I am writing this from a grey, but pleasant Hong Kong, with stunning views over the unrivalled Victoria Harbour.
Superlatives abound in this City of Life - food, fabulous scenery and fascinating Chinese culture. And boats. As mainland China revels in a new affluence and increasing prominence in trade and commerce, Hong Kong boat dealers are feeling a recovery lead by an appetite for luxury goods.
The Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show is on this weekend, and I am here to check it out, along with the dealers and marine businesses in Aberdeen and Central HK. We are staying at the perfectly situated Shangri-La Kowloon, perched on the harbour's edge, where our every whim has been catered for (including a Birthday cake for me!)
The dynamic port city of Hong Kong. Jeni Bone
As Sydney prepares for the scheduled arrival of 16 year school girl Jessica Watson, some very educational straightening of the record from Nancy Knudsen, our Sail-World cruising editor and experienced circumnavigator.
As Nancy explains, John Reed, Secretary to the WSSRC, told sailing media last week in regard to Ms Watson: 'Not only is the voyage not being monitored by the WSSRC but the route being followed does not comply with the definition of 'Around the World' and bears no comparison, for example, with the achievement of Jesse Martin.'
This makes interesting reading, when you compare it wil the mainstream media hype.
This week, we also cover the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the measures BP, the US EPA and other authorities are taking to mitigate its impact on the environment and marine industry.
There's an update of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, AIMEX Awards with the deadline of 14 May, Korea International Boat Show incentives for exhibitors, and details of India's first high-tech marina at Bolgatty Island, Kochi.
There will be a host of other news stories over the week, so pop in regularly.
Keep in touch!
Jeni Bone, editor
AIMEX Awards applications flow in AIMEX, Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), the peak body for the Australian Marine Export Industry, is confident this year's 2010 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards will exceed that of 2009 with applications beginning to flow in... [more] Share this story
Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight Nancy Knudsen, As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him. In fact, technically speaking, she has not even been 'around the w... [more] Share this story
Deadline for AIMEX Awards approaches AIMEX, May 14 is the deadline for entries into this year's Export Awards.... [more] Share this story
Sanctuary Cove hub of marine business and entertainment Kate Duryea, Sanctuary Cove's vibrant waterfront Marine Village offers plenty of entertainment options during this year's Show.... [more] Share this story
BP hires locals boats to assist in Gulf clean up Media Services, British Petroleum has hired 500 civilian boats to help in the clean up operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The boats will be instrumental in stopping the oil's advance to shore.... [more] Share this story
ISS seeks nominations for Awards ISS, The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is seeking nominations from the yachting industry and yachting public for its annual recognition programs. While many are familiar with the organization's design awards that celebrate achievement in superyacht engineering and style, ISS equally celebrates personal triumph from crew to the corporate office.... [more] Share this story
EPA launches site for oil spill information US EPA, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson concluded her tour of areas that could be impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. The administrator joined President Obama at a briefing with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen and also held a conference call with New Orleans officials... [more] Share this story
Whittington man jailed for abalone theft DPI Media, A 42 year old Whittington man was sent to jail by Magistrate Michael Coghlan in Victoria's Colac Magistrates Court today (Monday, May 3) after poaching abalone on New Years Eve.... [more] Share this story
New speed limit for The Spit in New South Wales Paul McLeay MP, Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay said the new speed limit, taking effect immediately, would apply to an area bound by Clontarf Point and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the east and d'Albora Marina and the Seaforth shoreline on the western side of The Spit Bridge.... [more] Share this story
Gold Coast Hong Kong Boat Show anticipates interest from China Jeni Bone, The Gold Coast Boat Show, taking place at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong, 7-9 May, will be the show's 13th Edition, showcasing around 55 yachts on water with more displays on land to the value of $HK500 million (US$65m).... [more] Share this story
