Making a Splash – Power, Sail and Paddle 2012 Takes to the Water

Marine Queensland has announced a new marine event set to celebrate everything Queenslander’s love about getting on the water – Power, Sail and Paddle 2012 will dock at Queensland’s biggest marina precinct, Manly Boat Harbour in September this year. 

Marine Queensland, the peak state recreational marine industry body has been working to build participation levels in marine based recreation across the State.  To do this the Association has been working to create unique boating events for members in both metro and regional centres in response to feedback from last year’s National Marine Industry Summit. 

“We are very excited to launch Power, Sail and Paddle 2012 at Manly Harbour from September 21-23” said Marine Queensland’s President Greg Nickerson
“I can’t think of a more fitting venue in Brisbane to help us wet people’s appetite for boating– Manly is a well-established boating hub and the harbour precinct gives us scope to provide activities that present visitors with an enticing picture of what getting on the water is all about.
“By putting our boats, PWC’s, kayaks and accessories on and around the water we are shifting from selling a product to showcasing the wonderful Queensland marine recreation lifestyle that can be enjoyed with family and friends – a lifestyle known and celebrated by many in the South East Corner already.

“Queensland currently has approximately 240,000 registered recreational vessels and over 700,000 people hold marine drivers licences.  However, given the way the population has grown within South-East Queensland, there is significant scope to introduce many more people to marine based recreation. 

Power, Sail and Paddle 2012 gives industry an opportunity to speak to consumers, investors and government and promote marine based recreation as the lifestyle of choice for Queensland residents.  Its appeal is targeted to first time novices through to experienced boaties.

“Marine based recreation is about freedom and escape” said Marine Queensland CEO Don Jones, “It is freedom from the stresses of life and freedom to explore and discover”.

“This event allows us as an industry to share our passion for everything marine and encourage our potential customers to try it for themselves.  There are too many stories of people who discovered their passion for getting out on the water after a day on someone else’s boat for us to ignore the growing importance of participation style events.”