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 11 Dec 2012

Marine13 global, marina fire, Superyacht Australia active for members

Sydney to Hobart - what a view!  .. ©

The countdown is on to Christmas, and more importantly, Boxing Day (two weeks exactly, by the way) when the crews hit the water and the rest of us roll off the lounge to watch on the box or on the Harbour, this country's most hotly contested bluewater race - 630 nm through some of the most treacherous and testing conditions on earth - which ranks the race among iconic events such as the Melbourne Cup and the cricket Test Matches between Australia and England.

Wherever we are on Boxing Day, watching the Sydney-Hobart start is a tradition best enjoyed with cold turkey and ham leftovers, plum pudding crumbs and regrets about imbibing too much of everything rich.

As it is for all boaties, the weather is the main topic of discussion, as is technology, strategy and The Rules. You can get all the background on this year's event and the all important weather, at

Start of the race - 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

We still have another week before Christmas, so I will hold off salutations until then and in the meantime, encourage you to spend some time today going over the host of stories gathered from around the globe - all useful for the business and pleasure of boating.

Marine13 is shaping up to be a highly relevant and compelling international industry event, with high calibre speakers coming onboard and delegates starting to book. The latest is the Global Marina Institute (GMI) which will meet to discuss international marina education and certification. The Board of GMI comprises marina leaders from Britain, Spain, France and Australia.

GMI Board member and Chairman of the Marine13 Steering Committee, Jeff d'Albora said the meeting of GMI at Marine13 'will benefit the marina and broader marine industries'. There will be many more speakers, sessions and opportunities confirmed in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Horizon Shores fire  .. ©
Devastating news this morning for boat owners at Horizon Shores, with Queensland Fire and Rescue Services confirming 20 boats destroyed by a boat shed fire at the marina 20 minutes north of the Gold Coast. Still no word as to the cause of the blaze or how much damage to the premises.

On a brighter note, the team from AIMEX/Superyacht Australia is pleased to announce support for the 2013 Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards from long-time partner, Club Marine - its 5th consecutive year as sponsor. In announcing the insurer's support for next year's Awards, Club Marine CEO, Greg Fisher said: 'The Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards provide well deserved recognition to businesses in the Australian marine export and superyacht sectors'.

2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Award Winners  AIMEX ©

Superyacht Australia is also the subject of our major feature this week - with testimonials from members as to the evolution of the organisation under AIMEX's wing, its initiatives and targeted approach to the international marketing and promotion of Australian industry.

All the best as we wind down to holidays - be they ever so brief for many of us!

Here's hoping for clear skies and pleasant conditions to place boating top of mind before Christmas! Our RIB now has a trailer, so look out you flathead and bream hiding at Jumpinpin!

