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 10 Jan 2012
 
 

Ainslie Racing in America's Cup, Australia Day plans, London show down

Model, heiress and broadcaster Tamara Ecclestone officially opens the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at ExCeL London, Friday, 6 January.  . ©
From new products launches, Australia Day events on Sydney Harbour and Aussie innovations taking a leading role in sea rescues, to major environmental challenges like the wrecked cargo ships off New Zealand and Christmas Island, and small victories such as Singapore's largest supermarket chain taking shark fin from its shelves forever in response to consumer pressure, this week's batch of news covers all the hot topics and major industry issues.

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show has passed with almost as much media attention on those exhibitors NOT in attendance and a lower turnout of visitors than years passed as the new ways of attracting people to a boat show. But organisers assure us that this is an indication of a market still slowly on the way back from GFC, not a lack of industry support for the event.

The 2012 event will be the 24th, with many new additions to the program.  Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show


With just four and a bit months to go until the 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, organisers are already announcing world and national launches of some major marques, as well as plenty of buzz about an invigorated program aiming to appeal to the widest market possible - some real show-stopping additions to the offering to give visitors excellent value for entry price. Watch this space!

A major news development for one of the sailing industry's major showpieces, the America's Cup. There will be a press conference to announce Ben Ainslie Racing, starting approximately1000 GMT Tuesday 10 Jan un for 30-45 minutes, which will be carried live on Sail-World.com and available online thereafter. Ainslie is expected to announce a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison.

It's no exaggeration to say 'news never sleeps' so take some time to look over the variety of informative and in some cases entertaining stories we have assembled this week.

Next week, we are going to publish the MUST HAVE facts and stats for the boating and broader marine industry, outlining the economic benefits, employment and export earnings our industry contributes. This in light of the massive multi-million dollar boost the automotive industry has received this week, and for the past two decades or so, apparently to keep it afloat and Aussies in jobs. Now all we need is a concerted industry effort to prove to those in power that the marine/boating industries deserve supporting too.

Keep sending your news and views.


