GC Expo hits heights, Stefan's Razar Cat, SCIBS invites exhibitors

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 06 Nov 2012

GC Expo hits heights, Stefan's Razar Cat, SCIBS invites exhibitors

Competing with all things equine today - great news from my own fair city of the Gold Coast, with a massive turn out of 20,752 for fledgling boat show, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, held over the weekend under sunny (little bit windy) skies - all the better for enjoying the phenomenal performances of the RAAF Roulettes!

The giant Expo flag heralded the start of the Gold Coast International Marine Expo  Stephen Milne

From all reports, visitors and exhibitors are ecstatic, organisers relieved and thrilled. I enjoyed much of Saturday aboard the brand new Outer Reef 63, as well as strolling the excellent venue and taking in the full range of exhibits, including more than 500 boats, at this year's event - many hailing it the best boat show for years.

The Gold Coast Marine Expo was easily accessible by helicopter, car, bus or train and there was plenty of free parking  Stephen Milne

At the pink and rainbow-hued new premises of Stefan Boating World, adjacent to the Expo, powerboat champ and hair mogul, Stefan Ackerie, launched his startling range of excellent little boats - selling them as quickly as they could be placed on the new factory floor. The standout though is the futuristically-styled 4.1m long Razar Cat, a hybrid jet ski and inflatable boat that is going to ignite plenty of interest, particularly in the lead up to summer!

Razar2  Rob Mundle

Can't you just see this jetting around the waterways of the Gold Coast, Sydney Harbour, Port Phillip, Glenelg, Cottesloe and perhaps even Fannie Bay in the Top End?

Also hot this week, news of the hot new Capricorn cat for the F18 class, a collaboration between renowned multihull designer Martin Fischer and PSA's Chris Caldecoat; an update on Marine13; the pros and cons of the cruise ship terminal concepts (there are three in motion!) mooted for the Gold Coast.

David Kellett - running for ISAF presidency.  Richard Gladwell ©

Also, we have news of David Kellett running for ISAF presidency. David is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

We have the full story today and you can check out his video outlining his experience and aspirations.

In other boat show news, the 25th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is now open for exhibitor applications. Organisers promise a superb event for this milestone quarter century, with a beefed up, family-oriented program and extra support and service for exhibitors. Check out the website for more.

Sanctuary Cove - now accepting exhibitor applications.  Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Hope if you're having a flutter you get good odds. I am at the Southport Yacht Club today, enjoying scintillating company and superlative views, trying to balance a feathered fascinator on my head, supping Wild Oats and wishing I were out on the azure Broadwater (on a Razar Cat!)

