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AYSS – A co-sponsor of the Welcome Party at 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show

August 28, 2014

The Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 was a huge success. From June 23 to 26, the event hosted an amazing line-up of 27 world-class yachts, available for rent in the lovely America yacht charter location – New England this summer. This year, the Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) co-sponsored the Welcome Party, followed by morning forums as well as evening networking events.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

The show was skillfully managed by the Newport Exhibition Group who organized the yachts to be viewed by brokers, owners, charter agents and vendors.

The yachts participating ranged from 24 to 70 Meters and hosted shore-side events including Chefs competitions, Broker lunches, Tablescaping competitions and evening “yacht hops” with different themes, where signature cocktails were served by well dressed crew.

Queensland’s Sanctuary Cove Marina accredited ‘Fish Friendly’ status

August 28, 2014

Queensland’s Sanctuary Cove Marina, a beautiful Australia yacht charter location, has been accredited ‘Fish Friendly’ status by the Marina Industries Association.

Caption L to R  Keith Allardice, Helen Motteram and John Hogan at Sanctuary Cove Marina

Caption L to R: Keith Allardice, Helen Motteram and John Hogan at Sanctuary Cove Marina

Fish Friendly accreditation is an information campaign and accreditation system focusing on marina fish habits and developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the NSW Boating Industry Association (BIA).

The initiative is attached to MIA’s International Clean Marinas Program and is available to luxury yacht marinas across the Asia Pacific region. Additional fish friendly criteria and an audit are requirements to achieve ‘Fish Friendly Marina’ accreditation.

Sanctuary Cove Marina, a world-class facility and the venue for the renowned Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, is the first marina to be accredited ‘Fish Friendly’ in south east Queensland. There are now 11 marinas recognised or in the process of being accredited as ‘Fish Friendly’ throughout Australia. The initiative has received positive support from numerous government departments and authorities across Australia.

“Marinas can provide important habitat for fish. The Fish Friendly Marinas program has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise benefits for fish, and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat,” said MIA Director, John Hogan in presenting the award to Keith Allardice, Executive General Manager at Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited.

“I congratulate Sanctuary Cove Marina today which holds Level 3 International Clean Marina status on its significant commitment to protecting and preserving the marina’s valuable marine habitat and communicating its efforts to customers and visitors.”

Helen Motteram, Marina Operations Manager at Mulpha Sanctuary Cove Marina Ltd said the initiative is an important development. “It is essential marinas continue to set the highest environmental standards. Marinas are the ideal location for many community members to see and learn about native fish and the aquatic environment. Clean Marinas and the Fish Friendly accreditation add-on demonstrate that industry, with support from government, is best able to set the standards that meet and exceed community and government expectations.”

“We are proud to be accredited with this exciting new environmental initiative and are committed to ensuring our marina is of the highest environmental standard through participation in programs such as Clean Marinas. We have all fully embraced the opportunity to meet the Fish Friendly criteria,” Ms Motteram said.

“We will continue to support the MIA in these very important programs which demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainable practices.  The MIA leads the industry in developing consistent best practice management of the waterways in which marinas operate and Sanctuary Cove Marina is very proud to uphold such practices.”

Six prominent awards for Curvelle catamaran motor yacht QUARANTA

August 28, 2014

With “Best Concept Yacht under 50m” won in 2011 during her construction, and five more prizes in 2013- 2014 since her launching, the 34m (110’) catamaran charter yacht “quaranta” has been the proud winner of six prominent awards.

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

“We are extremely satisfied and grateful for this enthusiastic endorsement from the superyacht owners, builders and design arenas. The smart thinking and innovation that went into the design of “quaranta” has been very well received”, says van Zanten, the founder of Curvelle.

Sundeck  Curvelle Quaranta catamaran.jpeg

Sundeck Curvelle Quaranta catamaran.jpeg

Years of experience in yacht consulting and construction convinced him that a fresh way of thinking was needed to deliver an efficient, cost effective, flexible and more accessible yacht, while maintaining beautiful exterior lines, luxurious and spacious interiors. Believing that the catamaran platform offers the key to achieve this, he put together a talented team of designers, naval architects and marine engineers from various continents to produce range of superyacht catamarans with a clear design focus, without re-inventing the wheel, but with attention on producing a very attractive superyacht catamaran. The result speaks for itself and is clearly endorsed by the numerous awards that motor yacht quaranta has won.

