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  22 Oct 2010
 
 


All hands, stand to!

It's time for another voyage around the world as we bring you the latest powerboat news wherever it happens.

There's some good news for anglers, too, for boat builders and for boat racers, all within the pages of Powerboat-World.

On the home front, good news indeed for Victorian anglers with stocks of snapper reported in good shape across Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.

In the United States, the famed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is looking into the life spans of squid and it's not all promising news for these undersea creatures.

On the boat building front, Australia's industry legend Bill Barry-Cotter, the man who established Mariner Cruisers, Riviera Marine and his present company Maritimo, is about to lead local boating into a new phases with his latest acquisition, Mustang.

What's more, the new breed of Mustang will be among the first boats to offer Volkswagen power.

In the United States, famed manufacturer Chris-Craft gives us a close up look of a craft that the company president has described as 'ideal for Sydney Harbour.'

May, 2011, is still a fair way into the future, but organisers of the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show are always planning for an expanded exhibition.

Weather, of course, is the subject we all talk about, especially in China, where a typhoon has forced organisers to place the 16th UIM China H20 GP on hold.

The weather along Australia's eastern seaboard has not done recreational; boating any favours at all; constant rainfall (September was the wettest in Queensland history and October not looking much better) leaving boaters ashore, marinas deserted and showrooms hunting for customers.

Finally, the Federal Opposition has come out swinging labelling a move by the government's Peter Garrett to extend a ‘Green Zone' across the entire Coral Sea as 'a con.'

Well, criticise the government – that's what the opposition is supposed to do.

In this particular matter, I am in full support of the opposition.


