Embrace 2013, GC marine precinct plans, boating & booze warnings

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 01 Jan 2013

Embrace 2013, GC marine precinct plans, boating & booze warnings

NYE Sydney 2013  .. ©

Happy New Year! Despite this casual, easy time of the holidays, it's no slow news week by any stretch of the imagination!

No doubt the owners, crew and supporters of Wild Oats XI have barely recovered from celebrating their historic wins and we are all wishing we would not to see ham, turkey, chicken, pork and the trimmings for at least another year (pudding I am a fan of all year round), and here were are in 2013!

XI, WILD OATS XI, Sail No: AUS 10001, Owner: Robert Oatley, Design: Reichel/Pugh 30 Mtr, LOA (m): 30.5, State: NSW - 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

May it be a sensational one for all of us, with as the papers referred to it 'a rise in the lack of pessimism'. Let's hope that confusing consumer sentiment grows to something like optimism off the back of a great summer.

Speaking of which, hope you are all enjoying time off to spend time on the water, safely.

skipper responsibility  Roads and Maritime Services .
Police and maritime authorities are reminding boaties that the same limits apply on water as on the roads, 0.05, which applies to skippers, who also have a responsibility to ensure their guests are not impaired by alcohol.

This week, light reading and a few meaty features too, including musing on the New Year's Eve theme revealed last night: 'Embrace' as urged by Sydney's cultural creative director, the one and only Kylie Minogue.

Embrace change, embrace new thinking, embrace innovation, embrace learning and sharing - just some of the relevant mantras for this year in the marine industry, with boat shows kicking off in February with the Melbourne Summer Boat Show, followed by Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle, Rosehill Trailer Boat Show and Hillarys in WA in March, then Marine13 in April and ASMEX scheduled for May.

To amuse you, there's a selection of dream boats to whet your appetite - some that are just whimsy, but perhaps in the price range of us mere mortals, and one that is to die for.

Regina is the gorgeous sailing yacht you would have noticed if you've seen James Bond's latest adventure, Skyfall.

It's for sale for 11 million Euros, which is a steal if you happen to pick up a bag of cash at the casino as he did for doing a job in Shanghai, and manage to dodge the Komodo on the way out.

Regina from Skyfall for sale  .. ©

Also in today's batch of news, more details of the new development planned for the Gold Coast marine precinct - an additional 64 hectares devoted to integrated marine industry, berths, dry stack, showrooms, offices, dining, residential and retail. When approved, sometime this year, it will be the boost the marine industry in south-east Queensland and nationally could do with, leading to nearly 4,000 jobs and creating a new marine hub in one of the country's fastest growing regions.

Gold Coast International Marine Precinct  Maritimo .

Then there are the stories that just didn't make the deadline. I have just got off the phone from a well known boating industry proponent who has exciting news, but you will have to wait til later in the week for the real story - details still yet to be confirmed and you know I am not one to pass on second-hand gossip! It's worth the wait, so pop back soon!

Until then, get out and experience summer on the water, wherever you are.
Safe and sensational boating!

