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  04 Oct 2011
 



How about a race between runabouts?

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Every landlubber and petrolhead I've ever met considers the America's Cup to be a tragic waste of money, but if nothing else the space-age technology eventually translates to design improvements in production yachts for the masses.

The aeronautical industry also benefits in countless ways.

The same can be said for Formula 1 and V8 Supercar technology which ultimately filters down to make your private car more efficient, reliable and safer.

Progress is fuelled by the pressure-cooker world of competition, where every second and centimetre counts.
Unfortunately, the same can't really be said of offshore powerboat racing because those glorious multihulled flyers bear little resemblance to your garden-variety runabout.

Factors like stability and trailability aren't considered in the quest for outright performance, so contemporary powerboat hull design has largely stagnated over the past 20 years.

Sure, racing helps in drive-train and propeller development, but I can't help thinking it would interesting one day to see a race between the various runabout brands fitted with the same engine.

Hull designers would have to consider length-to-beam ratios, wetted surface area, weight savings and innovations such as steps, just like their sail counterparts do. They would need to refine their chines, strakes and deadrise.

Who knows, the next breakthrough Shark Cat, Bertram or Hydrofield could be just around the corner...


Mark Rothfield



Honda Over the Top to finish in Fremantle
The Hub Marketing Communications,
After 67 days at sea, dodging more than 1,500 whales and 134 turtles, travelling 10,100km, using 7,500 litres of fuel, catching 52 fish for dinner and suffering 57 sandfly bites, the Jenkins brothers will finally make it home.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine in liquidation
Media Services,
Sydney dealer, Andrew Short Marine has gone into liquidation, only days before the second anniversary of Andrew Short's death in a yachting accident.... [more]
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World-first discovery 'can help save coral reefs'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability on coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse. 'Fishermen and scientists have long wondered how many fish can be taken off a reef before it collapses, says Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence (ARC CoE) for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.... [more]
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Ocean Grand Prix Powerboat World Endurance Championship cancelled
Martin Allerton,
The 2011 UIM Ocean Grand Prix Powerboat World Endurance Championship's remaining rounds will be cancelled says Event organiser, International Sea Racing Limited. 'We have taken this decision with a heavy heart,' explains Joseph Azzopardi, Event Director, Ocean Grand Prix. 'It is an extremely disappointing way for the inaugural OGP season to end.... [more]
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UIM ABP Aquabike World Championship preview
Aquabike.net,
UIM ABP Aquabike World Championship - Fifty two riders from eight countries will line up on the River Liu as the fight to decide the Championship titles goes down to the wire at this week's Grand Prix of China in Liuzhou, with French riders looking to complete a clean sweep and lift all four crowns.... [more]
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2011 Sydney International Boat Show report
Domenic Genua,
Domenic Genua Marketing & Events Manager Boating Industry Association of NSW describes the industry's premier event, in the current climate, covering the issues, strategy, exhibitor feedback, visitor observations and plans for the path ahead.... [more]
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Award winning life saving Dan Buoy now available in NZ
Sail-World,
The SOS Dan Buoy is contained in a compact unit that self-inflates on contact with the water in a man-overboard situation. The 2 meter high marker is visible from up to 1700m away and a keel-like weighting system holds it upright in virtually any sea state where pole markers or life rings might lose visual contact.... [more]
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Waiting for China to wake - a recent perspective of boating in China
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
In the words of Napoleon: 'when China wakes, she will shake the world'. At recent estimate, China is home to 970,000 millionaires, 40,000 ten-millionaires and 1,400 billionaires. Affluence is an economy driver and the Chinese are on a spending spree. With a population of 1.3 billion people, it's no wonder the world is beating a path to the Chinese mainland.... [more]
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Analysis confirms danger for sharks
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations. 'There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in the abundance of shark populations worldwide, coincident with marked rises in global shark catches in the last half-century'... [more]
