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Recycling, the industry conundrum - latest Australian newsletter

by Peter Rendle 5 Dec 2019 14:00 PST
Cruising sailors demand endurance © North Sails

As a consumer-based economy, the discussion around recycling is an ongoing subject between the cost of recycling or using landfill to dispose of our used commodities. And the boating industry is no exception.

Sail-World's editor, John Curnow, had a discussion with North Sails boss Ken Read recently. There are some very interesting directions being proposed at North Sails.

One aspect of the industry that is becoming a pertinent addition to its success is the Superyacht market. Rivergate Marina & Shipyard partnered with Major Yacht Services and Sydney Superyacht Marina to host their annual Sydney Superyacht Captains' lunch this week, uniting superyacht professionals from all facets of industry. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering three-course meal in the Squire's Landing Restaurant & Brewhouse, washed down with assorted wine and beer from the extensive house list, complete with magnificent panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Aimex is an organisation that champions Australian marine business overseas and recently they named changes to their organisation's hierarchy. At the Australian International Marine Export Group annual AGM held on 29 November at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli, Jeremy Spear was announced as the President and Peter Dowdney as Vice President of AIMEX. Jeremy and Peter were both existing Board Directors, with Jeremy formerly serving as Vice President and Peter as a Director. The outgoing President, Mr Richard Chapman, a founding member of AIMEX of twenty-one years, served as President twice, most recently for the past six years. Richard's vast experience and knowledge is still retained by the group as he remains on the Board.

From Bilbao, Spain, Keith Lovett reports on his experience at the latest Yacht Racing Forum. Keith reports, "Having attended the annual gathering of the world yacht racing fraternity for the last five years, this year's Yacht Racing Forum event staged in Bilbao over two days has been widely reported as one of the 'best ever'. It was certainly well run, Bernard Schopfer and his team at Maxcomm pulled together a professional, well-planned and at times inspiring event, so yes it likely has been one of the best, so far."

Staying in the sailing side of things, the Rolex Sydney-Hobart is celebrating the 75th race south with the fourth highest number of entries in the event's history. If you are sailing south and need to obtain your Sea Safety and Survival Certificate you could do worse than to book into the Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA in Sydney's Eastern suburbs. Conveniently based at Rushcutters Bay alongside the CYCA, Pacific Sailing School have advised that there is a limited number of course vacancies ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and major offshore race programs. Book now to avoid possible disappointment. This course assists offshore skippers and crews in developing awareness of respective responsibilities. To offer and discuss practical strategies for coping with emergencies at sea. To familiarise skippers and crews with safety and emergency equipment, its purpose, deployment and use. This course is also suitable for cruisers or those wanting to learn more about safety on the water.

And as we approach the end of 2019 it's the time to consider planning for 2020 and one company has come up with a publication to do just that. The Mariners Diary 2020, written specifically for Australia and New Zealand, brings together important information into one concise, comprehensive and easy-to-follow book. Combining ready reference, diary and/or ship's log, Mariners Diary 2020 saves you time searching through books and schedules for essential information. It also saves you money as it's only $39.95 RRP for more than 400 pages and saves space, as you only need one publication instead of many.

Peter Rendle

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