Sienna 19-Ex fab family sailing, Export Awards open, Marine13 ramps up

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 05 Feb 2013

Sienna 19-Ex fab family sailing, Export Awards open, Marine13 ramps up

Welcome to a relatively drama-free week of stories. No floods, fires or famines to report, just loads of boating and industry news, including straight up, the change of venue and occasion for the announcement of the 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export and Superyacht Awards.

2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards Winners with the Hon Minister Elliot Parliamentary Secretary for Trade  AIMEX ©

Organisers, AIMEX/Superyacht Australia have announced that entries are now open, and winners will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner to be held at Sanctuary Cove's InterContinental Resort (formerly Hyatt Regency), Queensland, Tuesday 21 May, 2013 on the first night of the ASMEX conference.

The awards are a testament of the organisation's support for the Australian marine export and superyacht industries with a strong focus on ensuring these businesses are recognised for their innovation, excellence, skills and service to the industry.

With the earlier awards celebration, potential entrants are urged to get their nominations in over the next few weeks for judging, which will be carried out by an esteemed panel which includes Barry Jenkins, Ian Murray, Ken Evans, Dugald Anthony from Austrade, and John Savage.

Sienna 19 Ex  .. ©

Also new and unconditionally fresh, our feature on the little boat that hopes it can, the Sienna 19-Ex, a little gem from Gold Coast trailer-sailor specialist, Scruffie Marine which aims to counter all barriers to families getting out on the water with a fast, convenient, light and responsive 19fter that takes up to six people of all skill levels, in all conditions.

Derek Ellard the creator of the Scruffie range of boats is now looking for like-minded boaties to get in on the hire-boat concept which is bound to tap in to this coveted, yet largely under-served market, so read on.

Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - first of many entries for the 30th edition.  Rob Mundle

The first entry is in for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - with Victorian yachtsman, Jim Watson, wasting no time in registering his 41ft cruising division yacht, Windsong of Mornington for 2013.

The 30th Anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, August 17 to 24, promises to be one of the most spectacular regattas ever staged in Australia. One of the many highlights will be a special division – the ‘First Fleeters' – which has been established for any of the 93 yachts that competed in the inaugural regatta in 1984.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 will also represent a decade of ownership of the award-winning island destination by yachtsman, Bob Oatley, and his family. Bob is already planning to have his record breaking 30-metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, at the regatta following its amazing trifecta in the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race – line and handicap honours plus a race record time.

Darling Harbour Convention Centre  .. ©

You have just three weeks to get the Early Bird Discounts for registration at the inaugural industry event, the Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition, 28-30 April at Sydney's Darling Harbour. Organisers have scoured the globe for a line-up of international experts to shed light on the issues facing our industry.

There will be many more stories on the program in coming weeks, but you can see the latest and register at

Have a great week, one and all, and keep sending your leads and opinions.

