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 06 Feb 2013
Sienna 19-Ex fab family sailing, Export Awards open, Marine13 ramps up

Welcome to a relatively drama-free week of stories. No floods, fires or famines to report, just loads of boating and industry news, including straight up, the change of venue and occasion for the announcement of the 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export and Superyacht Awards.

2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards Winners with the Hon Minister Elliot Parliamentary Secretary for Trade  AIMEX ©


Organisers, AIMEX/Superyacht Australia have announced that entries are now open, and winners will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner to be held at Sanctuary Cove's InterContinental Resort (formerly Hyatt Regency), Queensland, Tuesday 21 May, 2013 on the first night of the ASMEX conference.

The awards are a testament of the organisation's support for the Australian marine export and superyacht industries with a strong focus on ensuring these businesses are recognised for their innovation, excellence, skills and service to the industry.

With the earlier awards celebration, potential entrants are urged to get their nominations in over the next few weeks for judging, which will be carried out by an esteemed panel which includes Barry Jenkins, Ian Murray, Ken Evans, Dugald Anthony from Austrade, and John Savage.

Sienna 19 Ex  .. ©


Also new and unconditionally fresh, our feature on the little boat that hopes it can, the Sienna 19-Ex, a little gem from Gold Coast trailer-sailor specialist, Scruffie Marine which aims to counter all barriers to families getting out on the water with a fast, convenient, light and responsive 19fter that takes up to six people of all skill levels, in all conditions.

Derek Ellard the creator of the Scruffie range of boats is now looking for like-minded boaties to get in on the hire-boat concept which is bound to tap in to this coveted, yet largely under-served market, so read on.

Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - first of many entries for the 30th edition.  Rob Mundle


The first entry is in for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - with Victorian yachtsman, Jim Watson, wasting no time in registering his 41ft cruising division yacht, Windsong of Mornington for 2013.

The 30th Anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, August 17 to 24, promises to be one of the most spectacular regattas ever staged in Australia. One of the many highlights will be a special division – the ‘First Fleeters' – which has been established for any of the 93 yachts that competed in the inaugural regatta in 1984.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 will also represent a decade of ownership of the award-winning island destination by yachtsman, Bob Oatley, and his family. Bob is already planning to have his record breaking 30-metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, at the regatta following its amazing trifecta in the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race – line and handicap honours plus a race record time.

Darling Harbour Convention Centre  .. ©


You have just three weeks to get the Early Bird Discounts for registration at the inaugural industry event, the Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition, 28-30 April at Sydney's Darling Harbour. Organisers have scoured the globe for a line-up of international experts to shed light on the issues facing our industry.


There will be many more stories on the program in coming weeks, but you can see the latest and register at www.marine13.com

Have a great week, one and all, and keep sending your leads and opinions.


Jeni Bone, editor



Insight, Value, Contacts - Over 50 Conference Sessions at Marine13
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Delegates at the Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition being held in Sydney, 28- 30 April 2013, will be spoilt for choice with over 50 conference plenary and stream sessions to choose from over the two full conference days.... [more]
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B2B opportunity: Marine13 delivers access to the Australasian market
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Australia's first international marine industry trade show, to be held 28-30 April 2013 in Sydney, presents an unrivaled opportunity to showcase your company, products and services to a high-profile audience as part of the Marine13 International Marine Conference and Exhibition.... [more]
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Women in Boating – understanding who controls the family budget
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The Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is all about providing the boating industry with the knowledge and tools to grow and sustain their businesses. And what better way to grow business than ensuring everyone gets a say?... [more]
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Boating safety floats at Marine13
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Marine13 will see a focus on a wide range of topics, but none more important to the safe enjoyment of boating than the correct and responsible use of lifejackets.... [more]
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Online boating education - the key to engaging boaties
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Getting more people afloat is a key objective of the BIAA and one of the most important aspects of this is ensuring new boaters are properly trained and understand not only the rules and regulations, but also are educated about boating and how to boat safely.... [more]
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Unlocking Asia through its marinas - Trevor Fong reveals growth areas
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MIA Chairman Andrew Chapman will chair a high level 90 minute session at Marine13 for delegates involved or interested in the growth of the marina industry across the wider Asian region.... [more]
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