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31 January 2016

Shipmate News 01 February 2016

We're back on deck and raring to go

Welcome to the first Shipmate News for 2016, I have to say it's certainly nice to be back. As you know we take a break every year over the Christmas period, the opportunity for a bit of 'me' time, we get a chance to relax, unwind and go boating. But before we get right back into it, I’d firstly like to wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year.

Now of course, just because we take a break doesn't mean there's not plenty happening in the marine world, right around Australia, and so, while we don't send out Shipmate News while we're away, we do keep posting news on the website as it happens. And so, in this first edition of the year we've got plenty to report. A really good mix of marine news, views and information and something for everyone. 

If you’re in South-East Queensland (SEQ) and receiving this newsletter for the first time a warm welcome to you. Chances are you’re one of the nearly 400 new marine businesses from the Sunshine State that we’ve listed (free) in Shipmate Marine Directory – the recreational boaters essential guide, in just the last few months.

While this is the first newsletter for the year, we’ve actually been back on deck for a couple of weeks now, spending time visiting marine businesses and talking to boaters in VIC, NSW and QLD. I’m really pleased to report that there’s a real buzz of optimism in the air and that seems to be the case right around the country.

If you’re in Victoria, you’ll be pleased to know that the 2016 (12th annual) print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory is out now. You can pick up your free copy of this 148 page pocket wonder from yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses, or, better yet, pick up a copy of the current Tradeaboat magazine, (out now) and find a hitchhiker attached. Yes, a free copy of Shipmate is attached to every copy of Tradeaboat sold (in Victoria) this month.

And in South-East Queensland, we’ve already started on a print edition exclusively for SEQ timed to be out in time for the start of the boat show season in May. 10,000 copies will be distributed free to boaters there via yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, marine organisations and selected marine businesses.

And now to what’s in this edition; well, as we said earlier, something for everyone including a great feel-good story about a couple of quick-thinking junior sailors out of Rye (Vic), who were out sailing, saw a man in the water who was in trouble and saved his life. And from our good friend, lawyer, sailor and shipwright, Marcel Vaarzon-Morel, another of his great articles, this time on the specialized law of yachting.

We’ve got the usual raft of new models being released, launched or about to debut, both here and internationally, as well as a whole lot of other interesting stuff, including details of a revolutionary new underwater lighting system that eliminates the need for any through-hull drilling… (You gotta love technology).

Plenty more of course, but perhaps I should just allow you to sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

The Specialised Law of Yachting

31 January 2016

By Marcel Vaarzon-Morel Two years ago I attended a seminar in London on ‘Yacht and Yachting Law’ that was run by Filippo Lorenzon Director of the Institute of Maritime Law for the University of Southampton. The seminar heralded the launch of the first edition with the same name, a beautifully bound text, that covers ‘the whole... click for more

Shipmate - Now available in a state near you

30 January 2016

The 2016 Victorian print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory - the recreational boaters essential guide, is out now. This totally free, 148 page pocket wonder, now in its 12th annual edition, is available via yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. And launching soon, a dedicated South East Queensland (SEQ)... click for more

New dredge for Gippsland Ports

29 January 2016

The Victorian Labor Government has secured the future of Gippsland Lakes with construction starting on Gippsland Ports’ new dredge. Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan said “The new dredge will ensure ocean access at Lakes Entrance is maintained for the region’s commercial fishing and tourism industries, which contribute... click for more

Young sailors save Jet Skiers life

28 January 2016

Two Rye (Vic) teenagers, Ed Fuggle and Ben Brunton, spent the best part of Australia Day saving a man’s life. Rye Yacht Club, located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, is one of 68 Victorian sailing clubs who support Discover Sailing days- an initiative whereby sailing clubs around Australia offer a free sailing... click for more

Sydney Trailerboat Show set to kick start 2016

27 January 2016

SYDNEY TRAILERBOAT SHOW SET TO ‘KICK START’ 2016. The Sydney Showground Dome and Hall 2 at Sydney Olympic Park is set to play host again to the Sydney Trailerboat Show over the weekend of February 27 and 28, 2016. It will mark the third occasion the show has been staged at the centre after its move from its previous home at the... click for more

Regulator warns boaters about low water levels

27 January 2016

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is warning boaters and skiers to be on the look-out for hazards when enjoying inland waters. Cameron Toy, Manager, Navigational Safety, explained that following a dry year water levels are lower than usual in many of the State’s inland waterways. Without significant rainfall or allocations, the levels are... click for more

Dates set, sponsorship open for 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week

27 January 2016

Whitsunday Sailing Club has set the dates for the 27th edition of Airlie Beach Race Week which will be held from 12-19 August, 2016. The Club’s signature event is located in the heart of Queensland‘s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, and as such, is making a name for itself as one of... click for more

Gold Coast Expo prepares for biggest show yet

27 January 2016

A massive increase in pre-sold and reserved exhibitor space has the Gold Coast International Marine Expo team now planning to create additional sites and infrastructure ahead of the biggest Expo in the growing event’s six years. Leading international and Australian marine brands and businesses have been very quick to secure their place at... click for more