Jeni Bone, editor

Sienna 19-Ex - for families looking for fuss-free days on the water
Jeni Bone,
A ground-breaking new boat is aiming to fill the niche in family sailing and reverse the tide, attracting modern, time-poor families back to the pastime.... [more]
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Windsong of Mornington first entry Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013
Rob Mundle,
Within minutes of entries being opened for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013, Victorian yachtsman, Jim Watson, had registered his 41ft cruising division yacht, Windsong of Mornington.... [more]
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AMA: Labor's Marine Parks must go to the people before implementation
Dean Logan AMA,
The Australian Marine Alliance (AMA) today urged, in the strongest possible terms, that the Gillard Government's marine park debacle must now go to the people on September 14 for a vote prior to full and final implementation.... [more]
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Commercial fishing, climate change causing fish to shrink
A new study by Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO shows that fish around the world are shrinking in size. Commercial fishing and climate change are believed to be the main culprits behind the decrease, but CSIRO scientists say the shrinking size is also leading to a drop in fish populations, with smaller fish more susceptible to predators.... [more]
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Club Marine Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards - now open
Applications for the prestigious 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export and Superyacht Awards are now open, closing on 1st April and will be announced at the Gala Dinner to be held at Sanctuary Cove on Tuesday 21 May, 2013.... [more]
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Online boating education - the key to engaging boaties
Getting more people afloat is a key objective of the BIAA and one of the most important aspects of this is ensuring new boaters are properly trained and understand not only the rules and regulations, but also are educated about boating and how to boat safely.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 5, 2013 - US on post GFC high
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 5, 2013 - The Dow broke through the all important 14,000 barrier for the first time since the global recession hit markets. The flood of liquidity must go somewhere and equities provide some return unlike fixed interest. The scramble to invest is a direct result of the panic to avoid 'missing the equity boat'!... [more]
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Marina Industries Association takes marina training to Hong Kong
For the first time the internationally renowned Intermediate Marina Management Course (IMM) will be delivered in Hong Kong this February.... [more]
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Women in Boating – understanding who controls the family budget
The Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is all about providing the boating industry with the knowledge and tools to grow and sustain their businesses. And what better way to grow business than ensuring everyone gets a say?... [more]
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Reserve Your Place at Marine13, 28-20 April
Anticipated to be the most important business-to-business event for the marine industry in Australia as well as the SE Asia/SW Pacific region in 2013, Marine13 conference and exhibition will provide an expansive program of more than 50 sessions between 28 and 30 April 2013.... [more]
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World's largest yacht builder skirts downturn by going global
Investegate/Sail-World Cruising,
Where is the best place to buy a yacht? As the world's leading boat builder, Groupe Beneteau is the group to watch if you want to know future trends in the boat building business. They have just announced, during a financial information meeting, that their international sales are expected to grow by a whopping 65% in the coming year.... [more]
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Marina Management Course (IMM) to be delivered in Hong Kong
Colin Bransgrove,
For the first time the internationally renowned Intermediate Marina Management Course (IMM) will be delivered in Hong Kong this February. The course is conducted by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) under the banner of the Global Marina Institute (GMI).... [more]
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Sunday is Multihull Open Day in Mooloolaba
Multihull Solutions/Sail-World Cruising,
Multihull sailors in or near Mooloolaba - Sunday is your chance to find out everything you wanted to know about sailing multihulls.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Official briefings on benefits of Auckland Stopovers
Following are three media statements relating to the announcement of the two-edition Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in Auckland. They are re-published not so much for their news significance, but for the statistics regarding the value of the New Zealand Marine Industry, developed largely over the past 30 years, off the back of New Zealand's involvement in the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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McConaghy MC²60 to launch next month in Hong Kong
McConaghy Boats,
The first MC²60 is nearing completion at McConaghy Boats and will be launched in February in Hong Kong where the boat will be permanently based. With some fine tuning on the initial design, the MC²60 now boast larger aft cabins. From the drawing board of Bañulsdesign, the MC²60 is a semi custom catamaran offering the possibility to suit owner's specific requirements.... [more]
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PIMEX promises 'new exhibitors bringing new and exciting products'
PIMEX Media,
As Phuket hots up so too does PIMEX. The island is showing strong tourism numbers with airport arrivals continuing on the up. Hotels and resorts reported high occupancies over Christmas and New Year and forward bookings are looking to be some of the best yet.... [more]
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Construction begins on new 250 berth marina at RMYS
Peter Davey,
Commodore Linda Goldsmith, in front of dignitaries and club members, officially dropped the first rock to mark the start of the construction of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron's new 250 berth marina on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013.... [more]
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BIAV refreshes Melbourne Summer Boat Show with multimedia campaign
Jeni Bone,
On the eve of the Melbourne Summer Boat Show, exhibitors and visitors will notice a host of changes to its image and intent – a refresh to convey the theme 'spectacular stories start with a boat'.... [more]
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Navtec chosen by all three Vendee Globe podium finishers
Ben Kay,
The Vendée Globe is unquestionably one of the most difficult races on sailors and equipment. The non-stop single-handed around the world race takes the best of both just to finish, let alone reach the podium.... [more]
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AIMEX on board with Victorian Government super trade mission
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) is working closely with the Victorian Government ensuring Victoria's marine exporters have significant involvement and opportunity in the Victorian Government's Super Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey in February 2013.... [more]
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Dubai International Boat Show: 5-9 March 2013
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC),
The Dubai International Boat Show will run 5 - 9 March 2013, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, showcasing more than 450 of the finest collection of super yachts and leisure craft from across the globe, and attracting more than 26,000 visitors each year, the combined mix of family entertainment and live events offers the complete visitor experience, with something for everyone.... [more]
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Riviera stages Miami debut for four new models
Stephen Milne,
Riviera's newest models featuring the latest in pod drive propulsion technology will make their Miami debut at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show held from February 14 to 18.... [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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Key West Race Week 2013 - Reichel Pugh impresses again
Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design,
George Sakellaris skippered the Reichel/Pugh designed-engineered and McConaghy built 72' Mini Maxi Shockwave to impressive victory in the Mini Maxi Division.... [more]
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Ullman Sails names new VP and General Manager
Ullman Sails,
Kelly Buchan has been appointed the new Vice President and General Manager of Ullman Sails International, Inc., the license management office of the Ullman Sails group based in Newport Beach, CA, effective January 1, 2013.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 inks sponsorship deal with Helly Hansen
Matt McGrath,
The Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 landed a major sponsorship deal with sailing apparel and gear maker Helly Hansen.... [more]
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Peak Sails launches its Australian operations
Jeni Bone,
Peak Sails North America has opened its first international location, with the foundation of Peak sails Australia, characterised by a distinctly hands-on approach and commitment to value for money.... [more]
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