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28 Oct 2009                                       To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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METS approaches, Mustang buys Warren moulds, Seawind 1250 launches

Finally, the rain here in dusty SEQld! I appreciate the cloudless, breezy summer days as much as anybody, but eating dirt blown in from the west is not pleasant (let alone the additional house work!)

This week, along with the rain, we can give thanks for a swag of good news stories that lift our industry.

Among them, the launch of the impressive 41ft Seawind 1250 at Wollongong Harbour. By all accounts, it's a superb addition to the range and well worth the million dollar investment in new tooling and design.

Then there's a preview of METS 2009 and information on the products short listed for this year's DAME, new Brisbane premises for Yamaha Motor Australia and international recognition and Awards for Navico.

Positive too is the feedback from the 1st Asia Superyacht conference held in Singapore 2 weeks ago, and we have a thorough report on the event, its highlights and outcomes.

Azzura Marine Nowra in southern NSW went into liquidation a couple of weeks ago, but there could be opportunities either locally or for low cost manufacturers further north in the Asia Pacifc.

Keep sending your news in. That large 'Submit News and Pix' button on the top of the first newsline on our site sure gets a work over by saavy marine industry companies. If you are not one of those yet, look and see.

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Jeni Bone, Editor

Mustang acquires Warren Yacht moulds
Zeal PR,
Riding off the back of steady sales growth, Mustang Marine has announced an acquisition that substantially grows their already impressive stable of stylish boats.... [more]
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Musto wins exclusive rights to CYCA clothing merchandise
Musto Australasia has been awarded the exclusive rights to provide clothing merchandise and staff uniforms to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Additionally, Musto joins the family of CYCA Youth Sailing Academy sponsors through their sponsorship of an Elliot 6.0m training yacht and the Musto International Youth Match Racing regatta.... [more]
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Dutch teen chooses school over circumnavigation - for now
Jeni Bone,
The 14-year-old Dutch sailor who hopes to pip Jessica Watson to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world solo says she will wait until the school year ends, next May (around about the time Jessica anticipates returning home), before starting her attempt.... [more]
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Cairns rising in popularity with superyachts
Superyacht Group – Great Barrier Reef's (SYGGBR) recent visit to the annual Monaco Yacht Show has confirmed Cairns is developing a reputation throughout the world as a world-class destination with a world-class Marina and a comprehensive range of refit and repair facilities and services.... [more]
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Liquidator optimistic about the future of Azzura Marine Nowra
Jeni Bone,
A liquidator for Azzura Marine Nowra, a wholly owned subsidiary of Azzura Marine, says he has already received a 'number of enquiries' about purchasing the company's assets after it went into voluntary liquidation on October 15th. Azzura Marine Nowra was one of three boatbuilding ventures in Australia owned by Azzura Marine.... [more]
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Nominees announced for DAME Design Award 2009
Jeni Bone,
Out of a total of 125 products entered in this year's prestigious DAME – Design Award METS competition, the DAME Jury has nominated 53 from which the overall and category winners will be chosen.... [more]
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Stacer proves big things are possible in small boats
Stacer is proving that size doesn't matter when it comes to their range of Open Boats.... [more]
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NSW Maritime concerned about offshore skippers safety equipment
AAP Medianet - NSW Maritime,
Boating offshore demands skippers take extra care when it comes to safety equipment and carry an EPIRB. NSW Maritime Regional Manager Charlie Dunkley said Operation EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) was staged over the weekend of 24-25 October and the most common infringement was a failure to carry the required distress signalling beacon... [more]
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NSW Government rescues Batemans Bay volunteers
NSW Government Media,
The NSW Government has come to the rescue of the Batemans Bay Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol after the group found itself without its main rescue vessel due to a mechanical breakdown.The replacement vessel is a Sailfish 7200 aluminium catamaran, 6.50 metres in length and powered by two Honda 150 horsepower outboard engines.... [more]
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British couple kidnapped by pirates, Seychelles
Media Services,
A rescue mission is under way to locate British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, after they went missing while sailing from the Seychelles towards Tanzania last Friday.... [more]
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Positive response to 1st Asia Superyacht Conference: official report
Superyacht Singapore Association,
The 1st Asia Superyacht Conference, organised by the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA), saw over 150 participants attend from over 30 countries around the world at what was a ground breaking and inspiring event that has created the potential to substantially grow the superyacht business within Asia.... [more]
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Canadian Grains transported by a fleet of 11 Sailboats
Jon Steinman,
When Canada's first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project for grain generated international attention last year, it was unexpected that some of that monumental harvest from the Creston Valley of British Columbia would be transported to shareholders by sailboat! In the project's second year, a fleet of 11 sailboats transported 11,000lbs of the grains.... [more]
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Raymarine appoints Taiwan distributor
