Today we announce a change in leadership as Wayne Taranto is appointed CEO of d’Albora. This appointment follows the departure of Suzanne Davies as outgoing CEO and heralds the beginning of the second stage of d’Albora’s transition into a world class marina and leisure operator.
The recent acquisition of three new marina properties (Horizon Shores, Port of Airlie and Martha Cove) brings the d’Albora stable to 10 marinas across the eastern seaboard. Wayne’s 25 years’ experience in high end hospitality and entertainment management will take Australia’s largest marina operator to the next level of service offering and continue the drive towards realizing the group’s ambition of providing a distinctive and exceptional customer experience.
Over the past twelve months d’Albora has launched new quality food and beverage offerings at a number of its marinas, opened boatyards in three key locations, introduced a brokerage and dealership business division as well as making significant investment in upgrading its marina management business systems.
“These achievements provide Taranto a solid foundation from which he can realise further potential from the current offer and develop new exciting services for a broad spectrum of patrons, from boat owners to pleasure-seeking passers-by, making the d’Albora brand a clear choice for those seeking five star personalised service across various marina-based activities and experiences.” said Andrew Griffin, Balmain CEO, owner of d’Albora.
Taranto says he is eager to immerse himself into the role, “Already well established, d’Albora has all the elements needed to become the premier brand in the industry. The synergies between high-end hospitality and boating are significant and with the breadth of locations we are assured of being able to provide all customers with the marina experience and services they are seeking.”
Following the recent expansion d’Albora now comprises of over 2,000 marina berths, 1,000 plus dry berths including state-of-the-art dry storage at Martha Cove, shipyards at soon to be six locations, a number of unique dining experiences and over 150 third party services.
Taranto will take the helm early August.
d’Albora Marinas is delighted to announce the arrival of our gourmet Street Kitchen Food Truck at Akuna Bay from Saturday 14th July 2018.
Enjoy our delicious fare while sitting in the serene surrounds of the marina or as a gourmet treat
back aboard your boat.
Savour our modern looking old classic dishes like the Street Benedict or Healthy Breaky Poke Box as well as great quality Fish & Chips, Schnitzels and Burgers, all using the best meat and seafood around.
Our chef and the rest of our Akuna Bay team look forward to you visiting soon and relishing our newest experience on the marina.
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The past few weeks staff from D’ALBORA Marinas has been at the Marine 17 conference and then exhibiting at the Sydney International Boat Show.
Congratulations to all involved in the Marine 17 conference, and for 50 years of the Boat Show.
Above: D’ALBORA Marinas, Pier 35 receives an award at the Marine 17 Conference for Dry Boat Storage.
Below: D’ALBORA Marinas CEO Brett Bolton at Marine 17 Conference in a panel discussion on Innovation.
Below: the D’ALBORA Marinas stand at the Sydney International Boat Show. An evening shot.
D’ALBORA Marinas has a proud tradition of supporting young sailors. We sponsored young Adventurer and Sailor Lisa Blair in her world record attempt to circumnavigate the Antarctic solo and unassisted.
She has completed her journey, albeit a little longer than originally anticipated.
Lisa sailed her yacht Climate Action Now.
Six months after her departure, and with a total of 104 days at sea, Lisa Blair set foot back on Australian soil, returning to Albany in Western Australia.
Pending the official ratification of a record by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), Lisa is the first woman to circumnavigate the Antarctic.
Read all about her journey on her website.
Nelson Bay Marine, located at D’ALBORA Marinas, Nelson Bay, has been the ships chandler for Nelson Bay since 1980 and plays a critical role servicing the local commercial and recreational boating community.
Since taking ownership in early May, Matt O’Keefe has made it his priority to hit the ground running.
Industry qualified with a youthful exuberance that is all about getting in touch with clients’ needs and being hands on, Matt’s goal is to provide service that exceeds expectation every time.
“In my role as a marine repair and Chandler, being accessible is critical and the pressure is always on,” Matt said.
“For me, it’s about instilling confidence.
“I grew up on the water in and around Pittwater, and have always worked on boats.
“I’ve worked in wholesale and distribution for other companies. I’ve repped up and down the coast selling products and now I’ve gone full circle onto the tools.
“Servicing the industry is in my blood and definitely a passion.“
Be it a repair, a tow or a consultation, Matt can assist you with your mechanical repairs and boating requirements. He understands that if you’re a commercial operator and you need a part, you generally need it yesterday. Down time is not an option.
“Since taking over I’ve had a few experiences where we’ve been able to deliver next day and it’s been a pleasant surprise for clients,” Matt said.
“If we don’t have it in stock I’ll go the extra mile to get the parts for my client.”
Through winter, Nelson Bay Marine is open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to noon, with an emergency call-out and breakdown facility available. Through summer, the operation will go seven days a week.
Call 02 4984 9777 or visit their website for further information.
Chiosco by Ormeggio at D’ALBORA Marinas, The Spit, Mosman, is participating in the #WarOnWaste initiative and has registered on responsiblecafes.org site to become a “Responsible Cafe”.
