Please select your home edition
PBW newsletters (top)

Vale Peter McEachern Campbell - Australian newsletter

by Peter Rendle 3 Sep 15:00 PDT
Peter Campbell receives his Meritorious Service Award © Daniel Forster / Rolex

It was with much sadness that I read the news of Peter Campbell's passing. I'd known Peter over the past 38 years in the marine media business. He was the consummate professional and always had a good word to say, whatever the circumstances. He loved sailing and was a regular competitor on Sydney Harbour at the helm of his cherished Bonbridge 27 'Hornblower'. Our commiserations and good wishes go to all his family and friends.

Another stalwart member of the sailing industry, Michael Coxon, 'Cocko' to all that knew him, has retired. For 45 years he has applied himself to sail-making with vigour, drive, dedication, and loads of passion. The great bulk of this time has been deployed in building North Sails Australia. He leaves when they have lofts and agents around the country, and are the largest in the land, just as the parent is all over the world. Ostensibly, nothing will really change. Now in that very statement actually lies the real beauty of what Cocko has crafted. Always on the lookout for great talent as the next generations emerge; today the North Sails spinnaker has truly massive shoulders to its powerful form. Creating that shape are the likes of Alby Pratt, Noel Drennan, Vaughan Prentice, Aaron Cole, Billy Sykes, Andrew Parkes, Ben Kelly, and Mark Bradford, with experience in the America's Cup, Round the World races, the TP circuit, offshore events all over the globe, and countless hours in many a One Design class.

While the country ponders over the future and how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the marine industry continues to expand. The Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has added to its distinguished talent pool and on-site capabilities with the prized addition and expansion of multiple new and existing marine refit and repair businesses. The landmark 17.5-hectare facility plays home to the largest concentration of marine trades in Australia and provides a seamless destination for maintenance, refit and repair of vessels of every shape and size - from jet-skis and tinnies through to 70+ metres superyachts. There are currently over 80 on-site businesses employing in excess of 700 marine contractors, many of whom are leading marine service providers in their respective fields.

In Sydney, R Marine Pittwater, the dealer representative for Riviera, has relocated to an expanded new sales and service centre at Newport in Sydney's northern beaches. The remodelled facility in Princes Street Marina returns dealer representatives, the Dillon family, to where their Riviera journey started, with Lee Dillon working for the first Riviera dealership on the site as a school leaver in 1980.

Further south in Victoria a new powerboat brand has been launched. The Cape50 has been conceived, designed and built in Australia to meet real boating conditions by Steve Campbell's Composites Constructions. Campbell is a 30-year master Shipwright, and dedicated ocean racer who has worked and sailed at the highest level, the America's Cup. His first was in 1995 with Peter Gilmour's Nippon Challenge, and then 2000 with Paul Cayard's AmericaOne. You could say that the writing was on the wall early for Campbell, when as an Apprentice back in 1987, the Davidson ¾ Tonner named Illusion that he had worked on won the Tattersall's Cup in the 1988 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Other great vessels of the era like Joint Venture and the late Lou Abrahams' Ultimate Challenge followed. He was at Hart Marine when that company built some of Australia's most famous racers, including Wild Thing.

Electric power continues to be pursued as a marine energy alternative. Buoyed by early successes, Steber International's first foray into electric hybrid boats has now entered the stage three development phase. The electric hybrid is a collaborative effort between Steber, Ampcontrol and Newcastle University, with funding support from the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Stage one involved bench testing at Newcastle University followed by stage two, the recent successful sea trials of the hybrid 22-footer on the Manning River at Taree, NSW. Commenting on the sea trails, General Manager, Alan Steber said: "All involved were delighted with the on-water performance. There was no vibration, extremely good torque and a top speed of 40 kph. "Stage three will involve linking electric and diesel propulsion and also include bollard pull testing at various rpm."

And new products this week include Wichard Pacific's new developments in sail handling equipment. One of the two most important controls of sailboat handling is hoisting and dousing the sails. Halyard systems on sailboat rigs have come a long way from the days of winches mounted on the mast or multiple winches on deck, each with a specific task. Rope clutches have been incorporated to spread the job to having fewer winches on deck but often this system is not up to the task on highly loaded rigs, particularly in regards to halyards on larger boats.

Find out how a halyard lock can benefit your performance cruising or racing boat by viewing more information on the range on the Wichard Pacific website here. Or watch the video here

Stay Safe

Peter Rendle

Related Articles

Asia-Pacific Yacht Industry High-Level Forum 2020
An integral part of the Macau Yacht Show which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year The Asia-Pacific Yacht Industry High-Level Forum 2020 will be held on Friday 30 October 2020, and is a combined live and virtual event held in Macau and Hong Kong. Posted on 24 Oct
Global Boat Transporter confirms upsurge in sales
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter While the future surrounding the economy and the various negative results of the Covid-19 pandemic emanate from the plethora of news sources, one knowledgeable source that relates to the marine industry is recording an entirely different profile. Posted on 22 Oct
Macau Yacht Show 2020
A bit of luxury boating - for those who can get there! The 10th Anniversary of the China (Macau) International Yacht Show Import & Export Fair (Macau Yacht Show) will bring the boating lifestyle to Macau from 29 October to 1 November 2020. Posted on 16 Oct
Life slowly returning to normal as summer nears
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter As we look toward summer in Australia, our way of life is slowly returning, unless of course you live in Victoria. During the pandemic, sailing participation has been radically reduced, but the powerboat market has seen an upturn in sales in some areas. Posted on 15 Oct
Hong Kong Yacht Show 2020. Maybe.
Hong Kong needs a boat show - but will it get one? Hong Kong needs a boat show. It is quite anomalous that Hong Kong accommodates more registered ‘pleasure vessels' (over 10,000) than anywhere else in Asia except Japan, but has no boat show. Posted on 15 Oct
Boat Shows, no Boat Shows?
Introducing Virtual Boat Shows - but do they work? First show to be postponed was the Singapore Yacht Show in April, quickly followed Sanctuary Cove Boat (Australia), the Japan Boat Show and the Palm Beach International Yacht Show (USA) which was one of the first shows to go ‘virtual'. Posted on 10 Oct
Excellence in adversity to be recognised at METS
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter Entries are now open for a special one-off DAME competition to be awarded at the virtual METSTRADE Connect event. The DAME R&D Excellence in Adversity Award will celebrate the efforts of manufacturers that still developed during the pandemic. Posted on 8 Oct
Boating Industry optimistic ahead of the election
Peter Rendle's latest North American newsletter As the country continues to wrestle with the Covid-19 pandemic our monthly North America Marine Business World newsletter summarises some of the activity in our industry over the past month. Posted on 2 Oct
Industry adapts to shortage of boat show exposure
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter Under current circumstances boat shows around the world have been cancelled or postponed. Nevertheless 'the show must go on' and the Boating Industry of Australia launched National Boating Week which ran across the country this week. Posted on 1 Oct
Waterway development brings some joy to Gold Coast
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter A significant announcement by the Queensland Government will bring some good news to the residents of the Gold Coast whose tourist and hospitality industry has been heavily affected by the Covid-19 border closures. Posted on 24 Sep
MBW newsletters (top)