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Editorial December 30 '09.

So, it has come to this – my very last issue of Powerboat-World.

No, sorry about that, you haven't seen me off altogether, I simply mean my very last edition for 2009.

Don't know about all you folk ‘out there', but I find it borders on the unbelievable that, for example, it's coming up 10-years since my hometown, Sydney, was awash with excitement for the 2000 Olympic Games.

Ten years! It seems so very recent to my sometimes addled brain.

Anyway, the past is past and all here at Powerboat-World look forward to an even more productive 2010.

So wander through with us, we issue some relevant advice for those intending to enjoy themselves and welcome the New Year in on Sydney Harbour (says me, tinged green with jealousy).

Early in February the mighty Clarence River will be the setting for round two of the Australian Formula Powerboat Association meeting and for those intending to take a look see the organisers promise plenty of non-stop action.

One item I found rather disturbing; it concerns what American oceanographers term ‘the Pacific garbage dump' and it's not getting any better.

Personally, I would happily impose lengthy jail terms for anyone deliberately using the oceans of the world as a rubbish tip!

In NSW, anglers intending to partake of their favourite past time over the holiday period have been warned to carry current licences and to make sure they take fish, legal in species and size.

And how about this – we have some incredible photos of an undersea volcanic eruption, with molten lava spewing out on the seabed.

Plenty more to keep you occupied, too.

To the crews who have arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, after contesting the usually-punishing Sydney-Hobart blue water classic, congratulations and to all readers of Powerboat-World, the old and the new, may 2010 deliver your every wish.

Happy New Year.



Bob Wonders



Boating safety for NYE celebrations around NSW
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay has urged skippers to put safety first as they prepare to take to waterways around NSW to celebrate New Year's Eve.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 Spirit of Belgium team banking on same formula
Powerboat P1 News,
Spirit of Belgium team principal and throttleman, Patrick Huybreghts, proudly announced plans for an all-new custom-built hull for the 2010 Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Championship earlier this week.... [more]
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Marine Profile: Port Stephens
Fiona Harper,
The expansive body of water known as Port Stephens penetrates far inland, creating a popular cruising destination north of Sydney, with all weather refuge for mariners.... [more]
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Ancient giant clams issue El Niño warning
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
A 35-year window into the climate of one of the longest interglacial periods of the last million years has sounded a warning that El Niño events were half as frequent then as they are today.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat - Montavoci's points run extends to 24 races
Class 1 Powerboat,
Podiums may have been beyond his grasp, but points-finishes in all of this season's nine races saw Italian throttleman, Giampaolo Montavoci, finish fourth overall in the 2009 World Championship standings... [more]
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Formula powerboats head to Grafton
Bob Wonders,
Top Formula boats set to stir up the Clarence River. Throughout both days, spectators will be treated to non-stop action, culminating in the finals on Sunday afternoon with the Formula 3 at 12.30pm, Formula 2 at 2.15pm and the ‘first graders', Formula1 at 3pm.... [more]
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Special exclusion zones for New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul Mcleay has called on boaters to show extra care and patience and observe special exclusion zones as they prepare to take to Sydney Harbour to celebrate New Year's Eve... [more]
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Sydney Harbour – the place to be as 2009 draws to a close
Bob Wonders,
Hundreds of recreational craft will see in the New Year on Sydney's famous harbour. For boat owners (and their guests) the harbour is the place to celebrate and it attracts hundreds of recreational craft, ranging from canoes and kayaks through to dinghies, runabouts and megayachts.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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Customary fishing to be recognised under WA sustainability principles
Dept Fisheries WA,
Customary fishing serves the cultural, educational and traditional purposes of Western Australia's Indigenous communities and is separate to recreational and commercial fishing.... [more]
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Oceans Day at Copenhagen UNFCCC COP-15
IOC-UNESCO,
Oceans Day at Copenhagen UNFCCC COP-15 (December 14, 2009), the first-ever Oceans Day at a UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, brought together 320 leaders from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, science, and industry from 40 countries to focus on the central role of the oceans in climate change and the fact that close to 50% of the world's population living in coastal areas will suffer disproportionat... [more]
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NSW Fishers warned - Catch a fish, not a fine
NSW DPI,
New South Wales fishers are being warned to make sure they pack their NSW Recreational Fishing Licence before they head off on holidays this festive season... [more]
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Pacific 'garbage patch' on the increase
Jeni Bone,
US scientists have returned from an expedition to the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' - estimated to be 'the size of Texas'- with samples of plastic debris they pulled out of the ocean — soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks, old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets.... [more]
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NSW Maritime call for extra caution in boats
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has issued a call for extra care following the loss of two lives in two separate boating incidents over the past two days in the Murray Inland Region.... [more]
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NSW Maritime says Hobart start on Sydney Harbour went well
NSW Maritime,
The traditional Boxing Day start in the harbour to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race went well, according to NSW Maritime.... [more]
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ROV images the discovery of the deepest explosive Sea Eruption
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor.... [more]
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First sign ups for 2010 Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship
Powerboat P1,
Teams GSS Mermaid and Octane have become the first to sign up for the 2010 Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship.... [more]
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Cangiano ready to defend his P1 Evolution Class World title
Powerboat P1,
Evolution Class World Champion, Giancarlo Cangiano, is looking forward to putting his feet up over the festive season after recently undergoing some repairs to a knee injury suffered whilst skiing in 2008.... [more]
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String of significant WA South Coast abalone apprehensions
Dept Fisheries WA,
Four men are facing significant charges and potentially large fines for alleged abalone offences, detected this month (December) along Western Australia's South Coast.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Radio skeds & Radio Relay traffic
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World.com is streaming the Sydney Hobart Radio skeds and Radio relay traffic. Link here... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Follow the action with Bass & Flinders Cruises
Sail-World,
On Boxing Day Bass & Flinders vessels Ocean Dreaming I, Ocean Dreaming 2 and Sun Cat will follow the Sydney to Hobart fleet right from the start. ‘We take our boat out with 200 passengers and we are able to follow them down the leading boats because our vessels do travel at about 28 knots, so we can keep up with them out on the ocean.... [more]
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Riviera aims to make waves at 2010 Miami Boat Show
Stephen Milne,
Riviera is powering forward with exciting new models and designs, which are expected to make waves at one of the world's largest and most prestigious boating events – the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 2010 event, which spans 2.5 million square feet at the Miami Beach Convention Centre from February 11-15.... [more]
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Boaties praised for taking proper preparations ahead of bar drama
Don Scandrett,
A dramatic incident at the entrance to the Manukau Harbour Bar yesterday afternoon could have cost lives had it not been for the boaties themselves being properly prepared and ready for such an incident says Coastguard.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Champion Tedeschi gets the axe
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 - Three-time Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Champion, Angelo Tedeschi, has refused to get too downhearted after last week's shock announcement that the Italian would not be racing with the Ukrainian Sprit team in 2010... [more]
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Miami - it needs an explanation
Bob Wonders,
Miami and Miami Beach - they're as different as chalk and cheese. Miami and Miami Beach are two separate cities, each with its own council, its own police force; they are about a 20 minute cab ride (depending on traffic) apart.... [more]
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The 69th Miami International Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Miami rates as the 1 show for the US boating industry. It is the major exhibition staged in the US by the powerful NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) and for exhibitors a successful Miami show means a profitable year ahead.... [more]
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