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15 December 2015

Shipmate News 15 December 2015

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

There’s literally just days to go till Christmas and, while it’s always busy, I really enjoy this time of the year. It’s when we’re out and about getting the (Victorian) print edition of Shipmate out there.

And while we’re getting around we catch up with all the people we haven’t seen all year, sit and have a chat with so many, that over the years have become firm friends, get to hear all the ‘goss’ and what’s happening ‘on the ground’. Yep, it’s Christmas… I love it!

If you’re in Victoria, make sure you ask for your free copy of the 2016 print edition of Shipmate, out now and available from your nearest yacht club, marina, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. 10,000 copies are going out that way and another 4,000 odd will be attached to the cover of every Tradeaboat magazine sold in Victoria at the end of January (on the shelves 28 Jan).

Then we take a break for a short while, so no Shipmate News again till 01 February, but we’ll still be posting news to the website and doing a bit of work in the background, in between cruising around Port Phillip for a while and then later in Port Stephens. So if you’ve got news you want to get out to the boating world, make sure you drop us a line.

As soon as we’re back on deck in January, Harry Davis and I will be concentrating on Queensland, putting the SEQ print edition together so, if you’re interested in learning more about the opportunities available there, check out this link;

Now as this is the last Shipmate News for the year please forgive a bit of self-indulgence, because we’ve had a fabulous time at Shipmate again over the past year. This really is the best job in the world, we get out and about, get to play on boats, travel around the country and meet interesting people. And we’ve achieved an awful lot, including a whole revamp of the website, making it easier for the marine industry and recreational boaters to connect. While often the pressure is on with deadlines and commitments that see us working well into the night, for us it’s a labour of love and still sometimes hard to tell the difference between work and relaxation.

Finally, our thanks to everyone involved with Shipmate throughout the year. Everyone that’s worked with us, those that have visited the website, read Shipmate News, picked up a print copy, given us feedback in some form, or whatever; we hope we’ve met your expectations.

To our supporters and advertisers, Shipmate would not be possible without you and we really appreciate your confidence and support. We thank you sincerely. We’re also extremely proud of the fact that many (most) of our advertisers have been with us for 10 years or more. That tells us that Shipmate works! We look forward to working with you again in the New Year and for many years going forward.

Merry Christmas to all, wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

BIAV honors David Heyes of BRP Australia

15 December 2015

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has recognized David Heyes of BRP Australia with a Life Membership award, at its recently held Annual General Meeting on 26 November 2015 at Sandringham Yacht Club. Heyes has been a member of the BIAV for over 25 years and has had a prolific career in the marine industry, for which he has been... click for more

Wild Oats XI a “totally different animal”

14 December 2015

The dramatically modified supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, was a “totally different animal” according to skipper, Mark Richards, after the yacht had completed the 24-hour qualifying run for this month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. “She just lifts her bow and goes like she’s never gone before,” an enthused Richards... click for more

McMillan makes history on Sydney Harbour

14 December 2015

Leigh McMillan crowned the most successful skipper in the nine-year history of the Extreme Sailing Series™ after clinching his third championship title. - Over the last 11 months the Extreme 40 fleet have battled it out in eight iconic city centre stadiums around the world. With celebrations, tears and plenty of action watch the season... click for more

Medals decided at Sailing World Cup Melbourne

14 December 2015

St Kilda’s usual foreshore and beach buzz on a warm summer Sunday grew louder when the Sailing World Cup Melbourne reached its peak. Eight Olympic classes peeled off their Medal Race one by one straight off the main beach, St Kilda Baths and pier, to the delight of visitors and sailors whose competition had already concluded. Light... click for more

Women lead the way in Torres Strait maritime safety

14 December 2015

Two local women are breaking new ground in the maritime industry, in the Torres Strait region. Tanya Takai-Bowie is employed as a trainee marine officer with Maritime Safety Queensland on Thursday Island. Tanya is realising her dream to work in the commercial maritime industry after obtaining her Coxswain Grade 1 and Marine Engine Driver... click for more

New Bellarine boating and swimming zones

14 December 2015

Safer boating and swimming zones are being introduced along the coastline from Point Lonsdale to Corio Bay next week, as part of Parks Victoria’s sweeping review of boating and swimming zones across Port Phillip and Western Port commences. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water and Member for the Bellarine, Lisa Neville said... click for more

