Asia-Pacific Superyach Assoc, high Aus dollar til 2012, MCY 76 'Boat of the Year' at Genoa

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 26 Oct 2010

Asia-Pac Superyacht Assoc, Korea Yacht & Boat, Genoa Boat of the Year

This week we have news of a strong economy, and high dollar, expected to push interest rates up from early November (Melbourne Cup Day, in fact) through 2011. Wins here and losses there are the unanimous reports from industry, including manufacturers. Most people can attest to a dearth of skilled labour, exacerbated by cuts to migration. Read the main points from Access Economics latest Business Outlook.

Also in this week's selection of news from around the world, post-show reviews from Korea Yacht & Boat, Monaco Yacht Show and some insight in to the challenges and aims of the proposed Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association. Despite some hurdles (such as leaving Australia and NZ off the map altogether during the recent 2nd Asia Superyacht Conference), and a lack of infrastructure our local organisations believe there is a place for the regional association and are keen to get involved.

There's news of global success for shipwright and artist, John Woulfe, whose compelling sculptures, familiar to us from boat shows in Australia, are being picked up for yachting venues and by collectors around the world.

Don't forget: Time is running out to get your tickets to the BIA VIC inaugural Women in Marine Business lunch - Thursday 18 November. It will be incredible and now features a fashion parade, hand treatments by the luxurious brand, La Mer, plenty of goodies in the gift bags, and raffle prizes that will make your day! Girls and guys welcome. It will be the first of many excellent events, with great networking, a lively speaker and some tales to tell, all for a great cause, so be there! Email your interest to Jayne Piercy at

Thank you for your steady flow of news and views. We endeavour to cover all the topics and issues you raise.