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F1 H20 Grand Prix of China - Al Hameli takes Pole
Philippe Stiernon,
Grand Prix of China is the fifth stop on the 2011 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for power boating. On a rainy day in front of thousands of race fans along the Liu River, in an intensive three boat duel for pole position, Ahmed Al Hameli of Team Abu Dhabi out paced Italian Alex Carella and Frenchman Philippe Chiappe taking fast time with a 47.15 second lap... [more]
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RYA T850 Championship - Mark Williams clinches title
Emma Slater,
British RYA T850 Championship - Mark Williams (45) of Lowestoft secured his second British title of 2011 last weekend when he clinched the 2011 British RYA T850 Championship title. Mark, the 2010 F4 World Champion, opted out of the 2011 British F4 Championship to focus on the 2011 World title instead and brought his trusty Monohull out of retirement to battle for the T850 crown.... [more]
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British Outboard Hydroplane Championship – Codling retains title
Emma Slater,
British Outboard Hydroplane Championship - Julian Codling (46) from Norwich has once again retained his British Outboard Hydroplane Championship title after heading into the event with everything to race for. Julian who races a 250cc Hydroplane has had a very busy year competing at club, National and International level.... [more]
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British RYA Championships - Natalie first female Champion in a decade
Emma Slater,
British RYA Championships have seen competitors battle it out in various locations across the UK to secure the British RYA championship titles. Over 50 competitors have competed in the seven different championship classes throughout the season with ages of competitors ranging from as young as 10 up to their early 70's.... [more]
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Yacht Island Designs creates 'Project Utopia' the floating city
Media Services,
Here's the ideal island getaway that can take you anywhere you want to go.... [more]
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It's official, Australia's Greatest Bowrider is a Chaparral!
Dani Limback,
After recent exhaustive testing against a class field of quality opposition, the Chaparral 216SSi Bowrider has been awarded the title of Australia's Greatest Bowrider.... [more]
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Florida's Clearwater Beach set to welcome offshore racers
Bob Wonders,
At least 30 of the fastest offshore racers in the United States will converge on Clearwater Beach this weekend for the annual Bright House National Offshore Championships staged by Super Boat International (SBI). According to John Carbonell, Founder and President of SBI, Clearwater is a venue 'where all the competitors come to race and race seriously.'... [more]
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Sea-Doo champ, Kiwi Sam Harvey, chases another world title
Kate Gordon,
New Zealand's Sam Harvey is ready to chase down another world championship personal watercraft (PWC or jet-ski) racing title.... [more]
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World Water Ski Championship images by John Mewett
John Mewett,
World Water Ski Championship in Redcliffe, Australia, images from photographer John Mewett... [more]
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Seven steps to prepare for smoother boat docking
Captain John Jamieson,
Skippers have a million things on their minds when docking a boat. Have you covered all the details with your sailing crew to make sure they are ready for this tricky maneuver? Captain John Jamieson (Captain John) of skippertips.com suggests you make all seven of these seamanship tips part of your normal check list--before you enter any marina.... [more]
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2012 Club Marine Southern 80 10th - 12th of February
Moama Water Sports Club,
Club Marine Southern 80 date for the 2012 event will be the 10th - 12th of February. At the beginning of July, the future of the event was under a cloud due to demands from Ski Racing Australia to shift the date to the last weekend of April coupled with a significant increase to the sanction fee.... [more]
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Simpson Marine on show at two Macau luxury events
Simpson Marine,
For the first time, Macau will host its own Yacht Show at Fisherman's Wharf from October 27-30, 2011, displaying the world's most exclusive yachts, while scoring another first with Top Marques Macau, the only live supercar show, headquartered in Monaco, which earlier this year for the first time incorporated luxury boats. Top Marques' Asian debut will take place from November 24-27, 2011... [more]
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You're better off with a Broker when buying a boat
Jeni Bone,
Coinciding with summer and peak boating season, the Marine Brokers Association of NSW (MBA), a Division of the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA), is joining forces to promote the benefits of dealing with a BIA Accredited Marine Broker when buying a new or pre-owned boat.... [more]
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