Fine weather for Sydney Boat Show

30 Jul 2009                              To reply to this email click here

See you at the Boat Show

How sweet it is.....Australia has two brand new world champions, Queenslander (actually, knowing what they're like ‘up there' I should say a North Queenslander) Wayne Mawer has claimed the Formula I Men's title and Sydneysider Jack Houston dominated the Junior Boys.

The action of course took place at the 16th World Water Ski Race titles in Belgium and Mawer was pronounced the victor in somewhat controversial circumstances after the US team was penalised.

We have all the results right here.

In other news, we take a walk-though the Sydney dealership JD's Boatshed, Australian home of the prestigious US Cobalt breed and bring news that may interest those with an extremely healthy bank balance – the superyacht formerly owned by IT ‘whiz kid' Daniel Tzvetkoff is up for sale and for a mere $7.8 million or so it could be yours.

And marine finance specialist, Finlease has reported an improvement in consumer confidence, good news we're all pleased to hear.

Bob Wonders ©

Down on Kogarah Bay, home of the powerful St.George Motor Boat Club, the 2008/09 season drew to a close with another successful Spectacular and we have a couple of great photographs from the very efficient Reg Blunt.

If you're reading this on Thursday morning, I shall be at the 2009 Sydney International Boat Show by 8am, having a cup of coffee and enjoying the winter sunshine.

Now I have been waxing lyrical (love that idea what it means, but I love it) about the show, the 21st to be staged at Darling Harbour.

No beating about the bush (or elsewhere), just be there.

Who knows, you might even bump into me, but be careful, I bruise easily.

Bob Wonders

Australia's Wayne Mawer – World Water Ski Champion 2009
Bob Wonders,
Australia's 1 F1 ski racer, Wayne Mawer, has been crowned world champion at the 16th World Water Ski Racing titles in Belgium. In further good news for Australia's F1 team, Sydney's Chris Stout behind ‘No Mercy' skied consistently to claim third place.... [more]

Maritime treasure hunt at Sydney Boat Show
Brad Schmitt,
Children and families will be able to 'hunt' for prizes – and learn all there is to know about safe and responsible boating – when the Sydney International Boat Show gets underway at Darling Harbour tomorrow (Thursday July 30).... [more]

Five new safety patrol craft for NSW waterways
Brad Schmitt,
NSW Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said today the purchase of five new patrol boats at a cost of almost $750,000 will provide NSW Maritime safety officers with an increased presence on the State's waterways.... [more]

Humans 'damaging the oceans'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today.... [more]

Cobalt – among the best from the USA
Bob Wonders,
From out of the the 'wild west', Cobalt Boats are regarded as industry leaders in terms of finish and integrity. Simply put, Cobalt Boats are outstanding in every respect.... [more]

Jumeirah to manage Agile resort on Clearwater Bay, Hainan, China,
With a site area of about 9,100,000 sq.m. and a gross floor area of about 9,860,000 sq.m., the Project will offer three 18-hole golf courses of international standard, six high-end hotels and two yacht clubs, together with large-scale commercial streets, shopping malls, a hot spring valley and other facilities, making it an ideal spot for tourists and travellers from around the world.... [more]

Aquapro overstocked clearance sale
Media Services,
Up to 50% off new Inflatables. Slat floors, air floors, RIB's, console boats all must clear. Once only sale. Call 02-9622-0222 for prices. Aquapro Clearance Sale. RFD are overstocked with new Aquapro inflatables and Family Boats Blacktown are clearing out all excess stock at up to 50% off retail prices, all are below wholesale price. We will ship Australia wide at discount freight rates.... [more]

Win $5000 worth of Marina Berthing at any d'Albora location!
Natasha Jacobs,
Don't miss out on your chance to win $5000 worth of berthing at any of our seven d'Albora Marinas located on prime waterways throughout Sydney, Port Stephens and Melbourne. Akuna Bay, Sydney, Cabarita Point, Sydney, The Spit, Mosman, Sydney, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Pier 35, Melbourne, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and Victoria Harbour Docklands, Melbourne... [more]

Into boats? Then set your course for Darling Harbour
Bob Wonders,
Sydney International Boat Show, 2009, on track for a bumper edition. For show visitors, and there could be anywhere from 70-80,000 of them, the show will reveal a smorgasbord of nautical delights, from boats to engines, marine electronics to fishing tackle, scuba gear to the latest water ski equipment, you name it, it'll be there at Darling Harbour.... [more]

First RINA Green Star Plus superyacht to be built in China
Kingship Marine Ltd,
The motor yacht will be of a radical form, propulsion, efficiency and style. It is intended to meet the needs of the client who seeks a world cruising yacht, ensuring that it is fuel efficient and the seas she cruises are less polluted. Green Voyager will leave little more than a wake behind her.... [more]

