Save Our Skills, Wild Oats XI secret weapon, Clipper Propels into 2013

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 18 Dec 2012

Save Our Skills, Wild Oats XI secret weapon, Clipper Propels into 2013

Santa arriving in Australia  .. ©
Sweltering in to the Christmas break, it's comforting to know most of us will have enforced time off to relax and enjoy time on the water. Our trailer has arrived, the RIB is ship shape, engine primed and life jackets fitting, and most importantly, fishing rods and bait are at the ready!

Alex's first fish aged 4  Jeni Bone
No doubt, we will regale you with our on-water triumphs in the New Year . . . but for now, we are planning to see Santa, arriving to our shores by boat at Southport Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon ahead of his Aussie run next Monday night. Kids can't wait and SYC has a packed program of Carols and cuisine on the cards for visitors and members. See you there?

As we count down the '12 minutes til Christmas', which is what is seems as we jam in so many things before corporate Australia grinds to a halt, it's a great time to reflect on what we would wish for the year ahead.

Experienced builder and one of the industry's good guys, Terry Vine, highlights this in a story about the drain of talent at a senior level, leaving the boating industry for other countries and industries. Plenty to ruminate on, and if you're placed to back his concept of Aussie powercats, perhaps an alluring venture to consider for 2013?

Lots and lots of holiday reading this week, and more to come, can't type fast enough. There's news that Clipper Motor Yachts has signed up the dynamic Lauren Brittain of Propel Public Relations to take the company to the next level. A great combination!

Clipper and Propel  Clipper Motor Yachts

There are a slew of launches in the first weeks of 2013, innovative new models across various brands, including the first of the covetable Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 which is due to arrive in WA to be unveiled at the 2013 Hillarys Boat Show, 15-17 March.

Helia 44 at anchor  .. .

Speaking of highly desirable, we have the scoop on the orange vision of sophistication that will be seen by all at the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart next week - Mark Richards' latest Palm Beach in burnished amber, which will be pilot boat for Wild Oats XI on Boxing Day. Interiors designer, Sarah Egan from Boat Style shares her inspiration and some of the new generation materials used onboard.

Rena G  .. ©

The experts rate Wild Oats XI's chances for this year's race - likely to blitz the competition with its new wingtips, hull and sail configuration - aiming for a sub-24 hour dash, all things going smoothly.

17/12/12, Sydney, Australia, Wild Oats XI revealing speed enhancing underwater modifications at Woolwich Dock  Peter Blakeman

And just in - Riviera built Belize Motor Yachts has received an enormously prestigious accolade, named the ‘most innovative new builder' at the inaugural AIM awards. Congratulations to our friends at Riv/Belize and its inspired creator, Wes Moxey.

Belize 52 Sedan is a high performance vessel  Riviera .

Well, that's it from me. Have to entertain the kids with a dry run (wet run) around the canals before heading out on the Broadwater Boxing Day. Cheers to all our loyal and intermittent readers. Thanks for the feedback, a year of reading and commenting, your support, friendship in many cases and camaraderie which is why I persist.

Happy Christmas to you and your families! Enjoy the break! Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013. Look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!

