Increase event ROI, Ferretti Group sold to China, Team Alinghi auction

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 17 Jan 2012

Increase event ROI, Ferretti Group sold to China, Team Alinghi auction

Dealers and retailers and everybody in business are having to get smart about focusing on the message and the means, not the product alone. Consumers are feeling slightly more confident, but the market is awash with competition, within and from beyond boating! So it makes sense then that our industry, in the form of the BIAA (all the BIAs and Marine Qld) is working on a big-picture plan to promote and progress the pleasures of boating. More, of course, right here in MBW once the details are crystallised, voted on and ready for action!

The biggest news this week on the worldwide scene is the deal between the Ferretti Group - the world's largest yacht builder - and Chinese state-owned bulldozer company, Weichai. The deal, should it be approved, will place 75% of the Italian company that holds brands Ferretti, Pershing, Riva, Itama, Bertram, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line) under Chinese control, for a whopping sum of 178 million euros ($228 million). What a statement about the might of China and its vision for the potential of yachting!

Also this week, along with the assortment of new products and innovations, is a special feature on the MD at Walcon, James Walters, thanks to our roving, veteran reporter, Bob Wonders, plenty of good news about the state of Australian Fisheries - countering recent press on the depletion of wild stocks, and a list of 'top reads' from industry stalwart, Boat Books.

There is also news of the Team Alinghi Online Auction, over 150 lots including Meteorological equipment, Boat electronic equipment, Sailing equipment, A/V equipment and much more! Equipment is in Valencia Spain and comes with pedigree and history!

Plenty more ahead, so please visit often.

Keep in touch with your own news and views.

