The latest boating news from around Australia

03 May 2007

Another interesting mix of news and features from around the Asia Pacific.

We showcase one of Australia’s best known Motor Boating Clubs, bring you the CSIRO news on faster growing fish, provide the latest from the Trans Tasman Water Ski titles, we detail the NSW Coastal Ports and tell you of some of the interesting boats at upcoming shows.

If you are in the industry, please read our article on Wanted- Boat Industry Stars

Bob Wonders

St George Motor Boat Club - a boating power-house
By Bob Wonders,
There’d be few people, very few indeed, with an interest in power boating that have not visited or passed by the famous St.George Motor Boat Club on the shores of Kogarah Bay, in Sydney’s south. Bob Wonders takes a close up look at a power boating powerhouse.... [more]

Trans Tasman Challenge 2007 - Water Ski Racing
By David Bishop,
On the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April the Trans Tasman Challenge was run in the beautiful town of Metung on the Gippsland lakes in Victoria. This was a new venue which had never seen ski racing before. Well all we can say is it was the best venue Australia has ever seen for a Tasman Challenge bar none!... [more]

Power and Sail do mix proves new Brindabella owner
By Media Services,
The famous racing maxi yacht Brindabella has a new owner. Andrew Short, of Andrew Short Marine, is due to take delivery of the boat in the next few days. ‘Brindabella will be extensively remodelled and then raced at this year’s Hamilton Island Race Week. I’ve got a meeting with a designer later next week. Not till after then will we know for sure. But we’re looking at keel modifications, maybe a bowsprit and then new sails.’... [more]

Superyachts Power and Sail at Hamilton Island
By Rob Mundle,
The rapidly expanding world of superyachts has led to the organisers of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2007 to invite owners of both sailing and power vessels in this category to become part of the award winning event.... [more]

Reef and Rainforest Carnivale Fishing Tournament
By Reef and Rainforest Carnivale media,
Australia's Premier Fishing Competition, the Reef and Rainforest Carnivale Fishing Tournament, is being hosted at the Port Douglas and District Combined Clubs from Friday 18th May until Sunday 27th May.... [more]

Unravelling the mystery of Knots
By Rod Chapman,
The Adelaide-based Academy of Maritime Training is set to expand its range with its latest title, Knots, Bends & Splices. The DVD examines 12 knots, three bends, six hitches and five splices, the latter covering both rope to chain and braided rope to wire – a total of 30 examples in all, which will stand your sailing in good stead for years to come.... [more]

Maritimo to showcase new designs at Sanctuary Cove
By Maritimo media,
Maritimo will showcase a new Maritimo 60, a 52 Sky Lounge and a 48 featuring the new forward helm cruising bridge design at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on May 24 - 27.... [more]

$30M of Azimut at Sydney Boat Show
By Bob Wonders,
There’s an old saying that if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it! I’m not asking the price and I just know, however sadly, that Azimut and my bank balance don’t see eye to eye.... [more]

NSW Cruising Ports
By Ocean Magazine,
The NSW coastline is well known for its famous beaches, world-class fishing, diving and its pristine marine habitat. It has both a temperate and sub tropical climate and has a thriving fishing and aquaculture industry.... [more]

Simrad’s interactive exhibit at boat shows
By Ben Sandman,
The massive Simrad product range will be displayed as if it’s installed on a real vessel, with flush-mounted autopilot and wind instrument panels, right through to various radar units fitted to a replica bridge tower – all functioning in simulation mode for show patrons to discover their internationally-renowned power and precision.... [more]

Berkley Manning River Bream Challenge
By ABT Bream media,
The Super Series is new to the ABT qualifying events for 2007 and the Berkley Taree event proved to be testing with drenching rain and elusive legal size bream.... [more]

Fish growing faster with Climate Change
By CSIRO Australia,
Changes in growth rates in some coastal and long-lived deep-ocean fish species in the south west Pacific are consistent with shifts in wind systems and water temperatures, according to new Australian research.... [more]

