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2 November 2011

Shipmate News 01 November 2011

The weather's chilly but the boating's hot

All this talk about global warming, I’m not too sure that it applies down here in Victoria. Why we’re almost two thirds of the way through spring, with summer less than four weeks away, and the weather has been very ordinary to say the least. What is going on?

Well maybe the weather is a bit on the chilly side but, things are starting to heat up as far as boating is concerned with the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo on this weekend and, as well as that, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show have just announced that exhibitor applications for the 2012 event are now open.

Good news too for Riviera who have 32 boats, worth approx $50 million, under construction and all scheduled for delivery pre Christmas. Things certainly hotting up a bit there.

And down here in Melbourne, the world’s best Olympic sailors will battle it out on the bay with the first leg of the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup held at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) from 6-12 November 2011. 

As part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne will see sport and industry join forces for the 10th International Sailing Summit (ISS) from 8-10 November. The International Sailing Summit is a worldwide industry forum bringing together the best in the business with the aim of promoting sailing on a global scale. More details below.

A good mix of news all round in this edition, including some new product releases, details on the much anticipated new Buizen 52 set to be launched later this month and a couple of Notices to Mariners for Victorian boaters re new tidal gates at Whalers Cove and a change of light characteristics at the Kerford Road Pier.

In our last edition we announced that we’ve finally released Shipmate as an iphone app and you’ll find the details again in this edition. I must say the take up has been fantastic and we’ve had a lot of feedback, all very positive. 

I know I’m biased but, I’ve just come down the coast from Sydney to Melbourne in a little 32’ Island Gypsy (at an average of about 7 knots) and I can honestly say that I found the iphone app very handy and convenient, especially in terms of accessing up to date weather, synoptic charts, tides and even real time wave buoys along the NSW and Victorian coast. If you’ve got an iphone make sure you download it today, it’s available free from the iphone App Store.

That’s about it from me, I’m off to check the boating forecast… on the Shipmate iphone app of course…

Cheers, see you out on the water

2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show exhibitor applications open

1 November 2011

Exhibitors, the wait is over! From today, Tuesday November 1, the 2012 Exhibitor Prospectus and Online Application Form are available on the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show website For a limited time, previous exhibitors can book space with first option on securing their locations of choice. After that,... click for more

Family fun of a nautical kind

1 November 2011

Pint-sized boating enthusiasts Jacob, Joshua and Jemma Thacker are looking forward to the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo on November 4, 5 and 6 where they will enjoy free family entertainment including a YAK aerial show, wakeboarding demonstrations, a Kids Club with jumping castles and face painting. There will be more than 300 new and... click for more

It’s full throttle for Riviera

27 October 2011

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder is powering forward into the southern hemisphere summer with 32 new boats with a retail value of $50 million currently under construction and all scheduled for pre-Christmas completion and delivery. The 32 boats currently under construction are destined for owners... click for more

Broadband 4G Radar signals the death of pulse

27 October 2011

From the same family as the award-winning BR24 and the pioneering Broadband 3G, Navico’s new Broadband 4G™ Radar is set to forever change marine navigation. Available across the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands, Navico’s latest FMCW radar boasts a huge 36nm range, unmatched resolution and clutter reduction to... click for more

Keeping tabs on Port Phillip Bay snapper

27 October 2011

Researchers are hoping the acoustic tags they have been inserting into snapper this spring will provide in depth knowledge about snapper movement and their preferred habitats in Port Phillip Bay. And anglers who catch the popular fish are important to the research. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst said anglers’ fishing... click for more

Five generations of Bendigo sailors getting behind Go Sailing Day

27 October 2011

Bendigo Yacht Club is just one of more than 30 Victorian yacht clubs set to play host for this year’s free annual community Go Sailing Day on Sunday 6th of November. Despite being only half a century old, Bendigo Yacht Club has punched well above its weight in recent years, producing numerous world champion sailors many from several... click for more

Yachting in Sydney this summer is about to heat up

27 October 2011

The sailing fraternity of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding waterways are gearing up for a massive summer with some truly exciting major events and activities. Yachting members of the BIA Marine Brokers Association are leading the charge by offering their existing and future clients, plus those new to sailing, a range of brilliant opportunities... click for more

