Communication in this new world. Over.

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross E-News. How the world has changed in only a few short weeks. Back in February (seems like a lifetime ago now) us older types were still struggling to turn off predictive text, include an emoji in an email or summon up Siri,...

A New World

To all in the Southern Cross Yachting community, It has been sometime since my last newsletter – when I last wrote, the world was a very different place to what it is now. As I look out the office window across the marina, as I have done nearly every day for the past...

Coming home for Christmas

Welcome to this Christmas edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. As another huge year draws to a close it is a time for celebration, reflection and trying to find a carpark at Carindale shopping centre. This is the time of year, when we realize how much we value...

The Main Event

Welcome to another 20th year in business Southern Cross Yachting Enews. Between Wimbledon, the Tour de France, the Aussie skipper of the Kiwi boat beating the Aussie skipper of the USA boat in the America’s Cup, and those two chaps beating each other up in the middle...

Dr Google and the America’s Cup

Welcome to the second of our 20 year anniversary editions of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. As I have mused many times before, the wonders of the Interweb never cease to amaze.  And this week has been no exception with the brilliant coverage of the 35th Americas Cup...

Happy Anniversary!

Welcome to this first edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews for 2017. And what a special year it is for us here at Southern Cross. 1997. John Howard is Prime Minister, Rob Borbidge is Premier of Queensland, and US President Bill Clinton has a young intern called...

On the Podium Again!

Welcome to this Brisbane to Keppel race report edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. The 10th edition of the great race proved to be the one we had all been waiting for. Yes this year we had wind – lots and lots of wind. With a gale warning in place the day...

Record Attempt

Welcome to this special edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews. We thank the Manly Village times for allowing us to reprint this story from Friday’s front page… Sports news Local Boys to go for 24 hour record in Brisbane to Keppel Race. Manly Village Times. Friday...

Sail and Get Paid For It!

If you have plenty of time to spare, google ‘Sailing Video Blogs’ or search for the same thing on YouTube and you will be blown away by what you find. It seems that it is inconceivable to not share every moment of your sailing with the world when you head off...

Rio or Keppel?

As one gets older time appears to accelerate. It only seems like a few weeks ago that we were pulling down the Xmas tree but here we are now already in June with the biggest event of Australia’s sporting calendar rushing towards us. Yes folks preparations for...

We the Navigators

Throughout history there have been some truly astounding feats of navigation. These days a few taps on our phone will give us our location within a few meters but prior to the likes of GPS, Radar, Decca and Loran, the stars and the sun were the only way of fixing our...

Happy Easter

I spent most of the weekend in bed. No I wasn’t unwell (thanks for the concern), I was merely exhausted after returning from a 5 day school sailing camp. This time it was the year 10 boys and girls from St Paul’s – and I must say what a polite, fun and...

The Mediterranean diet

As our summer draws to a close (well despite it being in the mid 30’s today), in the world’s other great sailing paradise, the Mediterranean, preparations are getting underway for the season ahead. Across Greece, Croatia, France and Spain charter companies are...

The Way We Were

Welcome to this New Year’s edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. The interwebs, Facebook (or FB as us in crowd call it), in particular, never ceases to astound me. Like searching for diamonds on the beach, if you sift through the funny dog/cat videos, the shots of...

Presents for the Big End of Town.

For many of us the anticipation builds at this time as the most important family day of the year approaches. Yes it is only just over a week now as we prepare to gather our friends and loved ones around us and sit down together to enjoy this most important of events....

On the First Day of Christmas…..

As I braved the crowds at Carindale Shopping Centre yesterday, I was subjected to a never ending sound track of Christmas music, with the ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ featuring heavily. Now this got me to thinking about the origins of this song. I am sure you are...

Shrinking sharks

I read with interest a story in this morning’s Australian, that global warming will cause sharks to become smaller. No I don’t think they mean the existing sharks will start to shrink, but over time each species will get smaller. By the year 2500, we will no longer be...

Seriously for once…..

Usually I use this newsletter to try and make you all laugh. Well, I think I am funny anyway, but this week I want to talk about something serious. Deadly serious. Cancer. I would doubt that there is anyone reading this who hasn’t been touched by it in some way, at...

Sailors Use Their Heads

There has been much talk in the yachting press recently about the compulsory wearing of helmets in our sport. Now I am all for safety naturally, but when do we stop, tie our boats up and go hide under the bed? Obviously there are some classes of racing boat where a...

