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15 April 2014

Shipmate News 15 April 2014

Has the pendulum of political correctness swung too far?

Has the pendulum of political correctness swung too far or, is it that I just haven’t kept pace with reality?

In the last edition of Shipmate News (01 April), we thought we’d have some light-hearted fun and, given it was April Fools Day, published an article purporting to be from the (non-existent) ‘Federal Committee for Ethnic Affairs and Community Integration’.

The (fake) article (see here: put forward the view that membership of yacht clubs and marinas should more reflect Australian society including people from all demographics and walks of life… A worthy sentiment I’m sure all would agree.

However, we then went further with, what we considered absurd notions, including; that yacht club membership should include people that don’t like boats or boating, that privately owned boats in clubs should be pooled, that marinas discriminated against people without boats by not allowing them to fully utilize their services and, if things didn’t improve the government would appoint Administrators to take over. In the final paragraph we even quoted a ‘statistical analysis’ incorporating percentages that didn’t quite add up to 100%.

The reaction was extraordinary and at one stage thought our email system might go into meltdown. What surprised us was the roughly equal amount of emails from people saying they ‘got it’ and were amused and others having a rant about government interference and even a couple of marine organisations asking for more details so that they could ‘respond’ to the report.

Thinking about it a bit more and given that so many could have thought the article real, I’m starting to question my own views. Is it just me, or, have we as a society become so pasteurized, homogenized and ‘hung up’ on political correctness that we no longer feel comfortable celebrating our differences and individuality? Perhaps it’s becoming more appropriate to just quietly shuffle off into middle ground, to think ourselves all the same, perhaps just different shades of beige or vanilla… Hmmm.

Well that’s enough navel-gazing for the moment so now to this edition of Shipmate News and I can assure you it’s all real.

Boat shows are in the news with the Boat Show season proper starting to get underway. A report on the success of the Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show, news of Sanctuary Cove gearing up with an expansion of their VIP lounge, details on the upcoming Melbourne Boat Show and Riviera’s 3rd Festival of Boating.

From the industry, news of two more marinas achieving Gold Anchor accreditation and Abell Point Marina throwing its support behind the Abell Point Yacht Club as part of its vision to create a destination marina. There’s also lots of sailing news, new product launches and much more.

Just a reminder too that Shipmate is now on Facebook so please visit and like us at

With the holidays coming up, we wish you all a very Happy Easter (am I still allowed to say that?) and stay safe. We’ll be back with the next edition of Shipmate News on 01 May.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show a huge success

14 April 2014

Brisbane's premier annual boating, fishing, camping, four-wheel-driving and outdoors lifestyle exhibition was an outstanding success last weekend. With its renewed focus on family-friendly attractions and exhibitions, the 2014 Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show and National 4x4 & Outdoors Show attracted over 30,000 visitors to the... click for more

SCIBS VIP Lounge bigger and better

14 April 2014

Following on from its successful debut in 2013, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show team will expand its exclusive VIP Lounge concept at the Boat Show in May. Catering to visitors seeking the premium experience with ‘access all areas’ entitlements, the SCIBS VIP pass includes exclusive access to the comfort of the SCIBS... click for more

Gold Anchor accreditation for two Australian marinas

14 April 2014

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is pleased to announce that Gladesville Bridge Marina in New South Wales and Queensland’s Runaway Bay Marina have been recognised under the International MIA Gold Anchor General Scheme. The Scheme’s accreditation indicates a marina has made a genuine commitment to customer service. It provides... click for more

Fishermen ordered to forfeit boat and gear

14 April 2014

Two fishermen who used illegal set-lines in the Broken Creek, near Picola (Vic) , were fined and ordered to forfeit their boat and fishing equipment in the Echuca Magistrates’ Court earlier this month. The two fishermen pleaded guilty to a number of fishing offences. In December 2013 the men were detected by Fisheries officers setting... click for more

Marine15 First Keynote Speaker Announced

14 April 2014

The Committee for Marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition has announced the first keynote speaker for the event 3-5 May 2015. Organising Committee Chair Jeff d’Albora said he was particularly pleased to have secured Bill Yeargin, President and CEO of Correct Craft, an 89 year old marine industry holding company with... click for more

Mercury’s new Verado 200hp Pro FourStroke delivers more

14 April 2014

Mercury’s unmatched line-up of unbeatable FourStroke outboards has another star, with the release of the new Verado 200hp Pro FourStroke. The engine – the third in the Verado Pro FourStroke family – has been designed and built to deliver the incredible acceleration and top speed of all the Mercury Pro series outboards along with... click for more

