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Editorial

Our condolences this week to our New Zealand mates on the tragic loss of Stace Hopper, a well-known and adventurous young man who lost his life in an aviation accident. Stace and his family have been great supporters of powerboat racing and the family has thrown its support behind the Whitianga Festival of Speed.

On the home front, earlier this week I had the opportunity to inspect the latest range of aluminium boats from local manufacturer Stacer. To sum the range up in one word – outstanding.

We also exclusively reveal some exciting plans about to be undertaken by Andrew Short Marine, one of Australia's premiere marine dealerships now with Kylie Short at the helm and steering a course to further success.

While on Andrew Short Marine, I think the team and guests had a bit of fun last week when the dealership hosted its fifth Sea Ray Rendezvous on the picturesque waterways of Port Hacking, south of Sydney.

Back in Queensland, we're almost in count down mode towards the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and early reports indicate something of a boost in industry confidence.

Let's hope that proves to be the case.

Needless to say, right here on the Powerboat-World site is where you'll find all the news related to the Sanctuary Cove show.

It's also where you'll find out how to win a $300,000 prize.

How could you possibly not become a regular visitor to www.powerboat-world.com?

Stick with us, we'll certainly stick with you – keep on dropping by, we update the news as it happens.


Bob Wonders



Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and Cyclone Ului
Sail-World.com,
The Whitsundays are the winter home of sailing in Australia. Cyclone Ului crossed the Australian coastline at Airlie Beach with winds of 200km per hour. Here is some of the coverage. Including some sad sad vision of Anaconda II on the rockwall.... [more]
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The Latest Powerboat-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000
www.powerboat-world.com,
Since 2000 we've been running online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Boater have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Stacer lifts its game - again!
Bob Wonders,
Latest range of aluminium boats from Stacer show a ton of class. With its 2010 offerings, Stacer has actually released three totally new models and made comprehensive alterations and upgrades to 22 others.... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed to continue despite tragedy
Paul Shanahan,
The Whitianga Festival of Speed is on track to be the biggest thrill seeking weekend on the New Zealand events calendar, despite the tragic death of Stace Hopper, scion of the Festival's major sponsor, Hopper Developments Limited.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show 2010- an enticing selection for boating buyers
Kate Duryea,
In the two-month lead up to the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, event organisers believe the marine sector is showing boosted confidence in the economy. 'We have close to 340 confirmed exhibitors with further bookings coming in daily,' said Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager Barry Jenkins.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine reveals expansion plans
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short takes command of late husband's prominent marine dealership. Following Andrew Short's tragic loss in November last year, when his yacht stuck a rocky island off the NSW coast, many industry observers had been questioning the company's future.... [more]
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Pirates run amok in Port Hacking
Bob Wonders,
Andrew Short Marine rewards its loyal Sea Ray customers. Those taking part were gifted the opportunity to win $5000.00 worth of prizes supplied by various sponsors, including Club Marine, Toyota, Mercury Marine, GE Finance, Smartwave Polyboats, of New Zealand and, of course, Sea Ray.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Boat International China to launch in September 2010
Boat International Media,
The world's leading media group serving the superyacht industry, and Edipresse Asia – the Hong Kong based publisher of Asia's finest luxury magazine portfolio including Yachtstyle and Asia Tatler - are delighted to announce they are to team up to produce Boat International China.... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed: Big Boat race - Two for McGill??
Paul Shanahan,
Was Bruce McGill a one show wonder or will he be able to uphold Riviera's reputation and repeat the 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed big boat race win? The word around the docks is that he is quietly shivering in his sea boots, knowing the competition may have got his measure this time.... [more]
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US Race Teams receive Powerboat P1 support
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 USA announced they have finalized an agreement that paves the way for the first class of boats to run under the Powerboat P1 banner in North America... [more]
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Putting the CSI into CSIRO on World Water Day
CSIRO,
CSIRO scientists have announced trials of a new technique that is helping determine the impacts of water quality and climate change on the health and biodiversity of Australia's coastal systems. The team compares samples from impacted sites (for example those affected by chemical contamination or drought) with samples from pre-impacted or unaffected sites to determine the number or type of species... [more]
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New PFD Standard for Australian Boaters
NMSC,
Australia's marine safety authorities have agreed to accept Personal Flotation Devices made to the new Australian Standard 4758 by 1 July 2010.... [more]
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'Procedures website' for yachts visiting Hong Kong ticks all the boxes
Colin Dawson,
The Hong Kong Immigration Department and Hong Kong Marine Department have produced a web page for visiting yachts outlining port procedures and requirements:... [more]
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Participation important for healthy marine parks
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The involvement of locals is a key ingredient in the success of marine parks which protect coral reefs and fish stocks. The team looked at how successful coral reef marine reserves were at conserving fish stocks. They studied 56 marine reserves from 19 different countries throughout Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean.... [more]
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Victory Team to launch twin Fazza assault on Class 1 World title
Class 1,
Following the most successful – and most traumatic – year in their history, the Dubai Victory Team go into the 2010 season looking to defend the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship title with a two-boat line-up.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club has appointed a new CEO
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com from NOAA inf,
The Board of Southport Yacht Club has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.... [more]
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Tropical Cyclone Ului heads for Queensland coast
Sail-World.com,
At 10:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Ului; Category 2 was estimated to be 950 kilometres east northeast of Mackay and 1100 kilometres east northeast of Townsville on Australia's north east coast and moving southwest at 13 kilometres per hour.... [more]
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Evinrude ETEC outboard takes King of the Rivers title
Kate Gordon,
A standard 225 HP EvinrudeĀ® ETECĀ® outboard powered ‘Illusion' to a class win and second overall in the recent Twin Rivers water ski race run by the NZ Water Ski Race Association. Hamilton's Brendan Macpherson drove ‘Illusion' to second place with a time of 30 minutes and four seconds, a very credible two min, 11 sec behind the winner, a 600+ HP twin-outboard boat called ‘Warlord'.... [more]
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Phenomenon is phenomenal
Bob Wonders,
Monster 'speedboat' aiming for world speed record. Phenomenon is constructed of high-tech fibreglass composites and boasts four Lycoming turbine engines developing a combined 12,000 horsepower!... [more]
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Australian Formula Powerboats bound for Geelong
Bob Wonders,
Hot competition for points in round three as the super quick tunnel boats clash in Victoria. Queensland Gold Coast-based driver Damien McKenzie (McKenzie Racing) is the current Formula 1 point score leader after showing consistent form for a win (at Taree) and a second (at Grafton).... [more]
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Send your opinions: Parliamentary Inquiry into Recreational Fishing
Jeni Bone,
Boating industry proponents and keen fishos alike are urged to submit opinions to the NSW Parliament Inquiry into Recreational Fishing. But hurry, as the deadline is Friday 19 March 2010.... [more]
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It's all happening at Honda Marine
Bob Wonders,
Honda's new outboard engines will have its competitors taking a very keen interest. This new generation of large displacement, V-6 EFI engines has been refined to deliver more torque, superior fuel efficiency, incorporate NMEA 2000 compatibility (engine-to-electronics data communication) and other advantages.... [more]
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Australian Antarctic Whale Expedition returns
Australian Antarctic Division,
The world's largest, non-lethal whale research expedition has returned from Antarctic waters with a range of new information that will help inform future marine mammal conservation. Expedition science leader, the Australian Antarctic Division's Dr Nick Gales, who heads the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, said a great deal of data was collected during the voyage.... [more]
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Australia's Antarctic gateway to host 2012 Treaty meeting
Australian Antarctic Division,
The Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts and the Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced that Hobart will host the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in 2012.... [more]
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