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Farewell 2022, welcome 2023 - MarineBusinessWorld Oceania newsletter

by Peter Rendle 22 Dec 2022 15:00 PST
Festival of Sails Passage Race © Salty Dingo

This will be the last MarineBusinessWorld newsletter this side of Christmas so I'll take the opportunity to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year.

Future events dominate the news this week. Geelong's Festival of Sails will be celebrating a major milestone and is ready to party when it returns in January 2023, as it salutes the 180th anniversary of its iconic Passage Race between Melbourne and Geelong. The Passage Race normally attracts more than 200 entries as boats and yachts of all classes take to the waters of Port Phillip Bay for the opening challenge of the four-day regatta, which will run from Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, January 29.

According to Festival of Sails Chairman, Paul Buchholz, the proudly Geelong-based event is a firm favourite with sailors from all over Australia, and he expects the opportunity to be part of the 180th anniversary celebrations will be even more of a reason for many of them to head to Corio Bay.

The Ultimate Fishing Expo is coming to Melbourne, Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 February, 2023. The event is expected to attract 10,000+ fishing specific enthusiasts. Many of whom may be very interested in your boats. The expo will take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a cost to exhibit of just $50 per sqm! If you'd like to exhibit a small number of fishing boats, please find out more.

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) announces that the Marinas24 International Conference and Trade Exhibition (Marinas24) will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre Brisbane, Queensland on 27-28 May 2024. The MIA's biennial event has become a must attend event for marina owners, operators and suppliers. It provides delegates with the most efficient and effective way to meet with suppliers, get up to date with the latest range of products and services available on the market, network with industry peers and remain informed of industry trends, changes and innovations.

The event remains timed to follow the 2024 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show so delegates can factor a day or two at the show ahead of Marinas24. Opening with the usual excitement of its traditional welcome cocktail party on the evening of Sunday 26 May, the Conference & Trade Exhibition will run for two full days, closing with a gala dinner on Tuesday evening. A Study Tour of Brisbane shipyards and marinas will be held on Wednesday 29 May.

The MIA has also announced that within days of the launch of its Superyacht Ready accreditation, seven marinas have successfully been accredited. These are Birkenhead Point Marina, Sydney, NSW, Coral Sea Marina Resort, Airlie Beach, QLD, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, Gold Coast, QLD, Jones Bay Marina, Sydney, NSW, ONE degrees15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore, Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay, Sydney's Northern Beaches, NSW, Sanctuary Cove Marina, Gold Coast, QLD.

In announcing the newly accredited marinas, Suzanne Davies, MIA CEO said, "It was great to see such enthusiasm and support from industry for the accreditation. To have seven marinas submit their applications within days of the release shows the value industry sees in the Gold Anchor and Superyacht Ready accreditations. We have also had interest from a number of international marinas and it is great that ONE degrees15 Marina Sentosa Cove in Singapore has been accredited."

The 2023 Thailand International Boat Show is set to put the world on notice that Phuket is back. Symbolising the resurgence of Phuket as a world-class marine leisure destination, the event will be held 12-15 January 2023 at Royal Phuket Marina and will highlight the unique combination of onshore lifestyle opportunities and on water boating opportunities that abound on and around Phuket.

Phuket is the yachting playground of Southeast Asia and a key connector for the wider-region. With four world-class marinas and a superyacht marina in planning, Phuket is where owners from places such as Hong Kong and Singapore choose to keep their boats and fly in to use them; it's where people from all corners of the globe fly in to charter and cruise; and it's at the heart of the region's burgeoning superyacht scene.

Expanding its coverage The Multihull Group (TMG) have updated us. TMG grows to welcome new brands to their portfolio, ushering in a new name and corporate identity. In an expansion strategy aimed at delivering more products to the Australian boating marketplace, the newly christened 'TMG Yachts' will continue with their successful relationship with Lagoon Catamarans whilst welcoming in new world-class boat manufacturing partners.

Commenting on the strategy, TMG Yachts' managing director John Cowpe; "For many years we have been synonymous with expertise in the multihull marketplace, the delivery of new vessels both in Australia and overseas for our clients, and the provision of industry-leading aftersales support. As 'The Multihull Group', we have been pleased to receive multiple awards on the global stage.

"The upcoming introduction of monohulls to our portfolio has given rise to the rebranding you will now see rollout across the company. And so, as "The Multihull Group" name steps aside, please be confident that the new 'TMG Yachts' steps up with the same friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate team, striving to deliver you the very best in boating, not only in multihulls but in all boats under our new banner."

New Products this week: The versatile new Telescopic Shade 2500 from Webasto, market leader in marine roofing solutions, is an industry-leading accessory to provide boaters relief from the sun, whether they're relaxing in the bay or running out to the reef. Its patent-pending design focuses on easy installation on a T-top, arch or other overhead structure, where the electrically-powered sunshade retracts discretely to be barely visible.

And in conclusion, the speed of 222.43km/h (138.21mph) achieved by Emirates Team New Zealand and Glenn Ashby in 'Horonuku' on 11th of December at Lake Gairdner in South Australia has been officially ratified and confirmed as the new World Record Speed of a wind powered land yacht by the World Land Sailing Organisation, Federation International de Sand et Land Yachting (FISLY).

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Enjoy Christmas and stay safe, especially on the water,
Peter Rendle -

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