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Editorial, December 18, '09.

Welcome aboard, to a still rather sombre Powerboat-World as the offshore powerboat racing community continues to mourn the loss of two competitors in Mohammad Al Mehairi and Jean Marc Sanchez, both killed instantly last Sunday when Victory 1 crashed off Dubai.

Maritimo driver Tom Barry-Cotter was an eyewitness to the tragedy and gives an insight into the rescue attempt.

With the world famous Sydney-Hobart race looming (sure, I know it's for sailboats) we take the opportunity to alert powerboat skippers to the problem they could cause the big sailboats when in amongst the spectator flotilla.
And there are some great alternatives, there will be three Bass & Flinders superfast catamarans, that follow the fleet. All the details below.

And if you're hesitating at the prospect of purchasing a new boat, don't be intimidated – with help from the experts we can make the task relatively a simple procedure.

Readers may recall that last month I reported sadly on the passing of an industry giant, C.N.Ray, pioneer boat builder and founder of Sea Ray. I pointed out then that ‘Connie', as he was widely known, was a modest man; an e-mail from a member of the family certainly proved that.

For the keen kayakers out there, there are always ways and means to improve your skills and now kayak tuition can be achieved on-line.

With the festive season rapidly closing in on us, two people at least are celebrating with multi-million dollar presents in the form of two Riviera 70s delivered just in time for the holiday season.

Finally, come aboard and grab the chance to win a set of Atlantis Aegis wet weather gear.

This time next week, of course, it will be Christmas Day; may your Christmas be a merry one, a joy-filled, happy family day and all at Powerboat-World extend best wishes for now and for the 2010.

We will be continuing our Powerboat-World news postings 24x7 newsletters thru the summer holiday season.