Raymarine has appointed Marine Centre Asia as its exclusive distributor in Taiwan. Marine Centre Asia is now responsible for Raymarine sales, service, training and commissioning in Taiwan.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions takes on NEEL trimarans
Multihull Solutions,
Multihull Solutions has been appointed exclusive Australasian distributor of the exciting new NEEL Trimarans.... [more]
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RFD Awarded ADF Contract For Protective Suits
Bob Carter,
Defence Materiel Organisation has announced a major supply contract to RFD Australia. The $3.15m contract is for the supply of highly specialised immersion clothing to protect ADF pilots and aircrew from possible death or injury, resulting from an aircraft being forced to ditch into cold water.... [more]
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Navico receives multiple NMEA honours - for Technology and Innovation
Sandman PR,
Navico's technological expertise was recognised during the 2009 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) convention held in the US recently, with the BR24 Broadband Radar and Simrad AP24 and AP28 autopilots receiving awards.... [more]
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Le Boreal takes to Antarctic waters (in style!)
Jeni Bone,
Luxury travel broker, Abercrombie & Kent has chartered what it is claiming to be the most environmentally friendly ship for the 2010-11 Antarctic season - a cool and extravagant way to see the South Pole.... [more]
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New Brisbane premises for Yamaha Motor Australia
Yamaha Motor Australia has officially opened its new Brisbane facility in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Takashi Kajikawa, President of Yamaha Motor Corporation.... [more]
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New 41ft Seawind 1250 Launches
Brent Vaughan,
What a fitting scene to launch the world's newest blue water cruiser, with a strong southerly blowing and the wild Tasman Sea in the background, as the 41ft Seawind 1250 splashed down this morning into Wollongong Harbour.... [more]
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AIMEX leads Aussie contingent to METS
Once again Australia's marine industry will be out in force at the 2009 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, 17-19 November. A large contingent of Australian Marine Exporters will be showcasing the latest cutting-edge innovations, exhibiting with AIMEX in the Australian Pavilion.... [more]
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Marine Qld voices concerns on Queensland water health
Marine Qld,
Peak State recreational marine industry body, Marine Queensland has today spoken out over concerns regarding the increased levels of pollution found in our waterways after the results of the Ecosystem Health Report Card were released this week.... [more]
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2010 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show dates announced
Marine Qld,
Following the success of the 2009 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and National 4x4 Show and Outdoors Expo, fishing and camping enthusiasts can mark 19 – 21 March 2010 on the calendar with the iconic events set to take over Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds once again.... [more]
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Sydney Boating Club seeks Skipper and Sales Rep
Natasha Jacobs,
Sydney Boating Club has been operating on Sydney Harbour for almost 5 years, offering members an alternative, affordable, hassle free way to go boating. Thanks to continued growth, the company is seeking skilled people to join their team.... [more]
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BIFA is on its way!
BIAWA launched its new finance lead generation agency called Boating Industry Finance Agency (BIFA) at a gathering of members, sponsored by Capel Vale Wines, at the Burswood on Swan Function Centre last week.... [more]
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Boating/Fishing industry want Rudd to reconsider Coral Sea decision
National Spokesperson for the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BFCA), Dean Logan has indicated that the Rudd Government would lose significant industry support over the hastily made decision on 20 May 2009 to declare the Coral Sea a Conservation Zone, if they continued with their stance not to negotiate with industry to achieve a mutually acceptable and balanced outcome.... [more]
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Commercial fishing skipper charged over fur seal deaths
Australian Government,
A skipper of an Australian commercial fishing vessel has been charged for killing nationally protected Australian fur seals while trawl fishing off Tasmania.... [more]
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The Latest Sail-World competition - Prize value over $300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Riviera's Star Performers, a Shining Example
Stephen Milne,
Going the extra mile is all in a day's work for Cassandra Meyers and Sean Drysdale who were named Riviera's Star Performers for the third quarter. The Star Performer awards have been running for more than 10 years and recognise outstanding employee contribution.... [more]
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Melbourne Sea Survival Safety Course - I'll be back - and I am!
John Curnow,
Perhaps it was Bob 'Freight Train' Williams' fantastic article here on Sail-World recently or maybe it was our involvement in the ABC's recent edition of 'Australian Story'. No matter what, the phone and emails have been running hot with enquiries for another of the ORCV's terrific Sea Survival and Safety Courses to be run - and we only did the last one at the end of September.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Race Partner announced
Oliver Dewar,
Leading yacht hardware company Ronstan confirmed arrangements to be a Race Partner with the Global Ocean Race 2011-12... [more]
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50% of maritime debris is plastic
ABC Science Online and Sail-World,
Alistair McIlgorm of the National Marine Science Center in Coffs Harbor Australia says '6.4 million tons of debris reaches the world's oceans each year.' 'Of that, 80 percent is thought to come from land based sources, more than half of the rubbish is believed to be plastic'... [more]
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