppel Bay, the first marina in Asia to be awarded the MIAA '5 Gold Anchors' for excellence in service and facilities, following its recognition as Best Asian Marina at the recent Asian Boating Awards. Singapore is certainly a burgeoning destination, and will also welcome the world's superyacht fraternity for the Informa Yacht Group's Asia Superyacht Conference in October 2010 at ONEº15 Marina Club.

In the US, the Gulf of Mexico gushing undersea oil rig has been at least temprarily plugged, and now the clean up begins. In its official 'Gulf 20/20' report, Nature Conservancy recommends a 'to do' list that seems both practical and far sighted, placing the responsiblity squarely on government agencies and industry (oil and marine) to prevent disasters of a similar magnitude from contaminating sensitive marine landscapes.

Back home, and a federal election always brings into sharp focus the issues of the day, marine parks and the Green agenda just some of those affecting our industry. Keep in touch with you views on these topics.

Have a sensational week and see you at SIBS!


Jeni Bone, editor



Sydney International Boat Show stats and facts
Jeni Bone,
Just one week out, the Sydney International Boat Show is in final preparation for an anticipated 70,000 visitors to the event - Australia's largest. Here, we look at some of the more astounding stats and facts.... [more]
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Qld marine safety report for 2009 - rise in critical incidents
Jeni Bone,
2009 year was marred by a record number of marine incident-related fatalities. Although the number of reported marine incidents was in line with previous years, the incidents were more critical.... [more]
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The Passion continues at Australia's premier Laser Dealership
Finnport Media,
Australia's largest Laser dealership NB Laser Sales of West Gosford NSW started by Michael Mills and then continued by Kevin Winchester has now been acquired by another passionate dinghy sailor.... [more]
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Benefit from being a BIA Victoria accredited dealer
BIA VIC,
Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has awarded Leon & Paul Savages Streaker Boats, as the first accredited dealer in their new BIA Accreditation Program.... [more]
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Mackay epicentre of Queensland's marine mishaps
Media Services,
15 percent of boating accidents in Queensland last year occurred on Mackay waters. There were 112 marine incidences in the Mackay region in 2009, including one fatality and three resulting in serious injury, according to a Maritime Safety Qld report tabled in parliament last week.... [more]
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Superyacht owners to pay price for Gold Coast dredging
Media Services,
Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says the owners of large boats will have to contribute to costs associated with the dredging of Gold Coast waterways... [more]
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ISS Partners with Asia Superyacht Conference
ISS,
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce its partnership with Informa Yacht Group's Asia Superyacht Conference (ASC) slated for 12-14 October 2010 at ONEº15 Marina Club in Singapore.... [more]
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See what's brewing in 'Hurricane Alleys' live online, via GOES Project
Rob Gutro,
NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Project scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. have developed continually updating 'movies' of satellite imagery that allows on-line, iPhone and iPad viewing of any cyclone's movement in the Hurricane Alleys of the Atlantic Ocean or Eastern Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Sunsail gears up for Sydney boat show and busy season ahead
Jeni Bone,
Sunsail will again be exhibiting at Sydney International Boat Show, in Hall 2, stand 206-208. The 36 year old company, founded in the UK, will be promoting its Sunsail Yacht Charter holidays in the Whitsundays and all over the world, as well as its learn to sail programs.... [more]
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The Dehler is back – and winning already!
Windcraft,
The New Dehler 35 was launched on Sydney's Pittwater this week. This heralds the return of this respected brand to Australia. Under the dealership of the successful yacht importers, Windcraft, the brand is expected to make a significant impact on the club racing scene in Australia.... [more]
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Silverton 36C to debut at Sydney International Boat Show
U.S. Yachts,
Sydney company US Yachts, will debut the amazing new Silverton 36C flybridge convertible at the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Double the fun for Hunter Yachts at Sydney International Boat Show
U.S. Yachts,
Australian company, U.S. Yachts, will have four Hunter models on show at the Sydney International Boat Show as well as introducing their first Silverton Flybridge Convertible – the 36.... [more]
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Report recommends strategies to remedy Gulf spill
Jeni Bone,
Last week, the US Nature Conservancy released a report that outlines a strategy for recovery of the waters and environment around the Gulf of Mexico, following the devastating impact of the BP oil spill.... [more]
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Yacht aground in Oyster Lease
Ron Cole - Marine Rescue NSW,
A phone call early on Sunday morning July 18, alerted the volunteers on duty at Marine Rescue Central Coast to the predicament of a 50' yacht and its crew of five.... [more]
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First Ray White Marine Auction draws serious boating crowds
Jeni Bone,
