Happy Christmas, Rolex Sydney to Hobart, boating safety tips

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 24 Dec 2012

Happy Christmas, Rolex Sydney to Hobart, boating safety tips

Fleet setting off from the two start lines - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Christmas Eve and nobody is asleep amid the briefings, forecasts and prepping for this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart.

Sail-World.com will provide complete coverage of the event and the CYC website has sophisticated tracking, handicap and rules info and details of the onboard communications that you can access to see what's happening en route from the crews first-hand.

Along with the sailing race that happens while the nation's well and truly stopped, there's boat show updates, including the $100K boat prize pack up for grabs at the Hutchwilco show in NZ in May and dates set for the 2013 Riviera Festival of Boating, also in May.

There's an assortment of dream boats to drool - among them a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Designs and Silver Arrows Marine which heralds a new era in motor yachts.

Silver Arrow  .. ©
There's a plethora of new products and the announcement of 'a new era of autonomy and prosperity' on the Gold Coast, following the appointment of the Waterways Authority board, boosted by $30m in state funding.

Gold Coast Broadwater - about to enjoy a "new era of sustainability and prosperity".  .. ©

The inaugural board will consist of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Michael Bartlett, Raymond James, Prof Rodger Tomlinson, William Turner and Martin Winter and former Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon is the chair.

We have also included the perennial boating safety tips and some hilarious reasons to take them seriously.
Don't forget yours and enough for your crew this holiday season.  Burke Marine

It's a busy time of year. If you're jetting off, driving our highways or just popping round the corner to see your rellies, take it easy, go easy on the booze and remember your manners as courtesy on the road and water may save a life. Remember the reason for the season: goodwill to all mankind.

So as you may recall, Santa is on his way tonight to the southern hemisphere, unloading billions of presents from his incomprehensibly sized sack. Our kids lined up to place their order (yes, iPads - but they will be getting a race car track and a purple bike instead) and guts the lollies Santa invariably carries with him. We have a year's worth to get through . . .

If you're at work, hope you have a silly hat on and a beverage in one hand, pretzel in the other, one eye watching the time til clocking off time.

No newsletter tomorrow - this is it - leaving you time to eat, drink and be merry with your nearest and dearest.
We are on deck throughout the Christmas-New Year period so pop in to get your marine business news fix from around the globe. News doesn't stop, particularly at this exciting time of year.

May you all have a restful time over Christmas and New Year and I wish happiness and prosperity for one and all in 2013. But most of all, good health, the greatest wealth.