Jeni Bone



Gladwell's Line: Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup
Richard Gladwell,
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012... [more]
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Roadyacht – Dutch superyacht company creates supercar
Jeni Bone,
The worlds of sports cars and luxury yachts have always been strongly interlinked. Now, Dutch boat maker Savage Rivale has created a unique supercar, a 4-seater convertible called the Roadyacht GTS – the only convertible 4-door supercar in the world.... [more]
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Shark fin off the menu of Singapore's largest supermarkets
Media Services,
Singapore's largest supermarket chain will stop selling shark fin products from April 2012 after a comment by one of its suppliers triggered calls for a boycott from activists and the public.... [more]
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Dr Guy Harvey launches new doco: Panama Paradise
John Bell,
Internationally known wildlife artist and conservationist Dr Guy Harvey, who took audiences across the planet in the award-winning Portraits from the Deep documentary series, is launching several new film projects in 2012, starting with Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation due for release in the northern hemisphere spring.... [more]
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Heesen sells 50m Ventura
Heesen Yachts,
Dutch boat builder Heesen Yachts has announced the sale of the 50m superyacht Ventura.... [more]
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Police nominate GME EPIRB as key element in dramatic Sydney rescue
Matthew Heap GME,
A ride in a NSW Water Police vessel was the last thing 11 year old Coffs Harbour mates Ryan Matthews and Riley Smiles expected when they set off with their fathers for a day's boating off of Sydney's Northern beaches last week.... [more]
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MV Tycoon could be the first of many spills: Greenpeace
Media Services,
The MV Tycoon that sank at Christmas Island's port has a long history of defects, prompting a call by environmental groups for an overhaul of maritime regulations.... [more]
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Rena update - 10 January
Maritime NZ,
Oil and chemicals are leaking from the MV Rena, stricken and now breaking apart on the edge of the Astrolabe Reef.... [more]
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Operation Tow Smart: Statewide boating campaign
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will be out on State waters from Saturday 7 January until Sunday 15 January to promote towing and water-skiing safety.... [more]
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Australia Day on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
A busy program of marine activities and aerial displays is scheduled for Thursday 26 January 2012 on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Horizon to launch Aero 54 at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia,
Horizon Yachts is aiming to increase its presence in the Australian market, thanks to a new sub-$2 million motor yacht which will officially debut at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Latest Gladstone Harbour water quality tests
DERM,
Two further rounds of independent water quality sampling in Port Curtis show no evidence that water quality is affecting fish health or that dredging in Gladstone Harbour is causing environmental harm.... [more]
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Did you know it was an Australian GME PLB that raised Rambler alarm?
Matthew Heap,
The US-registered maxi, Rambler 100, with a crew of 21, had just passed the Fastnet Rock at around 6.30pm on August 15th when disaster struck. In relatively calm but foggy conditions, Rambler's keel snapped, causing it to capsize within 15 seconds, throwing the entire crew overboard. Did you know that tragedy, was however prevented in the 2011 race by an Australian made GME PLB?... [more]
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Tamara Ecclestone grabs headlines for 2012 Tullett Prebon London show
Jeni Bone,
Socialite and reality TV star, Tamara Ecclestone opened the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at The Excel, going barefoot to pose on the teak deck of a superyacht.... [more]
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Record price for first bluefin of the year
Media Services,
A Japanese restaurateur shelled out more than AUD$700,000 for a massive tuna as part of a ceremonial procedure at Japan's Tsukiji fish market last week, smashing the record price for a single bluefin and making headlines around the world.... [more]
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Boat plane takes aim at world speed record
Media Services,
The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is built for one purpose - to smash the world speed record. The team, headed by Australian sailor Paul Larsen, has designed a boat that performs like a boat in the water, and an aeroplane above it.... [more]
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World Oceans Summit 22-24 February in Singpore
Media Services,
In association with National Geographic, The Economist is hosting the World Oceans Summit, 22-24 February in Singapore.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Major sponsorship deal announced
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race organisers, Clipper Ventures Plc, have today announced at the London Boat Show that it has signed a major sponsorship deal with Qingdao, host of the sailing events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, to continue its participation in the race through to 2016.... [more]
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Operation Tow Smart: NSW statewide boating campaign
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will be out on State waters from Saturday 7 January until Sunday 15 January to promote towing and water-skiing safety.... [more]
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US marine industry shows signs of relfloating
Maritimo,
A stalwart of the marine industry in the USA who recently visited his colleagues at the Gold Coast's Maritimo plant said there were ‘green shoots of growth' becoming evident in the American luxury boating sector post the Global Financial Crisis.... [more]
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Anchor for free at Hope Island Marina
Sheree De Bono,
The New Year brings good tidings at Hope Island Marina, with all new tenants who lease a berth before the end of January eligible to receive one month rent free.... [more]
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No backing for calls to redraw boundary of World Heritage Reef
Media Services,
The Queensland Government's environment department says it will not support a call to shift the boundary of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to take in to account the prolific industry in the Port of Gladstone and its surrounding Harbour.... [more]
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Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012 - the best on and off water expo
Publicasity UK,
The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, returns to ExCeL London from 6 –15 January 2012, and promises to be an enthralling day out for all. With amazing Show highlights – there's certainly something for everyone.... [more]
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Summer Boat Sales – a national overview
Jeni Bone,
Apparently 2012 is the last summer any of us will be around, if the so-called 'experts' predicting the end of the world will hit 21 December 2012 have their forecasts right. Back to reality and what is the mood among consumers for 2012? How has summer so far been treating dealers around the country?... [more]
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Chaparral Wake and Ski show to star on Australia Day
Dani Limback,
The Festival of Sails to be held along the Geelong Waterfront next Australia Day Weekend will have a new attraction with the running of the Chaparral Wake and Ski show.... [more]
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New safety rules for boaties and jetskiers
Media Services,
Queensland Jet ski users and boaties hitting the water are being reminded about new safety rules which came into effect 1 January.... [more]
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Asian Sailing & Boating Events Calendar 2012
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A quick look at what's on for the coming year. Of course there are gaps in the list - if you think you've been left out, please email asiaeditor@sail-world.com and we'll put it right. Alternatively, click on the orange-and-yellow 'Upload News, Photos, Results, Events' button on www.sail-world.com/asia. We look forward to hearing from you!... [more]
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FREE info session: The new Equal Employment Opportunity Act
BIAV,
BIAV Members are invited to attend the first of four FREE information sessions being held in 2012 by Key Business Advisors.... [more]
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Melbourne Summer Boat Show to kick off the 2012 boat show circuit
BIAV,
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) is in preparations to kick off the 2012 Australian boat show circuit with the launch of the new look, new name Melbourne Summer Boat Show (MSBS) at Docklands, Melbourne, 3-5 February 2012.... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates' solo sail attempt supported by ACR Electronics
John Bell,
British Yachtswoman Jeanne Socrates, who will launch her third attempt to become the first woman to sail nonstop solo around the world from North America in a monohull in October 2012, has welcomed aboard ACR Electronics, the world's leader in safety and survival technologies.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ian Taylor recognised for VirtualEye development
Sail-World,
The lion behind the development of America's Cup graphics technology has been made a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Zealand New Years Honours, announced yesterday. What is now known as VirtualEye was initially created by three people with no sailing experience... [more]
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