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Lifestyle : Boat Show 2011
1HERSA1 S005 Procrastination is the Thief of Time. After a successful career of building what many consider to be the ultimate cruising yacht, Tony Fleming went cruising. Voyaging If you dream of cruising, do it now. Prices of serious cruising yachts will never be less, while your memories will be priceless. Your only regret may be that you didnt act sooner. Flemings adventures have not only proven the wisdom of his words, but also the remarkable capability of the Fleming design, indeed, the ever-popular Fleming 55 will be appearing at this years Sydney Boat Show, out why it may be the perfect time to invest in a new Fleming. A Fleming 55 in Sydney Harbour, Australia Come aboard the F55 at the Sydney Boat Show & pick up the latest copy of our 66-page magazine, VENTURER, Fleming's publication for cruising enthusiasts. To schedule an appointment please contact Fleming Yachts Australia at: email@example.com or Call +61 (0) 412 864 443 SEE THE FLEMING 55 AT THE SYDNEY BOAT SHOW ON JULY 28th - AUGUST 1st The ultimate cruising yacht. The Sydney Morning Herald July 23- 24, 2011 5 SPECIAL REPORT This year's showcase is full of ideas to follow your boating dream, writes Matthew Benns. LIVE THE GOOD LIFE Eventful . . . (clockwise from main) the boatbuilding competition; the Yamaha Supertank; the photographic competition; the fashion parade. 'Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not.'' And for five days from Thursday, about 75,000 people are expected to endorse the opinion of singer-songwriter James Taylor and attend the Sydney International Boat Show. The marketing and events manager for the Boating Industry Association of NSW, Domenic Genua, says: ''Without a doubt, the heroes of the boat show are the boats themselves.'' Lined up stern to keel, the boats at this year's show in Darling Harbour would stretch from Cockle Bay right around to the Opera House. There will be more than 200 boats in the water and another 700-plus in the exhibition halls. ''The hero boat might be the tinnie a family is looking for to allow them to potter around the harbour with a couple of kids or it could be the Sunseeker or Princess cruiser that 98 per cent of visitors will never own but like to dream about,'' Genua says. More than 40 per cent of people who go to the boat show intend to buy something, whether it's a fishing rod, a new lifejacket, sails or a boat, Genua says. During the 50 hours the boat show will be open, it is expected to attract sales of between $5 million and $6 million an hour (or $300 million in total), plus $200 million in after sales in the following months. ''But the boat show is not about selling,'' Genua says. ''It is about being educated and entertained. When we put on the show, we look at what we can deliver to make people's boating lifestyle better.'' Highlights this year include the Nautilus Marine Insurance Fishing Clinic, which will run non-stop and cover every topic imaginable for fans of fishing. In previous years, it has been a big draw for visitors, half of whom nominate fishing as a primary interest. The Yamaha Supertank will be back and there will be a performing fish to keep things interesting. Once you have caught a fish, you need to know what to do with it. That's where Bart Beek's live cooking demonstrations come in. He was trained in the Cordon Bleu school in Paris and blends live music and theatre with culinary instruction. There will be a host of inspirational speakers with boating tales to tell. They include Linda Frylink Anderson, who will talk about her 30-year dream to circumnavigate the globe in a boat built in the backyard. Sean Smith, known as the Fat Paddler, will launch his book and reveal how he took up kayaking as a way to get fit and healthy following sports injuries and a major car accident. At the end of the show, Peter and Phillip Jenkins will leave for Perth in an 8.6-metre rigid inflatable to raise awareness and $200,000 towards the prevention of prostate cancer. For visitors who want to get out on the water, there will be a free Discover Sydney Harbour boating tour, and for those who want to learn more about boat building, you'll see workmanship on display as part of the annual Shipwrights and Boatbuilders Association's boat-building competition, which ends with a race around Cockle Bay. There will be a boating fashion show exhibiting the latest boating apparel and a photographic competition and exhibition aimed at inspiring people to take pictures of their favourite waterways. For those interested in a career in the maritime world, there will be an entire hall of stands. Of course, if that's not enough, there will be more than 900 boats to look at among the 2.2 kilometres of indoor exhibits and 2.42 kilometres of marina berths. It may be a boat show but you will need to take your walking shoes.
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