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01 September 2016

Welcome to this edition Shipmate News on what is the first day of spring.

With Fathers Day fast approaching, we’ve got an excellent suggestion for a gift for those dads that like to get out on the water. The Victorian Director of Maritime Safety, Peter Corcoran suggests you buy dad a lifejacket or a personal EPIRB. Yep! We certainly agree, sounds like a great idea.

In our round up in this edition we’ve got marine news from around the country including a wrap up from Hamilton Island Race Week. And if you’re a commercial boat operator then you’ll be pleased to know the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has launched a new online application, giving users easy access to safety standards for commercial boats.

And for those of you not familiar with the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club, it’s located in the Whitsundays and the unique thing about the SICYC is that every member is a Vice Commodore. Lifetime membership costs just $60. They’ve just held their annual rendezvous, which saw over 200 yachts moored in the Gloucester passage. Over 450 people attended the Shag Islet party on Friday afternoon in aid of ‘Hands Across the Blue’ to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and at the same time raised over $100,000 for the cause. Well done guys, just another example of the generosity of boaters.

In other news it’s been announced that the spectacular British wooden tall ship, the STS Tenacious, will be the official start boat for the 2017 Festival of Sails’ dramatic opening event, the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race; news from Volvo about the release of a series of short online films to demonstrate the benefits of their range and news from the BIA of Victoria holding a Life's Better With A Boat - Boating Festival on 8 - 9 October 2016 in the heart of the Geelong foreshore at Steampacket Gardens.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, plenty more in this edition of course, but before I close, just a reminder that we are preparing the 2017 print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory so if you’re listed online please visit and check your entry. Let us know if there are any changes as we’ll be downloading to produce the print edition soon. And of course if you would like to advertise, better let us know quick as advertising is about to close.

That’s it from me again till next time so please sit back, browse through and enjoy the read

John Zammit

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A lifejacket will knock dad’s socks off

If your dad is a yachtie, a kayaker, a power boater, jet-skier, salty sea dog or captain of a trusty old tinny; why not get him a lifejacket or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) this Father’s Day? Victorian Director Maritime Safety, Peter Corcoran said don’t let your dad’s love of the water make him a statistic. “Of the

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Regatta finishes on a high at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

By Crosbie Lorimer A fresh and cool SSE breeze under clear skies powered the record number of yachts in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’s 14 divisions from the start line in Dent Passage northward yesterday, with most divisions charging off on the 15 nautical mile Molles Islands race. With winds forecast to exceed 20 knots, the

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My Boat provides easy access to on-board safety standards

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has launched a new online application, giving users easy access to safety standards for commercial boats. My Boat helps commercial boat owners and operators understand their safety obligations and provides guidance on what might be required if they decide to upgrade or change their boat.

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Records broken at Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club rendezvous

With record attendance, the annual Whitsunday rendezvous of the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) continues to grow from strength to strength and cement its status as a major event in the annual cruising calendar. Set in the stunning waters of the Whitsunday Islands, the 2016 rendezvous saw over 200 yachts moored in the Gloucester

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World’s biggest wooden tall ship to kick off 2017 Passage Race

Spectacular British wooden sail ship, the STS Tenacious, will be the official start boat for the 2017 Festival of Sails’ dramatic opening event, the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race. One of the highlights of the annual Festival, the 34 nautical mile Passage Race marks the official start of the regatta and will be held on Saturday, January

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Short online films put Volvo Penta’s claims to the test

In conjunction with the launch of its latest product offers, Volvo Penta is also releasing a series of short online films: Volvo Penta Boating Challenge. The purpose is to demonstrate the tangible benefits of Volvo Penta’s products by letting them speak for themselves. Each episode features a set of challenges designed to test the full

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Owners experience cruise from Gold Coast to paradise

There are myriad reasons that Australia’s wonderful Whitsundays region holds such a special place in the hearts of so many people right around the world. Beautiful white sandy beaches, stunning mountain scenery, lush sub-tropical rainforests, island escapes, world-class accommodation and many-hatted restaurants can be enjoyed year-round by