Jeni Bone, editor

Exhibitors: Maximise your ROI at Boat Shows!
Jeni Bone,
It's one thing to recommend marketing tactics and big-picture strategies, quite another to list the practical and so-frequently neglected 'to do' for boat shows and events to ensure ROI. Here, Phil Shaw, Events & Operations Manager at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show shares insight into some vital components of every exhibitor's check list.... [more]
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World's largest yacht builder now in Chinese hands
Jeni Bone,
It's certainly symbolic of the shift in power, and testament to the foresight and might of China, that the Ferrari of the yachting world, Ferretti Group (under which there are eight brands: Ferretti, Pershing, Riva, Itama, Bertram, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line) is now under the control of the state-owned parent of China's biggest bulldozer-maker.... [more]
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Thailand is No. 1 sailing destination in Asia
Event Media,
In a survey conducted at the 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Thailand was voted the favourite sailing venue and best regatta location in Asia. The survey was taken by international sailors from around the globe. Thailand was voted as having the best sailing grounds and destinations due to an ideal geography, good weather conditions and beautiful scenery.... [more]
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New Buizen 52 makes a splash
Sandman PR,
Two years of design, development and investment have culminated in the launch of the new Buizen 52 – the first new model from Buizen Yachts in over 15 years.... [more]
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Boat Books - recreational and commercial there's no source like it!
Jeni Bone,
Boat Books has been around for three decades, carving a niche for its products and proving books are still vital for every sort of boatie!... [more]
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Solid show of hands for Victoria's oldest sporting trophy
Lisa Ratcliff,
Organisers are delighted with the late surge of applications, which pushed the fleet size to a very respectable 316.... [more]
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AIMEX receives funding for national marine business seminars
In co-operation with Enterprise Connect, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has been awarded a grant to host a total of 5 Seminars to be held nationally in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in February 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup Alinghi Team Online auction - Sailing Navigation Equip,
Online Auction, Lots closing from: 3 Feb 2012 11:00 PM AWST - By order of Alinghi Team Over 150 lots comprising - meteorological equipment, boat electronic equipment, sailing equipment, Audio/Visual equipment, tooling and metal working machinery and professional kitchen and catering equipment to be sold in an online auction.... [more]
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James Walters, Walcon Marine's ‘travellin' man'
Bob Wonders,
Walcon Marine's managing director James Walters freely admits that travel is not one of his favourite past times, yet it's something he feels he is destined to do more of.... [more]
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Rising CO2 levels making fish crazy!
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The Earth's carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous system of sea fishes with serious consequences for their survival, an international scientific team has found.... [more]
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Garmin's new black-box solutions for sports fishermen
Kathryn Morrell,
Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, has now commenced shipping of the two new black-box digital sonar solutions – the GSD™ 24 and GSD 26. Combining great value with enhanced performance, the GSD 24 has been redesigned from the ground up to provide dramatically improved target separation and bottom tracking for the recreational fisherman.... [more]
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Virgin Garden Tea sponsors Melbourne Premier Racing Series
Jav Greaves,
Royal Geelong Yacht Club is pleased to announce that thanks to the sponsorship of Virgin Garden Organic Tea, the Melbourne racing of the Premier Racing Series will be now run as a stand alone 2-day Invitational Regatta*, with the winners of both Divisions A and B receiving a fantastic holiday prize to the Gold Coast.... [more]
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Latest news on injured 29er skipper Tess Lloyd
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to provide another update on the progress of injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd. Tess suffered a severe head injury in a collision on the final day of the 2012 Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Following the collision Tess was placed in an induced coma and as of Sunday, 15 January, she remains in a coma.... [more]
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ASMEX generating keen worldwide interest as registration opens
Victoria Smith/AIMEX,
The Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) is generating keen worldwide interest as registrations open. The 2012 ASMEX has brought about considerable interest and enquiry following the success of the inaugural 2011 Conference. ASMEX 2012 registrations are now open.... [more]
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SA southern bluefin fishers report bumper season
Jeni Bone,
Tuna fishers say they have had the best start to a season in decades, countering conservationist views that wild stocks are running low. The first load of tuna has been towed into Port Lincoln and weighs 500 tonnes – that's one sixth of the annual commercial allowance in one hit.... [more]
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Valerie Taylor needs to 'update facts' for views on Coral Sea
Jeni Bone,
Ron and Valerie Taylor are living legends in the realm of ocean documentary and research, contributing to and producing more than 40 films on sharks and undersea life since they began diving in the 1950s.... [more]
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Pirate attack on EU NAVFOR flag ship - suddenly sorry
Des Ryan,
The fact that it occurred at first light must be the excuse for a skiff full of suspected pirates who opened fire and commenced boarding a target ship this week. What a surprise when the 'target' fired back and launched a helicopter. As the light increased they learned why. Rather than a commercial ship which they could have hijacked, it was the flagship of EU NAVFOR itself, the ESPS Patino.... [more]
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UK marine electronics resellers sold to European private equity co
Tracy Comer,
Two of the UK's leading, specialist, value added resellers of marine electronic products, Marine Electronic Services Ltd and Cactus Navigation and Communication Ltd, have been sold to a new venture backed by Vigo FI SL for an undisclosed sum.... [more]
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Sunreef Yachts signs contract for new performance superyacht
Multihull Solutions,
Represented in Australia by Multihull Solutions, Sunreef Yachts has just confirmed the sale of a cutting-edge 80-foot superyacht.... [more]
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Propeller Guards – Must have for sailing club and school boats
Brendan Maxwell,
‘I've spent my life in around powerboats, but as a parent, you really worry. The kids are being taught to capsize boats and they love being in the water. You starting thinking to yourself, just one little mistake of the coach or support boat driver believing he is doing the right thing by reversing in or coming in close to a kid and a that kid not anticipating, ends up ...'... [more]
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Superyacht Australia (SYBA) consolidates and merges with AIMEX
Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian Superyacht sector, has merged with the Australian International Marine Export group, the peak body for the marine export sector.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Official footwear partner revealed
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race operator, Clipper Ventures Plc, has today revealed details of its first official footwear partner at the London Boat Show. The Rockport Company® has entered into a global, two-year partnership running until 2014. Rockport will provide hundreds of pairs of its Hydromotion 2 performance sailing shoes to all skippers, team members, and Clipper Race staff... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Bridge resurfacing - Navigate with caution
NSW Maritime,
The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed to general traffic for up to three weekends in January and vessels are advised to proceed with caution when navigating below the bridge.... [more]
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Charter in Antigua for Sailing Week 29 April - 4 May 2012
Alison Sly-Adams,
With just four months to go to the start of the Caribbean's most prestigious regatta, there is still time and opportunity to enjoy the delights of Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]
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Camper coming soon to Brisbane
Spanish shoe brand Camper is stepping up its Australian presence, opening its first Queensland store in Brisbane's Wintergarden shopping centre.... [more]
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Raymarine launches hand-held thermal marine cameras
Liza Sticpewich,
New compact TH Series provides go-anywhere thermal night vision for everyone on the water. The new TH24 and TH32 Thermal Cameras are light weight and easy-to-use, giving boaters the power to see clearly for up to a kilometre distance, even in total darkness.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Sail-World Facebook format - Have your Say!!
The Sail-World Team, is the largest sailing news network in the world. Around the world each day on, we publish up to fifty stories; but, because the site uses geo-location, (meaning that it knows where you are), we only deliver U.S. interest stories to U.S. based audiences and UK interest stories to UK readers for example and as such, most of us only see about 20 new stories each day... [more]
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GME EPIRB key element in dramatic Sydney rescue + Video
Matthew Heap,
The 41' steel hulled MV Intrepid was fishing approximately 7.5kms from Sydney's famous North Head when the skipper noticed smoke billowing from the vessel's engine compartment. Realising the boat was now listing severely and they were in serious trouble, the decision was made to active their GME MT400 Emergency Beacon and abandon ship,.... [more]
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Shark fin off the menu of Singapore's largest supermarkets
Media Services,
Singapore's largest supermarket chain will stop selling shark fin products from April 2012 after a comment by one of its suppliers triggered calls for a boycott from activists and the public.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup
Richard Gladwell,
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012... [more]
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Australia Day on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
A busy program of marine activities and aerial displays is scheduled for Thursday 26 January 2012 on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Horizon to launch Aero 54 at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia,
Horizon Yachts is aiming to increase its presence in the Australian market, thanks to a new sub-$2 million motor yacht which will officially debut at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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