Curvelle Catamaran Quaranta Saloon.jpeg

Curvelle Catamaran Quaranta Saloon.jpeg

The innovative catamaran superyacht quaranta impressed judges with her many unusual features such as flexible cabin layout, allowing multiple cabin configurations, all guest cabins on the main deck with extra-large windows, stern platform for tender launching,  swim/beach platform, reduced mobility access and carbon fibre composite construction.  Judges also complimented the exterior styling, spacious deck and interior guest areas and the construction quality.

Following is a list of the awards and their organisers:

World Superyacht awards, Neptune Trophy May 2014

Now into its ninth year, the World Superyacht Awards honour the finest new superyacht builds delivered in the past twelve months. The image of the coveted Neptune trophy has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design.

WSA 2014 for superyacht QUARANTA

WSA 2014 for superyacht QUARANTA

The judges praised superyacht quaranta for “her particularly handsome appearance and highly successful layout that incorporates excellent deck spaces, six pleasantly large guest cabins of adaptable configuration positioned on the main deck, and a single saloon on the upper deck, all complemented by an attractive style of interior design.”


RED DOT Award  Product design, Yachts July 2014

Statement by the jury: “The Curvelle Quaranta, with its graceful design and luxurious outfitting, exhibits a very high quality of form throughout.”

Red Dot Award for QUARANTA Yacht

Red Dot Award for QUARANTA Yacht

The Red dot award is an internationally recognised  Product Design prize from Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The 40-member expert panel for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 was impressed with the high design quality of luxury yacht “quaranta”. In the current competition, the international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries. But only designs which won over the jury with quality and innovative strength won an award.

Golden Award by A Design Italy, Aug 2014

The Golden A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 3% percentile designs that have carried out an exemplary level of greatness in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different juries , composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members.The award is the indicator of quality and perfection in design, and recognized worldwide. Winning the A’ Award is a certificate of excellence for designers, a proof of quality for companies. A’ Design Award differentiates from any other design competition, design contest and prize by several aspects: The following adjectives are how A Design define themselves: Collaborative, Innovator, Smart, Fair, Scientific, Thoughtful, Munificent, Beneficial, Philanthropic and Beautiful.

World Yacht Trophy, at the Cannes Boat Show, September 2013,“Most Innovative Yacht under 50m.”

Organized by the Luxmedia Group – publisher of the international magazines ‘Yachts’ and ‘Invictus’ – these are considered among the most prestigious awards in the Yachting Industry.


Turkish Composite Manufacturers Association (TCMA) award Oct 2013  “Most Innovative Composite Marine Product”, Turkey

As the 4th largest shipbuilder worldwide, Turkey delivers numerous composite yachts annually. It is a great honour to be recognized among these as “most innovative” for charter yacht quaranta’s carbon fibre composite hull and superstructure construction, built in Tulza, Istanbul.

Design ET AL, International Yacht Awards 2011, “Best Concept Design under 50m”

Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al, The International Yacht & Aviation Awards reward the best in design from across the globe. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.

‘Marina Hall of Fame’ Status for Empire Marina Bobbin Head, Sydney

August 27, 2014

Empire Marina Bobbin Head, positioned in the fabulous Australia yacht charter destination – Sydney, has been inducted into the newly created Australian ‘Marina Hall of Fame’ by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) at a ceremony, which took place at the luxury yacht marina. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize marinas that have consecutively received Australian Marina of the Year, and are therefore ineligible to re-enter the competition for a period of four years.

1.	Darren Vaux, Director EMBH  receiving the Hall of Fame Certificate from Colin Bransgrove, MIA

Darren Vaux, Director EMBH receiving the Hall of Fame Certificate from Colin Bransgrove, MIA

Empire Marina Bobbin Head won Australian Marina of the Year in 2009/10 and again in 2011/12.  The marina is rated 5 Gold Anchors and is certified as a Level 3 International Clean Marina and Fish Friendly Marina, making it one of the most highly awarded marinas in Australia. The marina is a 200 berth, full service marina. The marina is also proactive with environmental initiatives including a large solar array, rainwater recovery and advanced pollution prevention. The marina is host to more than 50,000 visitors per year and the kiosk, bar and boat hire make the marina a vibrant and attractive destination for boaters and the local community.

