Marine Qld adds show, Camper eschews fads, Rolex Sydney to Hobart

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 27 Dec 2011

Marine Qld adds show, Camper eschews fads, Rolex Sydney to Hobart

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and if you're back on deck, looking forward to a few more public holidays ahead before the calendar ticks over to 2012.

While this week is relatively quiet on the marine industry news front, there is more than enough happening on the yachting horizon to keep you occupied for a few days over the break. For the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, is where all the action and discussion is happening - including the pros and cons of real time tracking, which has the effect of making the race too predictable by some accounts.

Down here at Tuross Head on the NSW south coast we have witnessed the last of the Sydney to Hobart yachts skudding down towards the finish line - a majestic sight, albeit from 6 nautical miles from our house!

There's also news and features around the Volvo Ocean Race, including a brand history of Camper - the little Spanish brand that has burgeoned into an empire, still based on peasant pedigree and a distinct distaste for fashion fads.

Marine Queensland has resolved that 2012 will be the year of innovation and meeting challenges head on - with another boating experience added to the state calendar and aimed at giving visitors a 'hands-on' introduction to the boating lifestyle. Manly Boat Harbour in Brisbane will be the location for this new event, called at this stage the 'Consumer Interactive and Participation Event', and scheduled for 21 to 23 September 2012.

Also in Brisbane, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has enjoyed a busy spring-summer of refit and refurb work, including the impressive 48m superyacht, Aquamarina, using for the first time in Australia, a specialist effect paints are usually reserved for use on high end luxury cars. Check her out in all her glory for some inspiration for your boating escapades over our southern hemisphere summer - such that it is.

We will have heaps of news about the full calendar of events, boat shows and opportunities coming up in the New Year, so standby and visit regularly.

Hope the skies are clearing where you are and the swell is consistent.

Happy New Year!