New innovative underwater lights require no drilling

27 January 2016

A British lighting manufacturer is introducing a new light that mounts using electromagnetic induction. This eliminates the necessity to drill any holes to mount lights, which has the potential to revolutionise underwater lighting for boats. The company BGB, is introducing the BGB Submersible Inductive Lighting System (SILS) uses induction... click for more

World and Americas Premieres from Riviera in Miami

27 January 2016

Renowned Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera will present eight inspiring examples of on-water excellence when it rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors at Yachts Miami Beach in Florida from 11-15 February 2016. The marque’s stunning showcase at the event previously known as Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show will include the World... click for more

Festival of Sails - 5 days of Sun, Salt and sailing talk

27 January 2016

The 2016 Festival of sails held at Geelong (Vic) has concluded and the very last trophies have been awarded to the Rating Series and Super 11 winners. Now masses of weary sailors are heading back to their home ports to some much needed normalcy after five long days of sun, salt spray and way too much sailing talk. Thousands of holidaymakers and... click for more

Two busts in a night for fisheries officers

27 January 2016

Fisheries Officers stationed at Altona (Vic) had a busy shift last Thursday night apprehending two men with 174 abalone at Seaholme then two more men in possession of three illegal mesh nets in the Werribee River. Acting Director of Fisheries Education and Enforcement, Bob Hutton, said most of the abalone seized at Seaholme were allegedly... click for more

Miami kicks off 2016 season

27 January 2016

The first major boat show for the 2016 season, The Miami International Boat Show, next month, will provide a good indication of the strength of the market internationally for the rest of the year, according to Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo. Maritimo's Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the company had a... click for more

Elandra releases a stunner

27 January 2016

Elandra Yachts has released the latest edition of its stunning 53 model to universal industry acclaim, signalling the evolution of one of Australia’s most exciting brand of luxury marine craft. Now available for viewing at Leigh-Smith Yachts at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the highly anticipated new offering from the... click for more

Maritimo's streamlined sales process Paying dividends

27 January 2016

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo says, a year after its instigation, its new Customer Relationship and Sales Management system has proven extremely successful and will be continued for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Greg Haines, Marketing Manager, says the system is working well. “Our Maritimo dealers and consultants... click for more

Private investment boosts boating and stimulates tourism

21 January 2016

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) today said the projected increase of the population in the central coast area of Victoria, including Port Phillip and Western Port, from 4.6 million to nearly 8 million by 2050, will see a doubling of boating activities which will boost Victoria’s ‘BLUE ECONOMY’. The BIAV said... click for more

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race departs Airlie Beach for Vietnam

21 January 2016

The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race has bid a fond farewell to Australia as the seventh race of its 14-stage global series, The Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race, starts for Vietnam. The 4,310 nautical mile race officially got underway with a Le Mans start on Tuesday 19 January, 100 nautical miles away in the Coral Sea, where the... click for more

New Horizon RP120 to Debut at Taiwan Boat Show

15 January 2016

Horizon Group are preparing to turn heads once again at the 2nd Taiwan International Boat Show, held March 10 -13, 2016, with the largest yacht on display at the show, a brand-new 2016 Horizon RP120 superyacht. Featuring a sleek exterior profile from U.S. designer JC Espinosa, the Horizon RP120 offers both luxury and functionality. She features... click for more

New Whitsundays service location for R Marine Crawley

15 January 2016

Award-winning Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine Crawley based at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast has just announced a significant boost to the luxury marque’s renowned owner care program in the idyllic Whitsundays region. Dealer Principal Ben Crawley said the new Whitsundays yacht management service in the very heart of Queensland’s... click for more

610 Freedom Cruiser provides endless opportunities

15 January 2016

The Quintrex Bowrider range continues to be a favourite amongst adventure-seekers offering hours of fun out on the water. One of the larger models in the range - the 610 Freedom Cruiser is sure to turn heads with its looks, sophistication and extensive list of standard features. Standard features include power steering, rear ladder and... click for more

Monte Carlo - New models, more accolades

15 January 2016

The launch of the MC6S marks the completion of the Monte Carlo range, completed in just under 3 years. The latest release is an exceptionally stylish 60’ hard top sedan with a unique rooftop alfresco area. Unique design, generous living spaces, stylish materials and trims throughout ensure she is sure to please. The award winning... click for more

Marcus Blackmore to speak at ASMEX

15 January 2016

AIMEX and Superyacht Australia are excited to announce that Marcus Blackmore, Chairman of Australia’s leading natural health brand Blackmores will be speaking at ASMEX 2016. Marcus started his life on the water as a deckhand and casual Master for Hayles Cruises in Brisbane in the late 60’s. He has had an extensive sailing career... click for more


SCIBS Tickets on sale now and RACQ members save


22 December 2015

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has announced a promotional ticketing partnership with Queensland’s largest automotive club RACQ for the 2016 Show, which will see more than 7.8 million members Australia-wide set to benefit from online ticket savings for the event, which runs May 19 to 22. Tickets for the 28th annual event... click for more

Boating Industry Association of Victoria elects new President

21 December 2015

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV), the peak body for the Victorian marine industry, is pleased to announce Irene Hoe as its President, becoming the first female president in the organisation's 54 year history. Irene Hoe has been the General Manager of Western Port Marina at Hastings since 1997. A certified Marine... click for more

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