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 03 Jan 2012

Boat sales snap shot, London celeb pizzaz, Gladstone mystery solved?

Kayaking on Coila Lake Tuross Head  Jeni Bone
Happy 2012 to one and all! Hope you had a relaxing break and spent plenty of time on the water or getting others involved in boating. For my part, I discovered muscles I hadn't used since childhood and am now a competent kayak paddler, though my fishing rod remained idle. It was hard enough dodging jelly fish and ignoring the Jaws soundtrack that plays in the imaginations of people of a certain generation . . . In all, we paddled, splashed, prawned and enjoyed sunrises over beaches and lakes of the south coast of NSW, then took in the coastal scenery from Tuross to the Gold Coast on our 16 hour+ drive over three days odyssey - some places more tranquil than others at this peak time of year.

As I write this parts of Australia are sweltering miserably, other parts just lapping up the more reasonable sunshine. Wherever we are under this southern hemisphere summer sun, it seems the weather has a lot to do with boat sales. This week, we take a lap around Australia to see how dealers are taking advantage of the start of summer, their strategies and impressions of public sentiment, and what they hope is in store for 2012.

There is a variety of stories on hand this week - and a heap more in the tube, so standby for an excellent and business-focused start to this wonderful New Year. It's all ahead of us!

Here's to a positive and fun-laden 2012!

Santa found the good kids at Tuross Head  Jeni Bone

Jeni Bone, editor

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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Tamara Ecclestone to open the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show
Model, heiress and broadcaster, Tamara Ecclestone will officially open the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at ExCeL London on Friday, 6 January. Tamara – star of the recent popular TV series 'Billion Dollar Girl' and the face and body of Ultimo – will add all the glamour to the world-class event that would be expected of the model.... [more]
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Boat Asia 2012 celebrates 20th birthday with new luxury charter sector
Boat Asia Event Media,
Boat Asia 2012 returns to Marina @ Keppel Bay from 12-15th April 2012 in what will be the 20th anniversary of the event. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Boat Asia in conjunction with strategic partner Marina @ Keppel Bay is the showcase in Asia for luxury yachts up to 50 metres.... [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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Gladstone marine life affected by parasitic flatworm
Media Services,
The latest test results on further marine life samples taken from Gladstone have confirmed a parasitic flatworm as the cause of cloudy eyes in barramundi, and found no parasitic, bacterial or fungal pathogens on other species tested so far.... [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 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
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
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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US show circuit begins for 2012
Show Management,
Show Management is gearing up for its first two big shows of 2012 — The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.... [more]
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Spanish Castle to White Night now available as an eBook
Mark Chisnell's account of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, Spanish Castle to White Night, is now available in an eBook text only version. Spanish Castle to White Night charts the story of some of the 88 men that left Alicante in October 2008 to win that race.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Superyachts Association letter from the Chairman
Southampton, Genoa and Cannes all reported very quiet shows and while Monaco was quieter there definitely seemed to be a positive outlook on things with most people reporting a good show. Certainly from an APSA point of view we had a number of very positive meetings and there is definitely scope to be optimistic for the development of APSA down the line with good feedback from regional... [more]
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Fishing industry invited to invent to help stop seabird deaths
Jeni Bone,
The New Zealand fishing industry says it's committed to change, hoping to embrace initiatives that reduce the impact of their industry on sea birds, and a newly formed alliance is keen to support ideas and inventions from industry that will help.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 ORCi versus IRC as handicap rule
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 – tomorrow the handicap winner for this year's race will probably be decided. The overall IRC handicap rating winner will receive the prestigious Tattersalls Cup and there will be IRC results for 72 boats across four divisions. At the same time, there will be another set of handicap results for yachts sailing under the ORCi handicap rating, 38 boats in three divisions.... [more]
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NSW government to fund dredging of Wallis Lake
Jeni Bone,
The NSW Government plans to commence dredging of Wallis Lake in the New Year in what Myall Lakes MP, Stephen Bromhead has termed 'a great Christmas present for the residents of Forster-Tuncurry and the many visitors to the area'.... [more]
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Rivergate Brisbane hosts refit and repaint of Aquamarina
Jeni Bone,
In early 2011, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard in Brisbane were commissioned by Monaco based international yacht management firm, Yachting Partners International, to manage a major refit of the 2006 Italian built ISA superyacht MY Aquamarina.... [more]
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Cross-Strait licences for Xiamen/Taiwan sailors
What's On Xiamen,
According to the report, Xiamen and Taiwan authorities have made historic breakthrough on issues such as mutual reorganization of the yacht sailing license issued by each side. The two sides will work together to formulate a training program and jointly compile educational materials.... [more]
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Enterprize Tall Ship busy holiday season program on Port Phillip
Rod Thomas,
Have you had an interest in sailing on a traditional tall ship or in taking family or friends out on a short or longer trip on such a vessel?... [more]
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Setting sail for charity
Jeni Bone,
Rivergate Marina and Shipyard Brisbane recently welcomed luxury motor yacht ‘Slojo' for an eight-week stay, before she continued her journey to the Pacific Islands for charity.... [more]
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Camper hoists the high-tech sail for old-fashioned craftsmanship
Jeni Bone,
For four generations, the Spanish brand Camper has been synonymous with fashion-forward footwear based on old-fashioned craftsmanship and values.... [more]
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IAG Yachts launches the first 100-footer of the 'Electra' series
IAG Yachts,
IAG Yachts shipyard, based in Zhuhai (China) has launched its second yacht to date. The IAG100', the first of the Electra series, is now undergoing sea trials and will be delivered to her new owner shortly. This yacht will remain in China and will be presented at regional boat shows.... [more]
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Farmed seafood destined for NSW estuaries
Media Services,
Prawns, fish and crabs born and raised in tanks could soon fill the nets of commercial and recreational fishers after an investigation cleared NSW's first bath of hatchery-bred marine species destined for the state's estuaries.... [more]
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Fish study adds five species to sustainability list
Media Services,
A group of scientists has spent the past three months investigating the health of various fish populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of some species caught as bycatch.... [more]
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Rainfall creates greening of the seas
Marea Martlew, Faculty of Science UTS,
Recent above average rainfall in NSW has seen parched inland floodplains rejuvenated with birdlife and farmers anticipating bumper crops for the first time in decades. But the impact is felt far beyond the interior. UTS researchers, recently returned from a 17-day scientific voyage along the South East Coast of Australia, are predicting an explosion of life in the oceans as well.... [more]
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Yachting Developments Platinum Sponsor of 2012 NZ Millennium Cup
Amy Welch,
Renowned superyacht builder and refit specialist, Yachting Developments, has committed to a 3-year partnership with the NZ Millennium Cup as a Platinum Sponsor.... [more]
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