Got to love this time of year

As I type I am feeling quite bloated having feasted on a heavy meal of humble pie and crow in the wake of events at Trent Bridge overnight. Watching the Australians bat last night was like watching a bad car accident and it happened almost as fast. For the second...

Did you see the cricket?

Well what a wonderful weekend of sport if you are an Australian! For both my readers in the UK, you may wish to delete this newsletter now. I refer of course to the magnificent win at Lords by Michael Clarke and the team. The only thing better than beating the...

The things you see on the Bay!

The last few weeks have seen some interesting and unusual sailing vessels plying the beautiful waters of Moreton Bay. The most famous being none other than Captain Jack Sparrow’s ‘Black Pearl’. Yes folks, with the filming of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie...

Baby on Board

Many of you who have completed courses with Southern Cross over the past 12 months will have had Matt Dickinson as your instructor. It is with some sadness that we farewell Matt as he leaves to continue his circumnavigation. Matt retired from the Royal Air Force a few...

Notice to Mariners

Last weekend was somewhat of a landmark in our lives, as for the first time in 18 years Jenny and I were ‘child free’. ‘The King’ was snowboarding in Japan, catching a few late season runs as you do when you are 15. Prince William, about to turn 18 now lives in that...

Take a Long Look at Yourself

I have just endured that increasingly worrisome annual event, my birthday. Worrisome because as one gets older, one doesn’t always enjoy a day specifically put aside for the sole purpose of reminding you that you are getting older. (Actually I had a great celebration...

It can happen to anyone…..

Few people on earth with even a passing interest in sailing and a portal to the interweb would have failed to see the disturbing images of the Volvo 65 racing yacht ‘Team Vestas Wind’ wrecked on a reef in the Indian Ocean. Indeed the images of the damage to the boat’s...

Australians let us all…..

I am somewhat entertained by the manner in which us Australians all celebrate our national day. It seems to bring out the inner Bogan in all of us – me included. My 15 year old ‘the King’ and his mates celebrated the day in that most Australian of ways – a backyard...

Happy New Year

Firstly from everyone here at Southern Cross may I wish you all a belated Happy New Year. Belated because I have just come crashing back to earth today by being back at work! Having just spent a week at Sunshine Beach surfing, paddle boarding, reading and relaxing, I...

The Long and Short of It

Well the shopping centres all have Bing Crosby crooning though the speakers, all the staff are wearing reindeer red hats and there is tinsel everywhere. This can only mean one thing is fast approaching. The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. And what a race it...

Spring Cleaning

My apologies for not having sent a newsletter for some time, but I have been receiving treatment for a very serious medical condition. Yes dear reader a month ago I became aware that for years I had been unknowingly suffering from ‘Diogenes syndrome’. Otherwise known...

Seadogs

I mentioned in an earlier edition of my ramblings, that the Job household life is now centred around a hairy, noisy and completely insane 15 month old border collie named Ellie. She is the first greeted by everyone in the morning and the last to be hugged good night....

Get a haircut & get a real job…..

So what is your dream job? Maybe you are one of the 9% of people who have their childhood dream job. This figure came from a recent survey on LinkedIn, and given that most people on LinkedIn appear to be looking for a job, this may not be representative of the wider...

Red sky at night….

Is there a more emotive time of day than sunset? For some it signifies the end of the day and a time to relax, for others it heralds the mystery and excitement of the night to follow. For most it is a time to relax, remove a cork (unwinding a screw top doesn’t have...

Facebookoligy

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. Firstly let me announce the winner of the great ‘Share Southern Cross’s FB (!) page and win a WAGS race for 8 people’ competition. Yes with the power and technology of Facebook at our fingertips, we wrote all...

The 8th Keppel Race

Welcome to this Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. This year’s race was the hardest yet and, despite a sterling performance by Team Southern Cross, sadly there was no trip to the podium for us this year. Race day dawned clear and...

Remote Control

I bought a new heater this week, much to the amusement of my friends who live in Victoria. Of course they have no idea how cold it can get up here in the deep north in the depths of winter. They think that we only use it to dry clothes or to prove bread, having little...

Fashions on the field…

It is said that ‘Clothes maketh the man’. Now I have absolutely no idea what that means but I guess it has something to do with first impressions being based on how one is dressed. This would appear to be somewhat of a misnomer given that many very undesirable people...

So you want to be a charter skipper?