Bellingham asserts its marina muscle John Spragg, 'The Bellingham Marine marina system is still the best in the world.” This statement made by John Spragg, General Manager for Bellingham Marine Australia in a recent interview, it's a statement that's been echoed by many proud Bellingham Marine marina owners... [more] Share this story
Mercury continues investment in staff training Mercury Marine, Despite the recent business slowdown, Mercury has maintained its commitment to staff training as a long-term investment for the company and its customers.... [more] Share this story
Robot may be the solution to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Media Services, As the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, hopes are pinned on the innovative robotic technology being trialled in the clean up.... [more] Share this story
Korea International Boat Show offers incentives for exhibitors KOTRA, Australian business visitors to the Korea International Boat Show this year will be able to obtain a 50% refund of their return airfares to Korea. In addition they will be eligible for free-of-charge benefits including three nights' accommodation in an international class hotel with breakfast, airport transfers and show shuttle bus.... [more] Share this story
Mirsky Racing Team joins the Sail Racing Test Team Mirsky Racing Team/Sail Racing, Sail Racing International have recently formed a partnership with professional match racing team, Mirsky Racing Team. Americas Cup is at the forefront of the team's sight. 'Its great to be associated with such a strong brand as Sail Racing, they have realized the future direction of sailing and are one step head of the competition in terms of design, fashion and quality.'... [more] Share this story
Tourism Industry responds to Gulf oil spill Media Services, A state of emergency has been issued for several Florida Panhandle counties following the April 21 explosion of the Horizon Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. The explosion, which occurred roughly 130 miles southwest of New Orleans, caused an oil slick of at least 600 square miles that threatens Florida's coast and its flora and fauna.... [more] Share this story
Save our Seas Ocean Racing - ready to depart SOS Media, Save Our Seas Ocean Racing is out to set a world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia and will depart May 2nd from Airlie Beach in an endeavour to go around in under 50 days. Set up by Ian Thomson, a commercial skipper in the Whitsundays, Ian wants to create a new bench mark for all future attempts by smashing the current record of 68d:8h:30m set by David Beard in 1990.... [more] Share this story
Illinois life jacket legislation rejected BoatUS, As reported on 22 April 2010, the Illinois House of Representatives and DNR were working on a legislation that would have required any adult sailing solo in a boat under 26' to wear a life jacket.... [more] Share this story
Hampidjan's Dynex - The Icelandic Rope that Roared Richard Gladwell, What started out as piece of fishing kit in the freezing cold Icelandic fishing grounds, aboard boats built for functionality and seaworthiness, now graces the decks and rigging of supermaxis and racing yachts as they sail and race the glamorous regatta circuits of the world.... [more] Share this story
India's first marina officially inaugurated Ocean Blue Marinas, The date of April 24, 2010 will go down as a red letter day in India's fledgling leisure boating industry. Giving a new impetus to boating activity, India's first world class marina, built at the Bolgatty Island in Kochi, was commissioned on April 24, 2010 at 6 pm by Union Defence Minister A. K. Antony.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane Marketing makes more of Moreton Bay and Islands This is Mango Comms, Brisbane Marketing, Brisbane's official economic development agency, and the Moreton Bay Mayor's Task Force today unveiled their first collaborative brand to position Moreton Bay and Islands as one of Queensland's premier coastal destinations.... [more] Share this story
New Whittley dealers for Sydney and Gold Coast Shoemark & King, Whittley Marine has expanded its national dealer network with the appointment of two major new dealers to distribute its range of fishing, general purpose and ski boats.... [more] Share this story
Tips for boaters in the Gulf to deal with oil spill BoatU.S., It covers 2000 square miles and for now has remained barely a dozen miles offshore, however, the on-going oil spill resulting from last week's explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico has recreational boaters wondering what, if anything, they can do to prevent damage to their boats should the slick come ashore.... [more] Share this story
