Online surpasses newspapers, Q-Sub global debut, Sail Port Stephens success

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 19 Apr 2011

Internet surpasses newspapers, Q-Sub world debut, Sail Port Stephens

Around the world in 80 stories, or more. This week's batch plumbs the depths with the Auckland inventor, Hugh Fulton to unveil his Q-Sub at the upcoming Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show in May, and hits the heights with a US study which indicates for the first time, digital (online, mobile and tablet) news has overtaken traditional print media in popularity with consumers.

People want portable, up to the minute, interactive and authoritative news as it's happening and are not content to wait for a day, or a month, for it. Read what experts and media moguls say about the migration to digital, and what it means for advertisers.

The China (Shanghai) Boat Show is over for another year, hitting record numbers for visitation and exhibitors, and observations are it has outgrown its current venue - which is precisely why it intends to move to the World Expo site across the river in Pudong for 2012, complete with on-water displays and trials.

Korea too is celebrating numbers, announcing the Korea International Boat Show to be held at the Jeongok Harbour and Marina close to capital city Seoul in June is now closed to exhibitors, having reached the 230 quota for this year.

We have all the insider details about the 4th annual Sail Port Stephens regatta, destined to take its place among the 'must visit' events in the country, and perhaps internationally, following the success of last week's event. Sail Port Stephens is the fastest growing regatta in the Asia Pacific and industry experts believe the event has a great future, thanks to its 'gob-smackingly beautiful' backdrop and proximity to major centres - great for sponsors, competitors, boaties and the broader public.

We also have plenty of news, new products and features from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. Check out the cigarette butt campaign from BoatUS, which worked with a group of marinas to encourage boaties to can their stubs rather than flick them overboard. It's estimated it reduced litter from ciggies by around 63% from the 43 participating marinas - what a great initiative!

As Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show approaches, we will have heaps to impart in the next few days, and weeks. Watch this space for the details of a promotion that could bag you the absolutely most incredible prize pool ever!

Have a great week and keep in touch!

