The latest news from the Boats and Boating scene

28 Sep 2007

35,000 view NQ boat racing

Offshore start Townsville  John Wheatley for AOPC
They certainly love their sport, those North Queenslanders. We read regularly of the full house sign going up whenever the Cowboys take on a rival in the National Rugby League, now more than 35,000 have flocked to the foreshores of Cleveland Bay, with Magnetic Island as the backdrop to watch round two of the Offshore Superboat Championships. Good for them. We have the full report here.

Less than a month to the Gold Coast Boat Show, it shaping as a must see for south eastern Queensland boaters.

Also, and we don’t want to ‘put the wind up’ trailer boat owners, but one Sydney council sees trailer boats parked in residential streets as ‘a problem.’ That’s something we’ll keep an ear tuned as this perceived problem will be discussed at the annual conference next month of the Local Government Association.

Incidentally, somewhere in the world there’s a tribe of gremlins who specialise in causing problems for publishers such as ourselves.

They got to us recently and substituted an incorrect photograph in our story on the Chapman Marine Group winning the Australian rights to the renowned muscle boats.

Our apologies, of course, to Mark Chapman and the Cigarette Racing Team and for the fans out there this week will bring you five spectacular shots of the breed flexing their muscles off Miami.

Yesterday we posted a feature article on fire on boats and within 24 hours, we’ve had two US publications ask for permission to re-print, so it’s definitely worth reading.

This week we welcome BMW to our advertisers list. BMW are big in Motor sport, but they are big in boat racing too, they were heavily involved with the last America’s Cup.

They have created an amusing ad for us. Have a look at it, it’s about the BMW 3 series convertible and Match racing. You will find it at the top of the Powerboat-world page, its part of the rotating ad. series, so you might have to wait for a few others.

Lots of other interesting and fun news this week too.

By Bob Wonders, Editor

Cigarettes – without health warning
By Bob Wonders,
A selection of spectacular shots of the mighty Cigarette boats flexing their muscles off Miami.... [more]

2007 Gold Coast Boat Show to have Carnival atmosphere
By Bob Wonders,
Marine Queensland's General Manager Barry Hibberd expecting a carnival atmosphere and a fantastic display at 2007 Gold Coast Boat Show.... [more]

Shipwright turned Lawyer at Newcastle TAFE
By Helen Hopcroft,
It’s like the start of a bad joke: what do you call a lawyer who is also a qualified shipwright? The answer in this case is Lake Macquarie resident Marcel Vaarzon-Morel. After 20 years working as a shipwright he went back to university and graduated with a law degree. Nowadays he works for the Newcastle office of the prestigious Hunt & Hunt law firm, and this week volunteered his time to speak to students and apprentices at the Newcastle TAFE school of boat and ship building. He spoke about common legal problems that shipwrights and people working in the marine industry face.... [more]

New Tech -100 knots and cruising!!!
The new 50 Foot Zytiron High performance luxury express cruiser from Hydrofoils Incorporated. The designers claim this will be the safest, fastest, and most advanced motor yacht on the water, BAR NONE.... [more]

Offshore Racing Drama off Townsville
By Bob Wonders,
Rough conditions off Townsville thrill more than 35,000 spectators during round two of the Offshore Superboat series. Crew's lucky escape as Plexiglass windscreen implodes.... [more]

Maritimo game fishing plans back on track
By Des Ryan,
The new Maritimo 550 battle wagon is about two weeks from completion when it will head north and contest the famous Lizard Island Game Fishing Classic starting on October 13.... [more]

SYC's New Marina Extension Opening on 12th October
By Sarah Cann,
Southport Yacht Club’s New Marina Extension Opening is now scheduled for Friday 12th October 2007.... [more]

Letters from the Med - Andrea & Ian Treleaven
By Andrea Treleaven,
Rounding Cabo de Sao Vicente, the most southern end of Portugal, was like entering a whole new area. It’s hot; the sea is blue and cliffs of golden sandstone that are carved into many shapes by the Atlantic sea. High on a baron exposed cliff is ‘Prince Henry the Navigators’ School of Navigation. Not a lot remains due to the 1740 earthquake and pillaging by Sir Francis Drake.... [more]

Fire at Sea – Are you Prepared?
By Des Ryan,
Probably one of the worst nightmares for any boater, almost worse than the thought of the boat sinking beneath you, is of a fire at sea. Here we go through some simple steps that will make you comfortable – or otherwise – with your boat's preparedness for this worst of all incidents.... [more]

Dupont $500M Kevlar Production Expansion
By &,
DuPont is to invest over $500 million in a multi-phase production expansion of its Kevlar para-aramid brand fibre. The expansion will boost capacity by over 25% when complete in 2010.... [more]

PIMEX 2007 at Royal Phuket Marina
By &,
UPDATE… PIMEX 2007 at Royal Phuket Marina. With less than three months to go, the fifth Phuket International Boat Show – being held from 6-9 December at the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Award winning Royal Phuket Marina in December – has received bookings from an impressive list of exhibitors.... [more]

Concern over alleged illegal fishing in WA
By Dept Fisheries WA,
Department of Fisheries Regional Manager Greg Finlay said investigations were underway into the second incident, after Fisheries and Marine Officers spotted a vessel within the Coral Patches Reef Observation Area (ROA) on Wednesday (19 September). The four Reef Observation Areas, within the Abrolhos Islands' Fish Habitat Protection Area, are special places that have been set aside for the conservation and observation of marine life and habitats.... [more]

Thundercats are go at Portimao
By Martin Allerton,
Each craft has a pilot and co-pilot; the co-pilot has the task of ensuring the boat does not lift vertically or flip by moving around the deck to redistribute weight. Not a job for the feint hearted but fascinating to watch!... [more]

Henri Lloyd at Hamilton Island
By Fran Burke,
Henri Lloyd’s new concept corner on Hamilton Island opened last month to strong cheers from Australia’s sailing community and to even stronger opening sales. The opening of the store coincided with Henri Lloyd’s first year as official clothing sponsor for one of Australia’s most exciting, action packed sailing events for yachties and fashionistas alike – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2007.... [more]

Mandurah's new Marine Operations Centre
By Regina Titelius,
Recent Bureau of Statistics data shows Mandurah is Australia’s equal second fastest growing regional area and Government services need to keep pace with the increased demands that sort of growth brings.... [more]

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