Working in the commercial sailing industry just got a lot simpler with the announcement by the government regulator AMSA (the Australian Maritime Safety Authority) that the RYA Yachtmaster certificate is now recognised as a Masters qualification on commercial sailing...

A question of sport

My oldest son got a B+ last week. In golf. That’s right, golf, that bizarre pastime of trying to get a small ball into a small hole, hundreds of metres away, with a variety of different priced sticks….. Now I have calculated that his school fees come to around about...

More Passport Information

From the feedback we received, it would appear that I am the only person over the age of 12 that didn’t know you couldn’t fly on a passport with less than 6 months to run. Silly me. But here’s something about passports you didn’t know. You...

The Seasoned Traveller

Did you know that you can’t travel on a passport within 6 months of its expiry date? I do now. Let me set the scene. We are at the airport – Jenny and I and about 30 old friends off for a holiday ‘sans children‘ in Vanuatu. Many of us haven’t seen each other for years...

Dead Calm

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Enews. As winter appears with a bang here in South East Queensland we are reminded just how lucky we are to live at this latitude. As I look out across the Bay this winter weather can only be described as magnificent. Not a...

An Apple a Day

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Enews. The Job family has grown by one in recent times with the addition of a Border Collie puppy late last year. The family have wondered why I so vehemently argued against getting a dog over the past 16 odd years. Noticing...

From pencils to pixels…

May I begin by wishing you all a belated happy and prosperous 2014. Some outstanding results from Southern Cross old boys/girls in this year’s Sydney to Hobart Race! Firstly, well done to Tam Faragher and the crew on Kerumba with their magnificent 6th overall and 2nd...

The First Test.

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. What a weekend in sport we have just seen! The Kangaroos knocked over the Fijians to advance to the rugby league world cup final, the Wallabies beat Scotland to make it an unheard of 3 wins in a row, and the...

It was an accident waiting to happen.

I fell off my pushbike this morning. There I was speeding down a small slope (admittedly whilst fantasizing that I was descending some storied peak in the Tour de France, Evans, Froome and Contador in my wake). At the bottom of this storied climb (it must be at least...

Paranoia…..

Dinner time at the Job household is held in the traditional manner. No lounging around in front of the TV watching Bondi chef for us – we all gather at the dining room table each night– with the head of the household at the head of the table. I sit on the King’s right...

Turn off the television!

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews. I am happy to admit I am not an avid watcher of television. On the rare occasion that I find myself with nothing to do of an evening I would rather read a book or look on the interweb at some subject I am...

Update on Everest mission.

Welcome to an unusual Thursday edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. No I am not sitting in a tent at Everest base camp typing away on my iPad waiting for the weather window for an attempt at the summit. The Everest Mission is on hold for now, due to pressure from...

At the Movies.

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews and my first effort as a movie reviewer. If this goes well I might buy myself a nice cardigan, grow a van dyke beard and start smoking a pipe. Then I will look the part of a movie reviewer. It is said that a...

Pure Genius

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. Recent events have caused me to ponder on the true meaning of the word ‘genius’. One answer is a person who scores 140 or greater in an IQ test. Another apparently is a person who works in an Apple store, and...

Living legend to run 5 day course!

Welcome to this ‘Stop Press’ special edition of Southern Cross News! We have a 5 day course next week and we just have secured the services of one of the greats of the sailing instructing world and we have two places still available. This legendary instructor is...

No eggs but a trophy!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Southern Cross Yachting Enews. The Queensland sailing calendar, not unlike the Catholic Church calendar, is a series of big and small events spread (seemingly at random) throughout the year. But the Easter weekend is a biggy for both...

Remember the old school days?

After my last rave about growing old the feedback appears that I am not alone. But it has occurred to me of late that it is not just me growing older but how much the world I inhabit has changed. The world was a simpler place before smartphones roamed the planet. ...

As time goes by….

Welcome to this first Southern Cross Enews for 2013. 2013! Ye gods what has happened to my life? T’was only a year or so ago we were excited about the new millennium surely! The swift passage of time has been brought home to me by my sudden realisation that I am now...

HO HO HO time again!

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Enews. I trust you are all relaxing around the pool, presents wrapped and under the tree, Christmas lunch all planned and ready to go, Santa snow on the windows and Bing Crosby crooning ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like...

Breaking the silence.

