Organisers officially cancel The Transat CIC 2020

OC Sport Pen Duick, the French subsidiary of international event organiser OC Sport, have announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of The Transat CIC, due to the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.   The transatlantic race, which was scheduled to start from Brest…

States Support Return to Boating

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) today welcomed moves by Queensland and Western Australia to loosen the COVID-19 restrictions on recreational boating following encouraging signs of containment. Darren Vaux, BIA President, said yesterday’s announcements by the two States were good news for the boating public,…

Tall Ships Races 2020 postponed

Sail Training International has announced that due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Tall Ships Races 2020 has been postponed until next year – the first time this has happened since the event was first held in 1956. The Tall Ships Race is a huge…

The Reef in brief

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has come together with the Australian Institute of Marine Science and CSIRO to release an eight page ‘snapshot’ about the conditions on the Reef this summer and what this means for coral.

Recent spike in Great Barrier Reef zoning offences

Despite issuing a pre-Easter warning, Great Barrier Reef authorities were disappointed to encounter a high volume and array of illegal activity threatening the health of the Reef, and the communities dependent on it, over the long weekend. While data is still coming in from…

Boating Industry Association COVID-19 UPDATE: NSW

BIA has received confirmation from Transport for NSW Maritime that under current COVID-19 restrictions in NSW the following applies: A person can pick up a boat from a dealer, broker or person that they have purchased it from and tow it home as it…

Ramps and jetties closed across Victoria

Boat ramps and jetties across Victoria will be closed to keep everyone safe and help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Advice from Victorian State Government Department of Transport: From today, boat ramps, piers, jetties, and other marine infrastructure will be…

Please stay at home this Easter

The Easter four-day weekend is typically a wonderful time for boating across Australia but 2020 is far from a typical year. Fires, floods and now a pandemic have made this an extraordinary and challenging time. The Boating Industry Association (BIA) supports…