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Latest news is that Maritimo has laid off 105 staff. Not surprising considering the stock market uncertainties. We will have detailed news in a few hours. Check back on Marine Business News then.

This week offers a diverse bunch of stories, from the launch of South African cat brand, Leopard, now basing its Australian operations in Brisbane, to the worldwide search for footage of the Australian victory in the Americas Cup in 1983, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the now legendary event (which by the way, was nominated the country's most memorable sporting victory in a Sydney Morning Herald reader poll).

There's a plethora of boat shows ahead, including Genoa, IBEX and Fort Lauderdale in October, METS and Emirates in November and then Auckland in March 2009, before the circuit begins all over again.

Then there's the online version, with the launch of, the first 'online boat show', which is now aceesible via Powerboat-World and Sail-World where consumers can experience a one-stop-shop to browse, review and compare new boats, motor yachts, jet skis, outboards and inboard engines. Check it our for yourself.

And finally, praise for industry stalwart, Club Marine, announcing sponsorship of the Coastcare organization, supporting a raft of initiatives aimed at restoring or protecting endangered species and vulnerable locations around the country.

Club Marine CEO, Mark Bradley said the company will support the 60,000 selfless volunteers who work tirelessly to protect our magnificent but fragile beaches, harbours and bays, specifically by providing financial support and insurance for boats involved in five of Coastcare's projects.

It's refreshing to see practical contributions to the environment, without which no marine business would exist.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Call for Exhibitors: Auckland Int'l Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
The Marine Industry Association has big plans underway for the Auckland International Boat Show 2009.Auckland International Boat Show), 5-8 March 2009.... [more]

Australian Sailing Team Director bows out
Yachting Australia,
It is with regret that Yachting Australia has recently accepted the resignation of Michael Jones, the Director of the Australian Sailing Team. Michael will leave the role at the end of October 2008, having led the team to three medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.... [more]

Beneteau honours Australian dealer
Bob Wonders,
Beneteau's Australian and New Zealand powerboats distributor, JW Marine, judged best in the world. Dealer principal Adam Waters was on hand in Bordeaux, France, to accept the award from Beneteau's director of sales and marketing, M. Henri Brissi, during the 2008 International Dealer Conference.... [more]

Offshore Superboat Series venues confirmed
Bob Wonders,
Five rounds remain for the 2008/09 Offshore Superboat Series as the event moves along the east coast.The only NSW event, round five, has been set for Newcastle, May 2/3.... [more]

Why join Bargain Boat Bits?
Jacqui Oakes,
When an Australian-based retail group sells in excess of $250 million worth of marine products annually, including $41 million worth of chandlery, it's instantly apparent you're dealing with a major player in the marine industry.... [more]

$10 million for boating infrastructure in C Qld
Paul Hoolihan MP - Member for Keppel,
Central Queensland boaties will benefit from a $10 million boating infrastructure boost from the State Government, Member for Keppel, Paul Hoolihan, announced today.... [more]

Estate Master Sailing Team Website Launches
Michael Blackburn,
The up and coming Australian Farr 40 team, Estate Master, has recently launched a website for supporters to follow their activity. will carry their news, program and regatta experiences as they work towards the Farr 40 World Championship next year in Sardinia. The team also has wider goals to its participation in Farr 40 regattas, as Skipper Martin Hill explains:... [more]

Hunt is on for Americas Cup Footage
Jeni Bone,
It's the now legendary occasion we beat the Americans at their own game but as the 25th anniversary of the 1983 America's Cup victory passes, it appears somebody lost the footage of the victory.... [more]

Club Marine Goes Green with Coastcare
Jeni Bone,
Industry insurer, Club Marine is teaming up with Coastcare, Australia's largest coastal community volunteer network, to support a range of environmental programs aimed at restoring or protecting endangered species and vulnerable locations around Australia.... [more]

Genoa Bigger and Better than Ever
Jeni Bone,
The next big event on the European calendar is the Genoa Boat Show.... [more]

Leopard Attacks!
Jeni Bone,
After just 10 years in business and staking its place as third largest cat manufacturer worldwide, with dominance in the US and Europe, South African marque, Leopard Catamarans will expand into the Australian market.... [more]

Dubai Superyacht Marina Scheduled for 2009
Jeni Bone,
Dubai's first dedicated superyacht marina, the Palm Jumeirah Mega Yacht Marina, has received the official approval and released details of its plans.... [more]

BIA Victoria and Parks Victoria partnership
Media Services BIA VIC, Parks VIC,
BIA Victoria and Parks Victoria have established a formal partnership to facilitate development and improvement of marine infrastructure. The MoU is a formal partnership between BIA Victoria and Parks Victoria to improve and expand boating infrastructure in Port Phillip and Western Port, including new and upgraded marinas, dry stacks and boat ramps.... [more]

Australia's Online Boat Show on Powerboat-world
Australia's online boat show, is the first of its kind! Boating enthusiasts experience a one-stop-shop to browse, review and compare new boats, motor yachts, jet skis, outboards and inboard engines. has made searching easy with a user friendly navigation system, finding the right boat and motor is a breeze.... [more]

Kingfisher Marine- Thailand/Singapore Mustang
Media Services,
Australian Luxury powerboat builder Mustang appoints Kingfisher Marine the Thailand and Singapore dealer. To coincide with the appointment, Kingfisher Marine has appointed Australian James Egan to their team to assist with the promotion of the Mustang range of luxury cruisers, with James bringing a wealth of industry and boating knowledge to the Kingfisher Sales Team.... [more]

Sail marketing agency launched in Asia
Sailing Events Asia,
When you think of sponsored yacht racing, sailing hospitality and team building days on performance yachts, most people will think of Europe, North America, Australia... pretty much anywhere except Asia. Until now.... [more]

Senior Instructors, Coach Assessors wanted - India
ISAF Media,
The Yachting Association of India is seeking experienced Senior Instructors and Coach Assessors for its new national Learn to Sail dinghy programme.... [more]

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