New day boating facilities for Birchgrove
Brad Schmitt,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said today a state of the art recreational boating facility is to be built at Yeend Street Wharf at Birchgrove, in Sydney's inner west.... [more]

$7.8 million Superyacht headed for Auction,
The stunning 98 foot motor yacht that was the star of the 2008 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is headed for auction. It was purchased in 2008 by Brisbane entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff's DSB Cruises which is now in receivership.... [more]

Finlease shares insight on Charter options
Jeni Bone,
The charter boat industry is 'alive and well', according to Mark O'Donoghue, Principal at Finlease. And thanks to low interest rates, a rise in consumer confidence, and the popularity of 'staycations' – holidaying in Australia, rather than overseas – there's never been a better time to consider investing in the charter business.... [more]

Environmental Excellence: d'Albora Marinas
d'Albora Marinas,
Enjoying the spring-like weather this week and the pristine waters of Middle Harbour, a visitor christened Sammy by staff at d'Albora Marinas, The Spit - testament to the clean, green status of d'Albora Marinas.... [more]

Season closes at St.George Motor Boat Club
Bob Wonders,
Powerboats in mothballs, but only for a few weeks at St.George MBC. Racers are now concentrating on having boats (and engines!) ready for the 2009/2010 season which gets under way in September.... [more]

Storm clouds clearing in marine credit storm: Finlease
Jeni Bone,
Specialist boat finance company, Finlease observes that there are glimmers of hope on the financial horizon - including rising consumer sentiment and improving conditions for investment.... [more]

Sydney International Boat Show set to boost industry
Bob Wonders,
Twenty-first appearance at Darling Harbour for the Sydney International Boat Show. For its five days (July 30 – August 3 Darling Harbour could well lay claim to being the headquarters of Australia's recreational boating industry.... [more]

Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series - Lowestoft
F4SA media,
The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat race which was held Sunday has been one of the most spectacular and memorable Grand Prix's the area has witnessed since the series began racing in Lowestoft in 2007.... [more]

Navico takes measures to weather the GFC
Media Services,
Navico announced steps to ensure the financial stability of the company during the global recession, working with lenders to 'improve the company's financial strength and flexibility through an increase in equity and convertible debt by a total of US$198.9 million'.... [more]

Azzura Marine wins Trinity superyacht contract
Azzura Marine Media,
Trinity Yachts, the US's largest luxury superyacht builder, has sought the expertise of Australian custom yacht builder, Azzura Marine to construct the interior of its brand new 57m luxury superyacht.... [more]

Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2nd annual event
Jeni Bone,
The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) will return from the 25-27 February 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Marina (ADNEC), with the addition of 'considerably more exhibition space and several changes in format for the second edition', according to organiser, Informa Yacht Group.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]

Yellow card and Long Lap penalty for Fazza after Norwegian Grand Prix
Class-1 media,
Following post-race investigation by WPPA race officials, Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi have been issued with a yellow card for an infringement during the start of last weekend's BMW Norwegian Grand Prix.... [more]

Great Barrier Reef among finalists for New 7 Wonders of Nature listing
Australian Institute of Marine Science,
The Great Barrier Reef is among the finalists for the title of 'New 7 Wonders of Nature'. The GBR has progressed to stage 3 of the process, moving from the stage 2 list of 77 nominees to be among the 28 finalists that will be put to a global popular vote to decide the final seven in 2011. The process is being conducted by the New 7 Wonders Foundation.... [more]

Dunbier launches online trailer education resource
Sandman PR,
Dunbier Marine Products' new website – – has been developed as a one-stop trailer education resource. The user-friendly website is packed with information to make selecting the right trailer for a particular boat as simple as possible...... [more]

Folding Bikes - Don't leave home without one...
Nancy Knudsen,
When the two of us embarked from Sydney on a sailing adventure which was eventually to take us round the world, we had spent so much on new equipment and preparation of the boat itself that we thought we couldn't afford folding bikes. This, if nothing else, showed how little we knew about cruising.... [more]

Luxury yachts blocked from export to North Korea
Media Services,
The Italian government has blocked the sale of two luxury yachts from Azimut-Benetti bound for North Korea because of suspicions they were destined for the sickly but no less authoritative, Kim Jong-Il, the leader of the impoverished country.... [more]

Australia's Online Boat Show Goes Mobile on Apple iPhone.

Browse review and compare brand new boats, outboards and jet skis at any place and at any time on your iPhone. has built Australia's mobile boat show View photos, read specifications and find dealers directly on your iPhone.... [more]

JD's Boatshed – new Cobalt models coming
Bob Wonders,
Sydney marine distributor/dealership looking confidently to the future. JD's Boatshed operates from modern, purpose-built premises on Captain Cook Drive, at Caringbah, in Sydney's south and boasts a spacious showroom and efficient workshop.... [more]


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