Bob Wonders



Shenzhen Grand Prix continues holding pattern with Megi
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship's fifth round continues to be in limbo after a 10:30 am (02:30 GMT) meeting with UIM F1 race officials and the local government authorities and it was agreed that today all activity would be on hold with all officials once again meeting at 09:00 local time tomorrow to assess the situation.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine management strengthened
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short, now managing director of major Sydney marine dealership Andrew Short Marine Services, has moved to strengthen the company's management team with two new appointments.... [more]
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Grand Prix hydroplanes testing in readiness for UIM GP
Bob Wonders,
The boys with the big toys head for the border. Grant Harrison, Australia's 2004 World Champion will be testing his powerful boat, ‘GP1' in readiness for the championships to enable ‘fine tuning' to the massive engine.... [more]
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Drug arrest yachtie also involved in sailor disappearance in 2007
Sail-World Cruising,
One of the yachties arrested last week over Australia's third-largest ever police drug haul has been in the news before in Sail-World, for the mysterious disappearance of a Coffs Harbour sailor. Andrew Witton was sailing from Tahiti to the Galapagos Islands with Simon Golding, arrested last week, when he disappeared from his yacht, Kaileia, on January 13, 2007. His body has never been found.... [more]
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Bill Barry-Cotter's ‘Mustang' moment
Bob Wonders,
The Australian boating industry will enter a new phase in February when Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter unveils his first Mustang. Barry-Cotter purchased the assets of the rival Queensland boat builder last May, following the company being placed under administration.... [more]
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F1 H2O Shenzhen Grand Prix on hold due to Typhoon Megi
Philippe Stiernon,
The only thing racing so far, on the edge of the South China Sea for this weekend's 16th Grand Prix of China, the fifth Round of the 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating is the now famous Typhoon Megi, packing speeds of over 180 kilometres per hour as she works her way slowly Northeast towards the China coast and possibly in harms way for this weekend's Grand Prix.... [more]
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Coral Sea Conservation Zone a Con Zone says Senator Boswell
Senator Ron Boswell,
The Environment Department has effectively confirmed former Environment Minister Peter Garrett's move to declare interim emergency protection of the entire Coral Sea last year was a stunt to keep green groups happy.... [more]
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NMMA 'extremely disappointed' with US environmental authorities
Bob Wonders,
Limited approval in US for sale of E15 fuel. The EPA has taken no action to ensure compatible fuels remain available for the nation's registered boat owners or the owners of many millions of other gasoline-powered equipment.... [more]
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Squid may be on the verge of becoming scientific superstars
WHOI - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute,
In a hangar-like research building at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), biologist T. Aran Mooney is exploring virtually uncharted waters: Can squid hear?... [more]
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Port Phillip Bay Snapper stocks in good shape
Paul Sellars - Dept Fisheries VIC,
Port Phillip Bay Snapper stocks in good shape - Mr Dowling said the latest information from fishery monitoring and research in 2009 and 2010 suggested another very good snapper season in Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show expands Pavilion for 2011 Event
Kate Duryea,
The 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 2011 will feature a newly configured space including one of the largest pavilion structures erected in Australia for an annual event. The Show will be held Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22 at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland. Sanctuary Cove will open exhibitor bookings online from November 1, for the 2011 event.... [more]
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Maritimo appoints new CFO
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has appointed Garth Corbitt as Chief Financial Officer, taking the reins from Richard Hardie who retires in early November.... [more]
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GME renews sponsorship commitment to CYCA Youth Sailing Academy
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA Youth Sailing Academy - GME renews their sponsorship - With over 50 years experience in the marine and electronic business, GME is regarded as the premium market leader of quality innovative electronic products.... [more]
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60 Days for recreational Abalone take in central Victorian waters
Paul Sellars - Fisheries Vic,
60 Days for Recreational Abalone Take in Central Waters - Fisheries Victoria Acting Executive Director Travis Dowling said most of the open days were on weekends and public holidays between November this year and May next year, including ten consecutive days over Christmas and four consecutive days over the Easter period next year.... [more]
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Your fishing license fees at work on the Glenelg River
Department of Primary Industries,
Research funded by recreational fishing licence revenue suggests fishing for black bream in the Glenelg River will improve in the next year or two with more legal size bream available.... [more]
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World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championships- GP1 on Lake Mulwala
APBA,
The U.I.M Grand Prix World Championship is for the fastest automotive powerboats in the world, these craft reach speeds up to 180mph (270kph). ‘GP1' as Harrison's craft is known is powered by a 510ci Supercharged Chevrolet engine and produces 1800hp. In a single race of over 4 laps and in 4 minutes it guzzles 100 litres of methanol.... [more]
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Worst coral death strikes at South East Asia
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Many reefs are dead or dying across the Indian Ocean and into the Coral Triangle following a bleaching event that extends from the Seychelles in the west to Sulawesi and the Philippines in the east and include reefs in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and many sites in western and eastern Indonesia.... [more]
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High Aussie dollar prompts business shift for importers and exporters
Jeni Bone,
The Aussie dollar is hovering around parity with the US, causing major challenges for exporters. But most have seen it all before and have strategies in place for coping.... [more]
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Annapolis Sailboat Show great for Aussie brands, despite parity
Jeni Bone,
Though crowd numbers were down, and the week prior storms had wreaked havoc in the region, the Annapolis Sail Show turned on blue skies and 30C days and Kevin Barr, from Barz Optics was glad to be back after a four year break.... [more]
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British Jet Skier earns his fifth World title
Emma Slater / RYA,
Lee Stone a British Jet Skier from Chesterfield has clinched his fifth World title having been crowned IJSBA Pro Freestyle World Champion for 2010 after competing at the International Jet Sport Boating Association World Finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.... [more]
