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by Peter Rendle 14 Mar 16:00 PDT
Skills and Training Pathways Tour © Boating Industry Association

Having been involved with the Boating Industry Association (BIA) over the 40 years I have worked in the industry it is always pleasing to see the association working hard for the benefit of its members and the industry as a whole. Their latest press release confirms their ongoing efforts.

The BIA hosted its second Skills and Training Pathways tour of the Coomera TAFE Marine Campus and Gold Coast Marine Precinct, involving careers advisers and teachers from six High Schools and Colleges. The initiative forms part of the marine careers drive the BIA has prioritised in 2024-5, aiming to showcase the extent of opportunities for people of all ages and interests in the boating and broader marine industry Australia-wide.

The tour started at the TAFE Queensland Coomera Marine Campus; the $12 million purpose-built facility adjacent to the Coomera Marine Precinct. The group toured the five classrooms equipped with the latest CAD software alongside traditional tools, warehouse-style workshops with high-tech equipment, and student amenities, to understand the courses and the myriad opportunities the Australian marine industry offers.

And the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) is doing a great job for our exporters. AIMEX, together with Superyacht Australia and the Australian Commercial Marine Group is pleased to announce three international keynote speakers for the upcoming annual ASMEX Conference to be held from May 20-22, at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Kitty McGowan, President, U.S. Superyacht Association; Theo Hooning, Secretary General, Superyacht Builders Association; and Petros Michelidarkis, Director, Messe Düsseldorf will each present on updates and latest developments from their regions and the international impact these initiatives will have for other markets.

With future energy sources a constant political discussion in Australia currently its always interesting to hear of developments in our industry. In a historic move towards a cleaner, greener future for electric marine transportation, the International Electric Marine Association proudly announces the unanimous signing of a groundbreaking Manifesto by nine leading national electric marine associations from around the world. Unanimous signing of a groundbreaking Manifesto by nine leading national electric marine associations from around the world. The signatories have set out their intention to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion and sustainable technologies.

On the same subject, Australia will soon have its own contender in the electric boat segment, as Genevo Marine gears up for 2024 launch of its first model, an 8.2-metre, luxury motor yacht known as the "E8". The company, founded by Damon Rahmate and Andrew Davey, who have a combined 30 years' experience in the Solar photovoltaic (PV), Energy Storage, EV charger and marine industries, has developed Australia's first high-powered electric boat. The E8 was designed by award-winning superyacht designer Misha Merzliakov and will be built by leading composite boat builder, Dan Williams on the Gold Coast.

Overseas a more conventional model has entered the market. Rayglass Boats, one off New Zealand's largest GRP boat builders today announced the launch of the newest and most versatile model in its Legend Series, the Legend 3000. The multipurpose cabin cruiser comes fully equipped with premium features and is the perfect crossover for boaters looking to entertain family and friends, spend the day fishing, or take a weekend getaway.

"Most models we see in the market today are either fully fishing focused or designed solely for entertaining. The Legend 3000 fits in the hybrid sweet spot, combining comfort, ample space, and customizable options for all-in-one trips," said Dean Harris, President, Rayglass Boats. "The adventures are endless with this model."

British modern classic yacht design and build company Spirit Yachts has appointed representation in Australia and New Zealand. Continuing its expansion into new markets, Spirit Yachts has confirmed yacht sales consultant Kevin Wallis will be representing the company in Australasia. Spirit Yachts' Managing Director Karen Underwood commented, "Kevin is a keen sailor, who is full of enthusiasm and passion for Spirit Yachts. His experience on the water and in yacht sales are a perfect fit for us and we are delighted to welcome him to the team."

Continuing on the sailing scene, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), is delighted to announce that Rolex, the Title Partner of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has recently confirmed a continuation of its twenty-year relationship with the iconic Australian sporting event for a further ten years. The sponsorship will extend the Swiss watch manufacturer's naming rights of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through to the 2033 edition. The announcement is testament to the Geneva-based brand's privileged relationship with Yachting, and contribution to the development of the sport and its traditions.

CYCA Commodore Arthur Lane said: "We are thrilled to be able to continue our long and warm relationship with Rolex. "Through the ongoing support of Rolex, our Club has been able to continue to build the 78-year yacht race into one of the most revered and recognised yachting events on the international calendar and to more effectively promote it to broader audiences. The race now attracts competitors from all continents and has an international following that transcends others in the sport, appealing to both sailors and spectators alike."

More sailing news: The worlds' leading conference dedicated to the sport of sailing is delighted to announce the official launch of its 14th edition. The event will take place alongside METSTRADE and will gather the finest minds and talents in the yachting industry for three days of intense discussions, networking opportunities and strategic collaborations. Mark your calendars for November 20-22 as the Yacht Racing Forum 2024 prepares to make waves in Amsterdam, alongside the METSTRADE fair.

The 14th edition of the event will once again serve as a pivotal platform for industry professionals to explore and discuss the latest trends, innovations and challenges shaping the world of yacht racing, offering unparalleled networking and business opportunities.

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