This is what Christmas is all about!  Jeni Bone

Jeni Bone, editor

$100,000 Stabicraft/Yamaha package at 2013 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Mike Rose,
A $100,000 Stabicraft/Yamaha boat package, featuring Stabicraft's just released 2100 Supercab and Yamaha's latest F200 4-cylinder 4-stroke, will be given away at the 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in May.... [more]
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Nouvoyage introduces the Limousine Tender 33
Amy Halsted,
Nouvoyage, LLC, the innovator of amphibious craft for luxury and commercial market sectors, is proud to introduce the Limousine Tender 33, the first-of-its-kind luxury amphibious yacht.... [more]
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Mercedes-Benz and SAM present the Silver Arrow
Gianluca Poerio,
Designs for a new 14m luxury motor yacht that fuses marine and automotive influences, setting it apart from all other boats for its innovation and elegance, have been revealed by Silver Arrows Marine in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Style.... [more]
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Boating safety – be aware on the water
Maritime Safety Queensland,
With the warmer weather and holidays, more people are heading out to enjoy some time on the water. Here are some tips from Maritime Safety Queensland to help make your boating experience better.... [more]
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The lighter side of - Summer Boating Safety Tips
Jeni Bone,
I couldn't resist sharing some boating safety tips, with a dash of the ridiculous thrown in. Isn't that the best way to educate, or reform? Through ridicule? So here they are, lap them up!... [more]
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Dryad Maritime Intelligence appoints new Commercial Director
Dryad Maritime,
Dryad Maritime Intelligence has announced the appointment of David Hunkin OBE as their new Commercial Director who will be based at their Operations Centre in Portsmouth.... [more]
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BarzOptics poised to polarise the Canadian sailing and sport market
Jeni Bone,
Aussie polarised sunglasses brand, BarzOptics have finalised a deal for distribution in Canada.... [more]
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Sailing picks up in Asia as European sponsors pull out
Like many other professional sports, sailing was not spared by the 2008 global financial crisis as sponsors in Europe pulled out and governments were not keen to host large-scale tournaments. However, halfway across the world, Asia's resilient economy fueled by strong domestic consumption from a rapidly growing population raised hope of providing the boost the ailing sport needed... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 21, 2012 - Boehner's Plan B
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 21, 2012 - Boehner attempted to pass 'Plan B', which raised taxes on those earning over $1,000,000, but faced rebellion. Republicans baulked at raising taxes on anyone as this is a bridge too far! This weakened the Speaker and perhaps threatened his post and may put some steel into him.... [more]
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Christmas comes early to Southport Yacht Club
Jeni Bone,
Southport Yacht Club on Queensland's Gold Coast was packed with families, members of all ages and inclinations Saturday 22 December, enjoying a sultry evening of Christmas carols, face painting, excellent food and bev, lots of festive spirit, and the arrival of the fat man in the red suit, delivered by boat helmed by Commodore, Ian Hall, as a precursory visit before his Australian run.... [more]
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May 23 to 26 - The 2013 Riviera Festival of Boating
Stephen Milne,
Riviera has announced details of The Riviera Festival of Boating, which will be held from May 23 to 26 at Riviera's 14-hectare, state-of-the-art Coomera facility, on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Beneteau boats big Rolex Sydney to Hobart fleet
Creating Demand,
Beneteau is proud to report that the French marque boasts the highest number of entrants from one manufacturer in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year, which is a testament to the leading design, impeccable quality and racing ability of the world's leading production yacht brand.... [more]
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Sunreef announces exciting new Superyacht model
Multihull Solutions,
Sunreef Yachts has announced a revolutionary new eco-oriented, ultra-modern sailing superyacht, the Sunreef 90 Ultimate.... [more]
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China Xiamen International Boat Show - Bigger event slated in 2013
Veronique Largeau,
The China Xiamen International Boat Show 2013, which will run from 1 to 4 November, is expected to get even bigger than its previous editions after the EuropExpo and GPO officially assumed the role as the event's organisers.... [more]
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Wild Oats XI chooses Henri Lloyd again
F. Burke,
With this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race less than a week away, Henri Lloyd and the Wild Oats XI team have just announced that they have extended their already long and fruitful alliance for a further three years. It has been a perfect match between two powerhouses of the marine world.... [more]
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Be boat safe on the water this Christmas
The Honourable Steven Dickson,
Acting Community Safety Minister Steve Dickson is urging all boaties to take extra care when hitting the water this festive season.... [more]
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Tasmania, the year that was.
Carl Hyland,
Recreational anglers in Tasmania have had a hard year in 2012. With the toxic algal bloom along the East Coast plus inclement weather, many have hung up their rods and pots until the situations improve... [more]
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New era for Gold Coast Waterways - Authority announced
Steven Minnikin MP,
The Gold Coast's iconic waterways have moved closer to a new era of autonomy and prosperity following the appointment of the Authority board.... [more]
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Insight Genesis NSS Multifunction Display compatibility announced
Andrew Golden,
Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced today a revolutionary personal mapping generation tool, Insight Genesis™.... [more]
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Latest yacht from Bakewell-White for Japanese owner
Last week the latest yacht from the board of Bakewell-White Yacht Design emerged from the shed at Southern Ocean in Tauranga, New Zealand. She was commissioned by a Japanese owner. Named 'Kagirohi' which is Japanese for ‘sky before the dawn' the boat is destined to serve as an adventure training yacht around the waters of Japan.... [more]
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Les Nauticales Boat Show to take place at La Ciotat Marina
Patricia Litou,
The 2013 Les Nauticales Boat Show will take place from 20th – 25th March 2013 at the La Ciotat marina where more than 200 exhibitors are expected, in 45,000 sq.m. of exhibition space. 200 boats will be presented afloat, out of the 600 on display in the show. Themed spaces will be available to all visitors, as well as several demonstrations.... [more]
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See the new J/70 at the London Boat Show
Becci Eplett,
The International J/70 Sportsboat Class is off to a flying start in the UK, Europe the USA and fifteen countries around the world and the most recent boat has just been delivered to the UK. Visitors to the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in January will have the opportunity to see the new J/70 at stand E144.... [more]
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Online Brokerage: See 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 raring to go ... ready to take you wherever you want in comfort and style. All are well found boats designed for crossing oceans or cruisng the coast and would make fantastic long term cruising homes.... [more]
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Marine13 – programmed to inspire
Marine13 is shaping up to be the most important business-to-business event for the marine industry in Australia and the SE Asia/SW Pacific region in 2013.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting announces NSS Sport Version 2.5 Software
Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced today innovative new software enhancements for its powerful NSS Sport touchscreen multifunction display. ... [more]
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RS200 – for when it's all too much
John Curnow,
The thought of sailing a quick dinghy is certainly appealing and enthralling. For some, the idea of wings and traps, combined with a twitchiness and nervousness at low speed resembling that of a cornered mouse, ends up being more than enough to quickly extinguish such exuberant ideas as just a rush of blood to the head.... [more]
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Bob Katter opposes Broadwater site for GC cruise ship terminal
Media Services,
Federal member for Kennedy, Queensland senator, Bob Katter delivered a press conference on The Spit on Monday 17 December 2012, launching a fervent campaign to stop the Broadwater Marine Project proposed by Premier Campbell Newman and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.... [more]
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Report demonstrates Australian fish stocks are sustainable
Jeni Bone,
A world-first, comprehensive look at all Australia's fish stocks has found that almost 90 per cent of them are sustainable.... [more]
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The Great Cup 32 launches in Dubai
Icarus Sailing Media,
The GC32 was tested in Dubai in a full sailing week with the first impressions from it being far better than expected. The excitement and the sailing quality this catamaran gave, was visible right from the beginning. The 32 foot foiling catamaran has all the necessary specifications to be the new trend in sailing.... [more]
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Icom, official radio communication technical partner to Vendée Globe
Ian Lockyer,
Icom UK are really pleased to let you know that the Icom family, through its distributor Icom France, is Official Technical Partner to this prestigious round-the-world single-handed yacht race. Icom France was chosen to be the events Official Radio Communication technical partner in 2008 by the Vendée Globe organisation.... [more]
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Yachting receives funding boost of over $1million for Rio Olympics
Richard Gladwell,
High Performance Sport NZ has announced a that Yachting New Zealand's High Performance Program has received a funding boost of $1.1million for the period 2013-2016. Previously Yachting was one of the 'Top Six' sports funded by HPSNZ (previously known as SPARC), in the new funding round the sport has been lifted to one of three 'Tier 1' sports, largely on the back of the 2012 Olympic performance... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum – cool summer fun at WetWorld
Jude Timms,
The Australian National Maritime Museum is offering kids the opportunity to enjoy and feel refreshed throughout the summer with a number of water activities and games lined up in its new outdoor family play area - WetWorld - which will officially open on December 28.... [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,
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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