Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Swapping heels for boat shoes

by Rosalie Taylor on 12 Jun 2012
Kimberley Busteed, Seven News Presenter Sharyn Ghidella, Sally Jenyns and Sunrise’s Natalie Barr preparing for the Boat Show - Sanctuary Cove Boat Show Rosalie Taylor
Men should pilot boats, maintain boats, barbeque fish they have pulled from the ocean with their bare hands... on boats. Women should flock around these men, draped in glamorous nautical attire, serving cocktails and laughing with their girlfriends. This was the stereotype, but it’s being blown right out of the water.

Women are breaking through what was once a male dominated industry to embrace all aspects of the boating lifestyle. The nation followed in awe the progress of 16-year-old Jessica Watson as she sailed solo around the world, the youngest person ever to achieve such a feat. Proving to women that no longer were they expected to comply with stereotypes, they need to start taking the wheel.

Last year the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show introduced Women on Water in an effort to move the boat show towards a more family-oriented occasion. Now in its second year, the program has exceeded expectations with attendees raving about its success.

'Let’s face it, women run the world,' says Kimberley Busteed, presenter from Channel Seven, MC of women’s events this year. 'It’s about time we shine a light on women in the marine industry, we are such a big part of it.'

From an early age the blonde beauty has enjoyed the water. Dressed in a crisp, feminine red and blue pantsuit she laughs about the reactions from men when they discover the skills she has developed. 'Blokes give you looks of 'oh my gosh, that girl can reverse a trailer', it’s really not something that is expected.'

Continuing to enjoy all things oceanic, she raves about this year’s show: 'It’s such a great excuse to get out and about in Queensland, it doesn’t get more special or luxurious than here.'

Women on Water provides a plethora of activities to suit all orientations, whether you’re looking for a glamorous cruising lifestyle on the sea, wishing to contribute to the operations of a boat or even take the wheel yourself.

This year the inspirational Ita Buttrose shared her wisdom at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. Tales of Ita’s own experiences breaking into a male-dominated world were met with a standing ovation, eager ladies lining up afterwards for a chance to meet the Australian publishing and corporate legend.

On the water, ladies were intivited to sup 'High Tea on the High Seas' upon a beautiful and appropriate vessel, MV The Lady. The quirky function boat cruised the Coomera River for a two hour sojourn, with guests donning their finest frocks, enjoying canapes, champagne and pampering.

Onshore free entertainment included cooking demonstrations by channel seven’s epicurean, Sally Jenyns and the Creek to Coast team. There were nautical fashion parades in the Tavern Piazza where visitors could absorb the ambience of live music and artful designs for style-seekers, as well as the array of local boutiques and cafes for hours of blissful wandering.

Tickets to the once only luncheon were snapped up well before the boat show. Women who would like to be involved should keep one ear to the water for news about next year’s smorgasbord of entertainment as Women on Water continues to innovate, educate, entertain and inform. Don’t worry, if you do miss out on a ticket to the exclusive events in store for next year’s 25th anniversary celebrations, there will still be plenty to involve and engage the entire crew.

'It’s such a wonderful industry, you would be mad if you didn’t at least have a taste of it,' says Kimberley, excitement radiating from her flushed cheeks and windswept hair.

The advice is simple, get involved in any way you can, and appreciate what a life on the water has to offer you.

Protector - 660 x 82Barz Optics - FloatersPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted on 18 Mar
A Q&A with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race
I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba. The 2017 Miami to Havana Race is set to begin on March 15 and promises high adventure-both sailing-related and cultural-for the sailors lucky enough to be participating in this historical-and for now legal-race. I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race and SORC race chairman, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba.
Posted on 13 Mar
Gladwell's Line - Of Carnage, Characters and Colour
About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched, and Cup fans get their first sight of the various team designers' response to the latest America's Cup Class rule. In the monohull days, of course, we initially only got a partial glimpse thanks to the shrouding practices adopted by all teams to hide the nether regions of their America's Cupper
Posted on 13 Mar
Caleb Paine on winning a US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award
I talked with Caleb Paine about his recent US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award and about his Olympic plans. On August 16, Caleb Paine broke the longest-running medal ceremony dry spell for American-flagged Olympic sailors since the 1930s when he captured a bronze medal in the Finn class at the Rio 2016 Olympics. I recently caught up with Paine on the phone to talk about his proud US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award and about his future sailing plans.
Posted on 10 Mar
A Q&A with Lloyd Thornburg about his love of fast boats and racing
I recently caught up with Thornburg to learn more about his program, and to gain insight into racing MOD70s offshore. Not too many world-class sailors hail from the high deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, but Lloyd Thornburg isn’t your average sailor. The 37-year old investor flies the New York Yacht Club’s burgee from his fleet of raceboats that have included a Gunboat 66, a MOD70, and a Farr 280. I recently caught up with Thornburg to learn more about his program, and to gain insight into racing MOD70s offshore.
Posted on 8 Mar
So what’s it really like?
For ages now, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and 24-hour runs For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.
Posted on 6 Mar
JJ Giltinan 18ft - Kiwi Champion the subject of two protests in Sydney
Overall series leader Yamaha will have her position put on the line in a series of protest hearings on Friday Overall series leader Yamaha will have her position put on the line in a series of protest hearings Friday morning in Sydney. She faces two claims - both from Appliancesonline (David Witt). The first is an attempt to re-open the Hearing held on Wednesday morning after Yamaha was suffered damage in Race 3 as a result of a collision with a give way yacht, and Yamaha received redress of average
Posted on 3 Mar
A Q&A with US Sailing’s Malcolm Page about the Sailing World Cup Miami
I spoke with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s Olympic chief, about the team’s performance at the 2017 Sailing World Cup Miami I talked with Malcolm Page (AUS), a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the Men’s 470 class and the chief of Olympic sailing at US Sailing, to get his pulse on the team’s performance at the 2017 Sailing World Cup Miami and discuss some recent coaching changes within the Olympic-sailing program.
Posted on 20 Feb
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ give first look at the pedaling AC50
Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.
Posted on 16 Feb