2.	(l-r) Colin Bransgrove, MIA; Darren Vaux, Director, Empire Marina; John Lawler, Director, Empire Marina and	Mark Wellstead, Service & Operations Manager, Empire Marina

(l-r) Colin Bransgrove, MIA; Darren Vaux, Director, Empire Marina; John Lawler, Director, Empire Marina and Mark Wellstead, Service & Operations Manager, Empire Marina

In making the presentation MIA Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove said Empire Marina Bobbin Head was a most suitable marina to be the first to receive this prestigious recognition. “The marina has been transformed into a state of the art facility and attractive visitor destination under the leadership of Darren Vaux, Director of Empire Marina. The MIA marina awards supported by Club Marine provide valuable recognition of industry excellence. The awards also create a benchmark for other marinas to aspire to. Hall of Fame status for Empire Marina Bobbin Head puts the spotlight on the level of marina facilities and services that are proving very successful in the Sydney market place.”

Darren Vaux, Director of Empire Marina said: “We are delighted to be the first marina inducted into the Australian Marina Hall of Fame.  In the end, it’s all about the customer, listening to what they want and striving to exceed their expectations through a process of continuing improvement.  This award further motivates us to stay on the top of our game.”

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 to kick off this week

August 26, 2014

A collection of some of the world’s best, fastest and most famous Maxi yachts will be hosted by the fabulous Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo for the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from 31 August – 6 September. The event will mark the 30th year of the relationship between event organizers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and title sponsor Rolex.

Maxi fleet during 2013 event - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Maxi fleet during 2013 event - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

What’s new this year?

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup always welcomes new, cutting edge designs for whom the ultimate proving ground is the event’s myriad of challenging and rocky racecourses. Last year the eye-catching launch was Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Wally Cento superyacht Magic Carpet 3. In 2014 another highly successful businessman passionate about sailing arrives in Porto Cervo with a new build. Niklas Zennström recently launched the Mini Maxi Rán 5 and seeks to continue his impressive run of success at the competition.

Mini Maxi yachts BELLA MENTE and STIG - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxi yachts BELLA MENTE and STIG - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Where is the tightest competition forecast?

The appearance of Rán 5 will add intrigue to an already mouth-watering Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. The class is continuing to grow, not only in numbers but in quality, as rivalries intensify. Zennström won three of the four championships to date with his former sailing yacht Ran 2, now competing as Robertissima III and helmed by Italian Roberto Tomasini Grinover. Hap Fauth’s United States entry luxury yacht Bella Mente is the only other boat to have won the title and will seek to better last year’s fourth place finish when poor performance in the longer coastal races cost her a podium place. Andres Soriano’s sailing yacht Alegre finished second last year in the boat’s debut at the event. Denied by mere seconds in 2013, a year on and with greater confidence in their boat’s potential, Alegre will be one of the favourites. Completing the roster are some great boats and experienced crews: Sir Peter Ogden’s Rán 5 will come face to face with Sir Peter Ogden’s latest iteration of Jethou and United States entries sailing yacht Caol Ila R and luxury yacht Shockwave, class winner at the recent Copa del Rey.

J Class superyacht VELSHEDA - Image credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

J Class superyacht VELSHEDA - Image credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

And outside the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship?

Five boats are set to take part in the J-Class which made its return to the event last year. A mix of replicas and restorations of original 1930s designs, this year’s fleet comprises sailing yacht Lionheartsuperyacht Rainbowcharter yacht Rangercharter yacht ShamrockVelsheda yacht. In comparison to the slick, carbon fibre, stripped-out racing boats, the J-Class provides a more genteel and elegant approach to sailing. Handling these boats is not easy though – loads are huge, complicated, everything needs to be executed precisely by up to 40 skilled sailors.

Sailing yacht RAN 2, Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion 2010, 2011 & 2013 - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht RAN 2, Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion 2010, 2011 & 2013 - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

And what are the largest boats?

The 67m (220-ft) mega yacht Hetairos set the record as the largest ever boat to compete at the event in 2012 when her immense 62.5m (205-ft) mast dwarfed over most of the fleet. The largest boats outside of the J-Class – where Lionheart measures 43.7m (143-ft) and Ranger 41.6m (136-ft) – are the two Supermaxis superyacht Firefly (35m, 115-ft) and charter yacht Viriella (36m, 118-ft). A near 40-strong fleet is expected to take part comprising boats from around 15 different countries.

Southport Yacht Club accredited as a Level 3 Clean Marina

August 26, 2014

Positioned on Queensland’s Gold Coast, a beautiful Australia yacht charter destination, the high profile Southport Yacht Club (SYC) has today been accredited as a Level 3 Clean Marina.

