JR's ocean secrets in Auckland, Saudi berth boom, MIAA and BMF unite
Another wet week on the east coast of Australia, with the clouds parting divinely for the visiting media Goddess herself, Ms Winfrey. Her first stop was Hamilton Island, the jewel in the Barrier Reef crown, where the Yacht Club hosted the evening's feast for Oprah, her hundreds of guests and entourage, and Whitehaven Beach was the backdrop for a sublime beach party, complete with partially clad water-logged waiters.
Then, after brief tours of the Territory including the scenic wonders of Uluru and the Olgas, Byron Bay where they learned to surf and kayaked with the dolphins, then Melbourne and even a suburban viewer's kitchen, Oprah hit Sydney. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was festooned with fireworks and a very large 'O', roads were sealed and the harbour was awash with bunting and panoply in her honour. She is now, no doubt, an honorary Aussie and will proclaim our country's virtues to her 49 million viewers in the shows taped here, due to screen in late January.
The aim of the $5m tourism marketing injection that funded her whirlwind tour is to generate global interest in and visits to our shores. Martin Ferguson swears its the best money the govt has ever spent, so it will be fascinating to watch over the next year to see how the numbers stack up with airlines, hotels and tourism operators.
This week, our stories range from a new dealership coming in to the Yamaha coterie, various innovative new products, some insight in to the predicated boom in boating in Saudi Arabia where berths are being built at a rate of 10 units per week for the next two years, a world view of the Marina industry from the Austraslian industry and locally, the newest marina precinct set for Melbourne which will be Victoria's largest and the country's second largest - Wyndham Harbour, just 30 mins from the CBD.
We have many more stories coming to hand each and every day. Please visit regularly and thanks for sending your own observations and news stories.
Jeni Bone, editor
Hamilton Island's warm marine welcome to Oprah and entourage Jeni Bone, Hamilton Island, long the dream destination for boaties and the water-obsessed, is still recovering from the attention and adulation from the visiting media magnate, Oprah Winfrey and 93 of her 300 viewers who travelled with her to Australia.... [more] Share this story
Wyndham Harbour - Melbourne's newest marina Jeni Bone, Wyndham Harbour, Melbourne's newest marina will become Victoria's largest and a world-class facility.... [more] Share this story
The JOIDES Resolution gets to the core of life as we know it Jeni Bone, The US scientific research vessel JOIDES Resolution has docked in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand carrying with it a cargo of deep sea sediment cores that could answer big questions about the limits to life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.... [more] Share this story
Yamaha heads north for the summer Grant Binskin, Yamaha Motor Australia is proud to announce its newest dealership with the appointment of northside Marine, a long standing boating establishment located on the North side of Brisbane.... [more] Share this story
Onboard fog to spook marine intruders Jay Keenan, Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST - formerly Paradox Marine) has launched GOST Australia to distribute its marine security and vessel tracking systems in Australia.... [more] Share this story
Sailing wins Program of the Year at AIS Awards Craig Heydon, Sailing wins Program of the Year at AIS Awards -The Australian-AIS Sailing Team has been named Program of the Year at the annual Australian Institute of Sport Awards, held on Monday night in Canberra.... [more] Share this story
Saudi boating boon - marina berths to rise 50% by 2012 Dubai World Trade Centre, In the wake of the second successful Saudi International Boat Show last weekend, it is forecast that the total number of marina berths in Saudi Arabia is expected to increase by 50 percent by 2012 as the Kingdom continues its rapid growth in the leisure marine industry.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS appoints five new members to BoatUS National Advisory Council D. Scott Croft, BoatUS appoints five new members to BoatUS National Advisory Council - They include Nicholas Kerigan, national commodore, US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Jim Graybeal, president, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; Creighton Maynard, chief commander, US Power Squadrons; Linda Bendsen, president, Recreational Boaters of California; and Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy magazine.... [more] Share this story
BMF and MIAA raise standards in the global marina industry MIAA, British Marine Federation (BMF) and Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) have reached agreement to form GMI (Global Marina Industries). This is seen as a natural evolution of work they have both been doing on marina training and certification in their own geographic regions but are now taking the opportunity to go global.... [more] Share this story
Woody Marine delivers again on Rescue Bob Carter, With an enviable track record in the construction and delivery of marine search and rescue vessels throughout Australia, Woody Marine's latest delivery marks yet another milestone.... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail... Richard Gladwell, The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more] Share this story
