'Twas the week before Christmas . . . I don't know anybody sleeping or resting just yet as we try and cram the final remnants of 2010 into the handful of days remaining.
The most important event on the radar (besides Santa's visit) is that it's four days until the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart. TetraMedia Sail-World is reporting on the race in its every detail - crew, technical, sponsors, each competitor and every nuance - sending a total of 20 newsletters each to 100,000 readers worldwide.
Stay tuned for all the insight from Sail-World's experienced team.
This week, we have features galore, including an overview and industry comments on the Commonwealth government's Sea Level Rise projection maps - which the Dept of Climate Change emphasises are not for planning purposes, may not be accurate and purely indicate potential risk. There are plenty of consequences for Councils, developers and land owners as well as likely changes to insurance premiums.
In this special report, insurance industry proponents share their views, as does the property expert, Andrew Winter.
Then there's Part II of the story of Lewmar's remarkable turnaround under the direction of 'Corporate Doctor', Peter Tierney and the initiatives he implemented is a compelling read. Focusing on after-market, as well as restructuring programs, reinvigorating the company's 'esprit de corps' and reinvesting in new R&D, have brought Lewmar into a new era of productivity, with a clutch of new products launched at METS 2010.
To all our subscribers, readers, advertisers and supporters, thank you for your interest, great stories and friendship in many cases throughout this year.
Have a wonderful Christmas or festive season, however you celebrate. Let's look forward to an exceptional, prosperous and health-filled 2011.
Jeni Bone, editor
Lewmar – the turn around Pt.II John Curnow, In Part I, we saw how Lewmar, the British leisure marine equipment supplier who designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters, had not long ago had its back up against the wall.... [more] Share this story
Sea Level Rise Maps spell risk for coastal properties Jeni Bone, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast, as well as many communities on Australia's vast river networks, are in peril from inevitable sea level rises – shown in graphic detail on Maps released this week by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).... [more] Share this story
Bluefin saved but WCFC unresolved on shark protection in the Pacific Jeni Bone, Fishing nations have agreed to hold their catches of young bluefin tuna in the central and western Pacific in 2011 and 2012 below the 2002-2004 annual averages, following an agreement at the annual meeting of the 25-member Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Hawaii December 10.... [more] Share this story
And now for the good news - Ozone Layer heals itself Jeni Bone, Earth's upper ozone layer has stopped thinning and could be restored by mid-century, according to the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010 report from the UN, released last month.... [more] Share this story
Ghantoot Marina appeals to new members with resort facilities Jeni Bone, The UAE has welcomed its latest addition to the marina scene, with the Ghantoot Marina & Resort open for business - with long-time Marine Qld marketing manager, Farrokh Golchin, who moved to Dubai a few years ago and is now working as the marina's General Manager.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime launches new PWC safety package Neil Patchett, NSW Maritime today launched a new personal watercraft (PWC) education package, ahead of the peak summer holiday season to promote safety and reduce anti-social behaviour.... [more] Share this story
Save Our Seas Record Holder book signing at CYCA this Friday Ian Thomson, World Record Solo Sailor Ian Thomson will be at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this Friday at 1630 to sign his book Dare to Dream. Having smashed the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of Australia in May this year, Ian wrote a book about creating dreams and chasing them. He will be available to sign the book from 1630 - 1700. Books on sale on the day.... [more] Share this story
IRC Rules change for 2010 and 2011 Jean Sans/Mike Urwin, IRC Rule Changes - Following consultation and agreement with the IRC Policy Steering Group, the IRC Technical Committee has decided that the following changes to IRC Rules for 2010 and 2011 will take effect from 00:01 on Monday 20th December 2010.... [more] Share this story
Variety Splash 2011 - Stars sign up to make a Splash Portia Dixon, Australian actor Blair McDonough, Hawthorn Football Club Premiership player Brad Sewell and 3AW Radio host Mike Brady are throwing their support and talents behind Variety Splash.... [more] Share this story
Never sail blind again with the MA-500TR Steven Cooke, Icom Australia is proud to announce the release of the MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder. The unit offers a cost effective entry option into chartplotting, with the reliability and functionality that Icom marine equipment is known for.... [more] Share this story
Marine Auctions say 2010 was a tough year Bob Wonders, Chief auctioneer admits it has been a tough year. Despite humid, overcast conditions, quite a sizeable crowd was on hand to see Marine Auctions' chief Adrian Seiffert wielding the hammer.... [more] Share this story
AquaPalooza! It must be summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island Desiree Goh, Sea Ray AquaPalooza, Australia's largest on-water mosh pit, will set the scene for a hot summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island these holidays as about 3000 people party both in and out of the water at the free event.... [more] Share this story
Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race TetraMedia's IT Team, Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2010 - McConaghy boats leading the charge Rob Brown, The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is revered as one of the toughest ocean races on the international yachting calendar. The aura that surrounds the race is second to none. The attraction this year is no different with a contingent of overseas boats and crews lured by the magic of this iconic yacht race.... [more] Share this story
Inaugural Liverpool Boat Show - 'a must attend' for boaties Jeni Bone, 'A show like no other' is how organisers are promoting the inaugural Liverpool Boat Show which is scheduled to take place, 29 April to 8 May 2011.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Sea temperature heating up Sandman PR, Ocean currents and sea surface temperatures are looking very interesting in the lead-up to the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, according to oceanographic data specialist Tidetech.... [more] Share this story
PUMA Ocean Racing to use Ixsea's HYDRINS in the Volvo Ocean Race Bridgid Murphy, Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, one of yachting's most difficult and prestigious events will see PUMA Ocean Racing join the competition. Over a nine month span starting in October 2011, PUMA Ocean Racing will cover almost 40,000 nautical miles and make stops in Spain, South Africa, UAE, China, New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Portugal, France and finish in Ireland around July 2012.... [more] Share this story
World Yacht Racing Forum - The sport of sailing needs to adapt World Yacht Racing Forum, World Yacht Racing Forum - 'The sport of sailing needs to adapt to a changing world': This year's World Yacht Racing Forum saw discussion on new media, host cities, sustainable development, the America's Cup and even the Olympic Games, which reached the same conclusion: we are in a period of transition and we need to adapt... [more] Share this story
Sailing Fitness and Training - New Edition! Media Services, Secrets of success in sailing are revealed in Dr Michael Blackburn's new edition of Sailing Fitness and Training now, for the first time, available as a digital version - via download on Amazon.com.... [more] Share this story
RFD Launches New Ultra Compact Inflatable 'Cyclone 150N' Bob Carter, RFD has met the challenge of the new Australian Standard for the design and manufacture of PFDs with the release of a completely new inflatable jacket.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime $7M Milsons Point Wharf in Service Sam McKeith, NSW Maritime $7M Milsons Point Wharf in Service - NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today officially opened the new multi-million dollar commuter wharf at Milsons Point near Luna Park.... [more] Share this story
Boating industry loses one of its stalwarts Bob Wonders, Passing of Col Allison. Col Allison was one of those 'old-fashioned Aussies', always pleased to see you, always ready to make you feel welcome.... [more] Share this story
ICOMIA publishes Global Conformity Guidelines for Standards ICOMIA, ICOMIA publishes Global Conformity Guidelines for Standards - ICOMIA has now published its fifth Global Conformity Guideline for construction standards. The purpose of the guidelines is to assist boat builders who comply with either ABYC or ISO, but are looking to start exporting to countries using the opposite system.... [more] Share this story
Burke Marine's new Sprint Jacket in store now Colin Burgess, The Burke Sprint Jacket's close athletic fit features articulated sleeves and is complimented by the inclusion of a water resistant storm zip for full protection from spray and water over the decks... [more] Share this story
Queensland Snapper 'off limits' Feb-March Jeni Bone, The iconic Queensland snapper is considered overfished and the state govt is taking action - declaring the species off limits until new management arrangements can be finalised.... [more] Share this story
SP-High Modulus sponsors the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds on Lake Macquarie Pat Langley, The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) is delighted to announce partner sponsorship by SP- High Modulus of the Zhik Moth Worlds due to be held on Lake Macquarie from January 8th through to January 14th 2011.... [more] Share this story
Continuity is the key to success, say World Yacht Racing Forum experts Laila Anbar, The World Yacht Racing Forum began today in front of 300 delegates and media from all over the world. Marketing experts discussed the growth of the sport and agreed that the lack of continuity is its main issue.... [more] Share this story
Nine new fisheries officers to protect NSW State's fisheries resources NSW DPI, Industry & Investment NSW has appointed nine new fisheries officers across the State to work to ensure compliance with NSW Fisheries Legislation, Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan, announced today.... [more] Share this story
New CEO for Electronic Navigation Ltd Freddy Foote, The board of directors of marine electronics company, Electronic Navigation Limited (ENL) have announced the appointment of Gareth Hodson as Chief Executive Officer of the company effective from 10 December 2010.... [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
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
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