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Aurora provides the ‘complete package’ for international racing

Aurora Global Logistics in conjunction with its network partners Peters & May Racing, have proudly announced complete transport services to and from major international yacht racing events, including the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Jason Roberts, Director at Aurora says the service will focus on events: Sydney Hobart, 26

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Maritimo race team bounce back from crash setback

Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore Racing started its 2016 season on a solid footing winning major races at the first of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships held in Bowen, but disaster hit in the second series at Mackay with one of its boats severely damaged. The team is set to bounce back in the next round of racing later at Coffs

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Boat Lift appoints Australasian rep

Italian manufacturer of marina straddle carriers, marina transporters and amphibious lifters, Boat Lift S.R.L. has recently appointed Richard Williams of Meridian Projects as their Australasian representative. Located in north west Italy, Boat Lift is the result of decades of experience in technically advanced lifting and handling systems. Boat

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Two NZ Premieres from Riviera at Auckland Boat Show

Australia’s most awarded luxury yacht builder Riviera will present two alluring new examples of superior design and craftsmanship when it rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors to the Auckland On Water Boat Show (29 September – 2 October 2016). The renowned marque’s luxury showcase at Viaduct Harbour, to be staged in

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Absolute Yachts launches vessels with Volvo Penta IPS

Italian boat-builder Absolute Yachts is launching two new vessels with Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art Inboard Performance System (IPS). The Absolute 52Fly will be unveiled at one of the world’s premier marine leisure shows, the Cannes Yachting Festival, while the Absolute 58Fly will be revealed in 2017. Absolute Yachts, which

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Geelong Boating Festival to open season

To celebrate the opening of boating season in Victoria and promote boating as a significant recreational lifestyle, the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) will hold a Life's Better With A Boat - Boating Festival on 8 - 9 October 2016 in the heart of the Geelong foreshore at Steampacket Gardens. President of the

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JV Marine & BCF Giant Expo

It's on again! Australia’s largest marine dealership JV Marine World and BCF (boating, camping & fishing) are joining forces once again to put on a giant 3 day Expo and sale. JV Marine and BCF’s Expo has become an annual event on the marine industry calendar and continues to grow in size and stature each year. From 14 - 16

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Steber Marine Rescue vessel for Port Macquarie

It's been a long time coming but Port Macquarie Marine Rescue's new 38ft rescue vessel has finally crossed the Hastings River bar for the first time. Built by Steber International at Taree, and launched two weeks ago, the vessel has been undergoing extensive pre-delivery testing, sea trials and crew training, over the past

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Brisbane Boat Show delivers optimism

Visitors arrived in force to the Brisbane Boat Show held this weekend at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank. The city venue was one of several key changes made this year to revitalise an event with a history dating 56 years. On top of this, the show was delivered by the national Boating Industry Association,

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Shark ‘trophy’ hunters land in hot water

Two young men who removed the jaws of a dead Great white shark have found themselves in trouble with the law. The men came across the two metre shark on the 90 mile beach east of Seaspray. They decided to remove the jaws as a trophy but Great white sharks are fully protected, even when dead, no matter how they have died. Senior Fisheries

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Three day Brisbane Boat show opens this Friday

Those with a love of Queensland’s waterways will be delighted with the opening of the Brisbane Boat Show this Friday August 19th. The event with a history spanning over 50 years returns to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre after a short time away. Operating for three days only, the event is sure to please both committed

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Yanmar for World-Best-Practice Pilot Vessels

Following an exhaustive nationwide review of pilot boats, Flinders Ports has purchased and commissioned two new vessels. Both boats are powered by dual Yanmar 6HYM- WET marine diesel engines. Flinders Ports is South Australia’s largest private port operator. A dedicated team was charged with investigating the market to identify a

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Consultation open on costs for commercial operators

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is inviting commercial vessel owners and operators to provide feedback on proposed levy models to recover costs associated with AMSA’s delivery of services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety. In July 2013, AMSA became the sole regulator for Australia’s

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