Bob Wonders



Sydney-Hobart Spectator fleet - no place for inexperienced skippers
Bob Wonders,
To join the recreational flotilla watching the start of the blue water classic demands a considerate helmsman. Commonsense is something we're all supposed to have, but it is often, too often, lacking among many recreational boat owners, be they skippering ‘tinnies' or megayachts.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Follow the action with Bass & Flinders Cruises
Sail-World,
When the whale season finishes in early December, Bass & Flinders turn their attention to boat watching. 'If the forecast are right this year, it will be a spectacular sight as the fleets sets spinnakers as they come out of the heads. Last year we ran to Kurnell with the leaders came back through the fleet to the middle group,stayed with them and then came up to the tail enders'... [more]
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Advice for the novice boat buyer
Bob Wonders,
Buying a boat for the first time need not be a difficult task with some simplre homework and tips from the experts. The aim of this planned three part series is to show the novice that with careful planning and some appropriate ‘home work' buying a boat need not be an intimidating procedure.... [more]
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Sea Ray – a message from the Ray family that tugs the heartstrings
Bob Wonders,
C.N.Ray, legendary founder of Sea Ray BOats, was indeed a modest and unassuming man. It was really driven home to me this week when I received an e-mail from a member of the family, Gail Frazar.... [more]
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Win a full set of Atlantis Aegis Weather Gear (Jacket and Bib)
The Sail-World Team,
To celebrate the opening of its new online chandlery, www.BoatGearDirect.com.au is running its first Sail-World and Powerboat-world online competition.... [more]
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Offshore Racing Deaths - eyewitnesses to tragedy
Bob Wonders,
Loss of two offshore racers casts gloom over Class 1 competitors. Still obviously upset, Tom described the late Jean Marc Sanchez as ' a champion bloke.'... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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CO2 rich environment causes ocean dwellers increase shell production
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
In a striking finding that raises new questions about carbon dioxide's (CO2) impact on marine life, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists report that some shell-building creatures—such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters—unexpectedly build more shell when exposed to ocean acidification caused by elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).... [more]
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Santa delivers two Riviera 70s to two very lucky big boys
Riviera Group,
Christmas has come early this year for two loyal Riviera owners, taking possession of their brand new 70 Enclosed Flybridges, both customised to the hilt and representing more than AUD$12 million in sales for Riviera.... [more]
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In Memory of Mohammad and Jean-Marc ... True Champions
Class-1 Media,
Yesterday's tragedy brought a cruel and devastating end to Mohammad Al Mehairi and Jean-Marc Sanchez's story when their boat flipped, landed upside down with fatal consequences for both pilots.... [more]
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New Year's Eve concert at Marsden Cove marina plus fireworks display
Sail-World.com,
Marsden Cove is putting on a free New Year's Eve concert in the marina with a great fireworks display. Live bands including renowned Soul / Blues guitarist Billy TK Junior will be performing on a floating stage. It will be a great place to safely moor and enjoy the music.... [more]
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F1 Grand Prix of Sharjah - Cappellini wins his 10th World Championship
Philippe Stiernon,
Gudio Cappellini battled his way to a third place finish to finish a four year quest to win his 10th World Championship at the Grand Prix of Sharjah. Pole sitter Sami Selio of the Mad Croc sponsored boat had a great start and as he tore away from the pontoon the three boat battle for the world championship immediately heated.... [more]
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Dubai Grand Prix Victory I Crash and attempted rescue - Video
Powerboat-World.com,
The first vision from the Dubai Grand Prix accident in which driver Mohammad Al Mehairi, 34 from the UAE and throttleman Jean-Marc Sanchez, 48 of France were killed in the first race at the 2009 Dubai Grand Prix, the final round of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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Dubai Grand Prix Victory I Crash – driver and throttleman killed
Powerboat-World.com,
Officials of the UIM and WPPA have confirmed the deaths of driver Mohammad Al Mehairi from the UAE and throttleman Jean-Marc Sanchez of France following a racing accident today at the 2009 Dubai Grand Prix, the final round of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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Fazza seal the Edox Pole Position Championship
Class 1 media,
Edox Pole Position Championship. Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, who are looking for a hat-trick of titles this weekend, were in unstoppable form from the outset and set a lap-time of 2mins 46.14secs on their first lap.... [more]
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You can help make boating safer, fill out this online survey
NSW Maritime Media,
A total of 174 lives have been lost in boating incidents in NSW over the last 10 years. More than half those fatalities resulted from a person falling overboard or a vessel capsizing. In the interest of improved safety, NSW Maritime is seeking comment on proposals to change lifejacket rules.... [more]
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NSW MP Angela D'amore talks on the funding for boating facilities
NSW Government Media,
Drummoyne MP Angela D'Amore today announced the State Government has provided more than $1 million in grants to support improved boating facilities in Drummoyne.... [more]
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NSW Government provides record $5M support for boating facilities
NSW Government Media,
The record $5.26 million in funding under the Government's Better Boating Program will support 56 projects in regional NSW and nine boat ramp developments in Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Denial of Service ‘Pirates' attacks slowed Sail-World.com
TetraMedia's IT Team,
A bit of a seaway out there!! For the last 48 hours Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World and another 50 or so sites, hosted on the TetraMedia servers in Sydney have been bombarded with hacker 'pirate'attacks.... [more]
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BoatU.S. Questions the need for Marine Automatic Identification System
BoatU.S. Media,
Airplane transponders allow air traffic controllers to 'see' who is in the sky. Yesterday, in speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard Subcommittee, BoatU.S. testified that any potential requirement for this type of technology on boats is not practical, nor would it reduce the threat of a waterborne attack.... [more]
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Price Wins Again and Team Abu Dhabi wins Team Title
U.I.M. F1 H2O,
Defending World Champion Jay Price of the Qatar Team made a statement today, winning as predicted and now forcing his rivals Guido Cappellini of the Zepter Team and Thani Al Qamzi of Team Abu Dhabi to put everything on the line at tomorrow's 16th and final event of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship at the 10th Annual Grand Prix of Sharjah.... [more]
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Grand Banks reveals its latest in the Aleutian series
Bob Wonders,
Always revered, this latest GB has all the class and style associated with the famous marque. With a three stateroom layout, plus a ‘utility room' that offers more than 2.0-metres headroom and can serve a variety of purposes, the 53 Aleutian RP lacks for nothing when it comes to on board space.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat - Fazza quickest ahead of crunch weekend
Class 1 media,
Fazza are looking firm favourites to grab the first of three trophies this weekend, in tomorrow's Edox Pole Position qualifying session. Despite only needing to float round the course tomorrow, Fazza went quickest by more than two-and-a-half seconds in today's first official practice of the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix.... [more]
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Mustang Marine names new dealer principal
Bob Wonders,
Carl Kellett, former GM of Horizon Boats-International, named Dealer Principal for Mustang Marine Queensland. Kellett officially came on board last Tuesday, coincidentally linking up with his wife, Debbie, who has been responsible for the dealership's administration for the past three months.... [more]
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