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Asia-Pacific Superyacht conundrum: luring internationals to the region
Jeni Bone,
Much has been said about the recent second Asian Superyacht Conference, particularly about Australia's role in the region and our prowess at attracting the world's Captains and owners to our jewel in the crown, the Great Barrier Reef. But as Marine Qld's Don Jones explains, there is much work to be done before Asia becomes a viable and competitive third cruising destination.... [more]
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Aussie dollar high-flying til 2012
Jeni Bone,
Hovering around US99c today, the Aussie dollar is likely to stay high for at least six months, and over US90c throughout 2011 into 2012, forcing the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates, say the experts.... [more]
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Marinas 2011 increases list of high calibre speakers
Marinas 2011, the International Conference and Exhibition for the marina industries, will bring together a growing list of high calibre local and international speakers.... [more]
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Man vs Water - Bear Grylls is powered by Suzuki
Martin Beeson,
TV adventurer and survivalist, Bear Grylls (famous from his show on Discovery Channel and SBS in Australia), demands the highest quality equipment, which is why he has chosen a Suzuki powered Ribquest RIB for his own personal use.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more]
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Vicsail appointed as Nautor's Swan Australia
Nautor's Swan is pleased to announce that Vicsail, an Australian market leader in yacht sales and network brokerage has been appointed as sales agent for Nautor's Swan in Australia and New Zealand under the name Nautor's Swan Australia.... [more]
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A Feeling for Sea: sculpture that evokes the marine way of life
Jeni Bone,
John Woulfe is an acclaimed artist, whose work crosses over from maritime to all walks of life. Using his considerable shipwright skills, John imparts his passion for the sea in his creations, hewn from exotic timbers, stainless steel and sandstone.... [more]
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Bellingham Marine Europe - Completion of Cannes' new fishing docks
Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc,
Bellingham Marine Europe - An inauguration ceremony was held on October 18th by the Nice Cote de Azur Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the city's new fishing docks located in the French Mediterranean in the city of Cannes.... [more]
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Aust photographer launches project supporting education in Pakistan
Andrea Francolini,
Australian-based yachting photographer, Andrea Francolini, has launched a fundraising project called 'My-First-School' which will raise money to buy much-needed school equipment to support the education of children in Northern Pakistan.... [more]
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Yacht and Boat Korea 2010 Draws Praise
Kate Duryea,
South Korean boat show, Yacht and Boat Korea 2010, has drawn praise from the marine industry at the conclusion of the event mid October. Event organiser GnA International released attendance figures as 120,000 for the Boat Show and an associated music festival close to the venue. The Show drew 155 exhibitors from 19 countries.... [more]
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AIMEX at forefront of emerging market: Yacht & Boat Korea 2010
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) together with members exhibited at Yacht & Boat Korea last week attracting promising interest in Australian marine manufacturers and boat builders.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show extends Pavilion for 2011
Kate Duryea,
The 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will feature a newly configured space including one of the largest pavilion structures erected in Australia for an annual event in 2011.... [more]
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Coral Sea Conservation Zone a 'Con Zone'
Senator Ron Boswell,
The Environment Department has effectively confirmed former Environment Minister Peter Garrett's move to declare interim emergency protection of the entire Coral Sea last year was a stunt to keep green groups happy.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray on the Challenger Meeting
Richard Gladwell,
With the Regatta Management and Event Management sides of the 34th America's Cup, briefing the Challengers group, Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS) believes most would have come away well informed. 'It was the start of the Event. I think they got more than they were expecting and they were appreciative of our candor and being up front, and our desire to tell them what we know', he told Sail-Worl... [more]
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Moth World Championships 2011 to be sponsored by Zhik
Scott Babbage,
The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) welcomes the timely addition of Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine management strengthened
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short, now managing director of major Sydney marine dealership Andrew Short Marine Services, has moved to strengthen the company's management team with two new appointments.... [more]
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To win you have to get there says Sydney Rigging's Bruce Clark
John Curnow,
As the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is looming, we got the chance to talk with Bruce Clark about the race and the best way to ensure you get there. It is always important to listen. No more so, than when you get to talk with someone who has sailed on virtually everything from 10 to 100 feet and amassed an impressive total of 21 of this country's most famous water-borne event.... [more]
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Underground Petroleum Storage Systems regulation concerns BIA NSW
Members of the Boating Industry and associated businesses are urged to ensure they have understanding of the Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS) regulation that came into effect in 2009.... [more]
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British Marine Federation - Statement on the spending review
British Marine Federation,
British Marine Federation - Following Wednesday's Spending Review announcement, the British Marine Federation (BMF) believes that the Government must ensure the future of our waterways for users and those businesses that depend on them and welcomes guaranteed support for small businesses and increased commitment to the export market.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race contributed $25 million to economy
Bayview Yacht Club,
Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race - The 86th annual 'Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race' of 206 sailboats from Port Huron to Mackinac Island generated an estimated economic impact of $25 million to Michigan's economy this past summer, according to an independent study released today.... [more]
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New Zealand marine industry set to boom with aggressive plan for 2015
Richard Gladwell,
The worldwide recession would seem to be at an end for the New Zealand superyacht construction industry. At a meeting of the NZ Marine Industry today at Westhaven, Executive Director reported that in the 14 months to September last year, New Zealand boatbuilders had not received a single order, creating real angst in the industry.... [more]
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Monte Carlo Yachts takes out 'Boat of the Year' at Genoa
Jeni Bone,
Boat of the Year was hotly contested at the Genoa International Boat Show 2010, with newcomer to the market, Monte Carlo Yachts taking out the award at a Gala Event at the Museo Navale Galata in Genoa.... [more]
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Maritimo appoints new CFO
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has appointed Garth Corbitt as Chief Financial Officer, taking the reins from Richard Hardie who retires in early November.... [more]
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GME renews sponsorship commitment to CYCA Youth Sailing Academy
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA Youth Sailing Academy - GME renews their sponsorship - With over 50 years experience in the marine and electronic business, GME is regarded as the premium market leader of quality innovative electronic products.... [more]
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Your fishing license fees at work on the Glenelg River
Department of Primary Industries,
Research funded by recreational fishing licence revenue suggests fishing for black bream in the Glenelg River will improve in the next year or two with more legal size bream available.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting receives top honours at Newport Boat Show
Andrew Golden,
Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilots, communications and fishfinding systems, received two awards at the 2010 Newport International Boat Show. The Simrad NSE navigation system with 2.0 software was named 'Best New Boating Product' and Simrad Yachting received the Five Star Award for its 'Best in Show' booth display.... [more]
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Sail Paradise – Gold Coast announces naming rights sponsor
Bronwen Ince,
Southport Yacht Club is proud to announce Marinonics, electronic and electrical Specialists have come onboard as naming right sponsors for Sail Paradise Gold Coast 2011 and feeder race Coffs to Paradise.... [more]
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Guardian S Class, the world's first Carbon Neutral Speed Boat
Sauter Designs,
UK design studio, Sauter Designs has devised a Mercedes Benz Blue-Hybrid Tender that demonstrates to the boating community how it can reduce 'Global Warming Pollution' by 280 million metric tons per year.... [more]
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Annapolis Sailboat Show great for Aussie brands, despite parity
Jeni Bone,
Though crowd numbers were down, and the week prior storms had wreaked havoc in the region, the Annapolis Sail Show turned on blue skies and 30C days and Kevin Barr, from Barz Optics was glad to be back after a four year break.... [more]
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Get your tickets now for the BIA VIC Women in Marine Business lunch
Women and men are invited to attend the BIA Vic luncheon event to celebrate Women in Marine Business, with special guest speaker Sail-World Cruising editor, Nancy Knudsen.... [more]
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Go Sailing Day - Record number of Clubs participating in 2010 edition
Mike Sabey,
Go Sailing Day - A record thirty five Port Phillip and regional yacht clubs are set to put out the welcome mat for this year's free annual community Go Sailing Day to be staged on Sunday seventh of November. Organised by Yachting Victoria, its being held on the first Sunday in November from 10am – 3pm*.... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2011 – Boats and support personnel wanted
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The Sail Auckland Race Management Committee is currently seeking race management and safety boats for the event, being hosted predominantly at Takapuna Boating Club from second to 6th February 2011, and invites you to get involved with an expression of interest now.... [more]
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Gulf Craft and Majesty Yachts celebrate successful European boat shows
Mansell Agency,
Gulf Craft and Majesty Yachts are proud to report great success at the Cannes, Monaco and Genoa boat shows this year. A significant presence at each show has been complemented by the successful launch and sale of the Majesty 125 superyacht - the largest vessel delivered to Europe by Gulf Craft to date.... [more]
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Qld recreational fishers: have your say on Gulf fishery
Late last month, Fisheries Queensland released for public comment a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for one of Queensland's last great fishing frontiers, the Gulf of Carpentaria.... [more]
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The French marine industry back in the ICOMIA fold
ICOMIA has announced that the French Marine Industry Association FIN (La Fédération des Industries Nautiques) has rejoined ICOMIA as a full member after an absence of several years.... [more]
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