Jeni Bone, editor

Industry sings Expo praises
Stephen Milne,
Marine industry leaders can't speak highly enough of the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo which concluded yesterday, with many exhibitors recording the most sales in years, while others have filled their order books for the next six months.... [more]
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Gold Coast Cruise Ship terminal - proposals invited by Qld Government
Jeni Bone,
The Queensland government is inviting proposals to develop a multi-billion dollar cruise ship terminal precinct on the Gold Coast, at no cost to the state government or Council.... [more]
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Stefan Ackerie's bold foray into boat building with 'Smartliner'
Rob Mundle,
Boating legend Stefan Ackerie is poised to launch a new range of recreational boats and outboard motors, debuting at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo this weekend at Coomera on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Grand plan for the Gold Coast centres around the Broadwater
Jeni Bone,
Under dazzling azure skies at the Southport Yacht Club, the newly formed Regional Leaders Group introduced concepts for a massive development plan for the Gold Coast Broadwater, including offshore cruise ship terminal, hotel, marina and entertainment precinct, and a state-of-the-art theatre complex that will eclipse anything that currently exists in Australia.... [more]
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Marine13: Register now!
Organisers of Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition are adding to the comprehensive three-stream, two-day program which has a total of 50 plenary, lecture and workshop sessions. Plenary highlights include the topics of ‘Engaging Boaters of Today and Tomorrow' and ‘Accepting the Challenge – McConaghy's Role in the Deepsea Challenge Project'.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential candidate David Kellett talks to the sailing world
ISAF Presidential candidate, David Kellett (AUS) has released a video setting out his experience and aspirations. Kellett is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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25th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show open to exhibitors
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
The 2013 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is now open to exhibitors following the official prospectus released to industry on November 1.... [more]
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Razer Cat embodies best of jet ski and RIB
Jeni Bone,
Hailed as a 'game changer', charismatic hair salon mogul and champion offshore racer, Stefan Ackerie has launched the remarkable new boat, the Razar Cat.... [more]
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New research: Sharks enjoy long distance travel too
Qld Fisheries,
Research conducted on shark movements in Queensland waters has found some sharks swim long distances, while others stay local, just like humans.... [more]
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New tagging research reveals Mako shark journey in high resolution
Guy Harvey Research Institute,
A satellite reporting tagging device know as a SPOT tag, attached to a shortfin mako shark dubbed 'Carol' in New Zealand five months ago, is providing scientists with remarkable and previously unknown details of the timing and long-distance migratory movements of this species.... [more]
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Rivergate: Inaugural boat show delivers excellent results
Grand Brands,
The who's who of the boating industry came together in early October at the inaugural Rivergate International Boat Show to showcase the very best the marine industry has to offer.... [more]
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GME VHF Bonus Pack - just in time for Christmas!
Matt Heap,
Two brands synonymous with quality, GME and Led Lenser join forces, offering a tremendous 'Bonus Pack' in the lead up to Christmas 2012.... [more]
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Gold Coast Waterways Authority one step closer
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast Waterways Authority Bill 2012 was introduced to the House last week and has been referred to the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee for consideration.... [more]
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F18 the Hot new Capricorn (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part One, we saw how Martin Fischer and Chris Caldecoat had set out to build a better mousetrap for the F18 cat class. Not only was the it perfect pairing of talents, but the result would seem to be pretty perfect, too - Speed, strength and agility. Now just like the larger of their feline counterparts, these are somewhat mandatory prerequisites for a high speed, twin-hulled sailing machine.... [more]
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Newman govt puts no limits on port development near Great Barrier Reef
Media Services,
In Queensland, an LNP government strategy to control shipping through the Great Barrier Reef has defied calls by UNESCO and put no limits on port development adjacent to the world heritage area.... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef future management - Townsville locals provide input
A meeting to discuss the future management of the Great Barrier Reef was held last weekend when Townsville community representatives joined others from Cape York to Bundaberg. The two-day workshop is an annual meeting of representatives from 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees and senior staff from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.... [more]
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Maritimo positive about Ft Lauderdale results despite Sandy
Mega-storm cyclone Sandy had a significant impact on attendance at the world's largest boat show, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which finished Monday 29, but iconic Australian cruiser manufacturer Maritimo says its large display and new models drew sales.... [more]
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New executive joins Sanctuary Cove boat show crew
Sanctuary Cove,
Mulpha Sanctuary Cove has appointed its first Sales, Sponsorship and Event Manager to help steer the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show as it enters its landmark 25th year.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 3, 2012 - Confidence falls
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 3, 2012 - Confidence fell on the equity markets after a slight rise in the US Employment rate and the growing uncertainty surrounding the US Presidential Elections. The RBA may cut rates with many focused on Flemington rather than interest rates! Markets will remain nervous... [more]
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So just who is Pantaenius, then? (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we got to discover that whilst Pantaenius is very old, he is not actually the fourth Musketeer or an ancient Greek philosopher. In fact, he is probably an it, or really a they when you come to think of it, and they are Europe's largest marine insurer.... [more]
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Unknown mechanism which breaks up tabular icebergs at sea discovered
British Antarctic survey/BBC Operation Iceberg,
An international team of scientists has discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which large tabular icebergs break up out at sea as part of a study carried out on the Peterman Iceberg in Baffin Bay over the summer. Scientists observed that the gradual creation of a huge underwater ice foot produced so much buoyancy that it broke large chunks off the main iceberg... [more]
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GME announces new entertainment program Sound Safe
Christina Stagg,
Today most of us appear to be inseparable from our mobile phone, iPod or MP3 player. We literally want to take them everywhere we go, whether it is to the beach, the rainforest, the building site or even white water rafting. Of course our greatest fear is that we'll get it wet, drop it overboard or ruin it with sand or dust.... [more]
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EGO-Compact Semi Submarine, the easy way to enjoy underwater
Jane Jeong,
EGO Inc. just introduce the 2013 edition in its EGO SE series, EGO SE 450. The new EGO SE 450 embodies everything good about the old Ego, but this time round, there is a vast improvement in all the vessel is and does. Having been through several levels of modifications and upgrades, EGO SE is as good as it gets.... [more]
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Imtra goes ‘green' with solar power project
Andrew Golden,
Imtra, a leader in the manufacturer of advanced LED Solutions, have now announced the completion of its ‘green' initiative to reduce energy consumption at its corporate headquarters. Imtra's energy saving efforts include the installation of high-yield solar panels on all suitable roofing surfaces resulting in the reduction of outside power consumption by 70%.... [more]
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Yacht babes and weddings at Xiamen Boat Show
The four-day event will continue in its water-land theme, and a series of related events, including yacht trial driving, a yacht baby competition, a yacht photography competition, yacht test tours and an on-site show of luxury cars and helicopters, are to be organized. In addition to this, a wedding photography zone, high-end lifestyle zone, and overseas countries zone will also be set up... [more]
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Online Brokerage: Busfield Marine offer great selection of Bavaria's
Christine Bird,
Busfield Marine Brokers are pleased to be able to offer a great selection of used Bavaria Yachts for you to inspect online. These are all in fabulous condition – testament to the quality of construction and finish of these German built production yachts. They really do stand up well to the test of time. These are all privately owned, have never been chartered and well priced in the current market... [more]
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Tall Ships America Statement regarding loss of HMS BOUNTY
Tall Ships America,
The tall ship HMS BOUNTY was lost yesterday in Hurricane Sandy off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Of the 16 persons reportedly aboard at the time, we understand that one individual has perished, and that 14 others were rescued, thanks to the exemplary courage and skill of Coast Guard search and rescue personnel.... [more]
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Royal Phuket Marina to double berthing capacity
Royal Phuket Marina,
Even during the summer low season, RPM was the only marina in Phuket with 120 per cent occupancy. Extensive new moorings accommodating an additional 100 berths are now being developed in preparation for the coming high season. 'Expanded berthing facilities are needed to accommodate fast-growing demand,' said RPM developer Gulu Lalvani.... [more]
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North Sails Golf Day raises £11,275 for John Merricks Sailing Trust
North Sales,
Despite a rather damp and misty October morning, 86 golfers turned out for the sixteenth North Sails Golf Day on Friday 26th October at Cams Hall in Fareham. Working for the North Sails and the first Golf Day, John ‘Jonny' Merricks organised as it is today together with the Seahorse Golf Society to set up to raise money for aTrust. to be started in John's name.... [more]
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Seawind celebrates arrival of first Seawind 1160 produced in Vietnam
Brent Vaughan,
At the 14th annual Seawind Pittwater Regatta, Seawind celebrated the arrival of the 101st Seawind 1160, and the first Seawind 1160 produced at the Corsair Marine facility in Vietnam. New owner, Chris Lawrence, christened his new boat 'Avalon Spirit' with champagne across the bow, in front of a large crowd of fellow Seawind owners.... [more]
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