Sail Townsville, Marine13 adds speakers, 'Master Your Boat' training

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 19 Mar 2013

Sail Townsville, Marine13 adds speakers, 'Master Your Boat' training

Another news-laden bulletin for you this week, covering all the business-building events, initiatives and up to the minute reports on boat shows, professional opportunities and new product launches sprinkled among them.

Book now for Marine13.  MIAA
First up, Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is making final preparations for its inaugural event, 28-30 April in Sydney at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Its program has been made the more diverse with the addition of two speakers who are in high demand in their fields as speakers and experts on their particular specialties.

Stephen Forth, MD at highly awarded ad agency SapientNitro, will be an extremely interesting and inspiring speaker on the secrets of social media for brands and retailers, and Billy Kirkley of Clicks2Order is a digital strategist and YouTube marketing expert.

Stephen Forth  Marine13
This is not just another talk-fest with same-old, same-old presentations and case studies.

The two-day event is bursting with seminars and sessions, presentations and displays, B2B opportunities and a gala dinner.

The BIAA and MIA have assembled some of the country's and the world's foremost experts on topics as diverse as e-tailing, social media, branding, customer relationship management, what the future holds for marinas and boating, consumer trends, safety and the gamut of marine industry issues, all in one place for the benefit of industry.

You're mad if you don't tap in to this powerful arsenal of talent and sign up, even for one day, now that the Marine13 organisers are offering flexible 1 day registration so you can send more of your team. Check out the program at

On to other stuff, Sail Townsville will be a new addition to the Queensland events calendar in 2013 - a 10 day International Sailing Regatta and Festival, and marketing exercise to showcase the incredible maritime location and lifestyle of this haven for cruising, fishing, diving and more!

The Townsville Council, Sealink and Yachting Queensland have joined forces with this goal in mind, creating another compelling reason for people to travel to Townsville in August and discover its abundant natural wonders.

Townsville from Castle Hill  Tourism Queensland

On the Gold Coast, and coming soon to a marine near you, the 'Master Your Boat' program has just launched, built on feedback from customers and the boating public.

Ian Swan - heading up Master Your Boat training.  Swan Super Lines
My mate Ian Swan and his team have come up with a fun, information-filled program that will teach boat owners the skills they need to operate their boats with confidence and safety.

It's a great initiative, aimed at encouraging boaties to use their boats more often and to enjoy the boating lifestyle they signed up for!

Loads more - previews of exhibitors new and regulars at this year's SCIBS, the preliminary post-show report from Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle, new products, sponsorship news and some insight in to the legal stoush between Laser dinghy designer, Bruce Kirby and a Laser builder, LaserPerformance.

Thanks one and all for your emails, sending your news and views! Keep em coming!

Out on the water later this week, as well as covering an exclusive that has been months in the making. Hope you're intrigued enough to pop back later in the week . . .

