Paul WilsonWelcome to the October/November edition of Club Marine Magazine – my first as CEO and publisher.

We are very proud of our ever-increasing circulation, which has now risen to 82,642, as confirmed by the Australian Bureau of Circulations audit from January to June this year. Likewise, we’re pleased at the growing popularity of our sister publications, Club Marine Engines On Blue, Club Marine Trailerable On Blue and the exciting new Club Marine Big On Blue. These three titles have a combined circulation of just over 40,000, meaning our readers are part of a huge community of devoted marine enthusiasts who choose Club Marine publications to keep them informed, entertained and inspired to pursue their love of the marine lifestyle in Australia and New Zealand.

Of course, Club Marine magazines are just a small part of what we do; our core business is pleasure craft insurance, and we have been market leader in this field for more than 40 years.

Club Marine is a unique Australian success story, due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of our staff over many years. As incoming CEO, I have inherited the expertise of a national leadership team with over 160 years collective experience. In fact, elder statesman of the group, National Operations Manager Ian Newman (known internally as ‘The Old Man of the Sea’) recently celebrated 30 years of service with the company – a rare and commendable achievement indeed.

My aim is to ensure that we use this depth of knowledge and long-term commitment to the company’s values to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest standards of customer service, policy benefits and value for money that have made Club Marine the insurer of choice for the more than 135,000 boat owners who currently insure with us.
Our national network of brokers, agents, assessors, salvagers and repairers is backed by the global strength and knowledge of the Allianz Group of Companies, with full service Club Marine branches in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland, as well as affiliated offices all around the world. Consequently, we are uniquely placed to provide our customers with the service, advice and peace-of-mind you need, whenever and wherever in the world you choose to cruise, race, fish, ski, surf or otherwise enjoy this great marine lifestyle of ours.

Club Marine is also recognised as being a leading supporter of the myriad exhibitions, regattas, tournaments and other events that fill the boating calendar each year. Over coming months we are looking forward to taking part in the Club Marine Mandurah Ocean Marina Boat and Fishing Show in WA from October 7 to 9, as well as opening day celebrations at yacht clubs all around the coast throughout October; and, of course, the largest and most anticipated marine event staged in Australia for many years, the Volvo Ocean Race Melbourne Stopover in January and February, 2006.

Perfectly timed to coincide with the lead-up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the Volvo Ocean Race Melbourne Stopover is part of the Victorian Government’s major events calendar, and will provide yachties, boaters and land-lubbers alike with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of an event to be remembered. For more information, take a look at our preview in this edition, or go to

Club Marine is very proud to be an official in-port supporter of the Melbourne Stopover, and sponsor of the inaugural Club Marine Challenge Rally – an event co-hosted by Yachting Victoria ( and Challenge, a leading provider of support for kids and families living with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders (

The Club Marine Challenge Rally will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2006, and will feature a variety of rally participation options to suit everyone, from a keel boat rally over five courses (featuring the majority of the Geelong Skandia week fleet), to a parade and spectator fleet of cruising yachts, motor cruisers and trailerable boats, all following the passage of the 1874 iron barque James Craig up Port Philip Bay. Participants will cruise into the Yarra River and on to Docklands, where those who have registered and made a tax deductible donation to Challenge will moor or raft up for an overnight celebration of all things nautical, with live entertainment, a food and wine festival and fireworks spectacular.

There are more details on these exciting events elsewhere in this issue, or you can visit any of the websites mentioned above. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this edition of Club Marine Magazine, and I look forward to seeing you out on the water.

Safe boating.

Mark Bradley
Publisher and CEO
Club Marine Limited