SCIBS countdown, Abu Dhabi aims high, North Sails sets the pace

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SCIBS countdown, Abu Dhabi aims high, North Sails sets the pace

Welcome relief from the heat today, with rain and cooler temperatures on the east coast. We are all shocked and appalled at the toll the bush fires – an Australian reality – have taken. I'm sure the authorities are going to reassess the emergency and evacuation procedures for those regions, but in the meantime, the Red Cross is offering practical assistance in the form of blood, shelter, clothing, money.

We are all counting the pennies, but this kind of catastrophe makes us rethink our priorities and surely they are, in order, family, friends, pets and then property. Anything you can donate would be one step close to repairing those lives. Visit to make a secure online donation.

Yesterday, I attended the media launch of the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. It couldn't have been further from the devastation and parched earth of Victoria as we took in the sights from the boat, heading from the venue to the Broadwater. Lush mangroves, clean waterways (although locals were quick to point out the silting to government reps onboard!), happy people frolicking on recreational craft and enjoying the sunshine. Where else but (south-east) Queensland?

Barry Jenkins welcomed us with news of the event's international appeal, with 30 world and Australian launches and plenty of delegations from around the globe, eager to sample this highlight of the Queensland and national marine calendar. It's 100 days to go, but there's plenty of buzz around in both consumer and industry circles.

This week, we have plenty of news, a lot of it good, from New Zealand, the Middle East, the Gold Coast and down south in Wollongong.

Despite the downturn affecting many businesses in NZ, North Sails is working flat out to supply sails and spinnakers for racing boats, superyachts and Emirates Team New Zealand's new TP52, and the new Artemis, both to be launched by Cookson Boats in February. More at

Seawind Catamarans is savouring the results of sustained marketing support for its range, reaping the rewards in strong international sales and great response in the form of leads from its appearance at MIBLS last week. An addition to its Wollongong factory, whirlwind of boat shows and innovative seminar program promoting the attractions of sailing Downunder are all the positives this dynamic company is counting this year – and it's only February!

Wherever you are, have a great week.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Exciting Plans for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Kate Duryea,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has revealed operational improvements and the release of online ticket sales. The 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is staged in Australia Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24, 2009. The 2009 Show has a combined pavilion display of more than 8800sqm, a 22 per cent increase from 2008. The Super Yacht pavilion has almost doubled in size .... [more]

Hectic times despite recession for North Sails NZ
Zoe Hawkins,
Fresh from completing 17 gennakers to be used in the first run of every race in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the next six weeks are non-stop for the North Sails team in the Auckland loft.... [more]

Seawind celebrates new models, strong exports & successful shows
Jeni Bone,
Fresh off the back of a sensational Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show, Seawind Catamarans is looking ahead to a hectic year of boat shows and steady exports.... [more]

Green Boating Tips
Miami Boat Show,
Thanks to the experts at this week's Miami Boat Show, more eco-friendly methods of enjoying our boats are at hand. Following are US tips and information that may help you minimize your impact on the environment while maximizing the efficiency and performance of your boat.... [more]

NSW Gov garage, station and marina sale
Media Services,
The NSW Government is selling off its ageing transport fleet in a bid to fund an anticipated Budget deficit of $2 billion.... [more]

Abu Dhabi Yacht Show aims for the elite
Jeni Bone,
The Show must go on, despite the global financial climate. The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show is set to be one of the world's most exclusive and luxurious Super Yachting event, featuring some outstanding power and sailing super yachts ranging from 30m to 100m in a prestigious exhibition and marina facility located at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), 12-14 March.... [more]

Mustang Marine further expands in Asia
Media Services,
Mustang Marine, Australia'n manufacturer of Sports Flybridge, Sports Cruisers and the all new Sports Coupé, is excited to announce Master Yachts as their new dealer in Hong Kong.... [more]

High Modulus celebrates 30 years of composites excellence
Sian Raynor,
From making sailboards in an old farm building to supplying leading composite technology solutions to projects around the world, High Modulus has come a long way in the last three decades. In 2009, the company celebrates its 30th birthday and cements the foundations for the future.... [more]

Seatec Italy: 3-day industry forum
Italian Innovation,
At Seatec this week, industry heavy-weights will send three days at conferences, meetings, in discussions and technical briefings on the current issues facing the local and global industry.... [more]

Rosehill Trailer Boat Show geared towards member support
The Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA) is in the final stages of planning for the industry's annual Rosehill Trailer Boat Show.... [more]

Green Wash: The cost of claims and do consumers care?
Jeni Bone,
The green ethic is all pervasive in the supermarket, in the automotive industry and gradually, it is creeping into boating. But do consumers care? New research states that nine out of 10 do not trust eco-claims. But the ACCC certainly does and is coming down hard on brands and manufacturers whose marketing claims stretch the truth.... [more]

Your own office in Dubai within reach
Knotika Holding,
Getting your foot in the door in Dubai is facilitated by having an office in the city, and now Knotika Marine Mall has a few openings, allowing you to access the marine market in the Middle East, the Fastest Growing Leisure Marine Market in the World.... [more]

Bénéteau forecasts strong sales ahead
Jeni Bone,
Despite worldwide trends and a forecast drop in its marine sales of 40% for 2009, the Bénéteau Group has stated that its solid financial position will allow it to weather the crisis, predicting double-digit growth in 2010.... [more]

UAE boating industry will sail through global crisis
Reena Amos Dyes,
The UAE will survive the global financial crisis on its love of boating, according to one of its marine industry's main proponents, Wael Juju CEO, Knotika Holding.... [more]

Boating Summit Down Under shapes up for world view
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC)'s Summit on recreational boat standards will provide an insight into how the standards used in the world market are changing to meet today's challenges.... [more]

KIBS aims for regional appeal
Jeni Bone,
The Korea International Boat Show is on track for a June 3 start, and plans to include an industry conference and Marine Festival in its program, aiming to broaden its range to make it a significant regional event.... [more]

New High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery From Mastervolt
Andrew Wilson,
Mastervolt has developed the World's first practical high capacity Lithium-ion battery that can be used as a direct replacement for big lead-acid battery banks on boats. This innovative new product is smaller, lighter, more efficient and has three times longer life cycle expectancy than its lead-acid equivalent.... [more]

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