Horizon's new E56XO Sport Yacht to Debut at SCIBS

14 December 2015

Horizon Yachts has announced the new Horizon E56XO sport yacht has been added to the company’s luxury yacht line-up; the E56XO, based on the popular E56 motoryacht model with a 15’9” beam is designed primarily for the Australian market, although Horizon sees her potential for the global market also. Hull one of the... click for more

SCIBS appoints new Sales & Exhibition Manager

14 December 2015

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove has appointed experienced leisure industries professional Dominic O’Brien to the key role of sales and exhibition manager for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). The appointment comes as respected foundation crew member, former exhibition manager Harry Davis, leaves the SCIBS fold after 27 years spent... click for more

Southport Yacht Club carols on the Broadwater

14 December 2015

On Saturday, December 19, Southport Yacht Club will celebrate the festivities of Christmas with the annual Carols on the Broadwater event. From 4pm over 300 members and guests are expected to join in on the fun with face painting, a vessel parade and Santa arriving all the way from the North Pole at 5.30pm. This year not only will Santa be... click for more

Alaska 43 – the compact with the lot

14 December 2015

The Alaska 43 was designed to a stringent brief – all the good things, no space wasted – to be “the perfect cruising boat”. The first model, named ‘Bilandra’ by owners Bill and Rae Hirn, was custom-built for the couple, the result of a close working partnership with Dean and Ryan Leigh-Smith and the Alaska... click for more

Big name brands secure space at SCIBS

10 December 2015

Leading marine and boating brands have rushed to take advantage of Early Bird incentives and reserve space at the 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), to be held May 19 to 22, 2016. Bookings are already up 20 percent on this time last year as exhibitors say they are confident of a bumper show in 2016, off the back of strong sales... click for more

Number 14 launched from MEC

10 December 2015

The 14th large commercial catamaran built by Marine Engineering Consultants Pty Ltd (MEC Yachts) on the Gold Coast Qld was launched this week. “Evolution” is the latest addition to the fleet for the Down Under Cruise and Dive Company in Cairns, and is set to operate out of Cairns as a day dive boat for tourism onto the Great Barrier... click for more

Yanmar rejuvenates Sydney Harbour Ferries

8 December 2015

Commercially rated Yanmar marine diesel engines have been selected and installed to re-power all four Supercat ferries, operating on Sydney Harbour. The vessels which were built in 2001, have each been repowered with a pair of Yanmar 6AY-WGT engines, boosting the power of each ferry by 200 hp. The decision to repower the Supercat fleet... click for more

R Marine Crawley team rises to Movember challenge

5 December 2015

The fun-loving team at R Marine Crawley are keeping a stiff upper lip this week after a month of sporting wonderful whiskers … although in some cases that’s most certainly a more-than-slight exaggeration. On Tuesday, the ‘haute handlebars’ finally got the chop, so to speak, and some would say it was certainly not before... click for more

Rivergate attracts the big superyachts

5 December 2015

The growth at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard in Brisbane continues to accelerate, as this world class superyacht maintenance facilities’ reputation grows exponentially. Recent superyacht visits to Rivergate include the 30m Westport Yacht MY Hope, 33m Kingship Yacht MY Jeremy, 35m Warren Yacht MY Crystal Lady, 42m Vitters Yacht SY Sarissa,... click for more

Next Generation Towsport Performance

4 December 2015

How do you make a great day on the water even better? With MerCruiser’s new 6.2L V8 towsport inboard. Refined to provide water skiers, wake boarders, surfers and other towsport enthusiasts with a flawless blend of torque, pulling power, and launch propulsion, the all new MerCruiser 6.2L V8 is the perfect partner on the... click for more

2016 Australian Yachting Championship at Hamilton Island

4 December 2015

The inaugural Australian Yachting Championship, which has been awarded to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016, will include an elite Performance Handicap division. The sport’s governing body, Yachting Australia, has announced this expansion of the national series – previously titled the Australian IRC Championship – to... click for more

Shipmate is basking in the Sun

30 November 2015

Shipmate Marine Directory – the recreational boaters essential guide and the conduit between the marine industry and recreational boaters, is enjoying the Queensland sun. But it’s not just a spot of R&R, we’re actually out and about in South East Queensland (SEQ) preparing to launch an (SEQ) print edition of Shipmate,... click for more

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