If you bring your own cup, not only will you save 50 cents, but you’ll help reduce unnecessary landfill.
They’re aiming to help reduce the massive landfill caused by disposable coffee cups. Most people don’t realise that coffee cups are not recyclable.
The number of registered cafes on the Responsiblecafes.org site has grown exponentially from 450 to over 1,800 since the ABC’s War on Waste TV show took up the campaign to #BYOCup.
Have a look at this story on the ABC’s program War On Waste:
It’s no secret that Port Stephens offers locals and visitors a stunning natural environment and each year those in the area gather together to celebrate all things Mother Nature with Naturefest.
From whale watching experiences (the season officially opens on 1 June) to guided tours including kayaking, Eco and 4WD tours, and the Dolphin Census on Sunday 4 June, the start of winter marks a fabulous time to visit the region.
Saturday 15 July: Catch the free shuttle service from D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay to Fingal Beach and take part in the World Record Attempt for the biggest human humpback.
Registration for participants is open from 10 am until noon.
Get your whale on and take your place in the record books.
Visit the Naturefest website to download a full program.
Fuel is an important service at any marina. Ensuring our facilities remain premium into the future means that we will need to undertake significant works over the next few months.
A replacement of the fuel system at our Nelson Bay marina will take place commencing in mid-June.
More information will follow.
Port Stephens celebrates all things country with the Bluewater Country Music Festival rolling into town this 8 – 12 June taking in the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.
The Festival commenced in 2006 and promises to feature a range of performances at over 20 venues, including D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay and Broughtons at the Bay. The festival not only features established Australian Country Music artists, but also young new talent, as well as a Bush Poet program.
Broughtons at the Bay will host X-Factor favourites Brothers 3 on 10 June 2017 from 8 pm.
Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door.
For the full program and to book tickets visit the Bluewater Country Music website
We’re keen to give you a share of $5,000 to spend at D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay.
Customers of participating D’ALBORA Marinas restaurants, cafes, ticket outlets and businesses who spend $75 in one day will be able to claim a $10 gift card to enjoy or take home something a little extra.
Perhaps a coffee and some cake? A gift? A bite of lunch or a drink? Or even a contribution to that Whale Watching experience.
Our giveaway starts at 10 am on Tuesday 13 June until Friday 30 June (or while stocks last). There are 500 Gift Cards to be claimed and of course Terms & Conditions apply.
Stephen Paul believes that being the new Marina Manager at D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay has to be the best job in Port Stephens. And he should know.
He’s been living and working in the region for the last 19 years and is an avid fisher, surfer and boatie.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Marina team and our tenants to bring a new standard of service and experience to the Bay,” he said.
Importantly it’s Steve’s tourism experience that has really prepared him for his new role. Steve has been involved in the management of holiday parks and resorts in the region and really believes that Port Stephens – and Nelson Bay in particular – has a lot to offer visitors.
“As a local, I’ve spent a lot of time at D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay and as the centre of the community, the Marina has been a place where I have had some terrific times.
I’m committed to making sure that everyone at the Marina has a safe and enjoyable experience and that both locals and visitors come to expect this every time they visit”.
Steve and his team are on site seven days a week. Drop by and say hello if you’re in the area.
Simon and Skye from D’ALBORA Marinas recently boarded My Way, the 35 metre super yacht berthed at D’ALBORA Marinas, The Spit to meet full-time skipper Neville Hunt.
Boarding a vessel that is about ten times bigger than the average Sydney apartment, we immediately wanted to know what the specs and features were of My Way.
The boat was built in the 1980’s and refurbished in 1997, when sold to it its current owner and interestingly, has never been out of Australian waters. The boat’s 30,000 litre fuel capacity and 10,000 water capacity means it can be out to sea for up to three weeks without docking and the owners favourites destinations are the Whitsundays and yearly trips to the Torres Strait for fishing.
Of course the sheer size of the boat isn’t exactly ideal for game fishing or water sports, so there are other options for guests to get out on the water – including a board 22 foot Boston Wailer which travels up to 40 knots plus another Tender on board. Neville sometimes charters impressive 40-50 footers for the serious game fishing guests and when it’s time to get under the water, there’s the dive gear including compressor, underwater scooters and the sundeck which turns into a pool.
My Way caters for up to ten guests with five generous state rooms all with ensuites. The super yacht has a large (really large) lounge and dining area with adjoining fully fitted out bar and full kitchen which leads to dry and refrigeration storage underneath.
The deck off the living area is spacious, leading down to a wet dock and the super yachts ‘tenders’, but it’s upstairs which really sells the outdoor space of My Way. A huge sundeck contains an equally impressive wet bar and bbq area and a further sundeck on the very top of the boat offers views unequal to none.
D’ALBORA Marinas is a proud sponsor of Lisa Blair and we’re proud to follow her journey as she breaks records and conquers the great oceans of the world as she single handedly circumnavigates Antartica.