Jeni Bone, editor

Customer demand for digital surpasses print
Jeni Bone,
Your market is online - why aren't you? Advertisers are flocking to digital, aware their most active consumers are looking for news and researching before buying using the Internet as their preferred medium. And for the first time, figures show digital has surpassed print as the preferred medium for news.... [more]
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2011
Alistair Skinner,
The show does appear to have reached capacity at its current site, with getting around from hall to hall requiring more weaving past others than at any show before, so it is fortuitous that from 2012 the show will be sited at the former World Expo site across the river in Pudong, where it will benefit from the massive infrastructure and transportation investment... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers 30-day race against the clock sale
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Get ready to embark on Queensland Beneteau importers Ensign Ship Brokers 30-day race against the clock sale. With 30 different hulls to choose from, there is guaranteed to be a boat to suit your needs.... [more]
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$US1m Q-Sub proves planing and portability are possible
Jeni Bone,
Visitors to the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will marvel at an Auckland inventor's ingenious creation, the Q-Sub, which will be unveiled for the first time at the show in mid-May.... [more]
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Alleged Pirate Chief captured by US
Media Services,
Alleged pirate chief, Mohammad Saaili Shibinis is facing charges in a US court for his role in a yacht hijacking in February that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.... [more]
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Artist, Guy Harvey supports Circle Hook Symposium in Miami
John Bell,
Celebrated marine artist, scientist and conservationist Guy Harvey has offered his artistic talent and foundation sponsorship funding in support of the upcoming Circle Hook Symposium scheduled for May 4-6 in Miami.... [more]
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Luxury super-boat and super-car package wows Monaco
Adam Fiander,
With the intention that ownership of the car will encourage sales of the boat, and vice-versa, the Barracuda Yacht Design ‘Carreira C1' boat concept, together with Identity Cars new ‘Identity Y2' supercar prototype, were both officially unveiled at the prestigious ‘Top Marques Monaco' show, held last week at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.... [more]
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New C200 Pocket Rocket from Pursuit Boats
Sandman PR,
A serious contender in the trailerable sportfisher market, the C200 is the first model in a new inshore series from Pursuit Boats.... [more]
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Historic Steam Tug Forceful docked at BSE Maritime Solutions
Jeni Bone,
They don't make them like they used to . . . the historic 86 year old steam tug 'Forceful' docked last week on the 2500 tonne slipway at BSE Maritime Solutions in Brisbane for hull inspection survey work and reapplication of a protective antifouling system.... [more]
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Boaters: Keep your butts out of the water!
In the US, boaters are keeping their butts out of the water - and we're not talking about the kind in swim trunks. The BoatUS Foundation reports that the 43 marinas that participated in its 2010 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program saw an amazing 63% average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter - which ultimately would have ended up in the water.... [more]
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world's busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit' spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit' commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous).... [more]
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Korean International Boat Show 2011 - all sold out
Event Media,
The Korean International Boat Show held at Jeongok Harbour and Marina close to capital city Seoul is sold out. With seven weeks to the opening on 08 June, a total of just under 230 exhibiting companies will participate with 100 organisations from overseas.... [more]
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Action packed activities at 23rd Sanctuary Cove Show
Kate Duryea,
More than 70 world and Australian marine product launches are confirmed with a month to go before the four-day Show starts on Thursday, May 19. On-water stars include the world release of the Alaska 60ft Pilothouse Yacht-Fisher and the Alaska 46 Flybridge mid-cabin; the world release of Coral Sea Marine's new 55ft power catamaran; and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia's world launch of the Horizon Q7... [more]
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North Sails take NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge 2011
Tom Macky,
The NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge 2011 was sailed in light North Easterly breeze on the 14th April. Many leading players in NZ's Marine Industry took this chance to show off their sailing skills and enjoy an afternoon's camaraderie on the water. Hall Spars and North Sails battled it out to the end at the front of the fleet with for the right to take the podium position.... [more]
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Port Stephens sets Sail with major event
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Tourism and Sailing events have proven to be a great combination Australia wide. It's no accident that the peaks in tourist numbers in a whole range of well known tourist locations coincide with major sailing regattas.... [more]
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Boat syndication team offers new options Boat syndication team offer
Imprint Media,
Sydney boating industry identity, Andy Young has launched Boating Syndication Australia (BSA), a new concept in boat syndication based at The Spit in Mosman.... [more]
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Vessel accommodation and arrangements standard out now
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a draft standard on the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.... [more]
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Technology to be showcased at Melbourne International Boat Show
The recreational and commercial boating industry in Australia has certainly come a long way since it was first showcased on a mass public level at the inaugural Melbourne Boat Show in the 1960s. This year, all the high-tech gadgets, gear and onboard instruments will be the stars of the show.... [more]
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HMB Endeavour sets sail for circumnavigation
Jeni Bone,
The replica of Captain James Cook's HM Bark Endeavour begins an epic circumnavigation of Australia today, bound for Brisbane, where she is scheduled to arrive 26 April.... [more]
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Two award-winning sailboats in Australian debut
Bob Wonders,
Praise lavished on two new models from Catalina. Prominent industry identity Norman Ambrose, CEO of Australia's Catalina distributor the Ausail Marine Group, said Catalina had already sold 60 examples of the Catalina 445.... [more]
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New Harbour Master for Yamba NSW
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has appointed Captain Simon McEvoy as the new Yamba Harbour Master, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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Efficient by name and nature
Bob Carter,
Building a 44 timber launch in the current era dominated by fibreglass, composites and a wealth of exotic materials, takes enormous courage. Efficient is the very latest design to be launched by Tim Phillips. The design work for this boat is attributed to renowned yacht designer, Andy Dovell.... [more]
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Regal Marine Industries developing a new marketing technique
Bob Wonders,
A spectacular showroom is hardly the norm for a major boat manufacturer. It has now been 12 months since this most innovative (there's that word again) feature of the Regal plant was officially opened.... [more]
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Report calls for national campaign to protect recreational fishing
Boating and Fishing Council of Australia,
A detailed report titled 'Keep Australia Fishing' has been released today, recommending a national campaign to challenge the many threats facing Australia's most popular recreational pursuit.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings April release
ISAF World Sailing Fleet Racing Rankings for 13 April 2011 have been released.... [more]
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Jail warning for illegal fisherman
Alan Everett,
A Magistrate has warned a Springvale man he will go straight to jail if he is caught committing fisheries offences again. The Frankston court was informed the 40-year-old had a dozen fisheries convictions dating back to 2002.... [more]
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Middle Harbour Yacht Club Prize was no joke
MHYC media,
Friday April 1 was the twilight season ending Barefoot Ball at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club and the occasion was also used to draw the winner of the trip for two to the Mariner Boating Holidays Lycian Coast Yacht Rally to be sailed in Turkey in September this year.... [more]
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New office in Manly: Ensign responds to Brisbane appetite for boating
Jeni Bone,
Times have been tough for the broader marine industry but Ensign Ship Brokers are forging ahead with the opening of another office in Manly, Brisbane, in response to increasing interest in new boats and brokerage services.... [more]
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Extreme 530 Sports fisher the gate prize at Hutchwilco 2011
Mike Rose PR,
A new Extreme 530 Sports fisher that is so new it will be first launched just days before the show is to form the heart of the gate prize for the 2011 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland, 12-15 May.... [more]
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Record the adventure with underwater Video Camera Goggles
Handle Communications,
Thanks to Liquid Image, whether you love to snorkel, scuba dive, swim, or even go spear fishing, you can now record all the action with these awesome video camera goggles.... [more]
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American Superyacht Forum returns to Fort Lauderdale in 2011
Media Services,
Billed as the largest conference for the American superyacht industry, the American Superyacht Forum will return to Fort Lauderdale after a six-year hiatus.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine in receivership
McGrathNicol has been appointed receivers to boat maintenance facility Sydney City Marine, Rozelle Bay.... [more]
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Season of Sailing beckons boaties to Queensland
Tourism Qld,
Queensland's Season of Sailing is making it easy to come onboard to stay and sail in the state's world-class sailing destinations.... [more]
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