Superstorm fury, Audi Hamilton Island date change, Auckland scoops VOR

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 29 Jan 2013

Superstorm fury, Audi Hamilton Island date change, Auckland scoops VOR

Borrowing from the great Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar,I am reminded by this week's extreme conditions of the line from 'My Country': 'Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold'.

It's no exaggeration to say we have had a year's disasters in the past month, as all over Australia we have had fires and then tropical cyclones - and both over the Australia Day long weekend.

Burleigh Beach restaurant and swimming school hit by waves  Jeni Bone

Not much boating could take place where I am, but ironically, RIBs and rescue boats have been deployed all over Queensland, with the Army's Black Hawk choppers, saving people from their flooded homes from Rockhampton to Brisbane, with the worst around Bundaberg.

Our thoughts are with businesses and residents again mopping up and counting the costs, just two years on from the horrific floods of 2011.

For current weather alerts across Qld and NSW visit All offshore and navigation warnings are available from

So, back to the news - there's plenty to pique your interest this week, including a local arm for Peak Sails North America, now operating from Ulladulla NSW and crafting the same quality sails, offering great value for money. Director, Murray Jefferys tells us about the company, its product range and commitment to local customers.

Murray Jefferys, Director of Peak Sails Australia.  Peak Sails

There's an update on boat shows from Melbourne to Miami, plenty of new gear, a consumer initiative called 'On the Water Weekend' by British Marine Federation in the UK aimed at getting people active in all types of watersports, and awesome news about Auckland securing its place as host city for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean race CEO at this morning's announcement of Auckland as a two-edition stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race  Richard Gladwell ©

The importance the Mayor of Auckland and government of NZ place on sailing and the worth of the VOR broadcast audience and visitors it attracts, for both tourism and business is evident. If only the Councils and administrations in Australia would see the light.

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand host an open day where crowds can visit the shore base and their Volvo Open 70, in Auckland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

For those planning the pilgrimage to the beautiful Whitsundays this August, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has announced date changes for its 30th anniversary edition, starting Sat 17 and running til 24 August. Bound to be a biggie, so get your accommodation organised early.

SAILING - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - Hamilton Island, QLD - 17-25 August 2012
ph. Andrea Francolini/Audi
FLEET  Andrea Francolini ©

Also, big news for exporters, AIMEX has launched the first full-length online edition of The Australian Marine Export Industry Directory. As well as listings, there are articles on manufacturers and exporters, innovations and new products, as well as update on the industry - all with links and flash player compatible, making it easy to view on any iPhone/android phone. Order your copy or view at

Wherever you are on this sunburnt and sodden country, in NZ, Asia or beyond, enjoy your time on the water and keep safe!

Jeni Bone, editor

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Superstorm hits east coast of Australia
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Auckland returns for double dose of Volvo Ocean Race
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British Marine Federation launches National On The Water Weekend
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Melges 24 - Crowning of new king
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 25, 2013 - Rallies continue
Collinson FX,
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New dates for 30th Anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013
Rob Mundle,
A new date schedule: that's the latest news as plans for the spectacular 30th Anniversary edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week take shape.... [more]
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AIMEX Australian Marine Export Industry Directory: new online version
The Australian Industry Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has launched the first full-length online edition of The Australian Marine Export Industry Directory.... [more]
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Major Strategic Alliance: AMI Marine Group - TMQ International
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Sailing Manager, Chris Stone leaves The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Leigh Surland,
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