Superyacht Aust wins Asia grant, SIBS launches, Qld celebrates sailing

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 10 Jul 2013

Superyacht Aust wins Asia grant, SIBS launches, Qld celebrates sailing

Boating in the winter in the US  .. ©

As we in the southern hemisphere move in to the depths of winter (mind you, with some days topping 24C where I am), it's easy to see how some dealers and marine industry businesses lament slower sales until spring bursts through with the promise of warmer, longer days and more time to spend in leisure pursuits.

Grey wintry days shouldn't spell the end of your boating season.  Mark Rothfield

But now is the ideal time to prepare, market, host open days and on-water experiences, which is what our Yacht Clubs, marinas and BIAs are gearing up for during spring as we move in to summer.

Family enjoys a day out on a Trailer Boat - Try Boating Day  AAP Medianet

For its part, the BIA of Victoria is planning some 'come try' activities for would-be and current PWC owners, as well as traditional Try Boating days, and is contributing to the fifth annual Melbourne Leisurefest, 2-6 October at Sandown Racecourse, with all the latest boating, camping, fishing, RVs and 4x4 accessories. Watch this space for more.

Winter boating in the Whitsundays  .. ©

Winter is also a great time to head north to Queensland, with a great season of sailing ahead in the Whitsundays and north Queensland. From the Gold Coast to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has sailing covered. You can join the high profile sailors and fashionistas at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, or join a crew for fun racing every Wednesday in Mooloolaba.
For first-timers, Tourism Queensland is encouraging visitors to 'play dot to dot' with the 74 islands of the Whitsundays on a bareboat charter yacht, or let a skipper (or motor) do all the hard work for you.

The Queensland Season of Sailing campaign, driven by Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with sailing regatta organisers, regional tourism organisations and tourism operators, aims to drive tourists to the Sunshine State at this time of year to get into one of our favourite pastimes, boating in all its forms.

Director of five Queensland Season of Sailing regattas Dennis Thompson said the new Cup would help create a stronger interest in the series, promoting increased participation in multiple events across Queensland.

'The Cup will help raise awareness about the season among the sailing fraternity as well as encourage more Australians to experience one of Queensland's favourite pastimes – whether they're beginners or professionals.'

The race events remaining in Queensland's Season of Sailing 2013 are:
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race: 2-5 August
Airlie Beach Race Week: 9-16 August
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: 17-24 August
Magnetic Island Race Week: 29 August–3 September

Asian Superyachts can enjoy professional refit and servicing in Australia, not to mention superlative cruising grounds.  .. ©

Our friends at Superyacht Australia have just been awarded one of the hard-fought for Asian Century Business Grant through Austrade. Superyacht Australia applied for the grant after identifying that Asia was becoming a growth destination for superyachts with many requiring repairs, routine maintenance and refits. Given the huge capability in Australia for servicing Superyacht requirements and their global reputation it was seen as critical for Australia to establish better links in Asia.

Superyacht Australia will visit four regions in Asia to promote Australia's capabilities and cruising grounds.

For other news, we have innovative products, plenty of Sydney International Boat Show news and much more from around the globe.

Please send your news and views as well, as we value each and every one.

