Riviera bought by Qld investor, Volvo Ocean Race captivates Auckland

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 13 Mar 2012

Riviera bought by Qld investor, Volvo Ocean Race captivates Auckland

So many stories this week, I had to prioritise. Please be assured, there are more coming, but your newsletter would have been overloaded.

Of most significance, nationally and with global impact as trail-blazers of our Australian industry, Riviera is back in business, following two years and nine months of receivership. Last week, its business and assets were officially sold to Australian owners, Longhurst Marine Holdings - a Queensland-based investment company. The familiar face of Wes Moxey is back as CEO and staff and suppliers are thrilled.
The Riviera Team at Coomera following the announcement of Rivieras exit from Receivership  Stephen Milne

We will have an exclusive interview with Wes and team next week and wish Riviera the best of luck for the restructuring and recapitalisation process.

Our New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell has been covering the cut-throat competition and arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, arriving to the warmest Kiwi welcome this week for the Auckland festivities.
A great welcome for Camper © - Volvo Ocean Race into Auckland  Paul Gilbert

I will be heading to New Zealand later this week to join the celebrations courtesy of Camper, and intend to delve in to the ROI on sponsorship of these high profile events, as well as some of the highlights of the 'Everest of Sailing'.

On the subject of boat shows, we are spoilt for choice around the country and around the world. The 20th annual Dubai International Boat Show is underway, AIMEX is gearing up for Asia-Pacific Maritime 2012 starting tomorrow, then there's the Rosehill Boat Show 17 & 18 March, the Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle show 23-25 March, City of Joondalup Hillarys Boat Show 23-25 March and PIMEX in Phuket starting 29 March.

Far from being a one-eyed Queenslander, I am a boat show buff. I plan to catch up with our NZ Marine colleagues this week to hear about the upcoming Auckland On the Water Boat Show 2012, then most likely off to Taiwan in June for Horizon's 25th anniversary celebrations and a famil of the venue for the planned 2014 Taiwan Boat Show - an exciting prospect for our region. Then perhaps Monaco in September . . . but I will have to beg and plead for time off for that one.

Heaps of news, reviews, products and some awesome dive and aquatic watches created with German technical genius that will be on show, for the first time, at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 24-27.

Thanks for sending your news and opinions. Don't forget to pop back in later in the week for more, and more, and more . . .

