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Our Best Promotion says Laser manufacturer, the Jessica debate

According to Google, there are now many hundreds of thousands of searches for 'Jessica Watson'. A teen from the Sunshine Coast whose name was relegated to local page 10 news two weeks ago, is now the object of discussion over breakfast tables and water coolers the world over.

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor of who has herself has circumavigated the world, said in response to all the hoopla, 'I think the saddest thing is that, with all the pre-publicity, she and her family would face at the least, extreme embarrassment if she called the trip off now. With such a venture, one should always retain the ability to decide freely, without penalty, not to go ahead. I am sad that that seems denied to her now.'

As well as this riveting story, there are plenty more this week, Win A Laser has been our Best Promotion says Australian manufacturer. This is compulsory reading.

We have innovations in technology, eco-friendly propulsion and design from the Monaco Yacht Show, positive advances in algae-to-oil development, the cancellation of the Yacht and Boat Korea thanks to the fear of swine flu, record exhibitor numbers for METS in November and many other products and people making news.

Keep in touch with your news and views.

Jeni Bone, editor

Performance Sailcraft's online competition - the Best Ever
Jeni Bone,
Chris Caldecoat from Performance Sailcraft Australasia, 'Running an online promotion and competition, which requires a 20 question survey completion has provide us with invaluable data, thousands of contacts, great sales leads and provided very high quality data on how we should service our market- This was our best ever promotion!!... [more]
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FinScan appoints new Western Australian distributor
Marine Biometrics manufacturer, Finscan, has appointed Seapower Australia as its Sole Western Australian distributor of the FinScan Bio eStart range of “Plug and Play”, fingerprint keyless ignition systems.... [more]
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World-class fishing tournament boats rely on VEEM
To satisfy the boat owners who compete in the world's most demanding fishing tournaments VEEM Propellers know the importance of manufacturing propellers to the highest levels of quality.... [more]
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Maritimo awarded quality ISO 9001 certification
Inprint Media,
Maritimo, has been awarded ISO 9001 certification for its quality management systems.... [more]
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2011 Ocean Race and Rally Race Organisation flies around Australia
Ocean Events Media,
Like the song says ‘I've been everywhere man', well not quite but I'm getting close in my travels around the coastline of Australia visiting our Around Australia Ocean Race start/finish ports and our Around Australia Ocean Rally ‘Rendezvous Ports'.... [more]
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GoMarine promises top brands and top service
Jeni Bone,
Seasoned marine industry professional, Capt Joe Goddard, is channeling his three decades of experience across marina development, yacht design and sailing into a retail venture on the Tweed/Gold Coast border, perfectly positioned on water and showcasing the best in local and imported trailer boats.... [more]
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Record exhibitors for METS
A current total of 1,232 exhibitors makes METS 2009, to be held 17-19 November, the biggest METS to date with not only increased floor space but the highest ever number of exhibitors, says organiser Amsterdam RAI.... [more]
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Wally and Hermes team up in WHY, the 'moving island'
Jeni Bone,
It's not a new concept - a fashion house and design firm teaming up in a luxury project. But this is different. The 'WHY' is characterised by safety and eco-friendly as its hallmarks alongside luxury and decadence on a grand scale.... [more]
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Quintrex Escape a real show stopper
Quintrex has had great success in this year's boat show season with its latest addition; the Escape range, becoming a fast favourite for boating families.... [more]
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Hunter 39 makes her debut in October
US Yachts,
New Hunter yacht sales report a welcome boost from the post global financial crisis fuelled by the strength of the Australian dollar, generous factory incentives and reduction in shipping costs.... [more]
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1st Asia Superyacht Conference announces more keynote speakers
Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA), organisers of the 1st Asia Superyacht Conference to be held 13-15 October in Singapore, has announced further enhancements to the conference.... [more]
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New standard to open pathways for trainee marine pilots
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a draft standard on Competencies for Trainee Marine Pilots.... [more]
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Newport Boat Show sees double digit attendance increase
Event media,
Bright sun and a light at the end of the (economic) tunnel are thought to be some of the reasons for a boost in attendance by over 12% at this years Newport International Boat Show!... [more]
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Just you, 24 hours and Lake Macquarie – plus your sponsoring mates!!
Event media,
Last year the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race raised early $13,000 for charity and this year the Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club is on track to beat that record. In a Heaven Can Wait first, a virtual web based sponsorship race is increasing donations collected for the Cancer Council of NSW and widening audience participation ahead of the 24 hours race and the One Lap Dash.... [more]
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BYM News back on the market
Marine Business News,
The European Marine News Site BYM News is back on the market. Earlier this year the Gibralter based Marine News site was advertised for sale because of the illness of CEO Aldous Grenville-Crowther, but was late withdrawn from the markt as his health improved. Last Friday, the site ceased publication of online news and anhour ago released this statement... [more]
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Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more]
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Performance Sailcraft & competition: Who Won the Laser?,
Chris Caldecoat from Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the Central Coast based NSW Laser dinghy manufacturer launched the Win a Laser competition in March 2009 on and the competition closed on Friday 25th September 2009 at midnight.... [more]
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Student graduation provides opportunities in maritime industry
WA Minister for Energy; Training,
Western Australia's Training Minister Peter Collier today celebrated with school students who have graduated from an innovative training program in the Peel region. The Hooked on Fishing Youth Maritime Program was developed in partnership with Challenger TAFE, the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club and Street Net, offering new pathways for students who were disengaged from school.... [more]
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Australian marine electronics company GME celebrates 50 years
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian electronics company GME celebrates this year a significant milestone; 50 years of designing and supplying world-class radio communications equipment to the marine industry. Founded in 1959 by avid sailor Ted Dunn, Greenwich Marine Electronics, more commonly known as GME, originally started out as a small, two-way communications company, servicing the land communications market.... [more]
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Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 CANCELLED due to swine flu fears
Kate Duryea,
The South Korean government's closure of large events has led to the cancellation of Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 scheduled for October 29 to November 1, with the organisers looking to 2010 to host the event.... [more]
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OriginOil presents viable model for algae-to-oil technology
OriginOil Inc,
OriginOil, Inc, the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that the National Algae Association's (NAA) quarterly conference applauded OriginOil's presentation of a first-ever comprehensive algae production model, developed with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) of the Department of Energy under its collaborative research agreement... [more]
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Riviera Yachts USA Relocates to new Headquarters
Stephen Milne,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, celebrates the opening of its new headquarters in Stuart on the east coast of Florida, United States of America. Riviera Yachts USA provides our dealer network and owners in America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East a support resource for all their sales, service, warranty and spare parts needs, further enhancing Riviera's quality customer re... [more]
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Austal completes 14 passenger ferries destined for Hong Kong
Austal is celebrating the completion of 14 high speed passenger ferries for Hong Kong's Venetian Marketing Services Limited (VMSL) following the successful, on-schedule delivery of the final four vessels.... [more]
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7th PIMEX riding on economic recovery
PIMEX Event Media,
PIMEX 2010 is a marine and lifestyle exhibition held at the Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference centre with 2,500 sq metres of air conditioned display space adjacent to the marina basin with over 40 yachts in the water. In it's seventh year the show is the largest on water Boat Show in the region and is the regions most effective showcase for boating and marine leisure.... [more]
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Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats &,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]
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Soliloquy: Super green superyacht uses Solar Sailor technology
Jeni Bone,
On display next week in Monaco, this innovative superyacht by Callender Designs has received worldwide attention due to its advanced 'green' technology as provided by Australia-based Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd.... [more]
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