2014 BIA Melbourne Boat Show

14 April 2014

This years’ Boating Industry Association of Victoria’s (BIA) Melbourne Boat Show will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 12 -16 June 2014. Melbourne's biggest boat dealers are getting together under one roof to provide visitors with unprecedented deals on a huge range of boats and boating... click for more

YV welcomes OTB Marine as Official Chandlery Partner

14 April 2014

Yachting Victoria is very pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with OTB Marine. OTB Marine, one of Melbourne’s largest sailing gear shops has been appointed as Yachting Victoria’s Official Chandlery Partner. This exciting arrangement will situate OTB Marine as naming rights partner of The Victorian Sailing Cup, the Bill... click for more

Abell Point Yacht Club Welcomes Revival

14 April 2014

In conjunction with the launch of the revitalised Abell Point Marina brand, the marina has announced it will throw support behind the Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) as part of the vision to create a destination marina. With the multi-million dollar redevelopment well progressed and due to be complete before the start of this year cruising season,... click for more

Riviera's festival of Boating prepares for its cirquetacular event

4 April 2014

The 3rd annual Riviera Festival of Boating will present a cirquetacular line up of social events held over four days from May 22 to 25 that will bring a sparkle to festival goers day and light up their night with a feast of world-class entertainment. The Festival is 2014’s ultimate boating event with 76 educational and social... click for more

Dates announced for ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2014

2 April 2014

Yachting Victoria has announced the dates for the 2014 Australian leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. The ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne, which is the second regatta of the 2014-2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, will run out of the world acclaimed Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia, from the 7th to the 14th of December... click for more

Boating incident survivors aided by distress beacons

2 April 2014

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) says that the recent rescue of four men after their yacht sank in Bass Strait off Mallacoota highlights the importance of having a distress beacon when heading out on the water. The four men were rescued from their life raft on 24 March after they activated distress beacons which alerted authorities almost... click for more

Australian Sailing Youth Team tune up for Sail Brisbane

2 April 2014

Sail Brisbane’s budding entry list for kiteboards and single, double and triple handed dinghies has drawn competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Now firmly established at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over the Easter long weekend, April 17-21, Sail Brisbane is the state’s largest annual dinghy regatta. This... click for more

Lowrance launches Elite-7 and Elite-5 CHIRP displays

2 April 2014

Lowrance has announced the next-generation of Elite fishfinder/chartplotters, the Elite-7 and Elite-5 CHIRP series. Setting the standard for cutting-edge performance and easy-to-use fishfinding, the new affordable series adds CHIRP sonar to its award-winning, built-in Broadband SounderTM and DownScan ImagingTM fishfinder... click for more

Channel 7 Stage returns to SCIBS

2 April 2014

The popular Channel 7 Stage will return to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) in 2014 with a bevy of special guests, including personalities from 7 News, Creek to Coast and My Kitchen Rules. 7 News Weather, Beach, Boating and Fishing expert Paul Burt is this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show ambassador who will... click for more

Aqualuma partners with ASMEX 2014

2 April 2014

MaryAnne Edwards AIMEX CEO announced today that Aqualuma, the world’s leading marine underwater light manufacturer has signed on as sponsor for the ASMEX welcome function to be held this year at “ Black Angus Bar and Grill” on the marina in the Sanctuary Cove Village. Since 2004, Aqualuma has redefined the underwater light... click for more

Neon is a Tonic for gloomy winter days

2 April 2014

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, has released a Neon lens specially formulated for bright, reflection-free vision in low-light conditions. Launched in time for winter – and at the end of daylight saving in several states – Neon is the ideal “winter lens”, available in... click for more

Multihull march to Mooloolaba

2 April 2014

A week from today a small group of multihull owners will mark a new chapter in the history of the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race, previously a major offshore event on the Australian calendar. At the traditional start time of 1pm on a Wednesday pre-Easter, this time on April 9, Sean Langman’s record-busting ORMA 60 trimaran BOQ Team... click for more

Elandra Yachts releases specs for first sport yacht

1 April 2014

Luxury motoryacht builder Elandra Yachts has released the detailed specification and pricing for the company's first sport yacht, the Elandra 53. Boat number one is configured with a three-cabin, two bathroom accommodation plan including a full beam master suite amidships. The boat will be unveiled during the Sydney International Boat... click for more

In the Mood for Sail Port Stephens

1 April 2014

Competitive keel boat owners locking in their calendar of ‘must do’ sailing events are choosing Sail Port Stephens. Corlette Point Sailing Association (CPSA) in partnership with Events Port Stephens reports a steady flow of entries, now past the 100 mark. This year’s event offers boat owners three options; the NSW IRC... click for more

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