Leaving Albany, Western Australia on 22 January 2017, Lisa has been at sea for XX days as of XX. Crossing International waters, datelines, rounding treacherous Cape Horn and other ill-famed reefs, while not seeing a single human for the entire time she’s been at sea.
Having already achieved a number of personal and professional sailing milestones, Lisa is on track to become the first woman and only third person in history to circumnavigate Antartica, while trying to break the record of doing so in under 102 days 00 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds.
You can support Lisa and her efforts in bringing awareness to climate change by tracking her journey and donating here.
D’ALBORA has recently welcomed two new Marina Managers to take the reins at D’ALBORA Marinas Cabarita Point and Rushcutters Bay.
Domenico Giuffre has been appointed as the new Marina Manager at D’ALBORA Marinas Cabarita Point. He brings with him a wealth of experience having managed Porto Delle Folie Marina in Italy, as well as various management roles within the hospitality industry.
Juanita Erskine was appointed as the new Marina Manager for D’ALBORA Marinas Rushcutters Bay and commenced in December 2016. Juanita brings a wealth of experience from the Tasman marina – Hope Harbour and Runaway Bay Marina on the Gold Coast.
Works will begin on the front car park and the boat ramp areas at D’ALBORA Marinas Akuna Bay from 19 September and are expected to be finalised by 21 October.
This means access to the front car park and the boat ramp will be unavailable during this period.
The Marina and all amenities and services including fuel and dockmaster assistance will still be available and the back car park area still accessible for your convenience.
Waterfront dining options, Driftwood Café and Pilu will remain open as will Akuna Bay’s marine operators Akuna Bay Boat Hire, Akuna Bay Detailing, All Points Boating, Bird Electrical, Francis Marine and Mike Gaffikin Marine.
The works at D’ALBORA Marinas Akuna Bay will include raising the level of the car park and the addition of more green space. More disabled parking spots and unloading areas have been included in the new design, improving amenities and accessibility for all our members and guests.
The D’ALBORA team will be on hand to answer your questions and provide assistance. Please call 02 9486 3000 or email email@example.com for more information.
D’ALBORA Marinas is proud to reconfirm its sponsorship with the Youth Sailing Academy (YSA) run by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) for its fourth year.
The YSA is one of Australia’s leading full-time youth academies and its well known and regarded both nationally and internationally, with rising talent such as Will Ryan and Harry Price excellent examples of the talent being developed through the Academy.
YSA Graduate Will Ryan debuted at the 2016 Rio Olympics with some outstanding results, winning silver in the Men’s 470 with skipper Mat Belcher.
The YSA uses a fleet of Elliott 7m fixed keel yachts and are managed by a full team including a new head coach. D’ALBORA sponsorship assists in funding the Elliotts as well as vital development of the YSA’s training and events.
Current YSA Member Harry Price recently ranked 10th in the World Sailing rankings and won the Youth Racing Championship at the CYCA.
For more information about the YSA including how to get involved and school holiday courses, contact 02 8292 7806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Works will begin shortly on the front car park and the boat ramp areas at D’ALBORA Marinas Akuna Bay. The works will include raising the level of the car park and the addition of more green space. More disabled parking spots and unloading areas have been included in the new design. Minimal interruption is expecting during the works and the D’ALBORA team will be on hand to answer your questions and provide assistance. Please call 02 9486 3000 or email email@example.com for more information.
A Yacht-master Offshore, Master Class 5 and MED 3 Lisa has extensive yachting experience and has tackled some of the world’s toughest oceans. After circumnavigating in the 2011-12 Clipper Round the world Yacht Race and sailing in the ITL Solo Tasman Challenge from New Zealand to Australia Lisa is setting out to become the first female to Circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted in December this year.
D’ALBORA Marinas is proud to provide Lisa with complimentary berthing at all seven of our locations and we are closely following her quest. Lisa was recently profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald – read the article here.
D’ALBORA Marinas is proud to support Sailors with disAbilities a charity committed to changing society’s perception of people with disabilities and the way they regard themselves by building confidence and self esteem.
For the first time in its 22 year history, SwD has a permanent office space from which to work, striving to reach over 3,000 youths with disabilities annually. The office is located at D’ALBORA Marinas Rushcutters Bay.
Take a trip down memory lane via the SWD archives to learn how the organisation has evolved since its inception in 1994: http://www.21yearsofswd.com/
Not only are all D’ALBORA Marinas certified by the International Clean Marina Program, D’ALBORA Marinas Akuna Bay and D’ALBORA Marinas The Spit have been officially certified as ‘fish friendly’ by the Marina Industry Association, joining sister locations D’ALBORA Marinas Rushcutters Bay and D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay.
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The Fish Friendly Marinas program is an information campaign and accreditation program which focuses on marina fish habitats and was developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the NSW Boating Industry Association (BIA).
The awards ceremony was held on location at The Spit on 3 May. Congratulations to the marina teams and thank you to our D’ALBORA Marina members for helping to keep our waterways clean. D’ALBORA Marinas remains committed to providing a safe, enjoyable boating experience for all creatures above the waterline and a clean home for those living below it.