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  08 Jun 2012
 



As with make-up, there comes a time when 'moor' is less

Boats are packed like sardines in many mooring areas - what if one breaks free?  Mark Rothfield
It's been wet and wild all week It was raining cats and blowing dogs off chains, to mix two very odd metaphors.
Marine Rescue NSW's Ken McManus, good fella that he is, has warned of continuing dangerous conditions along the NSW coast, urged boat owners to stay put, and reminded owners of moored boats to keep a watch on them.


At a nearby stadium, the Wallabies battled Scotland. Among the crowd, kilts are blowing skyward like Marilyn Monroe's skirt and St Bernards are delivering wee drams to ward off hypothermia. The Scots won sending the Australians crashing like waves on the beach.

The ships off Newcastle upped anchor and fled seawards, spurred by the spectre of the Pasha Bulker which ran aground in just such a storm.

Thar the East Coast 'low' blows ... and it was wonderful indeed to be indoors.

I'm reminded of my honeymoon in the Whitsundays, circa 1990, which coincided with the arrival of tropical cyclone Ivor and average windspeeds of 125 km/h. There was one night in particular that was sleepless and rocky for all the wrong reasons.

I was terrified that we'd drag anchor during the night, so I was forever on deck checking our bearings. At dawn we decided to head for Hamilton Island Marina - crazy in hindsight, for the Passage was a sea of foam, but we made it. And we didn't budge again.

Upon returning home, a southerly struck. My new wife woke to see me trying to climb out the bedroom window, half asleep but hell-bent on getting on deck to check that our apartment wasn't adrift. That's how much it affects you.

They've been many more sleepless nights since, fretting for boats kept on exposed moorings, dreading the phone call from the maritime authorities. But not now – my current boat is on a trailer under the carport, snug as a bug.

Being safe and sound in a marina is worth every cent.  Mark Rothfield

If it wasn't, it would be in a marina. There comes a time in every boat owner's life when moor is less, and when a berth is better than death. Sell the dog, take a second job ... just do it.