More small grants to improve fishing in Victoria Alan Everett/DPI, Revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences continues to fund projects that improve angling opportunities throughout Victoria, with a further 14 grants provided through the Small Grants Program... [more] Share this story
Who won the Optis? Sail-World.com, The winner of the OziOpti Sail-World competition is Elijah Denman of Bundaberg in Queensland and he will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135).... [more] Share this story
Introducing the new Integrity 320 Sedan Cruiser Creating Demand, Brett Flanagan and the team from Integrity Motor Yachts are excited to announce the arrival of the latest model in their range of cruising passage makers. Taking inspiration from their very popular 350 MKII Motor Yacht, the all new 320 Sedan offers exceptional performance and spacious entertaining for a great value family cruiser.... [more] Share this story
An overview of the global marina business Mark Cherrington, Guests at a Marine Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) networking lunch in Sydney in early December 2010 were given a short overview of the state of the global marina business from representatives of leading marina builders.... [more] Share this story
Marine Queensland – Delivering for Members in 2010 Marine Qld, 2010 has been an extremely busy year for Marine Queensland. Advocacy efforts have been stepped up in an effort to deliver more for the association's members and to protect the future of Queensland's recreational marine industry.... [more] Share this story
Whitsundays welcome commitment of $1m in boat ramps Jeni Bone, Mackay and Whitsunday regions' boaties are celebrating the confirmation that two new boat ramps will be constructed following more than a decade in limbo.... [more] Share this story
Sunstate Hobie moves into Rivergate Clare Green, Sunstate Hobie is the latest company to open its doors at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, just in time for the Christmas rush.... [more] Share this story
Green Marine launches massive composite rudder Green Marine UK, Green Marine one of the world's leading specialists in advanced carbon fibre moulding techniques, has completed the build of one of the largest composite rudders ever made, at its factory in Lymington, Hampshire, UK.... [more] Share this story
Oprah Winfrey show not to be affected by NSW Maritime strike action Neil Patchett, NSW Maritime industrial action - NSW Maritime CEO Steve Dunn today confirmed any proposed industrial action by NSW Maritime workers will not affect the filming of the Oprah Winfrey Show at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow (Tuesday 14 December).... [more] Share this story
Terrey Hills Marine Rescue Volunteers in for the Long Haul Simon Denneen, Terrey Hills Marine Rescue Volunteers in for the Long Haul - Terrey Hills members were one of the first to receive the Marine Rescue New South Wales five years service award. The long service awards take into account service with the three organisations (Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and Volunteer Rescue Association Marine Division).... [more] Share this story
Maritimo expands its operations to South Africa Bob Wonders, Bigfoot Marine, in Durban to represent Queensland's luxury boat builder. Laurence Steytler, principal of Bigfoot Marine, is a passionate boater and angler who established the business in 2003 after a successful career in property management and development.... [more] Share this story
Marine Safety Victoria - Boating safety on the Murray River Marine Safety Victoria, Marine Safety Victoria - Boating safety on the Murray River - Marine Safety Victoria and NSW Maritime have launched a kit to increase awareness of the differences between the laws of Victoria and NSW.... [more] Share this story
Cowes Week - Shaping developments from participant feedback Michelle Warner, Cowes Week - Each year, CWL (Cowes Week Limited) gathers feedback from competitors and visitors after the event, in partnership with market-leading online research company, eDigitalResearch... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
WA's Department of Fisheries investigating artificial reefs Department of Fisheries-Western Australia, Department of Fisheries has been investigating whether artificial reefs can be structures for sustainability and biodiversity, in Western Australia's marine environment.... [more] Share this story
Tohatsu Australia supporting Yachting New South Wales Mainsheet Media, For over three years Tohatsu Australia and Alphaboats having been supporting the sport of sailing through generous sponsorship of Yachting New South Wales. Through this sponsorship Tohatsu Australia has just updated the engines on Yachting New South Wales' two Alphaboats RIBS.... [more] Share this story
Yanmar power for new Timber Classic Bob Carter, Gladly the time honoured art of wooden boat building is not totally lost. The Wooden Boat Shop of Sorrento, Victoria has launched the Cheviot 32 (Series II); an absolute modern classic, built in timber all the way from the keel up but powered by the latest Yanmar 6BY2 marine diesel engine.... [more] Share this story
AIMEX Board set for a strong year ahead AIMEX, On Friday 26th November the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) held its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, electing its new board for 2011.... [more] Share this story
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