Jeni Bone, editor

Superyacht Australia: spearheading the industry's global push
Jeni Bone,
Since coming under the auspices of AIMEX and rebranding as Superyacht Australia, the organisation has redefined its focus, identified key industry issues and implemented several initiatives that have garnered global attention for Australian manufacturers and Australia as a superyacht destination.... [more]
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Club Marine supports 2013 Australian marine industry awards
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Club Marine has again showed a strong hand of support confirming their support as the naming rights sponsors of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards organised by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia.... [more]
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'THE GREAT RACE'- David Hill guest speaker at Southport Yacht Club
Jeni Bone,
Former chairman of the ABC, best-selling author and these days, archaeologist, David Hill will be special guest speaker at the Southport Yacht Club lunch, Friday 15 February - open to members and the public.... [more]
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International meetings building around Marine13
The Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition being held in Sydney 28-30 April 2013 is the catalyst for a growing range of international meetings linked to the conference streams of boating business, boating safety and marinas.... [more]
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Fire destroys 20 boats at Horizon Shores, Gold Coast
Jeni Bone,
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) say they have contained a fire which threatened 230 boats at the Horizon Shores marina at Jacobs Well, 30 minutes south of Brisbane.... [more]
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Design Catamaran signs distribution agreement in Asia
Andre Pilon,
Last week, Design Catamaran made a major investment into the Asian market and signed a distribution agreement with First Marine Ltd of Tokyo Japan. A major boat broker and distributor in Japan, First Marine distributes prestigious brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Montecarlo Yachts to name a few.... [more]
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Riviera drives into 2013 with an expanded senior management team
Stephen Milne,
Riviera, Australia's largest and most awarded luxury boat builder is looking forward to 2013 as its forward orders continue to grow, and the company welcomes three new seasoned professionals to its senior lead team.... [more]
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The *New* Feelfree Moken 10 Lite Fishing Kayak
FPI Marketing,
Feelfree Kayaks have been busy over the last 12 months with a meticulous R&D programme which has resulted in the release of some very exciting Kayaks for 2013.... [more]
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Game & Leisure Boats welcomes new Hatteras GT 54
Creating Demand,
Gold Coast based Game & Leisure Boats is extremely excited to announce the arrival of a new Hatteras GT 54 into Australia, the first in a series of exciting announcements for one of Australia's most experienced game fishing and motor yacht retailers.... [more]
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Inaugural NEEL 45 set to land in Brisbane in May
Multihull Solutions,
The first NEEL 45 trimaran in the southern hemisphere is due to arrive in Brisbane in May.... [more]
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US Yachts - New boats on show during January
US Yachts,
January is boat show month for US Yachts, with three brand new models on display at US Yachts' Darling Harbour base – the Salona 35, the Hunter 33 and the Hunter 36.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 11, 2012 - Market rally
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 11, 2012 - Markets continued to rally, following last weeks gains, with no bad news to drag them lower. The 'Fiscal Cliff' negotiations continued to be aired publicly and with a growing feeling that Republicans will concede the momentum to the Democrats and allow tax rates to rise.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot announces new Cumberland 47 Long Range
Multihull Solutions,
Fountaine Pajot will officially launch the remarkable new Cumberland 47 Long Range power catamaran in France in March 2013.... [more]
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Summerland 40 undergoes interior upgrade
Multihull Solutions,
The 2012 models of Fountaine Pajot's Summerland 40 Trawler catamaran have received an stunning interior overhaul.... [more]
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GD Marine Services onboard as new Honda dealer
Sandman PR,
Gold Coast-based (QLD) GD Marine Services is the latest company to join Honda's expanding marine sales network.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation Options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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'Victoire' for Vicsail and Beneteau on Sydney Harbour
Creating Demand,
Victory and success was the order of events for Vicsail and their owners participating in this year's Vicsail Beneteau Cup. Now in its 21st year, and boasting their biggest fleet ever, it was fitting for Daryl Hodgkinson aboard 'Victoire' to take out this year's cup ahead of a very competitive and passionate group of Beneteau owners.... [more]
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Mercury Marine appoints new Qld Territory Manager
Jonathan Revitt,
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce that Wayne Meade has been appointed as the company's new Territory Manager in Queensland.... [more]
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Grey skies but hot times in Jervis Bay
Harbourside Media,
The team at SBM Sydney doesn't do anything by halves and the Jervis Bay Jam was no exception.... [more]
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Dehler 38 Introduces a New Generation Interior
Deb Jeffreys,
Dehler Yachts has recently published renderings showcasing the interior design and styling of the new Dehler 38. This is the first time Dehler has introduced a contemporary interior to its fleet. It blends well with the sleek exterior giving the quality performer cruiser an overall dynamic look.... [more]
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Barz Optics to supply Marine Rescue NSW with polarised sunglasses
Barz Optics,
NSW Marine Rescue has chosen Barz Optics to supply each of its 3,200 volunteers with polarised sunglasses this summer.... [more]
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Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Lineup for 2013 launched
Emma Slater,
The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013 lined up a number of exciting RYA events along with the launching of new handbooks and announcement of new winners in a week-long event, which runs from January 12 to 20, 2013. In cooperation with Elite Sailing and the Personal Watercraft Partnership, the upcoming London Boat Show hopes to equal or even surpass the success of the RYA Active Marina Experienc... [more]
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AIMEX Board appoints new President at AGM
At the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Friday 30th November, Richard Chapman was elected President of AIMEX taking over from well known industry identity Alistair Murray who has been in the chair for the past 5 years. Alistair will remain on the board as past president and director.... [more]
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Realtor material well received as first Yachting Pages Delivers drop
Michelle Williams,
Superyachts and related businesses on the French Riviera were delighted with their first deliveries from Yachting Pages Delivers, the brand new hand-distribution service which launched in the region this month (December 2012).... [more]
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Zodiac in new strategic alliance in WA
Chris Castle,
The Zodiac Group in Australia in a major strategic announcement confirmed the appointment of the long established inflatable sales and repair centre of West RIBs as the exclusive Western Australian dealer for their ubiquitous brand of recreational inflatable boats.... [more]
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Gmotion yachts 'Dual Speed' hull design reduces resistance by 45%
Stuart Friezer,
Motor Yacht designs tend to be polarised to either low speed trawler or high speed planing hull forms. In modern sailing skiffs and yachts we operate right across the speed range and need for performance has led to highly refined designs with efficiency far exceeding that of conventional motor yachts.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup stepping up to the next level
Rob Kothe,
The Phuket King's Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year.... [more]
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Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and 4x4 - exhibitors racing to book!
Media & Communication Services,
Exhibitors are rushing to lock in space for Australia's biggest outdoor expo, the 2013 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and National 4x4 & Outdoors Show, to ensure their opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest in outdoor and leisure equipment.... [more]
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New lifejacket campaign has cricket ticket incentive
Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay,
Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay launched a new water safety campaign to bring down the rising number of boating fatalities in NSW.... [more]
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