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Ahoy there and other various nautical terms of welcome

Describing this week's Powerboat-world newslwtter as ‘interest-packed' would not do it justice, even if we do say so ourselves.

For starters, busy people these days often flock to airports as they fly interstate and inter-city on business (and pleasure), but hey, forget the aeroplane, read on and I'll convince you, hopefully, to go by boat.

Check out the deeds in our part 1 story of commercial fisho and abalone diver Gunther Pfrengle, the man who holds five inter-city powerboat speed records and proves you don't need a multi-million dollar maxi sailboat to get to Hobart.

Stick around next week for part II and I'll reveal someone else who once ‘had a crack' at an inter-city record.

We also hear that Honda is about to unveil a new EFI outboard engine and rest assured we shall keep you right up to date on this important release.

On the offshore front, the Norwegian Grand Prix is looming (July 17-19) and there's a new all-Norwegian crew chasing the pot of gold at the end of rhe offshore rainbow.

Our own Tom Barry-Cotter will also be there, with his favourite throttleman, another Norwegian in Pal Virik Nilsen.

And Fairline, those very stylish motor yachts from the UK will be seen in all their glory at the forthcoming Sydney International Boat Show (July30-August 3).

Finally (almost), some very good things come in very small packages – don't believe me? Check out a stunning and superb array of hand-crafted models and weep with envy.

Finally (again and for the last time!), why not join the industry for breakfast at Darling Harbour around 7.15am on Friday, July 31?

Gee, think of the excitement. You could even get to meet.........me!

Just kidding, come along, at boat show time there's no better place to be than Darling Harbour.


