So, the year is ebbing away and as we approach mid-way, what have we learnt? The clouds of the GFC are apparently dispersing, but retirees (the self-funded ones that every business and its brother seems to be targeting) have been slow to return to the market in every sector – marine, automotive, travel, retail, luxury goods. It may be another year before we see the “trickle down” effect to the cash register.
Meanwhile, this week, we cover NZ, Australia, Asia and the US, as well as an assortment of stories from other parts of the globe.
There's an update on doing business at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, as well as details the keynote speaker at the industry breakfast, 21 May. Thom Dammrich, known to many of you as the president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and president of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) will be there, as will other industry identities. Get your tickets early.
Also, on the boat show subject, a preview of the Sydney International Boat Show which is only a matter of weeks away (12 to be precise!) Then there's an interesting feature on the Louisiades Rally, which each year visits the remarkable island chain in PNG, immersing the sail and increasingly power boat crews in native culture and delivering much needed supplies as diverse as medicines, school books and batteries. Take a look at www.louisiadesrally.com to whet your appetite and get your entry in if you're keen.
Take a look and send your comments, as they are keen for critique.
Keep in touch. Talk to you next week from “Fragrant Harbour” (Hong Kong), where I will be immersing myself in all things maritime, as well as a little Peking Duck I am sure.
Jeni Bone, editor
Riviera emerges from administration and looks to the future Jeni Bone, Riviera, one of Australia's largest boatbuilders, has been withdrawn from sale by its bankers to allow the Gold Coast-based business further time to rebuild after falling into administration last year. The reaction from customers, dealers and staff has been universally positive, as CEO, John Anderson explains.... [more] Share this story
GME to show astounding sequel: GR200 AM/FM radio GME, Making its debut from GME at the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is the amazing GME GR200 AM/FM radio, which is the sequel to the GR100, and is proof that sequels can be better than the original.... [more] Share this story
International business welcomed at Sanctuary Cove Show Kate Duryea, International visitors to the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show can receive important introductions and networking opportunities at the International Business Lounge located at the Queensland Government Centre.... [more] Share this story
Thom Dammrich keynote speaker at Sanctuary Cove breakfast Kate Duryea, A leading industry figure in the United States and global marine sector, Thom Dammrich, is a guest speaker at the Gold Coast City Marina's Australian Marine Industry Breakfast on Friday, May 21 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more] Share this story
Sydney International Boat Show shaping as 'a ripper' Bob Wonders, Ninety-three days to go before the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show takes centre stage. The Cockle Bay Marina, always a spectacular highlight of the show, comprises the largest marina specially constructed for a boat show in Australia.... [more] Share this story
Newport USA to host superyacht show in 2011 Media Services, A new boating event to promote superyachts and “the rich array of opulent products that owners and their families and friends enjoy” was announced this week by the Newport Harbor Corp.... [more] Share this story
Recfish Australia forced to move backwards Recfish Australia, The peak body representing all Australian recreational fishers, Recfish Australia, has been forced not to renew the CEO's contract and accept the resignation of the Chair of the Board following the rejection of a request for financial support from the Australian Government.... [more] Share this story
International Seakeepers Society welcomes new CEO Media Services, Following a unanimous board decision, the International SeaKeepers Society is pleased to welcome Dean C. Klevan as its new President and CEO.... [more] Share this story
Louisades Rally welcomes powerboats Jeni Bone, The Louisades Rally to the magnificent islands of Papua New Guinea is organised by EcoSustainAbility, run by Guy Chester, himself an intrepid sailor of over 35 years experience. Chester says the aim of the Rally is “to have fun and leave the places and people in a better state than when we arrived.... [more] Share this story
Peters & May enhances network with strategic partner in Middle East Saltwater PR, Peters & May, a world leader in the provision of marine logistics, has appointed Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C (CSS) as its agent for the Middle East.... [more] Share this story
Massive Southern Ocean current discovered CSIRO, A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more] Share this story
St. Moritz Match Race welcomes Volvo as co-sponsor MaxComm Communication, Volvo cars Switzerland supports match racing in Switzerland, and becomes a co-sponsor of the prestigious St.Moritz Match Race. Volvo also becomes the title-partner of the Volvo Match Race Zoug, a qualifying regatta that will give the opportunity to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St.Moritz Match Race.... [more] Share this story
Kennedy Shipwright - Terra 18 Picnic Boat Harbourside Media, Life is definitely one big picnic aboard the Terrara 18 that is built in Nowra on the NSW South Coast. This classically styled boat was moulded from an original 65-year-old river fishing boat and the rest, they say, is history.... [more] Share this story
