Our Mission

The Foundation’s mission is provide support to disadvantaged groups and those disconnected from recreational boating with access to boating experiences and skills and to provide opportunities for employment, education and training within the marine industry.

Patrons and Endorsements

Kay Cottee: “ I am honoured to support the Foundation’s goal to enable more young Australians to enjoy boating.”

Kay Cottee AO

Officer of the Order of Australia

Jeff d'Albora

Founding Patron

19 July 2016

Marine Industry Foundation Sets Sail

The Marine Industry Foundation conducted its first public fundraising and grants presentation function at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Friday 15 July.

15 July 2016

Marine Industry Foundation Announces First Grants

The Marine Industry Foundation announced its first grants at a fund raising luncheon held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron attended by industry identities and Foundation Patrons Kay Cottee AO and Jeff d’Albora; Jessica Watson OAM and guest speaker Rob Mundle OAM. The Foundation was established in 2015 to broaden community access to the benefits of recreational boating and to assist the marine industry to grow and develop as a significant provider of social, recreational and employment opportunities.

15 March 2016

Marine Industry Foundation Launched

The Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) was launched 25 November at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The Foundation has been established to broaden community access to the benefits of recreational boating and to assist employment within the marine industry. The launch took place at the Marina Industries Association (MIA) annual Board, marine media and sponsors’ luncheon.

17 August 2016

Perth Fundraising Event

Save the date! The Foundation's Perth Fundraising Luncheon will be held on Friday 11th November 2016 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. 

9 August 2016

Sydney Fund Raising Luncheon


The Marine Industry Foundation's first Fund Raising Luncheon on Friday 15th July was enjoyed by an enthusiastic and very generous room full of guests at the spectacular Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

A sincere thank you to all who attended and to the MIF Patron, Kay Cottee AO and special guests, Rob Mundle OAM and Jessica Watson OAM and our MC, Mike Logan.

Photos courtesy of Sophie Thompson Photography

Event supported by the Oatley family