Commodore's Trophy - SYC Power boat log event
By Sarah Cann,
The Power boat log event is contested on Moreton Bay, with the fleet travelling from the Gold Coast and Brisbane to compete over a set course, finishing at Canaipa.... [more]

Gulf Craft takes in positive Kuwait Boat Show
By IBI Magazine,
We are delighted with the interest from visitors to the Kuwait Boat Show, most of which were Kuwaiti nationals. Kuwait is one of the three most important countries in the Middle East boating industry and therefore we will continue to support the organisers to help grow the show next year,' said Erwin Bamps, executive manager at Gulf Craft.... [more]

Show stopping Fjord 40 at Sanctuary Cove Boatshow
By Media Services,
Scandinavian motor yacht boat builders Fjord partner with German high volume production yacht manufacturer Hanse to launch the new Fjord. The new Fjord lines originate on the Cote d’Azur, in Australia and on the Baltic.... [more]

PIMEX to be held at Royal Phuket Marina
By PIMEX event media,
PIMEX, Thailand’s first international boat show, was conceived — and has been organized for four years — by Image Asia Events Co., Ltd, under the direction of Show Director Andy Dowden. As part of the company’s strategic restructuring, and in the interests of maintaining a close relationship with its industry base, the organisation and operation of PIMEX 2007 has been transferred to Dowden’s marine consultancy company, Andaman Marine Consultants.... [more]

V8 Supercar driver races Offshore Powerboat
By Gary Nash,
V8 Supercar ace Russell Ingall got more than he bargained for this afternoon when his offshore powerboat ride. In what was to be a quick ride of a lifetime this morning before round four at Botany Bay, Ingall was offered the chance to step into the Maritimo cockpit with Peter 'Muddy' McGrath for a one off race and he pounced on the opportunity.... [more]

Simrad back in the fray on Botany Bay
By Rob Kothe,
Luke Durman and Ross Willaton’s Simrad was on fire off Newcastle last weekend literally. Last weekend’s drama behind them the Simrad duo are back on the water, with a replacement boat, a Maritimo boat that raced in last years series.... [more]

Waves of Migratory Pelicans
By Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports by satellite phone from the Pacific on the migration of millions of Brown Pelicans.... [more]

Supercar Ace rides with Offshore legend
By Gary Nash,
V8 Supercar ace Russell Ingall will take to the waters of Botany Bay on Sunday with offshore legend and Class One competitor Bill Barry-Cotter, prior to round four of the ACME Australian Offshore Powerboat Series at Botany Bay.... [more]

Sunseeker to use Fiat Power train for P1
By Edward Rowe,
Sunseeker has taken steps to bring powerboat racing to new levels of professionalism by forming a strategic partnership with Fiat Power train Technologies (FPT).... [more]

Phuket Voted Asia’s Maritime Capital
By Elson Koh,
Phuket has been named Asia’s Maritime Capital at the 3rd Christofle Asia Boating Awards – a prestigious accolade that also acknowledges Thailand’s remarkable post-tsunami recovery.... [more]

Earthrace stalled in the Carolines
The captain of the 78 foot bio-diesel powered Earthrace trimaran says the 1998 Cable and Wireless round the world race record will be untroubled by their current record attempt.... [more]

Wanted - Boating Industry Stars
By Bob Wonders,
We know the Boating industry has amongst its staff, young boaters who are making a name for themselves on the racing circuits, who had done some amazing trips, who broken records of all kinds. We want them on stage.... [more]

Turkey – Cultural Crossroads
By Charter World Yachting Holidays,
Turkey is really the meeting place of the East and West. Since the days when Istanbul was Constantinople, Turkey has been a country astride two cultures, European and Eastern. Turkey is the home of such unlikely historical and mythological companions as the city of Troy, Noah’s ark and Santa Claus. The country is a fortuitous blend of cultures, combined with a rich history that comes alive in the too-numerous-to-count archaeological sites.... [more]

2007 ACME Australian Powerboat Series

Australia's fastest and most powerful racing machines provide spectacular offshore racing....
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