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 www.shipmate.com.au 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