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  07 Dec 2010

Great Barrier Reef Intl Marine College, B&G WTP3, China Show 88% full

I can hardly believe the full throttle lead up to the end of 2010! There is so much activity in the local and international marine scene – with launches, shows such as Sanctuary Cove and China (Shanghai) promoting and already reporting strong exhibitor interest, as well as loads of businesses opening and expanding their operations.

This week we cover the new international marine college opening in January in Cairns, Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef International Marine College will cater to qualifications at every level from high school entry to ship's Master, with high-tech facilities perfectly positioned on the waterfront at the Superyacht hub of Cairns. This exclusive story pre-empts the official opening, scheduled for 24 January with insider information from the manager, Kim Andersen.

Also this week, the report card is in on the Queensland Marine industry, indicating continued growth and opportunity for boating in the state. Then there's refit news from Auckland, Phuket boat show (PIMEX) plans, China (Shanghai) exhibitor information and plenty more from around the globe.

AND not to forget a wonderful offer of FREE FOOD from Easyfoods for crews, particularly those involved in offshore racing. Easyfoods is supplying gourmet prepared meals for the crews of the 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, delivering convenience, nutrition and space saving onboard. To get your sample, call Nicholas Grogan on 0449 006 700 or email nic@easyfoods.com.au

That's not all for this week (just all I had time for), so keep visiting regularly and sending your own opinions and news.