Clean Marina Accreditation for SYC

Clean Marina Accreditation for SYC

The International Clean Marinas environmental program is administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA). Achieving a Level 3 accreditation requires a solid commitment from participating marinas and the rigorous process includes a site inspection assessed against a 103 point checklist. The site audit of key operational areas including inspections of mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, fuelling, facility management, workshop, mechanical, shipwright and boat repair, emergency planning and equipment and boater education. A written report with detailed feedback is provided to the marina.

Southport Yacht Club’s Waterfront Manager Mark Riddell said the achievement of Clean Marina accreditation was another important step in demonstrating SYC’s commitment to environmental best practice. “As a multi-faceted Club and Marina facility it is essential all components are operating both individually and collectively at the highest level of performance. The Clean Marinas program provides us with specific criteria to assess the environmental performance of our marina operations. The Clean Marina program complements our environmental policies, plans and operations.”

MIA Director, John Hogan said in presenting the achievement,” Southport Yacht Club’s achievement is important for the marina industry as it is a high profile marina and influential in demonstrating environmental leadership to the wider community. We now have 61 marinas across Australia and internationally committed to environmental best practise. The challenge for industry remains to continually increase the number of marinas committed to achieving Clean Marinas status.”

First ever Marina Investment Seminar to be held in Sydney on October 2, 2014

August 25, 2014

The first ever Marina Investment Seminar is set to take place in the fantastic Australia yacht charter destination – Sydney on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Jeff d'Albora

Jeff d'Albora

Jeff d’Albora, Director of Dalcorp PL and a Director of the Global Marina Institute (GMI) and the Marina Industries Association (MIA) said: “As an experienced owner and investor in marinas I am very pleased that the GMI through its partner the MIA; and in conjunction with KPMG Sydney is conducting this one day Marina Investment Seminar. This is a long overdue initiative both from a national and a global perspective and it will bring together world class specialists in marina investment. The day will provide marina owners, buyers, sellers, lenders and related specialists with a high level interactive forum to better inform major investment decisions in the marina industry.”

The full day program will provide detailed information, analysis and discussion relating to developments in the global and local marina sector and significant issues which influence the marketability and value of marina assets. Topics covered will include trends impacting on marina assets; optimisation of marina operations including revenue and costs; principles which influence the value of marina assets, debt funding and considerations when buying or selling marina assets.

Speakers will include specialists in the fields of finance, transactions, valuations, securitisation and marina management. Matthew McCarron, a Partner within KPMG’s Private Enterprise Practice will play a lead role in the seminar. He has extensive experience leading a variety of transaction advisory engagements involving marina and other recreational assets. Another presenter is UK based Mick Bettesworth who delivers marina consultancy services across the globe. He previously held senior positions within MDL, Europe’s largest owner and operator of marinas.

MIA President Andrew Chapman said delivery of the Marina Investment Seminar is an important milestone for the marina industry. “MIA has a well-established track record of delivering globally accredited marina education and training at operational and management levels in Australia and Asia. This seminar is an important step up to inform owners, investors and public and private sector specialists involved in our industry about assessing and maximizing the value of marina assets.  With GMI support this Seminar will also be delivered in other countries over the next 18 months.”

MIA Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove said the interactive Seminar is limited to 23 participants. “It is expected that the Seminar will book out quickly with interest already expressed from across Australia and Asia.”

Seminar details can be found on the MIA web site.

China Yachting Conference 2014 Speakers: Andrew Chapman and David Nixon

August 25, 2014

Set to run in Nansha, Guangzhou, on October 17 and 18, the 2014 China Yachting Conference, organized as response to the increasing demand for professional marine knowledge in swiftly developing China market, and catering for the needs of fast growing yachting ecosystem in the region, will host a number of renowned experts, representing the most developed yachting cultures of the world. Today, the oranizers are pleased to present Mr. Andrew Chapman, Chairman of Marina Industry Association (MIA), Australia and Mr. Dennis Nixon, Professor, Director of Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, USA.