Mark Rothfield



Bureau of Meteorology weather warning - Dangerous surf conditions
Penny Robins,
An alert has been issued by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions for the whole NSW coast on Friday and Saturday, and from Sydney to the Queensland border on Sunday.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show confirmed for 2013 in Darling Harbour
Domenic Genua,
The Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA) has confirmed that the Sydney International Boat Show will be staged in Darling Harbour in August 2013.... [more]
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Roads and Maritime Services to replace markers on Brisbane Water
Penny Robins,
Work has been started by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to replace more than 20 navigation markers on Brisbane Water. RMS Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Acting Regional Manager Hendrik Clasie said Brisbane Water was a unique waterway with a large number - more than 180 – of navigation markers needed to mark the safest course for boaters.... [more]
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Family Fun key to attendance at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Families were well catered for at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with feedback from visitors saying the Carnival atmosphere was back this year, as well as reinforcing the theory that 'if the kids are happy, everybody's happy'.... [more]
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NSW dangerous surf and high tide alert
Roads and Maritime Services NSW,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and State Emergency Services (SES) about damaging winds, surf and high tides... [more]
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Boats smashed in storm on NSW south coast
Marine Rescue NSW,
The strong winds and rough seas battering the NSW coastline wreaked havoc with moored vessels in Jervis Bay overnight. With high winds and surging seas continuing to pound the coast, Deputy Commissioner Heinz Mueller again appealed for boat owners to avoid taking to the water and to check their vessels' moorings.... [more]
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RYA British Powerboat GP Championship Round 2
RYA,
For the second round of the RYA British Powerboat GP Championship, around 40 competitors from across the country made the journey to battle it out in six championship classes. In powerboat racing there's one thing you can never guarantee in the UK and obviously that's the weather hopes had been high following the brief spell of summer sunshine leading up to the event... [more]
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In my opinion – Clean up after yourself
Jarrod Day,
In today's era I still can't believe that so many of our fishing beaches and waterways continually become littered by those too lazy to take their rubbish home. On a recent stroll along a known land based fishing beach in Victoria I was appalled to find discarded bait packets and fishing rod wrappers.... [more]
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Changed traffic conditions on and under Spit Bridge
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services NSW advise motorists and boaters of changed traffic conditions on and under the Spit Bridge, Middle Harbour in June and July for bridge span lift system improvement work. The bridge will not open to marine traffic from Monday 18 June to Sunday 1 July, inclusive.... [more]
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Mini boats a hit with the boat show dreamer market
Jeni Bone,
It was a great showcase for big boats, and the smallest boats at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Clive Raharuhi from Concept Hobbies not only sold out of his show stock of remote-controlled boats, his store nearby was cleared out by visitors on their way home from the event.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Tide Application for iPads
Marine News Wire/Sail-World,
ChronGlobal Corporation, the developer of the successful ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope App, has just released a new specifically designed version for iPad users, which has shot to No. 6 position in the Nav category in less than a week.... [more]
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LNP will not stifle port development to protect reef: Newman
Media Services,
In the wake of the release of the UNESCO report that says rapid coastal development is threatening the health of the reef, Premier Campbell Newman has said slowing down port and industry development along Queensland's coast is not an option.... [more]
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Official opening of White Bay 6 Marine Park
The Hon Duncan Gay MLC,
NSW Minister for Ports Duncan Gay has unveiled new boating facilities at the official opening of the White Bay 6 Marine Park.... [more]
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Home smoking fish
Carl Hyland,
In these harsh economic times, many are now turning back to traditional ways of storing food for the future. One such method being reintroduced is the smoking of fish.... [more]
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Phil Shaw swaps Sanctuary Cove Boat Show for Supercars
Jeni Bone,
One of the familiar faces working all year round on the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for four years, Events & Operations Manager, Phil Shaw departed the marina this year, attracted by the allure of the V8 Supercars.... [more]
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UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship Italian Grand Prix - Podium places
Aquabike.net,
At the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship Italian Grand Prix, French riders dominated in Golfo Aranci - lifting a hat-trick of titles; Francois Medori took his second win of the weekend and a first title of the year in Runabout, with Jeremy Poret making it look easy completing his win double in Golfo Aranci to take his second Ski GP1 title of 2012.... [more]
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Marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The first conclusive evidence that marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations on neighbouring reefs which are open to both commercial and recreational fishing has been gathered by an international team of scientists. The groundbreaking study was carried out in the Keppel Island group on Australia's Great Barrier Reef... [more]
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UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship - Heat 1 win to French duo
Aquabike World Championship,
Francois Medori moved to the top of the Runabout points table after winning heat 1 of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship Italian Grand Prix. There was drama midway through the race when Championship leader Cyrille Lemoine, who had led from the start, hit trouble and was passed by Medori on lap 10, before being towed off the 28 pin 2.2km course a lap later.... [more]