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Vessel grounded at Broomes Head
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime is investigating the grounding overnight of a 12m timber motor cruiser at Broomes Head, on the North Coast.... [more]
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Go Sailing Day - Record number of Clubs participating in 2010 edition
Mike Sabey,
Go Sailing Day - A record thirty five Port Phillip and regional yacht clubs are set to put out the welcome mat for this year's free annual community Go Sailing Day to be staged on Sunday seventh of November. Organised by Yachting Victoria, its being held on the first Sunday in November from 10am – 3pm*.... [more]
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Bundy Thunder - New World Champ heads top field
Sue-Ellen Pitt,
Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder 2010 is shaping up to be another great power boat racing event, with over 70 drivers and teams from across the country showing their skill at Sandy Hook on the Burnett river in Bundaberg on the sixth and seventh November. In a challenging year for the sport, there is plenty that shines for this year's event.... [more]
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Kaiapoi ITM 2010 New Zealand Jetboat Marathon - Final day
www.nzjbrra.co.nz,
Kaiapoi ITM 2010 New Zealand Jetboat Marathon's final day was today, the forecast drizzle and cloud blew through during the night, as the competitors were again met with glorious West Coast weather conditions. This region is known for its white bait, and most of the teams have been dining on the rare delicacy all week... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship – Grand Prix of China has a winner
Philippe Stiernon,
2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship series now moves on to Shenzhen, China along the South China Sea next weekend for the final of three straight races in the Peoples Republic. Shenzhen is known for its small compact circuit and will present a whole host of challenges for the multi-national field of drivers. Qualifying will be on Saturday the 23rd and the Grand Prix the next day on the 24th.... [more]
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Formula 4 debuts in China
Philippe Stiernon,
The mini cats of Formula 4 finally made their long awaited debut in Lin Yi, China. Promoters of the UIM World F1 Series have introduced this class as a support act to F1 and each mini-cat is painted in the same colours as their big brothers. We had anticipated close racing but it soon became clear that equality was not immediately obvious.... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show attracts near 10,000 visitors
Ariana Tucker,
The gates closed on the eighth annual Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show at Mystery Creek Events Centre today with 9,811 visitors over the three day event. A joint venture between the NZ Marine Industry Association and Mystery Creek Events Centre; the Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show is designed to showcase the marine and leisure industry.... [more]
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Lake Mulwala Power Festival November 25-28
Grant Harrison,
Lake Mulwala Power Festival November 25-28 - Howard admits and acknowledges that he has not got the biggest boat or the most horsepower to have outright speed to win, but he is hoping that his driving skills and consistency will allow him to pick up points in every race and be enough to stand on the winners podium on Sunday afternoon.... [more]
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Whale or container blamed for sinking of sail training ship
Des Ryan,
The investigation into the loss of the Irish sail training vessel Asgard II more than two years ago off the northwest French coast has found that the ship may have collided with a container or another object such as a whale.... [more]
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F1 Powerboat Grand Prix of China – Team Abu Dhabi excel qualifying
Philippe Stiernon,
Team Abu Dhabi had both of its drivers star in qualifying with Ahmed Al Hameli capturing his first pole position of the year and fifth of his career with a 46.29 second lap for 176.54 kilometres per hour around the six-turn two kilometre course in front of tens of thousands of fans along the Liu River.... [more]
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Australian Offshore Challenge – Nationwide interest
Roger Dickeson,
Australian Offshore Challenge is attracting entrants from all over Australia for next February's Bass Strait Rally. The organisers say entries so far include teams from as far afield as Cardwell FNQ, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, but the strongest level of interest so far has come from Tasmania.... [more]
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Product of the Week: GOST immobiliser, to help prevent dinghy theft
Sail-World Cruising,
Worried about security for your dinghy? Maybe you need, not a ghost, but a GOST on board... The GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies - formerly Paradox Marine) Immobilizer is a start up prevention system for single-engine outboard boats, yacht tenders, RIBs and PWCs.... [more]
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Support Save Our Seas for a chance to win a holiday valued at $4,180
Save Our Seas,
Save Our Seas are on a membership drive. By simply visiting their website (www.saveourseasaustralia.com) and joining you could win yourself a holiday for two valued at $4,180 at Paradise Bay Eco Lodge in the tropical Whitsundays. Save Our Seas are out to raise awareness of the damage plastics and plastic bags are doing to the environment. Your membership helps them achieve this goal.... [more]
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F1 Powerboat - Seebold ready to lead Skydive Dubai Team in China
Philippe Stiernon,
American driver Tim Seebold has returned to China this week ready to take on another challenge with a new Baba boat in hopes of continuing his fast track on learning the nuances of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship this weekend for the 15th Grand Prix of China in Liuzhou on the Liu River.... [more]
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Waikato Boat Show:First day for boating and fishing fans fun!
Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show Media,
The eighth Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show has set sail at Mystery Creek Events Centre today. 2,091 people turned up for the first day of the only marine event in the Waikato, to get their boats and equipment ready for summer. The Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show is dedicated to bringing the Waikato region the greatest in the marine industry. With the best businesses exhibiting at the... [more]
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Yachties in Australia's third-largest police drug haul
Brisbane Times/Sail-World Cruising,
'If he's a yachtie he must be okay.': There is an ongoing trust among yachties that the guy who just berthed beside you, whose lines you took and who will probably let yours off tomorrow, must be 'okay'. Ninety-nine percent of the time the adage holds, but sometimes it would be just as well not to be having a casual drink with the crew when the police arrive.... [more]
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NZ Grand Prix HydroPlane Town and Country Club Cromwell Regatta
New Zealand Grand Prix HydroPlane Drivers Club,
Town and Country Club Cromwell Regatta - October 2nd and third overview - Warwick Lupton spent some time testing the new Annihilator Race Boat yesterday with the adjustments to the sponsons working out as planned. Ken Lupton spent time on the water also his boat looking good with it's new look, with adjustment being made around the cell. I will make a update on todays racing later in the day.... [more]
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Sailors for the Sea: Climate Change Misconceptions and Realities