Jeni Bone, editor

RIVIERA IS BACK!- exits receivership with new Queensland owner
Jeni Bone,
Riviera has been brought out of receivership by Longhurst Marine Holdings, headed up by The Boat Works boss and Gold Coast business identity, Rodney Longhurst, with Wes Moxey returning to the top job as CEO.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Refusing to blink in the face of pressure
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing have just a few hours to go to the finish line and are refusing to blink in the Leg 4 face off for second place against Iker Martinez's Team Telefonica and Chris Nicholson's Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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New Seawind Trans-Pacific model feature-packed
Brent Vaughan,
To celebrate 30 years of multihull designing and manufacturing, Seawind Catamarans are pleased to announce the new Seawind 1250 Platinum Trans-Pacific (XPac) model, featuring the world's most comprehensive list of standard features found on a production cruising catamaran.... [more]
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Report takes the 'balanced harvesting' approach to fishing
Media Services,
A group of international fishing scientists says it's time to take a more holistic approach to fishing.... [more]
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Horizon AC80 Catamaran to launch at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia are excited to announce the AC80 Catamaran will be debuting in Australia as a new stock vessel at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat show.... [more]
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Health of the Australian marina industry report released
The Marina Industry Association of Australia (MIAA) in association with the Recreational Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at Michigan State University has released two reports arising from the 2011 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey.... [more]
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City of Joondalup Hillarys Boat Show, 23-25 March
City of Joondalup Hillarys Boat Show will return to its favorite home at the Sorrento Quay, Boardwalk and surrounds, thanks to the involvement from City of Joondalup, the Department of Transport, Honda Marine, Club Marine, McGees Property and Grand Toyota.... [more]
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New visitor parking confirmed for Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
In a major announcement for one of Australia's iconic events, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has signed a deal with Village Roadshow Theme Parks to make public parking available at Warner Bros. Movie World for people attending this year's boat show.... [more]
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Movie stars on show at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Traditionalists and a new generation of fans will have double the reasons to visit Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – with a one-of-its-kind, classic Chris Craft runabout which featured in the film 'On Golden Pond' on show alongside the epitome of contemporary day boat cruising and star of the film Twilight 'Breaking Dawn', the Chris Craft Silver Bullet.... [more]
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Sun sets on Love Boat
Media Services,
The former cruise ship Pacific Princess, which starred as 'The Love Boat' in the hit 1970s and 80s television show has been sold for scrap.... [more]
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Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show for new models, revolutionary products
Marine Qld,
Exciting new boat launches and a host of handy products will ensure the milestone 10th Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show is the most comprehensive event to date.... [more]
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AIMEX explores new markets at Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition
The Australian Marine Export Group (AIMEX) continues to look at new markets for its members organising the Australia Pavilion at the Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition in Singapore, 14-16 March... [more]
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LNP announces Qld fishing license buyback
Jeni Bone,
If elected, the Queensland Liberal National Party would increase recreational fishing opportunities with a buyback of commercial net-fishing licenses worth up to $10m.... [more]
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MT400 EPIRB assists 5 fishermen off NSW Coast
Matthew Heap,
A day's fishing for five Victorians almost ended in tragedy off Port Stephens on the 6th March when their 8 meter vessel was overturned by a rogue wave as they headed back to port in the afternoon.... [more]
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Leading marine industry sales professional returns with a new venture
Peter Pembroke Creating Demand,
After spending the past four years skippering and managing a super yacht throughout Europe and Australia, leading boat sales professional Hans Stolz has returned to set up his own business, Axis Marine.... [more]
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Simpson Marine reveals line up for Singapore Yacht Show
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, Asia's leading yacht dealer and broker, has revealed a stunning line up eleven yachts for this year's Singapore Superyacht Show (SYS) at ONE15 Marina from April 27-29. They include a good mix of power boats, sailing boats as well as superyachts and represent the full range of Simpson Marine's business in Singapore.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 16 - Follow the Race
VOR Auckland Stopover,
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? Our consultants know the island and the properties well and can help you with your decision about which is the right choice for your group.... [more]
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APSA to exhibit at PIMEX and Singapore Yacht Show
Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA) will be exhibiting at this year's Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) and Singapore Yacht Show. APSA members will be on hand to offer comprehensive information about the Asia-Pacific region, the association, its work and its member companies.... [more]
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Newman pledges $80m for Queensland marine infrastructure
Jeni Bone,
Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman has pledged $120 million for marine infrastructure if he is elected Premier.... [more]
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Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club seeking a Sailing Administrator
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC), one of Australia's newest yacht clubs, located on the Hunter River in Newcastle NSW, seeks in confidence expressions of interest for a Sailing Administrator to join its growing team.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Mooloolaba is now open at Mooloolaba Marina, Parkyn Pde
Florian Coroller,
Gold Coast's Ensign Yachts main office takes great pleasure in announcing that they have recently opened up there new office in Mooloolaba and will be operating seven days a week.... [more]
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Strategic thinking in Korea through to 2015
Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (,
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of Korea announced a plan to develop superyacht marina industry. The government´s main aim is to establish Korea as a leading superyacht marina country in Northeast Asia by 2015. The Korean government has decided to expand the basis for marine leisure sports including yachts, and building upon which, to develop marina industry... [more]
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Boat Asia 2012 set to build on 2011 success
Boat Asia,
'Over S$30 million worth of yacht sales were transacted on over 10 yachts at Boat Asia in 2011,' said Mr. Ho. 'Including the sale of a Horizon EP105 luxury Explorer-type yacht worth over US$11 million [pictured below]. This beautiful tri deck, long-range explorer super yacht was sold to a Chinese customer with business interests in Singapore. The deal was clinched during the 4-day show... [more]
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Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part II
John Curnow,
This weekend, Matt Allen's new Farr 400 will debut at the Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta. In Part I, of this article, Dee Smith, who is the Project Consultant for the pretty purposeful Farr 400, explained in terrific detail, firstly the creation of the boat and then the strict class controls that will be applied to these vessels. Now in Part II, we get to hear what owner, Matt Allen, has to s... [more]
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World premieres announced for PIMEX 2012
Princess have an exciting line-up at PIMEX this year with Asia Premieres for the V52 – a sports yacht, and sister-ship to the award-winning V62 enclosed sports yacht – the P60 – a brand new model for Princess with features typically found on much larger yachts – and the 72MY. Princess will also be making their World boat show debut with the special edition Princess 78MY.... [more]
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The world descends on Phuket for 2012 Phuket International Boat Show
Duncan Worthington,
Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) will take place 29 March to 1st April 2012. The leading consumer boat show in Asia, PIMEX has the largest in-water boat display. Over 50 boats representing the leading boat brands from around the world, will be on display.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Race Village is opened in Auckland
Penny Dain,
The fleet may still be two days away but that didn't stop the celebrations at the Auckland Stopover Race Village. Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right).... [more]
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Rosehill Trailer Boat Show 2012 will be the biggest yet
This year's Rosehill Trailer Boat Show will be the biggest in the nine years. Visitors will be able to see kayaks and canoes, electronics, fishing accessories and more. This is, of course, to complement the diverse range of new and used trailer boats that will be found at the show.... [more]
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Ita Buttrose to headline ‘Women on Water' at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Nobody is better credentialed than Ita when it comes to surmounting the obstacles and challenges of working in a traditionally male domain, always with intelligence, creativity, courtesy and a smile.... [more]
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