Chaparral Qld dealer, Don's 'Blue Dream', ASMEX names share insight

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 17 Apr 2012

Chaparral Qld dealer, Don's 'Blue Dream', ASMEX names share insight

The countdown in on to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the activity is frantic - from exhibitors and the boat show team, the hundreds of people involved in the logistics, the red tape and finer details.

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show  .. .

It's just five weeks away and there are still many more announcements to come, including additions to the entertainment program, new exhibitors, a couple of incredible local promotions with massive prizes on offer and some industry 'firsts' - all of which will be announced later this week and next. There are more than 40 first-time exhibitors at SCIBS this year - great to see in tough times!

This week, which started with global memorials and celebrations of the legacy of the Titanic, we also have plenty of news from around the globe of new products, some novel marketing strategies and updates from the Volvo Ocean Race, with winners celebrating and stragglers limping in to the next port, Itajai Brazil. As the preparation heats up for the Americas Cup, locally we can only envy the host cities of these major yachting events - the media attention, the influx of visitors who travel the world chasing these events, the various crews and support teams, the infrastructure they demand AND the money they spend while they're in town!

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, sailing under jury rig, as they approach the finish line in Itajai, during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

In the next few weeks, I will be speaking with some of the main proponents of these significant events and how Australia can capture them, plus how the broader marine/boating industries stand to benefit.

In the lead up to ASMEX also held at Sanctuary Cove just prior the boat show, we have an exclusive insight in to the special guest speakers and their candid summary of both the local and global industries, plus valuable advice on how to confront and surmount the current challenges.

Don McIntyre takes to the blue depths of Tonga  .. ©

Another feature this week to get you dreaming is Don McIntyre's latest escapade, exploring the submerged wrecks of Tonga looking for 'Blue Treasure', all with the assistance of a great bunch of strangers from all parts of the globe who soon become 'family', sourced through FindACrew. If Don's story doesn't have you poring over the world map, you're not breathing! Check out his site at for all the tantalising details.

Have a great week, keep your feedback coming as we value every word - be it of praise or constructive criticism.

Jeni Bone, editor

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Jeni Bone,
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Don McIntyre lives the Blue Dream, with crew thanks to FindACrew
Jeni Bone,
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Nicole Allen,
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ASMEX speakers candid in their views of the Australian marine industry
Superyacht Australia/AIMEX,
It is refreshing in this day and age to see the broad base of speakers attending the ASMEX conference to be held 22 and 23 May at Sanctuary Cove and to know that they will be speaking from the heart with no constraints on their views and comments.... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
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Helena Heidenreich,
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AIMEX takes Australia Unlimited to international shores
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AIMEX members reinforce their position in China
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Princess to divide and conquer at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Creating Demand,
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Sydney boaties to welcome secure boat storage and service facility
Creating Demand,
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Adastra launched at McConaghy Boats China facility
McConaghy Boats,
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Atlantic Cup partners with New York's Oakcliff Sailing
Jeff Pomeroy,
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Peter Swan, OAM is honoured for 50 years service with the AVCGA
Jeni Bone,
Melbourne resident and familiar face around the waterways of Melbourne, Frankston, Port Phillip and Rosebud, as well as the local boat show circuit, Peter Swan has been honoured for his 50 years' service to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.... [more]
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Junior boatbuilders go public this Saturday at Marine Trades Challenge
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Korea International Boat Show 2012 - all sold out
KIBS Media,
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Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
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Coastalwatch launch new NSW iphone App for fisherman and boat owners
Martin Pascoe,
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Can today's boaters learn anything from the Titanic?
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US EPA applies for E15
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Boat Style equals boating in style, inside and out
Jeni Bone,
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