Jeni Bone, editor

'Embrace' and accentuate the positive in 2013
Jeni Bone,
'Embrace', we were urged on New Year's Eve by a disembodied pair of red lips on Sydney's Harbour Bridge, so Hal-like (2001 A Space Odyssey) and yet we have been assured, entirely earthly and modeled on the luscious kisser of our home-grown pop diva, Kylie Minogue, 'creative ambassador' for the evening's proceedings.... [more]
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Go Easy on the Drink!
Jeni Bone,
The death of a woman in a boating mishap on Sydney Harbour has led police and authorities to warn about the dangers of drinking on boats during the party season.... [more]
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Expansion plans for the Gold Coast marine precinct
Jeni Bone,
A proposed Gold Coast International Marine Precinct, to cost around $390 million, seeks to enhance the existing Gold Coast Marine Precinct through the development of a new integrated marine industry facility that will create jobs and boost the region's boating credentials.... [more]
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Bill Barry-Cotter shares year's highlights and ambitions for 2013
Jeni Bone,
Maritimo boss and boating's senior statesman, Bill Barry-Cotter invited the south-east Queensland marine and consumer media to a 2012 overview and preview for 2013.... [more]
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Legend lives up to his name: Bob Robertson retires from racing
Creating Demand,
Bob 'Robbo' Robertson can proudly boast legendary status after he and his crew aboard his Beneteau First 40 Lunchtime Legend, took out Division 3 of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. And after 40 years of competitive sailing completing a number of Sydney Hobart races, Bob has officially announced his retirement from racing.... [more]
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Brown joins the board of Sea Shepherd
Media Services,
Former Greens leader, Bob Brown has joined Sea Shepherd board as the organisation grows in stature and professionalism, according to its website.... [more]
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Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
I n sport whether its athletics, rowing or surfing, elimination series are run with heats, quarter finals, semis and finals. So when non sailors read about heats in sailing, they reasonably expect they are part of an elimination series. But in sailing that is not the case ... some classes and sailors use the world Heat when they mean Race.... [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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Dream Boats for 2013
Jeni Bone,
Make 2013 the year you fulfill your bucket list and lash out on your fantasy boat, whatever form that takes. Here's some inspiration!... [more]
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Zhik partners with Australian '9er' classes
Zhik Media Services,
Zhik is pleased to announce a three year partnership with the newly formed alliance of the Australian 29er and 49er/49erFX Associations, which includes sponsorship of the joint Australian championship for the next three years. The partnership includes sponsorship of the Zhik 9er National Championship, which is presently being sailed at McCrae YC in Victoria as well as the next two 9er Nationals.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 30, 2012 - Fiscal Fiasco
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 30, 2012 - The New Year beckons and expectations must be ordinary with the parlous state of European and US Markets. Friday saw another large and late sell-off in equities with the continuing fiasco that are the Fiscal Cliff negotiations. The Cliff is due to hit at the start of the year and looks likely to be crossed.... [more]
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Fairway unveils the new Offshore 41
Marc Hall,
United Motor Yachts, owners of the Fairway brand in Australia have recently released their new 'Offshore' range of Game and Sports fishing boats. The first of these new boats is the Fairway Offshore 41 which will arrive here in Australia at the end of January 2013 and be available for sale and delivery soon after.... [more]
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United Motor Yachts releases the new Fairway 36 Sedan
Marc Hall,
The New Fairway 36 Sedan will debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat show. This updated version of the well respected and popular Fairway 36 has been developed over the past six months and the first boat will be available in around Late April.... [more]
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Marine Auctions popularity in synch with the rise in pre-loved boats
Jeni Bone,
Buying online is no longer the domain of teens and tech-savvy. As this year's Christmas e-retail figures attest, spending online is estimated to have risen 30% over the festive season according to Experian, as consumers attempted to buy everything from CDs to property from the comfort of home and beat sale queues.... [more]
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VX One to compete in the Napier New Year Regatta + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The Brian Bennett designed VX One will compete in the New Year's regatta at Napier Sailing Club, starting on January 1st, 2013. The VX One is the first to be imported to New Zealand, and will be sailed by Phil Quinn, who took delivery in December and has been working up in Auckland over the past couple of weeks.... [more]
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Australia condemns Japan's whaling in firmest stand to date
Jeni Bone,
The Australian government has pledged to continue its fight against whaling, coinciding with Japan's whaling fleet departure for its annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI does it again!
McConaghy Boats,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The McConaghy built Wild Oats XI has done it again! At 7:22am (AEST) this morning Wild Oats XI sailed into Hobart taking its sixth line honours win in a new record time... [more]
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Bavaria Power Boats - First Australian bound Virtess 420 Flybridge
Bavaria Power Boats,
Ensign Ship Brokers are pleased to announce the sale of the first Australian-based Bavaria Virtess 420 Flybridge. For Ensign Directors, Tony Ross and Andy Howden, this exciting news is the perfect end to a fantastic year for Bavaria.... [more]
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Asia Superyacht Rendezvous: Grand Dames and a Baby Elephant
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sprinkle ten superyachts across the bay, and it looks good every time. Include three Feadships in the mix, and the view just got better. Add a Royal Huisman, a Hoek, and a couple of traditional Indonesian phinisis, and you were probably hanging out at the Xana Beach Club at the Angsana Laguna, Phuket. On the last day of the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, Bang Tao Bay was host to... [more]
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