Sophie (3 months) and Alex Bone (20 months) are my reasons to celebrate at this time of year! .
Now I'm really excited! Can't get enough of the fruit mince pies and white Christmas – why don't they make these all year round? Can't wait for the stupor that kicks in after a banquet of ham, turkey, pork, chicken, prawns and as many of God's creatures as we're served up. And how about that brandy custard!? The only dilemna then is whether to crash out on the lounge watching TV or by the pool getting some Vitamin D.
But spare a thought for those who expect nothing over the festive season. Those who have been retrenched or for whom a bitter year has left them with little to celebrate. We have banned presents this year and instead, have dropped off everything from clothes and toys (unslobbered on), through to books, school supplies and even pet food in the local shopping centre charity collections.
While we have all taken a few hits to the belt this year, if you sit down and count your blessings, as my granny used to urge, it will take longer than you think. You'll find we're all lucky to be living in such a bountiful society in one of the best countries in the world!
Get out on the water over the holidays, write some cards or emails to people you've lost contact with – it's easy now to just Google them! Relax, reflect and start the New Year afresh. Resolutions are great as a guide, in business and life. Most of all, remember 'the reason for the season' and give thanks.
Anyhow, enough philosophy. Enjoy this week's batch of stories and visit our sites over the break. We're first with the news, features and products gathered from all over the globe.
Jeni Bone, Editor
Riviera scores investor shot in the arm Riviera Boats, Riviera announces extended bank debt facilities and added equity injections from investors.... [more]
$11bn Arabian Canal underway Jeni Bone, The Arabian Canal, a US$11 billion project, is underway in Dubai, managed and designed by Limitless. When completed, it will be the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.... [more]
BIA Vic plan to bring new blood to boating BIA VIC, The Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Victoria has launched its “Boating 2013” strategic plan to drive the Association's activities for the next five years.... [more]
Emirates Boat Show success Jeni Bone, Positioning Abu Dhabi as an emerging leisure marine power house, the inaugural Emirates Boat Show International (EBSI), organized by Knotika Holding, has been hailed a tremendous success.... [more]
Global Orders rise despite credit crisis Jeni Bone, In a major milestone for the international superyacht industry, and tantalizing encouragement for the entire marine industry that better times are ahead, Showboats International 2009 Global Order Book reveals the number of orders for yachts – power and sail – 24.38m/80ft and longer has surpassed the 1,000 mark.... [more]
Sea-Ex Manila celebrates boating lifestyle Jeni Bone, Between March 20 and 22, Manila will come alive with all things nautical for the Sea-Ex summer expo with a lifestyle event 'that is suited for the Philippines', taking in to account the country's 7,107 islands and focusing on all things marine.... [more]
Fairline announces more redundancies Media Services, Citing the global economic crisis as the cause, Fairline Boats has announced 275 redundancies at its Oundle and Corby production and administration sites in the UK.... [more]
DataDotDNA adds protection for boat owners Jeni Bone, An Australian company's microdot identification technology is at the centre of a new push to prevent crime on New South Wales waterways.... [more]
Global events to celebrate 20 years of ISS ISS, As the International Superyacht Society (ISS) gears up to celebrate its 20th Anniversary as the large yacht industry's leading global not-for-profit trade organization, a full calendar of events commemorating the milestone is well underway.... [more]
Sturrocks Boatique Jenny Muller, Many sailors know the famous 'Sturrocks of Sydney' in Rushcutters Bay, but did you know there was another Sturrocks on the north side?... [more]
Announcing the new Farr/BMW Designworks Bavaria 55 Jamie Millar, Announcing the new Farr/BMW Designworks Bavaria 55. From one of yachting's most electrifying collaborations comes the newest offering from Bavaria Yachts – the Bavaria Cruiser 55. This latest yacht has been created by combining the expertise of three distinctive specialists: Bavaria Yachts, Farr Yacht Design and BMW Designworks USA.... [more]
Celebrate Summer Marten Style Martine Ballantyne, To mark the start of the summer sailing season, Marten Yachts will host its inaugural Marten 49 Summer Celebration. Five Marten 49s will arrive in Sydney to compete in a harbour race before attending a prize giving and BBQ function at the company's head office.... [more]
Velocitek Speedpuck out now Velocitek PR, The SpeedPuck is a transformational product targeted at performance dinghy and sportboat sailors. It combines a GPS-powered speedometer, digital compass and bar graph wind shift indicator in a compact, durable package. The SpeedPuck is designed to be mounted on a dinghy or handheld when hiking on a sportboat.... [more]
Tidemaster wins Oyster Cove marina contract Jeni Bone, Tidemaster Docking Systems has been awarded the contract to build the new 244 berth Oyster Cove Marina at Kettering, just 34km south of Hobart, Tasmania.... [more]
Dunbier rolls ahead with new alloy boat trailers Sandman PR, Dunbier Marine Products has released a new range of ultra-strong aluminium multi-roller boat trailers. With models available to suit boats up to 6.1m, 6.6m, 7.0m and 7.5m, the Australian-made trailers boast superior strength-to-weight ratios – for lighter, more economical towing on the road, with all the benefits of drive-on drive-off capability at the ramp.... [more]
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht Specials Media Services, There is something liberating about bareboat chartering in the Whitsundays with Whitsunday Rent A Yacht... Share the fun and adventure with friends or family as you cruise amongst tropical islands. Drop anchor in one of the hundreds of protected bays and inlets, take your dinghy ashore to explore the coral sandy beaches, swim, dive the reefs or fish for dinner.... [more]
Bavaria - Flying in the face of financial fallout Bavaria Yachts Australia, Unsettled times in the American and European economies created an uncertainty on how the brokerage market would react. Would prospective buyers choose to sit back and reassess the market in 2009?... [more]
Sailing Around Australia – sailors design event Sail-World.com, West Australian Bob Williams has sailed all around the world, now he is busy designing a new event, with the help of hundreds of sailors. 'Building an ocean sailing event from scratch is a challenging enterprise. Its one thing to arrive at an event concept it's another for that concept to appeal to the yachting community at large.'... [more]
Ronstan designs for comfort and performance Jeni Bone, Renowned for working closely with professional and recreational sailors in its R&D, Ronstan has developed two new high performance trapeze harnesses with the aim of alleviating stress and tension on your back and body.... [more]
Register now: Melbourne Club Marine Sail Boat Show Elizabeth McCormack, Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) is pleased to announce that the annual 9th Melbourne Club Marine Sail Boat Show returns on the weekend of 14-15 November 2009 at the Club's brand new premises.... [more]
Ronstan awarded at METS Jeni Bone, Ronstan's Series 40 Orbit Blocks™ were this year's Category Winner for Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging at the international METS marine show in Amsterdam last month.... [more]
New World Honda Marine relocates Sandman PR, New World Honda Marine has relocated to massive, state-of-the-art premises in Melbourne's southeast. Located at the corner of Westernport Freeway and Monash Drive, Lyndhurst / Dandenong South, the marine superstore is built on a huge two-acre site, which comprises an impressive 2000sqm fully air-conditioned showroom housing 40+ boats, 1700sqm outdoor display area, 420sqm service facility and ample... [more]
Andrew ‘ET' Ettingshausen releases new book Sandman PR, Former NRL star, media personality and executive producer of the popular Escape with ET television show, Andrew ‘ET' Ettingshausen has released a new book just in time for Christmas. 'ET's Guide's Guide to Fishing' reveals the secrets of Australia's premier fishing guides – many of whom ET has fished with over the years in producing over 200 episodes of his television program.... [more]
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