Jeni Bone, editor

Terry Vine: Industry needs to conserve skills and invest in powercats
Jeni Bone,
Industry stalwart, Terry Vine is replete with the skills of yesteryear, as well as up to date with the latest manufacturing techniques and technology. At the ripe old age of 51, Terry is watching the industry he loves decline, impacted by a negative and restrictive government and nervous consumers.... [more]
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Belize Motoryachts named ‘best of the best' at AIM Awards
Stephen Milne,
The new Riviera Australia owned and designed luxury marque, Belize Motoryachts, has been named the ‘most innovative new builder' at the inaugural AIM (Active Interest Media) Marine Group Editors' Choice Awards.... [more]
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Orange, lithe, lush and ready for the start of the Sydney to Hobart
Jeni Bone,
Rena G, the latest thoroughbred from the Palm Beach Motor Yacht stable has just slipped into the water at Sydney City Marina. She is already drawing a crowd of onlookers, captivated by her pearlised, burnt orange hull. She is likely to be a head turner wherever she goes.... [more]
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The best is yet to come for the Maritimo team
After a year of major award wins, a world offshore powerboat title, the successful release of a range of new models and induction into the Boating Industry of Australia Hall of Fame, Australian boating industry stalwart Bill Barry-Cotter is finishing 2012 on a high.... [more]
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Maritime Safety Director weighs anchor with recreational boaters
Andy Warner, President BIAV,
I am pleased to announce that Maritime Safety Director, Mr Peter Corcoran and the Victorian Coalition Government have taken steps to rectify the recent recreational vessel anchoring ban.... [more]
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First Australia Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 to arrive in March
Multihull Solutions,
The first Australian Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 is set to arrive in Western Australia in February and will be unveiled at the 2013 Hillarys Boat Show from 15-17 March.... [more]
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Oceanis 55 makes a stunning debut at the Paris Boat Show
Creating Demand,
Regarded as offering ‘a new lifestyle at sea', the stunning new Oceanis 55 was the star of opening night at the Nautic Paris Boat Show.... [more]
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An Australian first in lighting for AMW
Errol Cain, Australian Marine Wholesale,
Australian Marine Wholesale is proud to be the Australian importer of the Lumitec range of lighting including the latest series of marine lighting from the sixth fastest growing manufacturing company in the United States, according to Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing private companies.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars to be mast supplier for Volvo 65
New Zealand-based Southern Spars will supply the complete rig package – mast, boom and rigging – for the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 that will contest the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. For the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races, Southern Spars will supply a high modulus mast, high modulus racing box boom and a full EC6 bundled carbon fibre rod rigging package with deflected backstays for the... [more]
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PR company to propel Clipper Motor Yachts
Propel Public Relations,
Clipper Motor Yachts has announced that Propel Public Relations has been appointed to provide communications services for the Clipper brand.... [more]
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McConaghy Maxis - a powerhouse in sail racing
Jonathan Morris,
The McConaghy built maxi yachts ICAP Leopard 3, Wild Oats X & XI, and Esmit Europa continue to shine. Mike Slade's Farr designed ICAP Leopard 3, recently chartered by Niklas Zennström's Team Rán, has smashed the course record for the 2,800 nautical mile IMA Transatlantic Race, beating the record set in 2011 by the 66-metre superyacht, Hetairos by over 25 hours.... [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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Atlantis 34, the latest from the Azimut Benetti Group
Azimut Yachts,
The Atlantis brand completes its line with an impressively liveable boat under ten meters. It features two Volvo Penta D3 engines with Duoprop sterndrive enabling it to reach speeds of up to 32 knots.... [more]
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B&G Electronics Chosen For New Dehler 38' Range
Estelle Baldry - Navico,
B&G, leader in marine electronics navigation and instruments for sailing, is pleased to announce that its award-winning range of marine electronics are set to be standard fit on the beautiful new Dehler 38'.... [more]
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80m 'Chopi Chopi' is the largest yacht ever from CRN shipyards
CRN Shipyards,
In a month's time, Saturday January 12, the CRN 80 metre steel and aluminium megayacht 'Chopi Chopi' hull number 129 of the CRN Shipyard, will be launched in Ancona, Italy - an event which will involve the city, the territory and the boating industry.... [more]
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FLIR Systems announces new warranty policy for maritime handhelds
FLIR Systems,
Thermal imaging cameras are being used by a rapidly increasing number of people in a variety of applications. They are widely used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, predictive maintenance, R&D, machine vision and many more applications. Once purchased a thermal imaging camera quickly becomes a vital piece of equipment.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 16, 2012 - Overhanging cliff
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 16, 2012 - Markets slipped again under the weight of the ongoing Fiscal Cliff fiasco. Brinksmanship continues with the President playing his hand taking confidence from the election as do the Republicans in Congress. This is a Political game being played by Obama in an attempt to break the Republicans through acceptance of tax hikes.... [more]