Speaker: Andrew Chapman, Chairman of Marina Industry Association,  Australia (MIA)

Tentative Topic: Economic contribution of marinas ‐ An Australian case study

Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman

Bio: Andrew is currently the Chairman of the Marina Industries Association, Australia (MIA) and has been the Chairman of the MIAA Education Committee overseeing the development of the education system now being implemented through Asia.  He is a Certified Marina Manager #115. Andrew is also the CEO and Marina Manager of The Marina Hindmarsh Island, a multi-faceted waterfront residential marina estate at the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia.   Andrew is also the Chairman of Gulf Marina Management Pty Ltd International Design and Management Consultancy which specializes in marina audits and planning requirements to assist developers with new waterfront developments and marina proposals.  With over 30 years’ experience in the marina industry Andrew is currently working on projects in Asia and Australia that will have mooring facilities for over 5000 vessels when completed. Andrew specialises in Environmental aspects of Marinas operating under ISO14001 in Australia. Andrew has recently commenced facilitating insurance cover for yachts in China and is unrolling specialist Marina Operators Insurance packages to assist Chinese Marina Managers in line with International products and liability standards.

Speaker: Professor Dennis Nixon, Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, USA

Tentative Topic: What yachtmen need to know about maritime law

Professor Dennis Nixon

Professor Dennis Nixon

Bio: Professor of Marine Affairs Dennis Nixon has served as the Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program since July 2013.  In that role, he leads a multi-million dollar research and education program devoted to using scientific knowledge to improve the management of Rhode Island’s coastal waters.  Prior to that, he served for four years as the Associate Dean for Research and Administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where he was responsible for the administration of the 200+ acre campus, pier, and the 185’ Research Vessel Endeavor.  He served the previous 8 years as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, also at the University of Rhode Island.   He has been a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island for the past 37 years, teaching courses in the area of marine and coastal law. He is particularly proud of the thousands of former students now working in marine industries, government, law and science.

A marine lawyer by training, he is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Rhode Island Bar. He is the Secretary and General Counsel for the Point Club, a fishing vessel insurance cooperative he helped found over 20 years ago. He is one of the three founders of the International Marina Institute, which provides educational programs and certification for professionals in the marine industry around the world. Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, he is also the legal advisor and risk manager for the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, and has been providing advice to all of the US academic research vessel fleet for the past 27 years. He has lectured on marine law topics in 27 states and 26 countries on 6 continents. He is the author of over 50 articles and the casebook Marine and Coastal Law, first published in 1994 and released in a second edition in 2010.

Professor Nixon earned his Bachelor’s degree in history at Xavier University, his law degree at the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, a Certificate on International Institutions at the University of Geneva, and a Certificate in Ocean Law from Harvard Law School. He is an avid sailor on vessels of all sizes, and races his own boat weekly on Narragansett Bay.

More Speakers and their details will be revealed in the future. So stay in the loop!

Delegates registration has already started, so sign up now to ensure your participation in the biggest expert forum of the region.

The registration deadline is September 15th. Tentative program, as well as the related Conference fees for delegates, please check at Yacht CN 2014 official website.

Penultimate day of racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014

August 22, 2014

The penultimate day of racing at the currently running Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 was marked by rugged-up crew, reefed sails and rockin’ downwind rides, replacing the lazy start to the six day series last Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Aerial view of the Fleet on Day 5 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Aerial view of the Fleet on Day 5 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

There was a buzz around the dock this morning in anticipation of a fresh breeze and return of the S-SE tradewinds to the Whitsundays didn’t disappoint. It’s been a few years since the Race Week fleet was tested – 20-25 knots and a southerly chop to the south of Hamilton Island for the start had the multihull and cruising fleets in heavy weather mode with reefed sails and crew kitted out in wet weather gear.


Conditions were more moderate for IRC divisions 1 and 2 for the start of their passage race from the eastern area.

The top speed on line honours winner superyacht Wild Oats XI was 21 knots, the supermaxi effortlessly carving through the 23.5 mile race around Lindeman Island, Spitfire Rock Mark and Dent Island to the finish. The crew swapped their normal red shirts to yellow for today’s race, to show their support for the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day.

Team Beau Geste’s fourth win on corrected time keeps them at the top of the points stack in IRC division 1. The crew of Phil Turner’s RP66 Alive is throwing everything they can at the Australian IRC champion, but while close at just two points behind hasn’t managed to rein them in.

Team Beau Geste IRC leader_credit Andrea Francolini

Team Beau Geste IRC leader_credit Andrea Francolini

“They are the perfect team on the perfect boat. That makes them hard to beat,” acknowledged Alive’s helmsman Matt Chew who is still grinning this afternoon having hit 20 knots of boat speed in 20 knots of wind. “Alive is a handful to manage…a lot of us haven’t raced on anything this big, but I love this boat. I can’t stop smiling,” said the Etchells champion.

In IRC division 2 Stephen Barlow’s Farr 40 called Forty has stretched its winning margin by 11 points over Geoff Boettcher’s Secret Mens Business.

