Heavy weather - boats in trouble

08 Jun 2007

Wild Weather

There was going to be an F1 Superboat race series in Newcastle this coming weekend, with practice tomorrow and racing on Sunday.

As wild weather lashes the Hunter Coast, race organisers are worried about the surge and wind in Newcastle Harbour.

The weather is definitely wild. There are three bulk carriers in trouble. One of the 30 off the New South Wales port of Newcastle has broken its moorings and run onto the beach. With 700 tonnes of fuel oil onboard, the Pasha Bulker presents a possible pollution risk. Latest news is that two more of the bulk coal carriers off Stockton Beach are dragging their anchors in the wild weather.

Back to regular boating. I owned a Fjord powerboat for 20+ years, but it was nothing like the astonishing new Fjord Open 40 at Sanctuary Cove. This is a must see boat – the next chance will be at Sydney International Boat Show. Have a look at the story and pictures on Powerboat-world now.

Lots of sport and boating news this week. The fight over 17 tonnes of silver recovered from an Atlantic Shipwreck continues. We preview the F1 and Offshore Powerboats events and we have reports from the Game Fishing World Titles and the Water Ski Worlds.

Up here on the Gold Coast, the weather had settled, but it does not look like much of a boating weekend down south.

Bob Wonders

Ship Grounds at Newcastle
By NSW Maritime/Powerboat-World,
The bulk carrier Pasha Bulker grounded near the entrance to Newcastle Harbour this morning, in heavy seas according to NSW Maritime. The 225m long, 30,000 tonne bulk carrier is aground on Big Ben reef, just south of the port entrance. There are 21 crew on board.... [more]

Maritimo winning New Zealand hearts and minds
By Media Services,
The Maritimo range has been performing superbly on the New Zealand market, with Don Senior, of Maritimo Offshore NZ Limited, stating that he has already compiled an extensive data base of people with a genuine interest in the boats... [more]

East Coast low causes problem for Newcastle F1
By Rob Kothe,
The XLR8 Home Loans Australian Formula 1 Superboat Series is scheduled to race on Saturday and Sunday on Newcastle harbour. But a savage East Coast low is bringing heavy winds, driving rain and big seas to the New South Wales Hunter region.... [more]

Fishing Products and Advice at Sydney International Boat Show
By Event Media,
Sponsored by Club Marine and NSW Maritime, show organiser the Boating Industry Association of NSW is determined to make the 40th Sydney International Boat Show one to remember. Scheduled for August 2-7 at its now traditional home is at Darling Harbour and for those fond of wielding a rod or a line, the show looks the goods. All six halls of the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre will be filled to capacity, with all manner of boats, engines, marine electronics, fishing tackle, nautical clothing and general boating accessories.... [more]

Powerboats set for High Adrenalin at Airlie Beach
By Gary Nash,
The pinnacle of high speed offshore racing makes its way to Airlie Beach next weekend when the Australian Offshore Powerboat Series stages round five of the 2007 championship at the foot of the Whitsundays.... [more]

Heavy Weather ahead of Long Weekend - Danger for boating
By NSW Maritime,
Wild, cold weather is set to challenge boaters across much of NSW this long weekend. NSW Maritime Recreational Boating General Manager, Brett Moore, NSW Maritime said last night that the combination of long weekend and wild weather was cause for concern.... [more]

The astonishing Fjord 40
By Bob Wonders,
I would have been as astonished as anyone among the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show visitors when confronted with the Fjord 40 Open. This was straight from the &8216;now I&8217;ve seen everything department.... [more]

IWSF World Water Ski Racing Championships wrap
By Brad Dutton,
With five out of the six classes still to be decided on the last round there was some great action in all three races on the last day of racing. First of all was the battle to be resumed between Ann Procter of Australia and current World Champion Kim Lumley from Great Britain.... [more]

Congratulations to new Certified Marina Managers
By Tony Castles,
Five top marina managers from Australia and New Zealand were presented with CMM status at the Marinas 2007 conference on the Queensland Gold Coast, May 28-30. The International Marina Institute (IMI) has now successfully certified more than 200 managers representing many of the best marinas in the world, and the number is growing as the demand for highly skilled management rapidly increases within the marina industry.... [more]

Henri Lloyd Concept store at Hamilton Island
By Media Services,
The wait is finally over! After much anticipation, Henri Lloyd is set to open their next concept store in Australia, and where better to do this than amongst the oceanic surrounds of Hamilton Island!... [more]

2007 Brisbane International Boat Show
By Media Service,
The Boating Industry Association of Queensland (BIAQ) has released invitations to exhibit and details concerning the 2007 Brisbane International Boat Show. Staged at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, on the Brisbane River at Southbank, the show is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 through to Sunday, September 2.... [more]

Earthrace Announces European Promotional Tour
By Devann Yata,
Earthrace Project is presently making plans to visit up to 40 European cities during an upcoming promotional tour covering the next eight months. The showpiece of the tour is a revolutionary and spectacular-looking, biodiesel-powered boat – simply called Earthrace.... [more]

Marine Industry merger - Power and Sail join forces
By Media Services,
Two of the Australian marine industry’s best known companies, The Ausail Marine Group and Pathfinder Marine have merged, bringing together prominent industry personalities Norman Ambrose (The Ausail Marine Group) and Richard Pym and James Mark Anthony (Pathfinder Marine).... [more]

International approval for GME's MT410 PLBs
By Taline Tateossian,
Australia's GME innovative AccuSat™ Personal Locator Beacons receive COSPAS SARSAT approval. Utilising the same ground breaking Australian technology as the MT400 EPIRB, the MT410 and MT410G AccuSat™ Personal Locator Beacons are the latest exciting extension to GME’s growing family of innovative safety products.... [more]

Game Fishing World Championship final day
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
Spain’s Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2006 seemed to be mired in the middle of the 62 boat field of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Offshore World Championship, but their luck changed -- even with a boat called the Bad Market -- as the team bolted to the top with 10 releases on the fourth and final day to win the eighth annual world class competition in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.... [more]

Shipwreck 17 tons of Silver stirs claims
By Russell Ray,
The enormous sunken treasure recently retrieved by a Tampa-based deep-sea exploration and salvage company may belong to Great Britain; although Odyssey Marine Exploration thinks its claim is solid.... [more]

Riviera works with charity
By Denby Browning,
Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder, Riviera, has joined with Ronald McDonald House Charities to become naming rights partner for the 2007 Queensland Ronald McDonald House Charities Riviera Crystal Ball in September.... [more]

Earthrace joins the America’s Cup fleet
By Rob Kothe,
What to do when your round the world record attempt cracks up in Spain? It’s a no brainer...if you are New Zealander. You patch up the cracks in the hull of your 78 foot biodiesel powered trimaran and head off to support the boys, just 250 nautical miles up the road in Valencia.... [more]

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