One boat sold under the hammer today, with interest in at least three more following the first of Ray White Marine's foray into boat auctions.... [more]
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Doyle Australia announces a major expansion in Sydney
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails Sydney is to undergo a significant transformation with the announcement of a strategic partnership with Doyle Sails New Zealand and the re-opening of its Rushcutters Bay loft. The partnership will see Doyle's presence in Sydney grow considerably enabling the company to give better service to its customers and direct access to Doyle's patented Stratis laminated sails.... [more]
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SLAM restructures, opens new Sydney outlet
SLAM Media,
SLAM opened the doors of their new outlet in Sydney this weekend, in the inner city suburb of Waterloo. With a company restructure now complete, Managing Director Anthony Young and his team are 100% committed to the new direction and focus for the brand... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Korea beefs up leisure infrastructure to lure the rising rich
Jeni Bone,
The South Korean government is investing heavily in 'maritime and air-based leisure industries', to cater to the burgeoning appetites of the increasingly affluent and well-being conscious Koreans who are demanding more recreational options.... [more]
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Marina at Keppel Bay first in Asia to achieve ‘5 Gold Anchors' rating
MIAA,
Marina at Keppel Bay has become the first marina in Asia to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchors rating from the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) for excellence in services and facilities.... [more]
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A vote for Greens is a vote for Lockout!
Dean Logan, BFCA,
A vote for any party preferencing Greens is a vote for LOCKOUT as fringe Green groups declare war on recreational fishers and boaters across Australia, says the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BFCA).... [more]
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New marine parks proposal threatens fishing future
Office of Senator Richard Colbeck,
A proposal by a fringe environmental group to introduce 20 new marine parks off the coast of Victoria is yet another major threat to Australia's recreational and commercial fishing industries, according to Federal Coalition spokesperson for fisheries, Senator Richard Colbeck.... [more]
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Boat Equity launches Australia's largest online boat share marketplace
Media Resources for Editors,
Boat Equity, Australia's largest online boat share marketplace, is modernising boat share in Australia with a new model that has been created by boat owners for boat owners, who understand that boat share partners want a real sense of ownership and autonomy with no rigid rules or schedules. CRS Yachts has been appointeded as exclusive dealers for NSW and QLD.... [more]
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Whitsunday Rent A Yacht at the Sydney Boat Show!
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht,
Visit WRAY at this year's 43rd Sydney International Boat Show and be among the first to book a charter aboard our Beneteau Lagoon 400 – one of the first of its kind in Australia.... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show: Building up the boating business
Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show Media,
The Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show is the only marine exhibition in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area. To be held on the 15-17 of October 2010, the event is on track for another successful year. Emerging out of an economic strain, the 2010 event is set to be paramount in paving the year ahead for the marine industry.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Safety Alert - Tweed River boat fire
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today issued a safety alert to boaters following a boat fire in the Tweed River today. At 2pm, a 10m motor cruiser caught fire on its mooring at Fingal Head, Tweed River.... [more]
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Sydney Boat Show to unveil next generation of Princess Yachts
Creating Demand,
The Sydney International Boat Show will host a landmark event for admirers of the Princess Yachts range of luxury boats with the Australian launch of the new V-Class flagship, the Princess V85-S.... [more]
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International 470 Class Association President Kassarov latest news
470 Class,
International 470 Class Association has introduced some new measures for the present Delta Lloyd World Championship in the Hague after classes are attempting more than ever to maintain their spot in the Olympic Games.... [more]
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IBEX announces information-packed seminar series
IBEX,
The 2010 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place September 28-30, 2010 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is hosting its seminar series with more sessions than ever before and new topics to address the needs of the entire marine industry.... [more]
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Get your tickets to the Sydney Boat Show breakfast
BIA NSW,
The traditional boat show opener, the industry breakfast, will this year be held Friday 30 July 7.15am for a 7.30am start, until 9.30am, featuring special guest, Jessica Watson.... [more]
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Jessica Watson to appear at 2010 Sydney International Boat Show
BIA NSW,
Australian teenager and inspiration to many, 17-year-old sailor, Jessica Watson is officially confirmed to be a special guest speaker at this year's Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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