Matt Owen’s Bh36 called Local Hero from Canberra picked up a fourth win today putting them in a winning position in IRC division 3. The Howard family from Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is the closest boat in second by seven points with their Beneteau 40.7 Schouten Passage, named after the Tasmanian channel.


The smallest boat in the 182-strong fleet is John Parkes’ Spider 22 Mark 1 called Untamed. Trailered all the way from the Illawarra, south of Wollongong on the NSW coast, Spider is racing in non-spinnaker division 2 for its first Race Week experience.

It’s a simple set up on the 1980-built 22-foot trailer sailer; bucket and sponge, bunks for six “if you want to get really cosy” warns Parkes, a camp stove, kettle, toaster, night light and hairdryer to dry out the timber at the top of the keel so it doesn’t swell with moisture.

Upwind cruising_credit Andrea Francolini

Upwind cruising_credit Andrea Francolini

“We have all the mod cons,” smiles Bates. One disappointment at Race Week is they miss the free sausage sizzle each afternoon for the cruising boats on F & G arm, “By the time we get in they are all gone,” he rues. Untamed is third overall with one race remaining in their series.

The largest in the fleet at 112 feet is Sassafras, the New Zealand superyacht also racing in non-spinnaker division. To compare with Untamed, Sassafras has below decks a tumble drier, dishwasher, washing machine, nine flat screen TVs, two dining areas and six bathrooms. “You name it, the boat’s got it,” said skipper Andrew Senn.


A win and a second today, Friday August 22, 2014, has Leslie Green’s Ginger from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia leading the one design class’ national title with a day to go. John Bacon’s Dark Star from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is second with 11 points back and clubmate Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan third thanks to a bullet and a third today.

Performance Racing

Local skipper Bruce Absolon shrugged off the smaller boats nipping at his Volvo 60’s stern in the division’s two windward/leeward races in Turtle Bay.

So close were Absolon’s Spirit of The Maid, Walter Lewin’s Vento and Russell McCart’s VO60 Spirit of Mateship for the first race that “a blanket could have been put over the three boats” reckons Absolon.

He went on to win that race and is ahead of the rest on series results. Short course racing generally suits the lighter and smaller planing boats. Not the case today with the heavy 17-year-old boat in the groove. “We’ve had no decent breeze for the past four Race Weeks and finally today we were able to show our true colours,” Absolon said. “Our balanced crew weight thanks to 19 guys on the rail played in our favour too.”


Team Oracle USA America’s Cup winning strategist and Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby popped down to the Melges 32 dock this morning to have a chat with the young crew on Barry Cuneo’s Envy Scooter about their preparation for the class’ world championships at the end of the year.

Crews took a break from the seriousness of competition for this morning’s Prix d’ Elegance, gunning for the best themed yacht and best presented yacht as judged by the panel sitting atop the flag deck at Hamilton Island Yacht Club. The winners will be announced at tomorrow night’s closing trophy presentation dinner.

Tomorrow marks the end of racing for the 31st edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The forecast is identical to today; 18-22kt S-SE winds, possibly locally stronger.

IBEX 2014 to open with ‘Party for a Purpose’ on September 30

August 22, 2014

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is set to kick off with “Party for a Purpose”. This will take place on September 30, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Sail Pavilion outside the Tampa Convention Center.


The event will give attendees a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment. All exhibitors and attendees are invited.

“The IBEX Opening Night Party for a Purpose will give everyone a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying local food, drinks, and entertainment,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We anticipate a great turn out for what will be the most social event of the show and an opportunity to learn about and get active in our industry’s critical advocacy work in Washington, DC.”

The Party will be held at the Sail Pavilion, Tampa’s only 360 degree waterfront bar, located on the Riverwalk just outside the Tampa Convention Center. Guests will enjoy delicious cuisine from the Food Truck Rally, featuring the local food trucks of Tampa, offering many different choices to suit everyone’s cravings. Entertainment will include live music from country sensation Will Erickson and on-site cigar rolling. Attendees who want to get involved in boating advocacy efforts can sign a Prior Approval Form on-site and receive a ticket good for one free drink.

“We thank the member companies of NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) board of directors for graciously sponsoring this worthwhile event,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to learn about the top legislative and regulatory issues that the boating industry faces, including ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, tax policies, protecting boater access, and more.”

Guests will be invited to network with peers while learning how to get involved in helping the boating industry.