Australian Boating News

10 May 2007

Another great week on the Australian Boating scene.

This week Powerboat-world profiles one of Australia’s best known boating clubs, the RQ.

We show you the latest changes in weather radar, Gold Coast and Adelaide based boaters will have already seen.

With a new record number of exhibitors at Sanctuary Cove, now only a few weeks away, we look at boats and electronics.

Powerboat-World welcomes Lexus, Club Marine and GME – Garmin to its advertising ranks this week.

One of the best pieces of news during the week was Club Marine putting the environment ahead of their cheque books when an out of control Dynacraft ran up the outer rock wall in Mackay Harbour. Make sure you read it.

We bring you news from the Hawkesbury River Bridge to Bridge and Earthrace still powering around the world.

Our Sail-World Cruising team reveal the secrets of DIY Water-makers and show us some of the delights of Las Perlas, the Island group off Panama that the Shah of Persia thought was the most idyllic place on earth.

Next week, we bring you the history of the EC Griffiths Cup and news from the Water Ski Worlds in New Zealand.

Bob Wonders

Powerboat-World Editor

Environment ahead of Insurer's Cheque Book
By Club Marine Media services,
On Friday a 50ft luxury multimillion dollar motor cruiser ploughed onto the rocks at Mackay Harbour on the North Queensland Coast. In scenes reminiscent of a high budget action film, the huge vessel was driven at speed up the rocky outside north wall of the harbour entrance.... [more]

Powerboat-World profiles Royal Queensland
By Bob Wonders,
Bob Wonders feels at ease on the shores of Moreton Bay, home base of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is far more than ‘just a yacht club’; it’s a Queensland icon, an institution.... [more]

Truslove wins Bridge to Bridge Classic
By Belinda Doyle,
The race commenced from Brooklyn Bridge at 9am on Sunday morning, with Truslove primed, prepped and confident, thanks to a full support crew, both in the air and on land. 'I'm elated with the win. We knew an F1 had what it takes to win. It's something I've wanted for many years,' expressed a jubilant Truslove.... [more]

Moving and Groovin’ with GME and Garmin
By Helen Hopcroft,
GME and Garmin will release their largest number of new products ever at this year’s Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, 24-27 May. Powerboat-World spoke to GME’s Warwick Clancy about the large range of entertainment products that his company has developed. The range includes CD and DVD players specifically designed for marine use; you can even take them out for a wet and wild tinnie ride.... [more]

San Diego or Bust
By Devann Yatta,
Earthrace is back on track in its attempt to break the world powerboat record for circumnavigation of the globe - while using only renewable fuels. In 1998 the British boat Cable & Wireless set the present record having made the 24,500 nautical mile journey in 75 days.... [more]

Destination: Of Shahs Pearls and Death in Paradise
By Nancy Knudsen,
It's told that when the fabulously wealthy Shah of Persia was exiled from his home country in the 1970's he searched the world for the most idyllic place in the world to spend the rest of his life, and ended up here – whether that urban legend is true or not, you can certainly see his grand home today, high on a hill overlooking a charming beach on this island - Contadora, Las Perlas Islands, in the Gulf of Panama, Central America.... [more]

Riviera wins new accolades
By Denby Browning,
Riviera won Modern Boating’s top accolade in 2005 for the 33 Flybridge, the first in that line to combine propeller pockets in the hull with underwater exhausts. These innovations served to improve performance and reduce noise and fumes. In 2006 Riviera won the top award for the company’s first Sport Yacht, the 3600.... [more]

Halvorsen exhibition at National Maritime Museum
By Shirani Aththas,
Dreamboats & Workboats – the Halvorsen story draws on the museum’s extensive collection of Halvorsen plans, photographs and boatbuilding tools to trace the family’s route from Norway to Australia early last century.... [more]

NZ Supports Reduction in Bottom Trawl Fishing
By Greenpeace/,
Key outcomes agreed at a recent meeting of the South Pacific Regional Management Organisation (RFMO) will mean that fishing vessels will not be allowed to bottom fish in areas that are identified or likely to have vulnerable marine ecosystems such as cold water corals and sponge fields, without prior assessment and measures. Conservation and management measures will need to be put in place before fishing can occur.... [more]

DIY – The World's Cheapest Watermaker.
By Ted Nobbs,
... the conversation came around to watermakers. 'How much does yours produce?' I asked. ''About 100 litres' 'Wow', I replied, 'We couldn't afford any such luxury – ours produces only 13 litres, but we get along okay.' I remember Bob's laugh. 'Well, I made it my myself, and it cost very little ...... [more]

RYA Yachtmaster® Qualifications now STCW Compliant
By Susan Boyd,
News of importance for boating professionals seeking international careers. The RYA Yachtmaster® qualification is now STCW Compliant. The RYA has reinforced its standing as the leading provider of training for professional skippers by spelling out its compliance with STCW training on its Yachtmaster® certificates.... [more]

American Boating Congress Goes Green
By IBI News/Michael Verdon,
With the environment starting to be the buzz word on everyone's lips, it's heartening to know that the span of the green movement is widening. IBI News reports that The NMMA's annual American Boating Congress (ABC) began Monday with speakers that included the head Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency... [more]

P1 Maltese Grand Prix cancelled due to conditions
By Martin Allerton,
Conditions outside of Valletta Harbour were considered dangerous enough not to put teams and safety crews at risk and the time trial initiative within the harbour walls was introduced to reward the large crowds with a show.... [more]

Families give up the Ghost
By Rob Kothe,
The last theory seems tragically the most likely. Perhaps Kaz II had run around on a tidal sandbar and the three sailors got off to push? Did a gust of wind power her away, leaving them to drown as the five metre tidal surge swept them south?... [more]

Volunteers on alert as whale season approaches
By Queensland DPI,
With whale season just around the corner, Queensland Coastal volunteers who have played an integral role in averting potentially fatal whale entanglements in shark control equipment along the Gold Coast are to be recognised for their efforts and ongoing support.... [more]

Improved weather radar - Australian roll-out
By Al Constable,
Weather radar images from the Bureau of Meteorology are increasing in usefulness for the marine community. The BOM's radar network display is being further improved with people now able to select additional map and topographical backgrounds in South East Queensland and in Adelaide, as part of a national upgrade.... [more]

AIS - a major navigation advance
‘Greatest thing since sliced bread!’ That was the pronouncement of Sydney sailor Ian Potter of Sundancer II. He was talking about an AIS (Automatic Identification System) Receiver. Sundancer has had a chance to try out this brand new technology on their way across the Indian Ocean in the last couple of months.... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Show sets exhibitor record
By Kate Duryea,
The 19th annual event is now the largest marine display in the southern hemisphere with more than 4km of on-water marina displays plus pavilions and open-air exhibits. The Show is staged at Sanctuary Cove from Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27.... [more]

‘Life at the Extreme: the Volvo Ocean Race'
By Helen Hopcroft,
As soon as the book, ‘Life at the Extreme’, entered my household there was a fight about who got to read it first. My editor had warned me that this was going to happen. ‘It’s a boy’s book’ Rob Kothe said as he passed the handsome hardback edition to me. ‘You’ll probably find that your husband won’t put it down.’... [more]

Australian F1 Superboat Series
F1 Superboats are the ultimate in outboard circuit racing, for those not familiar with the sport the initial sight of an F1 boat can be awe-inspiring....
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2007 ACME Australian Powerboat Series

Australia's fastest and most powerful racing machines provide spectacular offshore racing....
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Earthrace Round the World Record attempt 2007

Earthrace has been specifically designed to perform at high-speeds in the world's toughest ocean conditions, and will at times, submarine right through waves....
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