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Melbourne Boat Show
The largest and premier boat show in
Victoria, attracting boaters, water sport
enthusiasts, fishing aficionados and non-
boaters alike, state-wide, nationally and
internationally, the Melbourne Boat Show,
celebrating its 58th year, will take place
from 28 June to 1 July at the Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Boating Industry Association
of Victoria (BIAV), organisers of the
Melbourne Boat Show, has announced
RACV Marine as the naming rights sponsor
of the RACV Marine 2018 Melbourne Boat
Over 21,000 visitors are expected to
attend the four-day Show that this year
will enjoy a Thursday to Sunday ‘window’,
maximising the Thursday/Friday business
opportunities, and culminating with a
weekend conclusion. As many as 120
exhibitors are expected to take part, with
floor space already 95% booked out.
For exhibitor opportunities in relation
to the final 5% please contact Monica
Tonner at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
03 8696 5600.
Sydney Noumea Yacht
Following a sojourn of over 20 years,
the 1,064nm race from Sydney to the
capital of New Caledonia returns with
the co-operation of the Cercle Nautique
Caledonien and starts on Saturday, 2 June
from Sydney Harbour.
Twenty five entries have been confirmed
for the start of the race with boats ranging
from Komatzu Azzura the smallest boat at
34ft, all the way up to Eve a 65-foot Swan ...
and maybe the 100ft supermaxi Comanche.
With such a diverse range of boats and
a new race course on which to battle the
possibility of winning is open to all.
It took George Snow’s Brindabella 5 days
20hrs 4mins to complete the trip 27 years
ago but the sharks are circling, including the
biggest of them all. Fresh from taking the
line honours win in the 2017 Sydney-Hobart
and becoming an Australian resident,
Comanche would be expected to set a new
fastest open time.
“ We’ve put it in the calendar but
whether we actually get to the starting line
depends on a few things,” owner Jim Cooney
said. “ There are some caveats there but we
are interested. It would be a fun race and a
great race for Comanche to be involved in.”
UPCOMING EVENTS Australian Sailing Hall of
Fame nominations open
Nominations are still open for the
Australian Sailing Hall of Fame. In only
its second year, the Hall of Fame initiative
was established by Australian Sailing in
collaboration with the Australian National
Maritime Museum to recognise the greats
of our sport. Nominations received prior
to 5pm Wednesday 13 June, will be
considered for the 2018 induction, which
will take place in October 2018.
Nominations are being sought across
two categories – in the sailor or athlete
category; and in the general category which
will recognise those who have played a
critical supporting or leadership role
such as an official, coach or similar. Those
nominated in 2017 who were not inducted
last year, will have their nominations
rolled over into the 2018 nominee pool
for consideration by the Selection Panel.
Full nomination details, including
the criteria, background information and
nomination forms available at: https://
Twenty-one entries representing
Victoria, Queensland, South Australia,
NSW, Western Australia and the Northern
Territory have already been received by Royal
Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) for the
28th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta
(AWKR) to beheldfrom9-11 June.
Among the 15 Victorian skippers signed
on so far (including some from RMYS), is
Monica Jones, who skippered Jungle Juice to
IRC and EHC second and AMS third last year.
Among the NSW entries is a crew headed
by Claire Heenan, who will skipper the Adams
10 Jungle Juice. Heenan was crowned the 2011
(Open) and 2012 (Women’s) Laser 4.7 Masters
Full House for Adelaide
Hundreds of boats from more than 30
exhibitors based in South Australia and
across the country will fill the Jubilee Pavilion
and the Duncan Gallery at the Adelaide
Showground, as the 54th Adelaide Boat Show
issetto openforthreedaysfrom15-17 June.
Whether it’s a love of fishing, water skiing,
wake boarding or just paddling around SA’s
unique waterways, the Show has something
for every water-loving South Australian.
One of the most unique vessels at the
show this year includes the amphibious
Sealegs land and water craft. Not needing a
marina or established boat ramp, the Sealegs
can literally drive directly into the water from
the beach or shore using three hydraulically
powered wheels attached to the hull which
have no drag once fully retracted.
Binks Marine will have the previously
unseen Hobie Compass kayak at the show.
The Compass is a stable recreational or
fishing kayak, at a great entry level price.
Also, the premium family and touring
tandem kayak, The Oasis, a deluxe Hobie
kayak, with quality seats and fittings and
featuring the famously robust MirageDrive
pedal propulsion system. See the kayaks
demonstrated at the custom indoor pool,
or have a quick pedal yourself.
All entry tickets to the show are $10, with
children 16 years of age and under admitted
free. The popular fishing clinics are included
with entry, as are the bumper boat rides for
kids on the indoor 16 metre pond.
Details regarding the show available at:
Hot contenders entered
for Australian Women’s
Champion and more recently raced the
2015 (second in Division) and 2017 Sydney
Hobarts, crewing with family members on
Olympian David Forbes’ Merlin.
Jenny Simondson and her crew will
travel nearly 4,000 kilometres from Darwin
to compete with the S80 Mood Indigo,
while another S80 crew, headed by Sandy
Anderson, will make the 3,000km trek from
Perth to sail Imaginer. Anderson is the only
woman ever to win the prestigious Prince
Philip Cup (the Australian championship
for International Dragon class), which she
did in 2006 with Solveig.
Two races per day are planned over the
three days of the regatta.
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