Jeni Bone, editor

Marine Queensland focuses on innovation and diversity for 2012
Jeni Bone,
As we turn the corner in to 2012, Marine Queensland is countering the various challenges, economic and social, with a renewed focus on igniting the imaginations of the boating public and investing in new concepts and innovation.... [more]
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Rivergate Brisbane hosts refit and repaint of Aquamarina
Jeni Bone,
In early 2011, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard in Brisbane were commissioned by Monaco based international yacht management firm, Yachting Partners International, to manage a major refit of the 2006 Italian built ISA superyacht MY Aquamarina.... [more]
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Cross-Strait licences for Xiamen/Taiwan sailors
What's On Xiamen,
According to the report, Xiamen and Taiwan authorities have made historic breakthrough on issues such as mutual reorganization of the yacht sailing license issued by each side. The two sides will work together to formulate a training program and jointly compile educational materials.... [more]
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Enterprize Tall Ship busy holiday season program on Port Phillip
Rod Thomas,
Have you had an interest in sailing on a traditional tall ship or in taking family or friends out on a short or longer trip on such a vessel?... [more]
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Setting sail for charity
Jeni Bone,
Rivergate Marina and Shipyard Brisbane recently welcomed luxury motor yacht ‘Slojo' for an eight-week stay, before she continued her journey to the Pacific Islands for charity.... [more]
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Camper hoists the high-tech sail for old-fashioned craftsmanship
Jeni Bone,
For four generations, the Spanish brand Camper has been synonymous with fashion-forward footwear based on old-fashioned craftsmanship and values.... [more]
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IAG Yachts launches the first 100-footer of the 'Electra' series
IAG Yachts,
IAG Yachts shipyard, based in Zhuhai (China) has launched its second yacht to date. The IAG100', the first of the Electra series, is now undergoing sea trials and will be delivered to her new owner shortly. This yacht will remain in China and will be presented at regional boat shows.... [more]
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Farmed seafood destined for NSW estuaries
Media Services,
Prawns, fish and crabs born and raised in tanks could soon fill the nets of commercial and recreational fishers after an investigation cleared NSW's first bath of hatchery-bred marine species destined for the state's estuaries.... [more]
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Fish study adds five species to sustainability list
Media Services,
A group of scientists has spent the past three months investigating the health of various fish populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of some species caught as bycatch.... [more]
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Rainfall creates greening of the seas
Marea Martlew, Faculty of Science UTS,
Recent above average rainfall in NSW has seen parched inland floodplains rejuvenated with birdlife and farmers anticipating bumper crops for the first time in decades. But the impact is felt far beyond the interior. UTS researchers, recently returned from a 17-day scientific voyage along the South East Coast of Australia, are predicting an explosion of life in the oceans as well.... [more]
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Yachting Developments Platinum Sponsor of 2012 NZ Millennium Cup
Amy Welch,
Renowned superyacht builder and refit specialist, Yachting Developments, has committed to a 3-year partnership with the NZ Millennium Cup as a Platinum Sponsor.... [more]
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New Zealand Marine Industry Training to offer national qualifications
NZ Marine,
The New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation is to offer the country's first national qualifications for those working in the marina sector.... [more]
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Barz Optics launches kids' range of polarised sunnies
Jeni Bone,
Just four months out from the London 2012 Olympic Games, Barz Optics will exhibit at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 3 & 4 March at Alexandra Place London and use it as the platform for launching its new kids' range of polarised sunglasses.... [more]
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driPhone - essential for everyone on the water with a mobile phone
Richard Gladwell,
Having had an iPhone since they first became available, the only real downside was the constant worry about it getting wet, when taken on the water. The driPhone solves all the obvious problems with iPhones on the water, and allows full functionality including the new use as an underwater camera. You can still buy online before Christmas and have delivered by first available courier.... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo digs deep for charity
Stephen Milne,
'The inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo put a breath of fresh air into the Australian marine industry and with 15, 769 people through the gates it proves we had the right mix of free admission and parking, easily accessible location, great exhibitions and fun for the whole family as well as supporting our local charities' Gold Coast Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said.... [more]
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Lifejackets save lives - Wear one
Lance Northey,
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today launched a safety website designed to promote greater awareness of lifejackets and when to wear them when boating.... [more]
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New berths at Cairns Marlin Marina
Michael Barnett,
The Cairns Marlin Marina has expanded by 20 percent with the completion of the new G Finger and Sailfish Quay pontoon berths adding a further 44 berths to the world-class marina.... [more]
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New Pershing 82' - icon of modern design and outstanding performance
Roberta Sabatini,
Pershing, brand of the Ferretti Group, among the leading international manufacturers of high performance open motor yachts, from 15 to 35 metres, launches a new, highly anticipated project: Pershing 82', a contemporary reinterpretation of its successful predecessor, Pershing 80'.... [more]
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Telwater ceases Mercury Packaging Agreement
Telwater today announced the cession of factory fitted boat, motor packages with Mercury or Mariner products. Telwater Managing Director, Paul Phelan said the decision stemmed from changes implemented by Mercury which made the program uncompetitive.... [more]
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Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-13 now published
The International Sailing Federation today published the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-2013. The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations are used by race organisers to provide uniform minimum equipment, accommodation and training standards for monohull and multihull yachts racing offshore.... [more]
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How to make your boat log a legal document
Captain John Jamieson,
Did you know that all of sailing navigation starts with the boat log? And that this vital document can be used in a court of law? Captain John shows you how to make sure your boat log includes these entries for safety's sake!... [more]
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Bavaria 43 Flagship hits Australian Shores
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Ensign Sydney would like to invite you to be one of the first to see this all new Bavaria 43 HT Sport. The Bavaria 43 HT Sport was nominated as European Boat of the Year for 2012, and is most certainly a hot contender.... [more]
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The Grey Knights of Sailing
Dave O'Connor,
This past weekend saw Sydney Harbour host the jousting of sailing's new 'Grey Knights', our well known racers who are competing in the Rolex Trophy Series but are now sporting their new armour, the distinctive grey of North Sails latest 3Di product. These grey sails mounted above their contrasting hulls added a new dimension to the atmosphere and challenge of racing.... [more]
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New Technical Crew Shorts just in time for Christmas
Colin Burgess,
Part of Burke Marine's technical apparel range, the new Crew Shorts utilizes advanced fabric technologies for enhanced comfort and performance.... [more]
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Kiwi Yachting acquires intelligent Auto Anchor
Tristan Campbell,
Kiwi Yachting Consultants announces a major extension to their product range by acquiring Auto Anchor from RMSD Ltd. Auto Anchor manufactures electronic windlass controls and rode counters that make anchoring safe and easy. The Auto Anchor system has been nominated for the prestigious 'DAME' award for its intelligent monitoring system of chain and rope released from the windlass.... [more]
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See the world by sea, communication is key!
Jeni Bone,
Via Find a Crew, sailors of all skill levels and boat captains and owners have been getting in contact and bringing to fruition their dreams in common of exploring the world by sea and savouring its sights. But look before you leap. The more questions you ask potential shipmates, the better.... [more]
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Mercury legend notches up 40 years helping boaters
Mercury Marine,
In 1971, John Johnson stepped into a workshop to start his apprenticeship as a marine mechanic, and 40 years later he's glad he did.... [more]
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Camper stamps its coastal pedigree via sailing and sponsorship
Jeni Bone,
Speaking exclusively with, Dalia Saliamonas, Project Director of the Camper Volvo Ocean Race activity reveals a little more about Camper's involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Honda Marine welcomes master level technicians
Sandman PR,
Eleven Honda Marine technicians have become Australia's first Master Level Technicians, following their completion of the Honda Certified Technician (HCT) training program last month.... [more]
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Complimentary seminar for marine industry businesses
Ensuring survival in 2012 and for the future means taking advantage of every opportunity.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Pty Ltd appointed international agents for IAG Yachts
Ensign Yachts,
Ensign Yachts Pty Ltd is proud to announce that they have been appointed as the exclusive international agents for IAG Yachts for Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand.... [more]
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New all purpose Aquatic footwear from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released its latest offering in marine footwear, the D-MESH Aquatic Sneaker.... [more]
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