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3 February 2014

Shipmate News 02 February 2014

Glad to be back – I need the break

Welcome to the first edition of Shipmate news for 2014 and a belated Happy New Year to you all.

I’ve enjoyed a nice break over the holidays, spent some time in London and New York where, among other things, took the opportunity to visit the New York Boat Show. It’s totally indoors, but then I guess it needs to be, temperatures got down to minus 12c during our stay. Not a bad show and what was particularly impressive was the number of big boats that were exhibited indoors.

Arrived back mid January, right in the middle of Victoria’s sweltering heat wave, so what better than to take off on Blue Tango (our Riviera 40) down to Queenscliff for a few days staying at Queenscliff Marina. Wow! Hasn’t that come on in the last couple of years?

Queenscliff was buzzing and the waterfront cafes and restaurants were doing a roaring trade. What was particularly impressive was the amount of tourism that the marina is generating. A fleet of dive boats, packed with recreational divers, come and go constantly, as do the fishing charters and boats loaded with tourists heading out to swim with the seals and dolphins.

A new attraction this year is the Underwater Explorer, a 22.5 metre long semi-submersible underwater viewing vessel that takes 72 passengers. Large underwater viewing windows provide great visibility of marine life beneath the sea and underwater lights allow incredible night viewing.

If you haven’t visited Queenscliff in a while, I suggest you head down and take a look, there’s certainly plenty happening and not just on the waterfront either.

Also paid a quick visit to the Festival of Sails in Geelong and that just keeps getting bigger and better each year. With so much going on, both on and off the water, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you mark your calendar for the Australia Day Long Weekend next year. And of course also went along to the Melbourne Boat Show at Docklands which finished yesterday and early reports indicate that most exhibitors were happy and we’ll give you a run down on that once we get all the numbers in.

And finally, congratulations to the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) who officially opened their new state-of-the-art marina at St Kilda last night. They held a fantastic marina party, which went off very well and is possibly the cause of my slight headache this morning; must have been the coffee I finished up with late last night.

Well there’s been a lot more happening in the marine world right around the country and we’ve got all the details here, so, for all the latest news, sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Sealite Marker Buoys mark Emirates Palace Hotel in UAE

30 January 2014

Abu Dhabi UAE, January 2014 - Australian Manufacturer Sealite’s popular SL-B700 Marker Buoys have been used to mark a safe swim area in front of the 7-star luxury Emirates Palace Hotel located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. The hotel is the second most expensive hotel ever built and is located on 1.3km of private beach and has it’s own... click for more

Big cat’s African surf-ari

30 January 2014

After drifting at sea for eight months, a Western Australian vessel that capsized in rough weather has been found washed up on Mayotte Island, a remote dot in the ocean between Madagascar and the African east coast. Perth-based Club Marine member, Stephen Knight lost his boat to the sea in May last year after it was overturned while at anchor... click for more

Syndicate announced as Outremer 5X wins Boat of the Year

30 January 2014

The premiere sailing magazine of the United States, Cruising World, has announced the Outremer 5X as the best Full-Sized Multihull Over 50 Feet in their prestigious Boat of the Year awards for 2014. To celebrate the occasion the Australian distributors for Outremer, Multihull Central, have announced a first of a kind Outremer 5X Superyacht... click for more

Applications open for Marine Export and Superyacht Awards

30 January 2014

Applications for the prestigious 2014 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 20 May, 2014. The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia continues to drive support... click for more

Mercury Marine celebrates 75th anniversary

30 January 2014

Mercury Marine celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this month (January) - from its humble beginnings in Wisconsin to its growth into the world’s leading provider of marine engines. Mercury, a division of Brunswick Corporation, designs, manufactures and sells the broadest range of marine propulsion products for applications ranging from... click for more

Navico aquires Contour Innovations

28 January 2014

Navico Holding AS, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, announced today that it has acquired Contour Innovations. Contour Innovations is a mapping and geospatial software company that created the LakeTrax™ platform, which powers Navico’s revolutionary Insight Genesis™ global map-making tool. Navico has... click for more

Excellent line up announced for ASMEX

28 January 2014

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has today released the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Industry Conference (ASMEX) programme outlining a high calibre of speakers and covering a broad range of topics to be covered over the two day conference. The ASMEX programme is now available on the Superyacht Australia website... click for more

Cruising success at the Festival of Sails

27 January 2014

The second round of Festival of Sails trophies were presented this morning on the lawn of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the longstanding regatta recognised for being an enduring and loved event at a blessed location, Corio Bay, which is a rare north-facing and protected inner harbour. All of the Cruising and Cruiser/Racer divisions wrapped up... click for more