Former Multihull rivals team for 2010 F18 Eurocat Regatta www.2Bsailing.eu, Former Olympic sailing rivals Darren Bundock and Will Howden have forged a formidable partnership to take on two former team-mates at this week's famed Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France. Multiple world catamaran champion and two-time Olympic medallist Bundock will jump aboard the C2 Formula 18 with Howden, a former world Tornado silver medallist, at the three-day regatta which starts Friday.... [more] Share this story
Sports Consultancy secures 10 Host Ports for Volvo Ocean Race 2011–12 The Sports Consultancy, Coinciding with the announcement of the full route for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 The Sports Consultancy, the bidding specialists appointed by Volvo Ocean Race to manage the competitive tender process, announces the successful completion of the agency's brief to deliver what is, with over 80 initial bidders and 10 successful cities, believed to be the largest number of cities bidding...... [more] Share this story
2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge Tom Macky, The 2010 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge was sailed in an ideal 10 to 15 knot South Westerly breeze on the inner Waitemata. Leading Industry players took part in a closely contested race around Auckland harbour. The 80 sailors included guests Rod Davis, Cameron Dunn - and Pete Montgomery on the rail instead of on the microphone.... [more] Share this story
Another knock-down for Jessica Watson Sail-World Cruising, Jessica Watson, on the home stretch of her non-stop unassisted circumnavigation, has had another knock-down as the first of several forecast systems pass. Jessica is roughly in line with Ceduna in South Australia and heading to round the most southerly tip of Tasmania. A Customs aircraft flew over just after the knock-down. What did they say? 'Don't forget to check-in on arrival Ms Watson.'... [more] Share this story
Hobart's Wooden Boat Festival - volunteer now, there's 40 weeks to go Lisa Mylchreest, Hobart's Australian Wooden Boat Festival has blossomed into a top maritime event. The Festival celebrates the strong maritime links Australia has with the sea, its early history and its current expertise in boat building. Staged on historic Sullivan's Cove waterfront docks, the scene is alive with maritime activity.... [more] Share this story
Gold Coast Hong Kong Boat Show blends boats and fashion Jeni Bone, The Gold Coast Hong Kong Boat Show, 7-9 May at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Castle Peak Bay, aims to attract the serious and casual yachter and families interested in a pleasant day out, with a mix of boats, high fashion, live music and a food fair.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series – Final venue confirmed OC Events, OC Events has today announced the final venue on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Kiel, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany will play host to the dynamic circuit for the third year running (26th -29th August) with the action, once again, being played out just metres from the shoreline.... [more] Share this story
Sibex – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show – November 2010 Sibex, Yubo Exhibition Group and Grand Pavois Organisation joined forces with the major references of boating to promote, enhance and develop this rendezvous towards a population in search of a new recreational hobby: boating. The goal: make 'Sibex - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show with GPO as Strategic Partner,' a benchmark for International boat shows in China and Asia.... [more] Share this story
Sailing away: Simpson Marine sells dreams to super-rich Global Times, Beijing's luxury magazines like to run aspirational photos of tanned beautiful people draped across the deck of a yacht. China has been building new marinas for the yachts of the capital's tycoons and state sailing teams, according to Robin Wyatt, brand manager and senior broker for Azimut, an Italian brand yacht, at Simpson Marine.... [more] Share this story
Melbourne to Vanuatu - Wishing Well John Curnow, Yes. She certainly is a human Trevi Fountain. Sue Clinnick and her daughters, Kate and Lauren, have amassed a sizeable little collection to go in the container for the Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid project. Her husband, Greg, drives the Sydney 38, Audacious, who are the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's current Happiest Crew on the Water holders.... [more] Share this story
Taiwanese yacht builders to make Kaohsiung production stronghold Emma Tseng and Deborah Kuo, Focus Taiwan, Taiwanese yacht builders signed a letter of intent with the Kaohsiung city government Thursday to increase their investment in Kaohsiung and take advantage of plans that the city government has mapped out to facilitate their development.... [more] Share this story
New Elan 350 twin rudder/Twin wheel design Gael Moldan, She's sporty and sleek with a proud plum bow and exceptionally long waterline for a boat this size, but what also catches your eye apart from the twin rudders, powerful aft quarters and distinctive chined hull, is the twin steering in this mid size model. There's also a German mainsheet system, retractable gennaker pole and T-keel.... [more] Share this story
USA's LaserPerformance urges sailors to take a ‘sick day' Marine Business World, LaserPerformance sailboats will debut a new brand campaign in April. The campaign is titled 'Sail Legendary.' It builds on the passion of dinghy sailing and the excitement of sailing a small boat - but is it treading a fine line?... [more] Share this story
India welcomes first marina Ocean Blue, Ocean Blue Marinas, the company behind India's first marina at the Bolgatty Island in Kochi announces the inauguration of KTDC's 'Kochi International Marina', to take place on April 24, 2010 at 6pm.... [more] Share this story
The Latest Powerboat-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000 www.powerboat-world.com, Since 2000 we've been running online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Boater 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] Share this story
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