Bob Wonders



Inter-city powerboat records ‘up for grabs'
Bob Wonders,
Go interstate by powerboat - it's an absolute blast if you're silly enough. Inter-city record attempts have been undertaken for quite a few years; I was once told by an old offshore racer that they were one of those things 'everybody says they intend to try some day.'... [more]
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Nominations now open for NSW Maritime Medals
NSW Maritime,
Nominations are now open for the NSW Maritime Medals and nominations close at 5 pm on the third Friday in August. http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/wh/medal.html!Click_here_to_download nomination_forms!new... [more]
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BIA NSW Breakie Fri 31 July
BIA NSW,
Get your tickets now for the BIA Industry Breakfast to coincide with the opening of SIBS, Fri 31, 7.15am to 9.30am.... [more]
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Jorn Tandberg teams with Kolbjorn Selmer for Norwegian Grand Prix
Class 1 media,
Jorn Tandberg will line up with a third different driver in as many races when he starts the defence of his European title at the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix in Arendal, 17-19 July.... [more]
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Fairline Boats tackles downturn headon
Fairline,
UK-based luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Boats has begun the Australian Boat Show circuit confident that action taken during 2008 has prepared it well for the prevailing business climate.... [more]
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Perry popular with luxury charter market
Jeni Bone,
Despite the tight economic times and the cancellation of the first day of the show, Perry Catamarans reports strong interest from the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), thanks in part to the federal government's investment incentive scheme encouraging investors back into the charter boat industry.... [more]
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Riviera at Sydney International Boat Show
Cassandra Meyers,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, will unveil its latest step in the technology revolution with the launch the new 5000 Sport Yacht at the Sydney International Boat Show beginning on Thursday, July 30. The display at the Sydney Boat Show will include 15 boats, offering a comprehensive range of Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Offshore Express models valued at more than AU$20 million.... [more]
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Riviera Syndication heads to the Med
Riviera Syndication,
Boating lifestyle business Riviera Syndication has announced plans for an exciting new international syndicate - in the Mediterranean. The three-year program will have a new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht berthed in three picturesque European locations over three years beginning in 2012.... [more]
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Yamaha sponsors Professional Ocean Lifeguards
Bob Carter,
Yamaha has thrown its support behind the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguards Association (APOLA) with a range of sponsorship initiatives designed to back the dedicated lifesaving work of this national organisation.... [more]
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Price powers to U.I.M. victory in Finland
Phillipe Stiernon,
Defending World Champion Jay Price snapped out of his two race slump and powered his way to a 7.81 second victory at the fourth round of the 2009 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship for power boating in front of a massive crowd in downtown Lahti, for the 5th Grand Prix of Finland.... [more]
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Team Azerbaijan second in Finland
Steve Michael,
Team Azerbaijan proved for the second time this season that they will are going to be a serious factor in the World Championship of the U.I.M. F1 H2O power boating racing series as their two drivers came home second and ninth in the 38 lap event.... [more]
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Guido Cappellini wins Finland Grand Prix
Steve Michael,
Nine time World Champion Guido Cappellini charged from third to first on the opening lap and controlled the race winning by 3.98 seconds to win for the first time in 2009 and take his second straight victory on Lake Vesijarvi at the third round of the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating in front of thousands of fans on a windswept and cloudy afternoon.... [more]
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Jet Tern Announces Next Generation of Selene Ocean Trawlers
Natalie Friton,
Howard Chen, designer of the Selene line, and founder and CEO of Jet Tern Marine, has announced that extensive tank tests have proven the benefits of a new generation of hull design for his Selenes that produces improvements in hull efficiency, seakeeping, comfort, capacity, and style.... [more]
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Packed program for Townsville offshore racing
Bob Wonders,
The offshore superboats return next month to North Queensland. Seven classes are likely to contest the event, Class 1, Supercat Outboard, Supercat Outboard Lite, Super Vee Lite, Cruiser, Production and Production Unlimited.... [more]
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Cappellini wins in Finland for second straight year
Phillipe Stiernon,
Nine time World Champion Guido Cappellini charged from third to first on the opening lap and controlled the race winning by 3.98 seconds to win for the first time in 2009 and take his second straight victory on Lake Vesijarvi at the third round of the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating in front of thousands of fans on a windswept and cloudy afternoon.... [more]
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Port Phillip Bay recreational fishing reefs launched
DPI Vic,
The Port Phillip Bay Recreational Fishing Reefs were officially launched by the Minister Responsible for Fisheries Joe Helper on May 16. The reefs are currently being placed in Port Phillip Bay off Aspendale (Rec Reef), Frankston (Yakka Reef) and Seaford (Tedesco Reef).... [more]
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New two-race Grand Prix format for the Norwegian Grand Prix
Class 1 media,
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship will introduce a two-race Grand Prix format for the first time at the Norwegian Grand Prix in Arendal, 17-19 July.... [more]
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New Model Traveller TB172 Bowrider for a new Traveller Brand
Haines Group,
The Haines Group is proud to announce a new addition to the Traveller (formerly known as Haines Traveler) range.... [more]
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Kourtsenovsky - New start, new boat and new attitude
F1 Powerboat media,
Stanislav Kourtsenovsky maybe starting his 2009 racing season a Grand Prix late, however the 37 year-old driver from St. Petersburg, Russia rolls into Finland this weekend with a new boat and a whole new attitude. The lead driver of the new ProxF1 Racing Team arrives with a new DAC racing boat.... [more]
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Marine Queensland voices marine pollution concerns
Marine Qld,
Peak State recreational marine industry body, Marine Queensland has spoken out over concerns regarding the increased levels of pollution being reported in our waterways following the recent storms.... [more]
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BIA NSW 50 point check list for safety
BIA NSW,
The 50 Point Safety Check has been developed by the BIA and the Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association as a comprehensive check that will highlight issues that may need maintenance attention.... [more]
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Rayglass's ‘haul of four' sets new record at boat show
Mike Rose PR NZ,
Rayglass has proven itself to be the number one powerboat builder in New Zealand, collecting a record haul of 4 awards at the recent 2009 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland.... [more]
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Hella Marine and Rayglass Boats announce OEM agreement
Mike Rose PR NZ,
An OEM supply agreement has been struck between successful New Zealand companies Rayglass Boats Ltd and Hella Marine.... [more]
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