New Aids to Navigation - Seaford Pier to Ricketts Point

24 January 2014

In a Notice to mariners No 020 - 2014 Issued at Melbourne, 20 January 2014. Mariners are advised of the completed installation of new aids to navigation and the removal of redundant aids to navigation in the near shore area from Seaford Pier to Ricketts Point, Beaumaris (Port of Port phillip) as detailed in the following tables. The new aids to... click for more

The OD gets set for the Garmin 2014 Etchells NSW Championship

23 January 2014

At a time when many a class would be lucky to have 20 entries for an Australian Championship, the Etchells already have that number for their next event. Yes, the Etchells once again prove that they are THE One Design keelboat. To be sailed out of the charming Gosford Sailing Club on Brisbane Waters, the Garmin 2014 Etchells NSW Championship will... click for more

'She's Apples' as US couple enjoy Aussie odyssey

23 January 2014

American apple producers Dan and Bri Plath were a long way from their Yakima, Washington, farm both mentally and physically as they snorkeled and sipped cold beers anchored on their new Maritimo M58 Cruising Motoryacht at the Tangalooma wrecks off North Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia. “This is what we had dreamt of, it was... click for more

15 wins for Mercury at Jindabyne

22 January 2014

It’s been a mammoth start to 2014 for Mercury, with its world-class race engines picking up at swag of wins at the Australian Speed and Marathon ski racing titles. Held almost a kilometre above sea level at Lake Jindabyne, south of Canberra, the four days of racing in good conditions saw Mercury-powered boats placed on top of the podium 15... click for more

Beneteau Oceanis 38 wins Yacht of the Year

22 January 2014

Considered to be the “Nautical Industry's Oscar” the European Yacht of the Year award rewards beauty, innovation, originality, quality manufacturing and performance. The verdict fell on Saturday evening in Düsseldorf, during the official awards evening for the most innovative boats of the year. Before an audience of over 400... click for more

Regulator issues safety alert following boating deaths

22 January 2014

Five confirmed boating fatalities in Victoria since the beginning of the year have led to the State’s maritime safety regulator, Transport Safety Victoria (TSV), issuing a safety alert calling for every boater to plan and be better prepared before heading out on the water. The most recent serious incidents at Kilcunda, Waratah Bay and... click for more

New faces join old hands on the SCIBS team

22 January 2014

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) team has seen some changes in the past two years, with senior events personnel coming on board to inject SCIBS with new enthusiasm and adding their expertise to that of the foundation crew, Harry Davis and Barry Jenkins. The 2014 event will be Harry and Barry’s 26th SCIBS. They were among... click for more

Australian Premier of Wauquiez Optio at Geelong

21 January 2014

Australia will get its first look at the Wauquiez Optio when it premiers at Geelong Festival of Sails this week. Arriving in Melbourne only last week from the renowned French manufacturer, the Wauquiez Optio 9 is the first Day Sailor in the brands history. Only recently launched at the September Cannes Boat Show, Sundance Marine is very... click for more

Festival of Sails’ opening multihull act

21 January 2014

The opening act for this year’s Festival of Sails went ahead without a hitch today; nine multihulls of various sizes completed the inaugural event on the week-long program and first tributes went to three interstate boats. Chris Williams’ Sea Cart 30 called Morticia, all the way from the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Sydney’s... click for more

Riviera’s 75 Enclosed Flybridge proves popular internationally

21 January 2014

It has been a busy start to the New Year for Riviera, Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder, with two of its flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridges under construction for owners in Asia and Dubai. Riviera’s international sales director, Chris McCafferty, said it was an exciting time at Riviera with two 75s in... click for more

Beneteau dominates Sydney to Hobart IRC Division 3

21 January 2014

Beneteau has maintained their recent dominance of the IRC Division 3 in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with Beneteau Firsts once again taking out the top three honours in the 2013 edition of the legendary race. After finishing second in 2012, Chris Bran and the crew aboard Brannew went one better this year taking out the Division, followed closely... click for more

Clipper to add all new 32 ft lobster style Hudson Bay

4 January 2014

After launching their new Hudson Bay lobster style sedan cruisers at the Gold Coast Marine Expo in November 2013, Clipper Motor Yachts is pleased to announce it will be expanding its range with a 32ft model. Designed and tooled from scratch as a new design, the 32 will have the same styling DNA as the 39 – a sleek and stylish sedan with... click for more

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