In this weeks blog CEO John Hogan talks about fuel docks and the development of new technology that is now going into fuel dock systems and pontoons.
Queensland’s Gold Coast recently hosted the sixth international race in the World Professional Powerboating Association XCAT World Series. The high-profile three-day event was part of a week-long party based out of Doug Jennings Park on The Spit, complete with hospitality and VIP reception, Entertainment Quarter, Food Bazaar, Kids Zone and Pit Alley.
Described as “Formula 1 on the water”, XCAT (short for Extreme Catamaran) is one of the most challenging and extreme powerboat series in the world with the largest international contingent and greatest number of teams competing at spectacular locations across the globe.
XCAT boats are multihulls boasting two outboard engines with 600 hp and up to 5,000cc, hitting speeds of 120 miles per hour (193km/h)
The opening party that kicked off all the festivities and fast and frantic competition was held at the idyllically located Southport Yacht Club. Mayor Tom Tate, sponsors, teams, and the city’s luminaries toasted the event, which was a mighty coup for the Gold Coast. Guest enjoyed an authentic Aussie welcome with indigenous dancers, a traditional smoking ceremony, excellent catering and the on-water serenity of the Waterscape pontoon.
Glowing with its LED-lighting and appearing to shimmer above the water’s surface, the Waterscape was one of the stars of the evening, evoking positive response from guests eager to take in proceedings from its vantage point.
General Manager, Brett James said Waterscape added another dimension to the Club’s events and social scene and guests and members were drawn to it.
“We lit the Waterscape in orange, the XCATS’ corporate colours. The VIPs and delegates from Dubai said they had never seen anything like it! We had 300 people at the Club, and they were all eager to try it. Waterscape adds another dimension to our events.”
Since May, SYC has enjoyed plenty of attention around the Waterscape, designed by Superior to enhance the on-water experience.
The appeal, explained James is “feeling closer to the water”.
“On Waterscape, you’re right on the water, among the boats, under the stars, in your own private space, yet just a step away from the Club. People tell us they feel closer to the water. It’s unique. It’s peaceful. You can hear the band, but you’re removed. And everybody talks to each other. It’s a welcoming, social environment.”
“Our members took to it immediately and even during winter, it was full,” said James. “It’s very popular on Saturdays for private functions. The wedding market too is drawn to the Waterscape, instead of being stuck indoors, and we’ve held cocktail parties, corporate functions, anniversaries, car launches, business functions, boating events.”
SYC has added to its custom-built Waterscape with accessories such as aluminium capping, SYC and club sponsor logos on the glass panels, a bar, umbrellas, concealed power outlets and roping on one side for boat access.
All the best for the new year from the Superior team. We are back to work this week following a couple of weeks off over the holidays. With lots of people still away on the school holidays, it is a time to take stock of what we can do in 2013. This is the time of new resolutions and making plans. I know we have and the time relaxing allows the mind to refresh.
During these holidays, we spent time on the water on Morton Bay. This might sound a bit like the bus mans holiday however when you love boating none of it is a chore. We use Southport Yacht Club as a base to pick up people and get supplies, however most of the time it is anchored out in nature’s wonderland. We managed to find our way back into Days Gutter on the southern end of Morton Island. This can be a shallow entry and is best tackled on the top of the tide. After entering via the seaward entrance wit breakers visible on either side, we exited through Blacks Gutter and this is my preferred path in future. Once anchored inside there are lots of wildlife with dolphin and turtles around. We found the best oysters in the world from Morton Bay Rock Oysters and met friends on other boats.
We then visited Amity on North Stradbroke Island for a feed of prawns and crabs from? These were excellent as usual and we had lunch at Myora, another magic anchorage. We took the tender into the fresh water springs that feed into the bay through the mangroves. Rumour has it this water is from the Darling Downs and it was cool and clear.
The wind picked up a bit so we anchored in at Canaipa where there is good south east protection. After a delightful BBQ ashore with friends we returned to the boat for the night. It remained windy all night and the extra effort to fit an Ultra anchor was piece of mind when in these conditions.
With all of these unique attractions on our fore shores it is worth the effort to visit them by car or ferry or boat. We are very lucky to have such beauty around us and this is a perfect time to appreciate it. Take a mini holiday at home and refresh yourself.