Pleasant boating this week and always,

Jeni Bone, editor

Superyacht Australia awarded Asian Century Business Grant
AIMEX-Superyacht Australia,
The peak body for the Australian Superyacht Industry, Superyacht Australia, has recently been awarded an Asian Century Business Grant in a bid to drive opportunities for the industry in Asia.... [more]
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46th Sydney Boat Show celebrates 25 years at Darling Harbour
Bob Wonders,
In preparation for the redevelopment of the current exhibition centre, the Sydney International Boat Show is planning to celebrate its 25th year at Darling Harbour with what is shaping up to be one of the best shows on record.... [more]
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Sydney Boat Show departs its home, but just for now
Bob Wonders,
As has been well documented, the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show (August 1-5) will celebrate its 25th and final exhibition at what has become its ancestral home since 1989, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.... [more]
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Marine Auctions: $1 reserve auction on Noble brand boats
Jeni Bone,
The industry innovators at Marine Auctions, based at Rivergate Brisbane, are gearing up for what they believe is a first: a $1 Reserve Price Boat Auction, running online from 25 to 29 July.... [more]
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All Marine Spares' rep takes business to the trade
Jeni Bone,
After three years with All Marine Spares, Darren Cutrie is hitting the road – as a mobile rep for the company, visiting clients around the state, and if required, all over the country.... [more]
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Williams world release at Sydney Boat Show
Propel PR,
Leading inflatable boat distributor, Sirocco Marine, will host the world premiere of the new range of Williams Turbojet Tenders at the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show in August this year.... [more]
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Australia makes an impact in Tahiti
AIMEX-Superyacht Australia,
Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the superyacht sector in Australia, hosted Information Sessions and a unique Networking Event in Tahiti last Friday in response to a demand for greater information regarding the refit and repair capabilities and cruising options in Australia.... [more]
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Fusion enters into partnership agreement with Broom Boats
Andrew Golden,
FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today its partnership with Broom Boats. Effective immediately, the award-winning manufacturer of luxury custom built motor cruisers will install FUSION's AV600/AV700 stereos, speakers, amps, docks and remotes as standard equipment on all coupe and aft cabin cruisers.... [more]
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Marine Rescue volunteers at Forster have life saving day
Ken McManus,
On Saturday,two members of Marine Rescue Forster Tuncurry have been commended for helping save the life of a fisherman in a medical emergency .... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Medaire climbs back on board
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper Ventures Plc is pleased to announce that once again MedAire Limited, the sister company of L.E. West, has been appointed as the Official Medical Kit Supplier for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. This latest partnership marks the fourth consecutive time the company has supplied the medical kits and equipment for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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Kiwi Yachting Consultants acquires Southern Pacific Marine,
Kiwi Yachting Consultants, a leading distributor and manufacturer of quality marine equipment owned by Dean Barker and Richard and Isabel Macalister, have acquired the assets of Southern Pacific Marine Ltd which includes the reputable brands Safety at Sea and Southern Pacific Inflatables.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 9, 2013 - Aussies rebounding
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 9, 2013 - Markets continued to feed off last weeks positive Jobs data from the US. AUD rebounding to just over 0.9100 despite Job Ads falling and unemployment on the rise. Domestic data is certainly secondary in cause/effect on the currency. Employment is set to deteriorate. The KIWI also recovered from the lows to test 0.7800... [more]
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Double the fun for US Yachts at the Sydney International Boat Show
Matt Hayes,
Australian company, U.S. Yachts, will have six yachts on show at the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show, in August at Darling Harbour.... [more]
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Joystick Piloting – true joy for outboard owners
Jonathan Revitt,
Mercury Marine can now offer outboard owners the ultimate – joystick piloting.... [more]
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Demand for the Hanse 575 sets sales record
Deb Jeffreys,
While the first Hanse 575 to arrive in Australia is being prepared for its premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show in August, the German factory is in overdrive with more than 70 orders for the luxury yacht, launched just last October.... [more]
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Tim Pallas: Napthine slugs Vic boaters with 93 new fees
Tim Pallas MP,
The Napthine Government will slug Victorian boat owners' with 93 new and or increased fines, which increased again yesterday, 1 July 2013, Shadow Treasurer Tim Pallas said.... [more]
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Nautor's Swan opens new office in Barcelona
Nautor's Swan,
Nautor's Swan is happy to announce the opening of a new office in Barcelona (Spain), in the city's prestigious waterfront district. Led by Marcelo Silbert, Nautor's Swan Spain is focused on promoting the SwanLine range of performance and cruising yachts and also offers comprehensive service to existing Swan owners.... [more]
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Nv Charts releases a new app for mobile device navigation
Mike Martel,
Motor boaters, sailors, and cruisers who want to ride the cutting-edge crest of navigation with mobile devices can now take advantage of nv charts App, a new, simple-to-use free app now available from nv charts, a global leader in highly accurate, detailed maritime chart products.... [more]
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New rescue vessel is set for duty on Lake Macquarie
Ken McManus,
A new rescue vessel is set for duty on Australia's largest saltwater lake, Lake Macquarie, after its arrival at its new home base on Sunday, July seventh.... [more]
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Flying Cloud 100th entry for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013
Rob Mundle,
A yacht bearing the name of one of the most famous clipper ships in international maritime history, Flying Cloud, has become the 100th entry for the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which is scheduled for August 17 to 24.... [more]
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RFBYC and SoPYC Time Trials - Test your skills against your peers
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
Time Trialling might just be for you, if you are looking for some fun to have out on the water in your boat? Test your skills against your peers? then this is it.... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show 2014 dates - and a new Event Director
Event Madia,
Fresh from the success of this year's Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) in April, event organisers have just announced the dates for the fourth edition of this rapidly growing regional yachting and boating showpiece, to run 10-13 April 2014. Returning once again to the vibrant atmosphere of ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, the 2014 event will continue to build upon the strong results of this year's s... [more]
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SYC successful in Queensland Government Grant
Southport Yacht Club,
Southport Yacht Clubs Sailing Academy have recently been successful in their submission for the Queensland Governments $10,000 Get Going Grant.... [more]
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Environment Minister announces Lakes funding for local partnerships
Vic Coalition,
Ryan Smith, Minister of Environment and Climate Change has announced an extra $100,000 to support local action to protect and enhance Victoria's iconic Gippsland Lakes.... [more]
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54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ahead!
Media Services,
For the 54th year, the 'Yachting Capital of the World' will host the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, from October 31- November 4, 2013.... [more]
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AC winner, Bertarelli to compete at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
Two-time winner of the America's Cup, Switzerland's Ernesto Bertarelli, has confirmed he will be competing at the 30th staging of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August.... [more]
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Mercury makes two senior appointments
Jonathan Revitt,
In a move to further streamline services to Mercury Marine dealers, Mercury has appointed two new directors in its Australia, New Zealand Pacific (ANZP) region.... [more]
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Zhik named Official Technical Clothing Partner to British Sailing Team
Lindsey Bell,
For the coming four years, Zhik Sailing Clothing will join forces with the British Sailing Team, with confirmation today (3 July) of the company's status as Official Technical Clothing Partner to the team which comprises some 86 sailors and 40 supporting staff across the Olympic and Paralympic Classes.... [more]
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Elandra Yachts announces Sydney boat show display
Imprint Media,
Luxury motoryacht builder Elandra Yachts has announced that it will have a display at the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show in August.... [more]
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Navionics+ and Navionics Updates available worldwide
Rus Graham,
Navionics announced today the availability of Navionics+ and Navionics Updates through resellers worldwide. Navionics' new products improve the way customers access cartography and boating information by providing easy online updates to ensure their charts reflect the most current data available for their GPS chartplotters.... [more]
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