Kerford Road Pier - Change of light characteristics

27 October 2011

Melbourne, 26 October 2011 Notice to Mariners No. 123 - 2011 Port Phillip, Hobsons Bay, Kerford Road Pier - Change of light characteristics Date: Immediate Details: Mariners are advised that the light marking the south-western outer end of Kerferd Road Pier, at approximate location 37°51.062’S, 144°56.992’E (WGS84) has... click for more

Buizen 52 set for November launch

24 October 2011

The new Buizen 52 took a big step towards its launch recently with the completion of hull painting and fitting of superstructure windows. The new Pilot House yacht, the first new model from the Australian marque in 15 years, is on target to be hull-wet by late-November. The launch of the new Buizen 52 will be the culmination of two years of... click for more

2013 Rendezvous Cruise to Hobart

22 October 2011

“The passage from Sydney to Hobart should be on every serious sailors list. With a properly prepared boat and crew it’s an adventure you’ll never forget” says Tony Cable Tony Cable is a well known experienced sailor with forty-five Sydney to Hobart races to his credit and another planned for this year. “There... click for more

Quick action at multi-boat blaze

22 October 2011

The cause of a dramatic fire that recently destroyed four boats at Hillarys Marina, Perth, WA on September 28 is still unknown, but for the owners of two of the boats, swift action helped ease some of the trauma. Water police said fire broke out on a moored boat just after 4am and quickly spread to three others before fire fighters could contain... click for more

Summit to bring sport and Industry together at Sail Melbourne

21 October 2011

Sail Melbourne will see sport and industry join forces for the 10th International Sailing Summit (ISS), to be held at Sandringham Yacht Club from 8-10 November as part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne. The International Sailing Summit is a worldwide industry forum bringing together the best in the business. Its aim is to promote... click for more

Put a tonic in your tackle box

21 October 2011

With summer just around the corner, it’s now time for the avid angler to start preparing for the hot days and balmy nights ahead. Time to throw out the old and restock that fishing equipment. One of the most important components of every tackle box should be a pair of sunglasses. But not just any sunglasses will do. Sunglasses specifically... click for more

Nautilus Marine calls for safety precautions

21 October 2011

Following on from the recent devastating boat fire at Hillary’s Boat Harbor, Nautilus Marine has called on boat owners to take extra precautionary measures in the lead up to the new boating season. Irrespective of a boat’s age, size or the owners boating experience, preventative boat maintenance and professional pre-season servicing... click for more

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne 2011

20 October 2011

All eyes will be on Sandringham Yacht Club for the first leg of the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Australia from 6-12 November 2011. As the world’s best Olympic sailors battle it out on the bay there’s something for everyone at the Sailing World Cup Carnival, with an array of captivating entertainment, gorgeous... click for more

BIA Dealer Certified Used Boat Warranty

19 October 2011

Purchasing a used boat has now become far less risky with the launch of a new Boating Industry Association backed used boat warranty program. The BIA Dealer Certified Used Boat Warranty provides complete peace of mind to families who purchase a used boat or PWC from a participating BIA marine dealer. Under this program consumers are... click for more

Mercury Builds the Ultimate 150 FourStroke

17 October 2011

Mercury Builds the Ultimate 150 FourStroke Once again, Mercury Marine has stamped its leadership in marine engine technology with the release of its new 150 hp FourStroke EFI outboard engine. With its breakthrough design, this 150 hp FourStroke offers unprecedented durability under all conditions and delivers superb fuel efficiency and... click for more

Replacement of tidal gates at Whalers Cove

17 October 2011

In a Notice to Mariners No. 119(T) - 2011 issued 17 October and effective immediatly until 28 February 2012 Mariners are advised of Melbourne Water works to replace the existing tidal gates at the Eastern channel to Whalers Cove, Patterson River, Port Phillip, at approximate location 38° 4.203’S 145° 8.048’E... click for more

Shipmate – Now available as a free iphone app

15 October 2011

Boaters now have free access to all the information they need, however they want it, in a handy pocket guide, on the web, and now on their iphone, with the announcement that Shipmate Marine Directory has been released as a free iphone app. Available free from the iphone app store, Shipmate provides detailed listings of marine trades and services... click for more

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