Just threw this pic in to get you thinking about boating   .. ©

Jeni Bone, editor

Sail Townsville adds new dimension to Queensland regatta
Jeni Bone,
The inaugural 2013 Sail Townsville festival, 24 August to 3 September, is aimed squarely at promoting the lifestyle attributes and sailing assets of this idyllic North Queensland destination, with organisers teaming up with Yachting Queensland to ensure optimal scope and appeal.... [more]
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Master Your Boat program aims to educate and enthuse
Jeni Bone,
Born from customer and public enquiry, the Master Your Boat program is hoping to equip boaties with confidence and technical skills to enjoy their boats more, and more frequently.... [more]
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Marine13 – new speakers, new registration options
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, the Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition will provide a wide-ranging program of more than 50 sessions between 28 and 30 April 2013.... [more]
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ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL changes corporate identity and company name
Jeni Bone,
ZODIAC MARINE & POOL, now Z Marine is looking to reaffirm the positioning of its Recreational sector, represented by ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL, particularly thanks to a strong and distinctive corporate identity.... [more]
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2013 Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - over and out!
Marine Queensland,
Over 32,000 people visited the weekend's Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and the National 4x4 & Outdoors Show at the RNA Showgrounds, proving once again the popularity of all things boating, fishing and outdoors related in South East Queensland.... [more]
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Honda set to shine at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
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Bay Honda open day to celebrate marine appointment
Sandman PR,
Southeast Queensland's Bay Honda is hosting an open day this Sunday 24 March at its Sandgate (Brisbane) premises.... [more]
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NSW Govt survey to reveal recreational fishing facts
Fisheries NSW,
Fisheries NSW is undertaking a state-wide survey of recreational fishing in NSW which will provide a range of information necessary for managing our valuable fisheries resources.... [more]
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Minister Launches Fish Friendly Marinas Initiative
A new initiative focused on marina fish habit has been launched in Sydney at d'Albora Marina Rushcutters Bay by the NSW Government Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson.... [more]
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Disorganised Theft, Organised Crime: Special report on South East Asia
Dryad Maritime,
The UK's leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime today release their latest report ‘Special Advisory South East Asia. Disorganised Theft To Organised Crime' which focuses on the rise of targeted hijackings in South East Asia.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens enjoys wide support
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will be sailed from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013. Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW and while it competes for precious holiday time with many established regattas around the Asia Pacific, the event obviously have a very bright future.... [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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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show to stage three exclusive multihull launches
Multihull Solutions,
The 2013 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is being held from 23rd to 26th May and will be the stage for three official Australian multihull launches including the Catana 42, Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 and the redesigned Summerland 40 Trawler..... [more]
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Finnfare magazine March 2013 edition published
Robert Deaves,
The March 2013 issue (No 143) of the International Finn Association's magazine Finnfare has been published. This first issue of 2013 is packed full of what makes the Finn class so special. There continues to be growth in Finn sailing across much of the world as we move out of one Olympiad and into the next.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: March 18, 2013 - Massive Bull run
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: March 18, 2013 - Consumer sentiment brought the market back to earth as the unprecedented rally came to a close. The KIWI also regained 0.8245 after a week of hits emanating from the RBNZ releases earlier in the week. We have seen some earlier downward movement in the NZD & AUD rates Monday morning... [more]
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Fun in the Sun, Chaparral style!
Dani Limback,
Melbourne Chaparral owners have taken advantage of the record heat wave over the last few weeks to get together for a raft up in Beaumaris Bay.... [more]
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Boating Connexions launches AB Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
Creating Demand,
The world renowned AB brand of rigid hull inflatable boats is now back on sale in NSW through Boating Connexions, who are based at Cronulla in Sydney's South.... [more]
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Congratulations to Force on 200th boat
Mercury Marine,
World-renowned high-performance boat builder, Force Boats, has reached another milestone with the creation of its 200th boat.... [more]
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South African distributor for SOS Marine's Dan Buoy
SOS Marine is proud to announce its appointment of Favoriza Pty Ltd trading as Brand Leader as its dedicated Dan Buoy distributor for South Africa and the rest of the African Continent.... [more]
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Team Windcraft will showcase new Hanse 345 at SCIBS
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
One of Australia's leading yacht importers, Team Windcraft, will have something special on board when it docks at the 2013 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.... [more]
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Report highlights rise of maritime crime in South-East Asia
Dryad Maritime,
The UK's leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime will release a specialist report, ‘Special Advisory Southeast Asia. Disorganised theft to organised crime' which will focus on the rise of targeted hijackings in South East Asia.... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance.... [more]
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R Marine Perth Variety Splash 2013 - Bringing out the inner child
Stephen Milne,
The R Marine Perth Variety Splash 2013, which was held from February 28 to March 5, brought out the inner child of Riviera owners, who gave assistance and laughter to Western Australia's sick kids.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013 - Generous accommodation offers
Tracey Johnstone,
Sail Mooloolaba 2013. Local accommodation venues are offering great deals for sailors visiting Mooloolaba during this year's week-long celebration of sailing being held from 22-30 June.... [more]
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Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria - Multihull construction
Lisa Floyd,
Your invited to a social gathering/information on Friday evening, 22 March, at All Craft Marine hosted by owner operator Cliff Howie Allcraft Marine has been in the Boat and Storage business since 1984.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup - Objective Australia set to kick off campaign
Damian Devine,
Objective Australia Youth America's Cup Campaign Launch to be held on Saturday 23 March at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Great Keppel Island redevelopment to be certified by Green Globe
Jeni Bone,
The approved $600m revitalisation plans for Great Keppel Island, which will include a marine precinct and state of the art marina, will be the first Great Barrier Reef resort to be certified by Green Globe, an international body promoting sustainable tourism practices.... [more]
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Public invited to have their say on Shute Harbour
DPI Queensland,
The public is encouraged to have its say on the proposed $252 million Shute Harbour Marina in the Whitsundays when the Coordinator-General releases the project's supplementary environmental impact statement (SEIS) this Saturday 16 March.... [more]
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NSW rec fishers allowed access to marine parks
Media Services,
The New South Wales Government has announced that it will lift the ban on recreational fishing in the state's marine parks, as part of an overhaul of marine park management.... [more]
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Collins Marine new importer of Quicksilver Boats
Collins Marine,
Collins Marine of Sydney has announced that they have been appointed the Australian importer and distributor of Quicksilver Boats from Europe.... [more]
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