Through their Ocean Watch program, Sailors for the Sea, the action-oriented, nonprofit organisation dedicated to preservation of the waters we sail in, periodically produce essays on matters related to the ocean environment. Here is their latest offering, Climate Change Misconceptions and Realities:... [more]
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Townsville Marine Precinct construction on track
Premier of Qld,
Qld Premier Anna Bligh today inspected work on the new Townsville Marine Precinct with major earthworks well underway on the $110 million project.&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'target= "_blank">more]
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Boating safety boost for Vic waterways
Vic Minister for Roads & Ports,
Recreational boaters and search and rescue organisations today received a major boost, with projects across the state to share in $5 million from the Brumby Labor Government to improve safety and facilities on Victoria's waterways.... [more]
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Racing to the Equator: the Neptune Regatta 2011
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Heads up! Here's something seriously new! The Neptune Regatta in February 2011 will take a race fleet and a motor yacht rally down south to the equator and back. The event will include ‘The Race to Zero' finishing on the Equator. Is there any other race in the world that does this? – if so, we've never heard of it! And motor yachts are most definitely in the programme too.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah boat show wows with family fun
Jeni Bone,
The country's third largest, on water boat show, Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, has wrapped up for another year, and while the clean up is still underway, organisers say feedback indicates it was a unanimous success.... [more]
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Genoa 50th International Boat Show ends optimistically
Fiera di Genova SpA Press Office,
With a final number of 260,300 visitors, the 50th Genoa International Boat Show has confirmed its authority and international leadership.... [more]
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METS hopes to build on high exhibitor numbers for a bumper show
Media Services,
METS is the world's largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). This year, it will run 16-18 November.... [more]
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Rescuers save two sailors' lives from treacherous Ledge
Sail-World Cruising,
After the 36ft Hunter Legend Summer Song lost its steering when passing close to the treacherous Peveril Point in the south east of Dorset, UK, this week, it ended up very quickly on Peveril Ledge. If it hadn't been for the super swift action of the Royal National Lifesaving Institiution (RNLI), the story could have had a very different ending.... [more]
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15-year-old has just started circumnavigating, but the book is out now
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson's book wasn't published until her return from her amazing voyage, but the family of Laura Dekker are getting in early. Riek Dekker had already started writing her book about the tribulations of her 14-year-old granddaughter Laura when she was prevented by the Dutch courts from embarking on a solo circumnavigation. The difference, she says now, is that the story has a happy ending... [more]
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