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19 Nov 2007                              To reply to this email click here

Back from the States

Home again, after 34-hours travel time from the US of A, not pleasant, but worth every minute to have attended the 2007 Regal Marine Industries International Dealer Conference.

One of the best conducted conferences of its type I’ve yet attended and to Regal Marine Industries its management and hard-working staff, I can only offer the highest compliments.

Back on earth now we have news from the Qatar Grand Prix and at the other end of the powerboating sport, you can win an Air Nautique Wakeboarding Protour DVD.

At a slower pace, our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen has been in search of Nesting Turtles on the North Queensland coast

Up north again, and Marine Queensland is already planning ahead for the 2008 Gold Coast Boat Show.

Its first effort was an excellent one and only some dreadful weather, heat, humidity and one horrendous thunderstorm hampered it.

Also, the Gold Coast Marine Industry Association (as it was) has followed the leader and adopted a name change to fall into line with Marine Queensland. It is now Marine Gold Coast, a pretty sensible move, I’d say

You know its summer when the Whitworth catalogue arrives. If you did not get one, hustle down to your nearest Whitworth’s store. Then you can put yellow Post-It notes on what you want for Christmas and leave in on the kitchen bench. Job Done.

Later today, courtesy of Peter Scott and Boating Business we will take a close look at the Mustang Marine situation. Perhaps all was not as it originally seemed? Peter’s piece is a read worth digesting. Click back this afternoon to see it.

By Bob Wonders

Qatar Grand Prix belongs to Victory 77
By event media,
Victory 77’s Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez took a giant step towards the coveted Class 1 world title by winning the Qatar Grand Prix. Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani and Matteo Nicolini kept their title hopes alive, bringing Qatar 96 home in second place.... [more]

Summer holidays and fishing trips with Whitworths
By Media Services,
All over the country people are sitting at their desks dreaming of summer holidays and fishing trips. The reality of such trips fades into the background of memory (‘where’s the bottle opener?’ ‘who forgot to put the bung in?’ and ‘we’ve run out of insect repellent’) and only the good memories remain... [more]

Planning underway for 2008 Gold Coast Boat Show
By Bob Wonders,
Despite poor weather affecting attendance, exhibitors reported strong buyer interest at the first Gold Coast Boat Show, Marine Queensland general manager, Barry Hibberd, said results achieved so far by exhibitors indicated the Gold Coast Boat Show had established itself as an important pre-summer event for local boating and fishing enthusiasts.... [more]

Raymarine launches G Series navigation system
By Raymarine media,
Raymarine’s new premier navigation system, the G Series, was on show for the first time at METS. Offering more than just navigation, G Series is a complete information, command and entertainment system providing a comprehensive and powerful solution for all onboard requirements.... [more]

Win Air Nautique Wakeboard Protour DVD
By Powerboat-World,
The 2008 Air Nautique Pro Tour starts today on the Brisbane River at Southbank and the best Australian and international pro wakeboarders have taken to our waters and to help celebrate the start of the new season Powerboat-World is giving away 20 Protour DVD’s.... [more]

Spirit of Norway takes fifth Edox Pole Position
By Nigel Quilter,
Going out onto the waters of Doha Bay first in today’s 75 minute qualifying session for Saturday’s Qatar Grand Prix, Gjelsten and Curtis produced an almost perfect run on their first lap and a time that was to prove unbeatable, posting 2m 36.53s – almost four seconds quicker than Victory 7’s Talib Al Sayed and Nadir bin Hendi, with their main title rivals Victory77 five seconds adrift in fourth pl... [more]

Experienced Sailors drown from Dinghy
By Evening Star/Sail-World Cruising,
Never underestimate the trip from Dock to Yacht. After relating the story a couple of months ago of two people who spent three days blown by the wind into the South China Sea when their dinghy engine failed, now two experienced British sailors have drowned on the way to their sailing boat in their dinghy.... [more]

The Search for Nesting Turtles
By Nancy Knudsen,
The wind that is preventing us heading south from Port Bundaberg is beating up the surf on the beach tonight. It's pitch dark, and we just have to trust that the unseen sand will be flat as we lean, staggering a little, against the wind, clutching our wind jackets around us. We're here looking for nesting turtles..... [more]

Sandringham Yacht Club launches new premises
By Di Pearson,
The Federal Minister for Vocational and Further Education, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, took part in a ground breaking ceremony to mark the official commencement of the building of Sandringham Yacht Club’s (SYC) in new clubhouse and training facilities.... [more]

Industry association adopts new name
By Bob Wonders,
The Gold Coast Marine Industry Association undertook to change its name at a recent AGM.. The aim of the renamed Marine Gold Coast is to promote the industry's strength and to encourage a unified industry approach through which we can communicate our concerns and seek co-operation from all levels of government.... [more]

Global Warming Alarm for Caribbean Boaters
By Jasmin Garraway,
The Director for Sustainable Tourism for the Association of Caribbean States has sounded an alarm on the effects of global warming and rising sea levels on boating in the Caribbean.... [more]

Is the superyacht boom slowing ?
By IBI Magazine,
Rumours of a shake-out in the bullet-proof superyacht industry were mooted this week at the Global Superyacht Forum at METS.... [more]

Florida Boat Thefts Linked to Human Trafficking
Boat thefts in Florida are 30 per cent higher than a year ago, according to state officials, who put the number at over 1,200 stolen boats through October. High performance or 'go-fast' boats have also become the boat of choice, according to officials at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).... [more]

Venturelli - Leading is a luxury and a headache
By Nigel Quilter,
Gianfranco Venturelli is no stranger to success and the situation his team now find themselves in. This year Victory 77 regained the European title and with three races remaining look to be on the verge of recapturing the world title that the team last held in 2001. For Venturelli their current position is a luxury but also a headache.... [more]

Passing of a Legend: Peter Goadby
Devoted to conservation and ethics in fishing, Peter Goadby was instrumental in the development of the Cairns giant black marlin fishery and with the introduction of tag-and-release fishing in Australia.... [more]

Shaun Torrente joins U.I.M. F1 World Championship
By Philippe Stiernon,
Shaun Torrente of Miami, Florida will be making his first appearance on the U.I.M. F1 World Championship tour at the final two races of 2007 at both the Grand Prix’s of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 7th and 14th of December. The final races in the United Arab Emirates have become a background for many American drivers to join the series.... [more]

Goodwill Cup Power Boat Log Event 2007
By Southport Yacht Club,
The Goodwill Cup Power Boat Log Event was held on Saturday 10th November regardless of the concerning weather forecast. Nineteen boats represented Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and sixteen boats represented Southport Yacht Club over two divisions.... [more]

How Well do YOU Provision for a Cruise?
By Des Ryan,
Smart provisioning can make the difference between a survival trip and a delightful experience, particularly if you enjoy your eating. Running out of food isn’t much fun, and forgetting the coffee can really spoil the tempers on board, no matter how wonderful the cruising... [more]

Massive Cleanup after another Tragic Oil Spill
By Nels Johnson and Paul Liberatore/Sail-World,
Efforts to combat the San Francisco Bay Area's worst oil spill in two decades escalated yesterday as the Coast Guard doubled its cleanup fleet of bay skimmers, and crews with hundreds of trained workers mounted a shoreline assault to clear sludge and rescue oiled birds... [more]

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