Thus spake me, just under a year ago in the commentary for my PAD of Wednesday 4 August 2010:
And so the sun sets on the show for another year. The fun returns on Thursday 28 July 2011. And who knows, somewhere in the PADs for that and the following five days, we may well have another shot from around this location.
Well, the boats are back in town. And as hinted at last year, I'm back to shoot them. So how are sales going? Well, the ultra rich aren't being affected as the rest of us are...
"IT is a tale of one harbour, two economies.
At the Darling Harbour shopping precinct the fashion boutiques and restaurants are suffering from a slump in tourist numbers and the widely reported reluctance of Australians to open their wallets.
''Mate, trade's soft,'' says Brian McDermott, the owner of a local landmark, the South Steyne floating restaurant. ''Domestic spending is quieter and the tourists are down.''
At the other end of Darling Harbour it's a rather different story. Multimillion-dollar dream machines are clustered around a pontoon for the Sydney International Boat Show and there appears to be no shortage of buyers.
''We've sold four boats in Australia in the last four months and we're closing on another two sales,'' said Alan Paterson, the local representative of the British boat builder Princess. ...
These are no ordinary boats, of course. The Princess V Class sport yacht tied up at Darling Harbour costs a cool $8.5 million and sleeps 10 people. The price doesn't include the jet-ski inside the garage at the stern, the chef to whip up dinner for your guests or the 500 litres of fuel the twin 2434 horsepower engines guzzle during an hour's cruising at a leisurely 24 knots.
Will I be around to shoot them next year? Most likely. Will I be PADing? Most likely, at about the same rate I am now or slightly more. Will I shoot the boats at next year's show?
Eeeeeh, we'll see.