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Malaysian marina development, good news on the Gold Coast & Cheescake

Happy Christmas!

I know it gets harder each year to spread the cheer, but when littlies are on the scene, Christmas takes on a whole new lease of life! I am downing chocolate clinkers and peeking in boxes as eagerly as any ankle-biter and anticipating the fun when the bubble machine comes out of its box and whirrs into action at dawn! Of course, there will be tears when it breaks around lunch time, or when bedtime breaks in to festivities, but that's all part of the day's hectic and happy character.

While Marine Business News will take no holidays over the festive season, we will focus on stories that will provide as much entertainment as they do information. There's the Sydney to Hobart on Boxing Day which will be covered (and in more detail on www.sail-world.com), plenty of travelers' tales – including a delectable recipe for Baileys Cheesecake, news, products and opinions.

Stay in touch over the break and visit our sites for all your marine updates.

I hope you all have as much fun with your nearest and dearest over the next week or so. Be safe, revel in the bonds of family and enjoy the peace, goodwill and pudding in large doses.


Jeni Bone, Editor



Marine Queensland - a year of achievements and plans in the pipeline
Jeni Bone,
A few weeks ago, Charles Dickson, manager of Marine Queensland's Gold Coast Division wound up 10 weeks of meetings with local boat builders, 'aiming to ascertain their problems and issues and to gauge their feelings about implementing standards (Australian Design Rules) for Australia's boat building industry, something along the lines of Europe's EC standards'.... [more]


Harbour precinct the jewel in the Malaysian crown
Jeni Bone,
The US$11bn development of Iskander Malaysia (IM), comprising seven signature developments – among them the Puteri Harbour Waterfront Development – will be one of the largest projects in South East Asia.... [more]


Seawind Seminars at Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show
Brent Vaughan,
For the past two years, Seawind Catamarans have been host to a series of information seminars at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia, which were all extremely well attended. Now these seminars are going on the road and will make their American debut at the Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show to be held at Bayside, Miami FL, USA on February 12 – 16.... [more]


If you can't say Cock of the Bay Race - change its name
Sail-World,
Something is faintly ridiculous if race organisers have a boat race name they cant write in public - here is the Latest Cock of the Bay news release..... [more]


PIMEX 2008 reports good sales despite the Bangkok Airport closure
PIMEX Media,
The Phuket International Marine Expo, PIMEX 2008, ran from December 4th through to December 7th after an eventful week leading up to the opening. It took place at the new Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference Centre.... [more]


Marina Oceanus: Full throttle for development
Jeni Bone,
Marina Mirage has long been synonymous with 5-star boating. It's considered a world-class destination for luxury yachts and cruisers in the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast and, known as Marina Oceanus, it's now offering a limited number of long-term berth leases and anticipating $50m of refurbished facilities.... [more]


Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
Sail-World,
To celebrate the 2008 offshore season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]


Confident air at Sanctuary Cove
Bob Wonders,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to defy so-called global credit crunch. Recent research undertaken by Queensland's Griffith University revealed the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show had set a new benchmark for Gold Coast events.... [more]


The sweet (charter) life
Jeni Bone,
For chef, Steph Butler, 'the office' is a dream location, bobbing around The Great Barrier Reef from its base at Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, on the 26m (86ft) superyacht, MY Galaxy I.... [more]


Riviera sales bonanza
Jeni Bone,
Christmas has come early for Gold Coast manufacturer, Riviera, which is defying the downturn with $25m in sales of its new 21m (70ft) luxury cruiser.... [more]


Boaters warned: go easy on the drink
AAP Medianet,
As Christmas approaches boaters are warned the same drinking and driving rules apply on the water as on the road. Skippers are warned it is their responsibility to stay under the 0.05 blood alcohol (BAC) limit.... [more]


NMSC to host standards summit pre-SCIBS
NMSC,
National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) will host a summit on recreational boat standards that will coincide with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May 2009.... [more]


Aussie built mega-trimaran destined for Oman
Jeni Bone,
Currently being built in Australia and destined to be the first ever modern ocean racing boat to be assembled in the Middle-East, the first Arabian 100' trimaran will, when she hits the water in the winter of 2009, become part of a select group of the longest sailing trimarans ever built.... [more]


Doom and gloom? No way, not at the GCCM!
Bob Wonders,
The power of positive thinking is paramount at the Gold Coast City Marina. Occupancy rates at the marina have consistently been above 80 percent, while the tenanted factories, showrooms and workshop occupancy is at 100 percent.... [more]


Billy Joel favours Pegiva
Jeni Bone,
One of the world's top rockers waxed lyrical about his Australian-built luxury boat on a recent visit to our shores, taking the chance to catch up with its creator earlier this month.... [more]


Ocean observations reap climate science rewards
CSIRO,
Long-term observations of the oceans around Australia are providing the nation's climate scientists with significant benchmarks for seasonal forecasts and monitoring future climate change... [more]


Britain to set up Womens Match Racing Academy
Rob Kothe,
Following the International Sailing Federation's adoption of the Elliott 6m for the women's keelboat match racing event for 2012, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is now calling for expressions of interest from British women to be considered for its new Women's Olympic Match Race Academy to be run by the Olympic Steering Group as part of the RYA Olympic programme.... [more]


Fast ride for Sydney Hobart spectators
Rob Kothe,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart spectators can stay with the fleet for a long time offshore as they head south. Bass and Flinders Cruises commissioned their vessel Ocean Dreaming in 2004, its a 34 metre cat capable of carrying 275 passengers, at 22 knots. The perfect way for sailors familes to watch the fleet head south.... [more]


Smallest Boat in Hobart race heading Home
Fiona Harper,
The smallest and oldest boat in the 2008 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race is heading home. Last year Sean Langman's Maluka of Kermandie left behind the Kermandie Marina at Port Huon and the sheltered water cruising just a whisper away in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and headed north to the bright lights of the Big Smoke. But she's homesick and is now in Sydney preparing to go home.... [more]


Matthew Hayden urges boaters keep proper Look-Out
Ursula Bishop,
Australian Test cricketer Matthew Hayden reckons that keeping a proper look-out should be the “first rule of the water'. “And that can happen so quickly,” he said, harking back to the fateful day a few years ago when his boat was hit by waves, capsized and sank off North Stradbroke Island. It took Matthew, Andrew Symonds and friend Trent Butler an hour to reach shore, battling currents and waves... [more]


WYRF message - look after your sponsors!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
For those who missed the comments that came out of the recent Monaco Yacht Racing Forum, here is a sort of 'digest of the digest'. There is a strong message here - look after your sponsors! Bear in mind that we in Asia are sitting in the middle what is potentially the hottest marketing and sponsorship property on the planet (present financial crisis aside)...... [more]




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