Yes I know it has been some time since my last newsletter. No real excuse really except a newsletter should really contain some news and, well not much has happened. Until today. So just what news item is of such importance that has dragged me from my self-imposed...

Looking out my window.

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Enews. Sitting at my desk here at East Coast Marina, I behold a panoramic view across Manly Harbour towards Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s VIP Jetty. I try not to look out the window in the mornings – that way I still have...

Inspirational!

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Enews. Well as predicted the school holidays are upon us and here at Southern Cross we are still recovering from the first weekend of the break. The reason for this is a birthday party we hosted for 8 thirteen year old boys...

Happy Holidays!

Those of us that have school age children are aware of a certain spring in the steps of our kids this week. The reason for this of course is that the exam block is over and they are about to embark on what appears to the main activity of the school year – being on...

A Voyage of Discovery.

As I write this newsletter I am back in the office for the first time in a fortnight after 2 weeks in glorious north Queensland. Our annual offshore experience trip to Airlie Beach was a festival of glorious weather, great sailing and whales, whales and more whales!...

Olympic Sailors – Unplugged!

Well what a couple of weeks for the sport of sailing in this country. 3 golds and a silver medal at Weymouth and the millions of eyeballs on our sport! The challenge now for those administering the sport is to capitalize on this success and to use it to put ‘bums in...

Enough about floating off!

Good lord the ‘Who will float off first’ can of worms is showing no signs of abating with still more replies pouring in. Many I might add telling me I am wrong! Once and for all it has nothing to do with the mass and momentum of supertankers, the uplifting moment of a...

So who floated first?

Well who could’ve predicted the response generated by a simple question I posed last week? From the number of replies we have received I just hope no heated arguments have ruined friendships! As you will recall, I told (rather bravely I thought) the story about 2 of...

A big few weeks in sport.

As the new financial year gets underway, sport has shoved the economy and politics off the front page of our newspapers. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are nodding off at their desks this morning, exhausted after staying up all night watching a bunch of skinny...

A stitch in time…..

There is much to be said for the ‘ostrich’ approach to a problem. By ignoring a problem you can get on with other things more important at the time but naturally that problem is unlikely to go away. In fact it will only become a bigger problem. So what is this earth...

Our new website!

This interwebby thingo that I am speaking to you via is truly an amazing thing. It gives me cause to wonder what we all did before it came along. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s I used to own an advertising agency and I spent about 12 hours a day sitting in my...

Boatshow Mondayitus!

As I write we are steaming down the Coomera River, the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat show in our wake. As the nouveau riche mansions pass by the cabin windows it gives me time to reflect on this year’s show. Both the number of exhibitors and the crowds were...

It’s boatshow time again!

Welcome to this boat show edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews. Yes it’s that time of year again. Time for me to dust off the Hawaiian shirts, break out the brochures and banners and head on down to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. I must admit I do look...

Let the games begin

The big news this week is that the International Olympic Committee has announced that kite boarding will be introduced after the London games. Now I was quite excited when I heard that a new sailing class was to be added to the games. You see I have always harboured a...

A Swell Time

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews. I am writing this newsletter from the picturesque fishing hamlet of Tin Can Bay, where myself (and several other returning Brisbane to Gladstone competitors) are waiting to cross the Wide Bay Bar. The problem...

It’s time to Egg us on.

Welcome to this edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews. The supermarket shelves are groaning under the weight of chocolate eggs and bunnies and this means that one of the most important events in the Christian calendar is almost upon us. Yes in 4 days time the 64th...

Report card time.

I have recently received a copy of a rather concerning document about the state of the sport of sailing. The gemba ‘Product Positioning and Brand Strategy’ report amounts to a report card on the sport and if the highly qualified folks at gemba are to be believed, then...

The Weather Man

Irony is a strange thing. Have you ever wondered why ‘abbreviate’ is such a long word or why ‘phonetic’ begins with a ‘PH’ spoken as an ‘F’? Irony came to visit me over the weekend. After my last newsletter paying out on news reporters I found it a little ironic to be...

Event Management

I always find the television news most entertaining over the holiday season. Not so much for the news content, but more for the news presenters. During this period all the big name news readers are on leave – no doubt relaxing at their Noosa penthouses or their...

Our 15th Year begins!

Welcome to the first edition of Southern Cross Yachting ENews for 2012. This year we celebrate our 15th year in business and this achievement is thanks completely to you, our loyal customers for your support over the years. One of the most rewarding aspects of the...