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Crewsaver transfers to new purpose built premises
Alison Willis,
Crewsaver, the UK's leading marine safety equipment manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it is moving into new purpose built premises as part of the company's strategy to become a ‘Centre of Excellence' for personal marine safety and commercial marine products.... [more]
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Superyacht industry surges into 2013 on a wave of optimism
Michelle Williams,
The ultimate flavour of the superyacht industry going into 2013, after a somewhat tumultuous year amid seas of inclement weather and economic instability, is one of sweet success, with silver linings hidden in some unexpected corners, according to insider sources at Yachting Pages.... [more]
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Seaview's watertight electronics display ‘pods' available in Australia
Jason Romesburg,
Mount navigation electronics the smarter way. Seaview's sleek, watertight display ‘pods' for helm electronics are now available in Australia through Coursemaster Autopilots' dealers nationally. Constructed with a high quality marine grade white or black aluminum base and a UV resistant white ABS plastic housing, these instrument pods offer flexibility of adjustment both horizontally and vertically... [more]
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Australian Sports Commission to give more support for Aussie Sailing
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sports Commission announced Friday their plan to provide more support for the Australian Sailing Team and Middle Harbour Yacht Club, which have successfully produced numerous World and Olympic champions in sailing competitions. The announcement was made of support from the ASC to complete stage two development of the National Training Centre.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Summer aquatic events guide now available
Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay,
Roads and Maritime Services Acting General Manager Maritime Operations Trevor Williams today announced a free safety guide on the key aquatic events to be held on Sydney Harbour over summer 2012-13 is available for boaters and spectators.... [more]
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Yamaha's new lightweight 200hp 4-stroke a four-cylinder powerhouse
Mike Rose,
Yamaha's new lightweight 200hp 4-stroke an amazing four-cylinder powerhouse The new Yamaha F200 is not only the world's lightest 200hp 4-stroke outboard, it also boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any 200hp 4-stroke. Weighing in at just 227kg, the new 4-cylinder F200 features a brand new powerful 2.8-litre double overhead camshaft engine... [more]
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Online Brokerage: Busfield Marine's latest quality cruising yachts
Christine Bird,
Busfield Marine Brokers are pleased to be able to offer a huge range of high quality cruising yachts that are rearing to go ... ready to take you wherever you want in comfort and style. What they all have in common is that they are all well found boats designed for crossing oceans and would make fantastic long term cruising homes.... [more]
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Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months.... [more]
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Superyacht Australia Division Committee announced
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Last week the Superyacht Australia Division Committee met for their annual election of the division committee members in Sydney. Showing a strong vote of confidence the committee re-elected Barry Jenkins as Chairperson and Richard Morris as the representative from the Committee to sit on the AIMEX Board.... [more]
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Summer is here, check out the new Lagoon 400s2, 39 and 52
Lagoon Catamarans,
Summer is here and new Lagoons Catamarans are appearing in Europe right on time for the holiday season. Check out the new Lagoon 400s2, Lagoon 39 and Lagoon 52!... [more]
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New GM brings defence experience to Austal's Australian operations
Austal has appointed Graham Backhouse to the position of General Manager of its Henderson Shipyard Operations (HSO) in Australia.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd - Celebrating 50 years of market innovation and success
Henri Lloyd Australia,
In 2013, Henri Lloyd, a proud family-run company, will be celebrating half a century as one of the market leaders in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel. It has paved the way for all modern foul weather clothing, setting the standards throughout the generations for performance and comfort.... [more]
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End of Days? Dutchman builds a modern Noah's Ark
Jeni Bone,
Moored in the city of Dordrecht, just south of Rotterdam, Holland, a new landmark is visible bobbing against the extremely flat and floodprone landscape. Johan Huibers has realised his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark.... [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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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust announces new ambassador
Calsey Thorne,
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust announced Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank as their new Ambassador. Rob, who is also award-winning festival curator, will be taking part of the organization's various sailing events such as J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race and a 50 nautical mile yacht race around the Isle of Wight.... [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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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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Jolly Roger hoisted as part of Benetti Design Innovation project
Sand People Communication,
Benetti has the pleasure to introduce PALOMBA+SERAFINI as part of 16 yacht designers of BENETTI Design Innovation Project 2012.... [more]
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