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Writing this from the drenched and grey Gold Coast, we are celebrating full dams but lamenting the schism between our perennial advertising campaign (blue skies, shimmering waterways and friendly folk) and the drizzle.

Rain doesn't stop visitors having fun on water, but it has been known in the past to slow down boat sales. Let's hope the fall of the AUD and interest rates, as well as other government initiatives – they seem to be giving money away – motivates consumers to buy boats.

This weekend, the BIA of NSW is whetting people's appetite with its “Clear the Decks Sale” at Darling Harbour. More than 70 exhibitors will occupy Halls 4 and 5 of the Exhibition Centre, with larger boats on the water on the adjoining Cockle Bay Marina.

Also this week, more piracy off the coast of Africa, this time an oil-laden Saudi supertanker, which sent jitters through the oil market, figures from a study that reveals SCIBS rakes in more than $310m for the Gold Coast, and your opportunity to bid for the 60m, 1922 built Manly Ferry 'BARAGOOLA', auctioned online between now and November 25 at

More from Sanctuary Cove, is the news that SCIBS 2009 will feature 22% more space – around 8,800m² and an expanded international marketing program to support the show, May 21 to Sunday, May 24.

There are plenty of product launches, NMSC calls for comments and AIMEX's overview of the Barcelona Boat Show.

Finally, just weeks before Sydney City Marine officially opens, retailers and allied marine enterprises have the opportunity to take up premises at what will surely be an idyllically located marine hub – just beneath the Rozelle bridge. Management is looking for commercial tenants keen to set up a great restaurant, gym, insurance company or other businesses, just 5 minutes from the CBD.

Thanks for your comments over the past week. We are always happy to take amendments and suggestions onboard. Keep ‘em coming!

Jeni Bone, Editor

Sydney City Marine - The Place to Be!
Jeni Bone,
The strategically and scenically located Sydney City Marine has limited space available for commercial tenants to complement the marine businesses already moving in.... [more]

Seawind Saluted for Export Excellence
Jeni Bone,
Seawind Catamarans has been selected as a finalist in the Australian Exporter of the Year awards.... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Means Big Business
Media Services,
SCIBS is worth more than AUD$310m to the Gold Coast region, according to a major Griffith University study.... [more]

Super Tanker attacked in Arabian Sea
Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs,
The very large crude tanker Sirius Star was attacked more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. This attack comes amid a decrease in the rate of successful pirate attacks on merchant vessels off the coast of Somalia.... [more]

198 foot ferry being auctioned on the Internet
Jeni Bone,
Looking to invest in a piece of Sydney nostalgia? The 1922 built Manly Ferry 'BARAGOOLA' is being auctioned online now. She is 198`(60 metres) in Length and 38 (12 metres)` wide and can accommodate up to 1000 people... [more]

Clear the Decks Sale- Darling Harbour Sydney
Event Organisers BIA NSW,
Clear the Decks Sales - this weekend Date: 22 & 23 November Time: 10 am to 5 pm Location: Halls 4 & 5 Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour. 70 companies will have a variety of excess stock items ready for immediate delivery in the Halls & Marina.... [more]

Surf clubs using Honda to save lives
Linda Evans,
The TSS was started three years ago by a group of lifesavers from three (and later four) Surf Life Saving Clubs - Cabarita, Cudgen Headland and Fingal Rovers - to patrol the huge coastline that was too spread out for any one club to service on their own.... [more]

Superyachts Launched by Azzura
Azzura Marine Media,
Azzura Marine proves its commitment to quality, innovation and superior service following the successful launch of two superyacht projects at its shipyard in Newcastle, Australia.... [more]

GME bonus Leatherman Promotion
Media Services,
Two Iconic names GME and Leatherman join forces to offer a great bonus pack in the lead up to Christmas.... [more]

New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour
Lisa Ratcliff,
With New Year's Eve less than seven weeks away, it's time to start planning your farewell to 2008 and the celebration of a new year in one of the world's best cities.... [more]

AIMEX in Barcelona
A small group of AIMEX members attended the Barcelona Boat Show, 8-16 November, and while numbers were down, the quality of visitors was high and prospects are positive.... [more]

What's the real value of sailing sponsorship?
The World Yacht Racing Forum,
The World Yacht Racing Forum interviews Annemarie Meyer, Co-Head Sports Sponsorship, UBS.... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Boat show Boosts Pavilion Space
Kate Duryea,
The 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will feature extended pavilion displays and an expanded international marketing program in the lead-up to the 21st annual event in May. The prestigious Australasian show is staged on Australia's Gold Coast from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24. In new developments , the combined pavilion display area has been increased 22% for 2009.... [more]

DYT partners with Global Boat Shipping
Media Pro Int'l,
Dockwise Yacht Transport partners with Global Boat Shipping to expand service to Northwestern Europe... [more]

IGY lays off staff due to Global Financial Squeeze
Jeni Bone,
Island Global Yachting (IGY) has released details of recent staff reductions, citing the current the financial problems and fluctuations as the company reasoning behind the decision.... [more]

Austal Awarded US Defence Contract
WA-based ship builder, Austal has won the contract to design and build the US Department of Defence's next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion... [more]

Administrators Descend on Sunseeker Dealer
Jeni Bone,
Sunseeker's east coast dealership, headed by Rick Rodwell, has gone in to voluntary administration.... [more]

House of Reps - Convicted fishermen off the hook
Media Services,
The result came after the House of Representatives supported an amendment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 sponsored by Senator Boswell and Senator Ian MacDonald.... [more]

Korea to host second annual KIBS
Following the success of last year's inaugural event, Gyeonggi Province will host the second Korea International Boat Show - June 3 to 7, 2009 at Jeongok Marina, Hwaseong City.... [more]

UAE Enters a New Period of Marine Maturity
Jeni Bone,
With billions of investment dollars going in to marinas, residential developments and boating infrastructure, the Middle East is poised to become the international crucible of marine business.... [more]

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