Jeni Bone, editor

NSW Maritime urges - Keep boats off flood waters
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today said boats should stay away from flood waters other than when being used by trained emergency personnel.... [more]
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Tribute regatta a huge success in 2010
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The 2010 Sir Peter Blake Regatta was, as predicted, the largest yet with close to 450 entries making the regatta to be what the organisers believe to be biggest two day centre-board regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. 22 classes took part of three separate courses.... [more]
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Haines Hunter stronghold in southeast Queensland
Sandman PR,
Award-winning fibreglass boat manufacturer Haines Hunter has appointed two new dealers in southeast Queensland – Leisure Marine (Capalaba) and Dolphin Marine (Buderim). Both dealers have access to the full range of Haines Hunter vessels – from the 400 SeaWasp and ProFish series right up to the R-Series Limited and Patriot range.... [more]
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Tassie Trio Launch at Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
John Curnow,
Tassie Trio Launch - Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - Just under 50 boats will take to the world-renowned Bass Strait on December 27, bound for Tasmania. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's annual Tassie Trio comprises of three fleets. One goes to Launceston, which is Australia's oldest ocean race. In 2010, the Melbourne to Launceston (M2L) event is 103 years old.... [more]
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MIAA intermediate Course dates and details
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) is pleased to announce that the popular Intermediate Marina Management Course will be held 20-24 March 2011 at The Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point, Sydney.... [more]
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Brig inflatables join New World Honda Marine
Harbourside Media,
New World Honda Marine in Melbourne's south east has become the most recent dealer for Brig inflatable boats, the RIB that combines versatility with strength and good looks.... [more]
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Cairns courts international students with marine training college
Jeni Bone,
Cairns, Queensland will soon be a leading hub for maritime training with the launch of the Great Barrier Reef International Maritime College (GBRIMC).... [more]
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Maritimo to unveil new series Motoryachts at Sanctuary Cove
Imprint Media,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, will unveil its sleek new M48 and M60 Series II Motoryachts at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May next year.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Ainslie versus Mirsky and final day images
Subzero/WMRT images,
Monsoon Cup final day images from the SubZero team as Ben Ainslie and Teamorigin defeated Torvar Mirsky and Mirsky Racing Team to win the Monsoon Cup 2010.... [more]
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Auckland appeals for Superyacht refit facilities
Orams Marine Services,
As the 40m superyacht Janice of Wyoming recently moved down the slipway following service, paint work and maintenance it heralded the final stage of completing the 600 tonne slipway upgrade at Orams Marine Services.... [more]
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Cod Classic Fishing Competition
Neil Patchett,
Cod Classic Fishing Competition - Stormy and humid weather led to a reduction in total numbers for the 2010 Cod Classic Fishing Competition on the weekend but there were still plenty of boats about, according to NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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JD's Boatshed expands to the Gold Coast
JD's Boatshed,
JD's Boatshed opens on the Gold Coast, bringing new vigour to the Runaway Bay Marina precinct.... [more]
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‘Sail with the Stars' for the Loyal Foundation
Sail With The Stars,
‘Sail with the Stars' for the Loyal Foundation - Chairman of the Loyal Foundation, Anthony Bell, has brought together some of Australia's most distinguished yachtsmen and some of the country's top sportspeople to compete on board the 100 foot supermaxi Investec Loyal in the 66th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts on December 26 from Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2010: good news, more wind expected on day two
Tracey Johnstone,
Day two of the Phuket King's Cup looks like delivering some good news for both the sailors and the race committee with stronger winds forecasted. After a light-wind, tactically challenging day yesterday, the sailors will enjoy some more puff if the predicted 10 knot plus east, south-easter eventuates.... [more]
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BoatUS - Nominations Needed for Environmental Leadership Award
BoatUS Foundation wants to know who is helping boaters, sailors and anglers stay 'green'. A call for nominations draws to a close December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2011 on-line registration open
Antigua Sailing Week,
With a new Regatta Organising Committee in place, we are set for some big changes for Antigua Sailing Week 2011.... [more]
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Liverpool Yacht Club Late Autumn 4 Race
Keith Greenwood,
A crisp Sunday morning saw the crews arriving at the dockside for the FarEastSails.com sponsored Late Autumn 4 race needing to remove ice from their yachts before leaving the pontoons. A good start was important, with a strong tide and relatively little breeze, nobody wanted to be over the line.... [more]
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RC 44 Class makes debut in American waters off Miami Beach
Bernard Schopfer,
RC 44 Class will be decided this week at the season's final event, the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami in style befitting a class brimming with talent.... [more]
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B&G launches powerful wave technology processor
Jamie Millar/Estelle Baldry,
B&G has launched its impressive new WTP3 Wave Technology Processor, providing competitive sailors the accuracy and performance they demand.... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates, British solo grandmother, sails for the Horn
Lee Mylchreest,
British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates is this week over the equator and heading for Cape Horn. Timing her voyage so that she will round the much dreaded Cape Horn in the most favourable conditions, the gutsy grandmother, who didn't learn to sail until she was 51, is hoping that this time she'll make it round the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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Yacht lost, but sailor almost loses life trying to save dog
The Northern Star/Sail-World Cruising,
A solo sailor whose yacht washed onto rocks at Evans Head in northern New South Wales this week almost lost his life while trying to save his dog. William Sims of Tweed Heads was injured after he lost wind during an attempted entry through the Heads while his yacht's motor was inoperable.... [more]
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RC 44 Regatta Miami - BMW Oracle Racing set to contest
BMW Oracle Racing,
RC 44 regatta - The yacht BMW Oracle Racing leads the RC 44 2010 Championship Tour heading into this week's final event. The crew, led by team founder Larry Ellison and CEO Russell Coutts, holds a 2-point lead in the overall standings and also leads the match racing and fleet racing subdivision... [more]
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The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF
John Curnow,
It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more]
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Richard Clarke named B.C. Sailor of the Year
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Richard Clarke was awarded British Columbia's Sailor of the Year Award at a December 4th dinner in Vancouver, B.C. Among Clarke's outstanding sailing achievements during 2010 were his podium finishes at the 2009 Star North American Championship and the 2010 Star Western Hemisphere Championship and a several US-IRC events.... [more]
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Challenging 2010 for Australian marina sector - but a brighter outlook
Mark Cherrington,
Despite a challenging 2010, initiatives developed by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) over the past few years are beginning to bear fruit, making it well placed for next year and beyond.... [more]
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Juerg Kaufmann captures Australia II
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann stopped over in Perth on his way back from the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Dubai, and writes: After Dubai I flew directly to Perth Fremantle for another shooting. Today I visited the Maritime Museum where I found Australia II. She is in display here since the Jubilee.... [more]
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Book of the Week:Classic:The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this book concentrates on the classic boats of just one country - New Zealand, the country that probably sports more sailing-mad enthusiasts per square kilometre than any other country in the world. It's called: Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand... [more]
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