Yachting Australia announces Structure Review headed by Malcolm Speed Yachting Australia, In a major development for sailing in Australia, Yachting Australia will review its organisational structure in order to strengthen the future of the sport in this country.... [more] Share this story
Kongsberg Seatex technology on new Norwegian AIS satellite Saltwater PR, The satellite is equipped with technology developed in a joint effort by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Kongsberg Seatex AS, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Space Centre. The project is funded by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.... [more] Share this story
North South Yachting become Greenline Hybrid importers for Australia North South Yachting, North South Yachting (NSY) is proud to announce their appointment as Greenline Hybrid importers for Australia. Lauded as the most exciting new boat to emerge worldwide in 2010, the Greenline is the first truly hybrid power boat utilising a combination of solar, electric and diesel power.... [more] Share this story
Fairline Squadron 65' – named UK's Motor Boat of the Year Bob Wonders, Visitors to the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove (May 20-23) and Sydney International (July 29-August 2) Boat Shows will have the opportunity to inspect the stunning award winner.... [more] Share this story
Maritimo bolsters Qld sales force Imprint Media, Maritimo Queensland dealer, Ormonde Britton has strengthened his team with the appointment of sales support specialist Tony Jones.... [more] Share this story
What's new at Navico? Jeni Bone, Doug Anderson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Navico Asia Pacific is a familiar sight at boat shows around the world. Here he reveals (not too much!) some of the launches and direction of Navico for the next half of the year.... [more] Share this story
AIMEX takes a stand at Monaco Yacht Show AIMEX, AIMEX has secured an excellent corner location in the Darse Nord tent for Australian brands, exporters and the superyacht fraternity at its first ever Monaco Yacht Show, 22-25 September.... [more] Share this story
Garmin makes cash offer for Raymarine Shares MarineBusiness-World.com, Garmin has announced a cash offer to acquire all Raymarine Shares at a price of 15 pence per Raymarine Share, subject to regulatory clearances and other terms and conditions.... [more] Share this story
World Smallest PLB (EPIRB) available from e-marineworld Robin Reiger, Sailing and Motor Boating are thrilling sports which brings pleasure to millions around the world. Whether you are heading across your local lake, or sailing across the Ocean you should be carrying a Fast Find. Keep the Fast Find with you at all times, in a pocket or pouch. You and your fellow crew members will have peace of mind of knowing that if something happens to you, or to the boat, you can... [more] Share this story
Austal launches 107m ferry for Malta Austal, Austal has successfully launched Maltese operator Virtu Ferries' new 107 metre high speed vehicle-passenger catamaran “Jean de la Valette” at its Western Australian facilities.... [more] Share this story
Plans for PIMEX 2011 now under full sail Andy Dowden, PIMEX 2010 was a great success and plans are now in full swings for the Phuket International Boat Show 2011, Asia's Favourite Boat Show.... [more] Share this story
Riviera emerges from administration and looks to the future Jeni Bone, Riviera, one of Australia's largest boatbuilders, has been withdrawn from sale by its bankers to allow the Gold Coast-based business further time to rebuild after falling into administration last year. The reaction from customers, dealers and staff has been universally positive, as CEO, John Anderson explains.... [more] Share this story
International business welcomed at Sanctuary Cove Show Kate Duryea, International visitors to the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show can receive important introductions and networking opportunities at the International Business Lounge located at the Queensland Government Centre.... [more] Share this story
Thom Dammrich keynote speaker at Sanctuary Cove breakfast Kate Duryea, A leading industry figure in the United States and global marine sector, Thom Dammrich, is a guest speaker at the Gold Coast City Marina's Australian Marine Industry Breakfast on Friday, May 21 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more] Share this story
Louisades Rally welcomes powerboats Jeni Bone, The Louisades Rally to the magnificent islands of Papua New Guinea is organised by EcoSustainAbility, run by Guy Chester, himself an intrepid sailor of over 35 years experience. Chester says the aim of the Rally is “to have fun and leave the places and people in a better state than when we arrived.... [more] Share this story
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