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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline
EU NAVFOR/Sail-World,
For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped all cruising sailors from entering the once popular Gulf of Aden route to the Med, the EU Naval Force last month made a direct hit, not on Somali pirates at sea, but on their equipment on shore.... [more]
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Navigation change on Hawkesbury River at Windsor Bridge
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advise skippers the waters around the Windsor Bridge in the Hawkesbury River will be partially closed to navigation from Monday for about two weeks for geotechnical investigations. RMS Maritime Acting Regional Manager Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Hendrik Clasie said from 4 June there will be work vessels on the river carrying out environmental impact work.... [more]
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Australian Superyachts appointed Australian agent for Gulf Craft
Jeni Bone,
Speaking at this year's Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX), Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulf Craft was also in Australia to formalise the appointment of Australian agent, Richard Morris of Australian Superyachts.... [more]
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RYA British Circuit Championship Round 2 preview
Emma Slater,
Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club Grand Prix, the second round of the RYA British Circuit Championship, is being held in Carr Mill Dam, St Helens this weekend (2/3 June). Around 40 teams are expected to make the journey north for the RYA Championship, battling it out in six different racing classes to become British Champions.... [more]
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Erwin Bamps, COO Gulf Craft: interview at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Jeni Bone, editor,
Guest of Superyacht Australia and AIMEX, hosts of this year's ASMEX conference, 22 & 23 May, Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulf Craft, is staying on for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, announcing today a formal agreement with Richard Morris to be the brand's distributor in this region.... [more]
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Marine Rescue flares guide ambulance rescue helicopter
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Ulladulla Unit Commander Doug Musker used both a marine smoke flare and illuminating flare to guide an ambulance rescue helicopter to land at the Ulladulla harbour car park to collect an injured fisherman this afternoon, Wednesday 30th May 2012.... [more]
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2012 Australian Marine Industry Awards judged at Sanctuary Cove
AIMEX,
Last week during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the judging panel for the 2012 Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards met to determine the Award winners.... [more]
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ThunderCats RYA National Championships at Watergate Bay
RYA,
For the first two rounds of the ThunderCats RYA National Championships, which took place in Watergate Bay, Newquay, over the weekend of 19-20 May, the results are in. The atmosphere was electric throughout the weekend as Team Microlink and Peter's and May raced neck and neck in the Pro Stock series, with the win eventually going to Team Microlink who clinched first place in both rounds reaching... [more]
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Demand increases for all types of boats: Marine Auctions
Marine Auctions & Valuations,
Adrian Seiffert, Director of Marine Auctions said sale prices for all types of boats sold at their last regular boat auction, held at Runaway Bay last Sunday, (May 27) increased by around 15 to 20%.... [more]
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Making a Splash – Brisbane Boat Show Set to Celebrate 52 Years!
Marine Queensland,
The mining boom credited with injecting valuable monies to Australia's regional communities and flagging retail sector is also proving to be a catalyst for a renaissance for the boating industry with more interest in all things marine than ever before.... [more]
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Fishing down under,down under!
Carl Hyland,
Going back through my records (as I often do) I note that at this time last year, I was writing about how cold the weather in Tasmania was, plus the fact that anglers were lamenting poor seasonal catches. Well that's not the case this year with the fishing currently being sensational. The weather too, seems to be exceptionally good, sure we are getting cool to cold mornings, but the weather during... [more]
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SCIBS overall - Visitor numbers up, sales up, industry looking up!
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2012 (SCIBS) - Visitor numbers in total were up 1.6%, coming in at 37,094 over the four days. But importantly, out in force were genuine buyers. Organisers of this year's event are ecstatic with feedback from exhibitors, all of whom state they are very happy and in many cases 'blown away' by their results.... [more]
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Closed season for Aussie bass approaching
Fisheries Queensland,
Australian bass will be off limits to fishers from 1 June until the end of August 2012, except in some dams and waterways.... [more]
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Qatar Team seeks improvement in Italy
F1 H2O,
Dissatisfied with their fourth and fifth place showing at the season's opening Grand Prix of the 2012 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating in Doha, last year's winning World and Team Champions, Qatar Team, has just returned from three days of testing on the Po River in Northern Italy. Their goal, improving and updating their DAC boats for next month's race in Kazan on the 22-23 June.... [more]
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QR technology scanning the future
Rosalie Taylor,
If you don't have a QR scanner on your smartphone, it's probably about time you did.... [more]
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Protecting Hammerhead sharks
NSW DPI,
NSW Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, stated that the Great Hammerhead Shark has been listed as a Vulnerable Species and the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark as an Endangered Species in NSW. 'Following a detailed assessment, both species are now totally protected, meaning that they may no longer be taken by recreational or commercial fishers,' Ms. Hodgkinson said.... [more]
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