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Lifestyle : Boat Show 2011
1HERSA1 S004 Info line 13 12 56 www.maritime.nsw.gov.au 07/11 MAR0274/UC WE'RE RAFTING UP AT THE BOAT SHOW Proudly supported by NSW Maritime and the BIA of NSW. Once again, many of our government and marine organisations will be grouped together at the Sydney International Boat Show. So look for the big 'You're the Skipper' sign at the Marine Safety Precinct in hall 5 and find all your essential boating safety information. • NSW Maritime • Boating Industry Association NSW • Australian Hydrographic Service • Australian Maritime College • Australian Maritime Safety Authority • NSW Police Marine Area Command (on the marina) • Marine Rescue NSW • Marine Teachers Association of NSW • Surf Life Saving NSW • Sydney Heritage Fleet • TAFE NSW • Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Ser vice • Recreational Fishing Alliance NSW THE MARINE SAFETY PRECINCT -- HALL 5 John Russell: 0418 722 132 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.rivierasyndication.com.au RIVIERA SYNDICATION See us at the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show Relax, with the ease of Syndication New Riviera ownership has never been more affordable and exciting Australia's most experienced boat syndication company founded in 1999. RSYN0275_SMH-SIBS_July_2011 New Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht "Bellini" - Berthed between Sydney, Sanctuary Cove and Hamilton Island. Shares available for $239,000. New Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht Berthed at Rushcutters Bay and Cabarita Point. Shares available for $139,000 New Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht "Marbella" - Permanently berthed at Hamilton Island. Launching Sep 2011. Shares available from $105,000 AG4076123AA-230711 4 July 23- 24, 2011 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT A champion sailor is trying to educate boaties about the harm that throwing rubbish overboard does to sea creatures, writes Matthew Benns. Wake up . . . Ian Thomson smashed a world record to raise awareness of rubbish damaging oceans and wildlife. WAVES OF WASTE World-record-winning sailor Ian Thomson pulled the dead turtle onto the deck of his boat and took it for analysis because he just could not understand what had killed it. ''That was the turning point for me,'' he says. ''Inside it they found a plastic bag, 12 cigarette butts, a plastic bottle cap and half a Coke can.'' From that moment, Thomson has been campaigning to clean up the world's oceans. The former champion windsurfer launched Save Our Seas International by smashing 26 days off the previous world record for the fastest solo navigation of Australia last year. He will be speaking at the Sydney International Boat Show in the Better Boating Lounge and telling boat owners how the little decisions they make every day can have a huge effect on the ocean. ''I will be telling people about the problem we have out there in the ocean and give them ideas about how they can change their habits, particularly when they go out on boats every day,'' he says. ''One of the keys is that 20 per cent of the rubbish in the ocean is coming off boats.'' The ocean currents then sweep all that plastic rubbish into one of five gyres, giant swirling whirlpools in the sea. ''The rubbish in the North Pacific gyre would cover Australia completely in trash -- three metres deep,'' Thomson said. ''Much of it has broken down into tiny little bits of plastic. Ten years ago it was six times the plastic to plankton and now it is 45 times the amount of plastic to plankton.'' Fish, turtles and sea birds are ingesting the plastic as they hunt for food. And it is killing them. ''Another issue is bottled water. Boaties drink a lot of bottled water,'' Thomson says. The world consumes 200 billion litres of bottled water a year. To manufacture the bottles, transport and refrigerate them produces 20.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of 4.5 million cars on the road. Many of those bottles end up in the ocean. ''The irony is that 40 per cent of the bottled water in America is just filtered tap water,'' says Thomson, whose charity has pioneered an education program for schools on the harm plastic can do. The key for boat owners is to think carefully about what they take down to the vessel, he says. ''Plastic cutlery for example may be convenient because you can use it and throw it away but proper cutlery that you wash is so much better.'' He regularly skippers in the Whitsundays and recently took a team of divers to clean up a bay that's popular with boat owners who moor there overnight. ''We pretty much found a full table setting under every mooring with stuff that had fallen overboard,'' he says. ''Then there was clothing, fishing line -- even though it was a non-fishing bay -- and every other kind of rubbish.'' Thomson wants people to take more responsibility for the rubbish that ends up in the ocean. ''A plastic bag is something that we use for between two and 10 minutes to get the groceries home and yet it can last in the environment for thousands of years. ''If I could get everyone to look into the dead eye of that turtle, a creature that can live for 200 years, and for them to realise it was a plastic bag that killed it,'' Thomson says. ''That is pretty disturbing and I can pretty much guarantee they would not use plastic bags again.''
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