Boating news Editorial

17 Dec 2007                              To reply to this email click here

Boating News Editorial

Yes our sister publication is covering the Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Actually this is one of the larger Powerboat events on Sydney Harbour with hundreds of families out to watch the start and in many cases folowing the fleet south as far as Cronulla.

An interesting mix of news this week, Saddam's Superyacht, kites on merchant vessels and superyachts.

Mustang! Are you as wearied of reading that name as I am of writing it?

Well, I was hoping to report in this issue of Powerboat-World all the pros and cons of the new owner(s) of the Gold Coast boat manufacturer, which was placed into receivership on October 19. I can only say it still hasn’t come to fruition.

It’s only a matter of hours since I last spoke with Peter Gothard, a senior partner with the receivers, Ferrier Hodgson.

Apparently the contract for the sale (57 pages of it!) has been signed and Gothard says the buyer has requested no names released until money changes hands. Will it happen soon, like tomorrow?

As Peter Gothard said when asked that very question, 'You’re guess is as good as mine.'

Well, life goes on, with or without Mustang.

Plenty of news from the fishing and racing scene and the industry.

There’s some good news for the marine industry on the Gold Coast; three marine organisations have been honoured in the annual Gold Coast Business Excellence awards.

The top ‘gongs’ went to Telwater, of Quintrex/Stacer fame, the Gold Coast City Marina and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which took out the tourism and hospitality award not just for 2007, but for the fourth time in succession!

All the news, all the time on Powerboat-World.

Bob Wonders

Pass the Parcel – Saddam's Superyacht for Sale
Des Ryan,
Saddam Hussein ordered it in 1981, and it was built in Helsingor, the city of Shakespeare's Hamlet, by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. But curiously Saddam never took delivery of it. It was in the second year of the Iran/Iraq War, and maybe he had other things on his mind.... [more]

California Yachties -Time to Celebrate
Des Ryan,
Yachties, like normal people, like to celebrate. At this time of year the excuse is the arrival of the festive season – traditional Christmas and the heralding of the New Year. But nowhere in the world do they do it more spectacularly or expensively than in California.... [more]

Merchant ships and superyachts - the age of sail?
Roger Boyes,
The age of sail could be staging something of a comeback as part of an attempt to cut greenhouse gases on the high seas. German engineers have devised a way of tugging merchant vessels and superyachts along with huge, computer-steered kites, known as SkySails that catch the ocean winds.... [more]

Sydney Harbour Week Awards
Neil Patchett,
Nominations are now open for the 2008 Sydney Harbour Week Awards... [more]

Sami Selio Wins Sharjah as Cappellini crumbles
Steve Michael, Philippe Stiernon F1,
For the first time in 8 years, the name on the U.I.M. F1 World Championship Trophy for world champion will have neither Scott Gillman or Guido Cappellini on it's face as Finnish star Sami Selio went out and made a statement to day letting the field know that he is the driver of 'new era' by taking the title while winning his second straight in the Emirates... [more]

Maritimo stakes a claim on a UK market share.
Bob Wonders,
First Maritimo 48 to land in the UK will be displayed at the 2008 Southampton International Boat Show. Newly-appointed UK Maritimo dealer describes the marque as 'the landrovers of the sea.'... [more]

Riviera expands production with new 70 Flybridge
Riviera Press Release,
Australia’s leading luxury boat builder, Riviera, has expanded its operations in an agreement with custom boat builder Azzura Marine. The two companies have signed a three-year agreement under which Riviera will have exclusive access to Azzura’s labour force, facility and infrastructure in the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, initially to build the company’s new Riviera 70 Enclosed Flybridge... [more]

Dockwise Announces New Routes
Sail-World Cruising,
Buying a boat in a foreign country has never been easier thanks to Dockside, the ever expanding company who will transport it home for you - or you can ship your boat easily to a new playground. Easier and Easier as they introduce new routes.... [more]

Released bream and snapper have bright prospects
DPI Victoria,
When releasing undersize fish, many anglers assume that all or most of them survive. It is important to know if this assumption is correct to help determine the effective management tools, such as size and bag limits, in protecting fish stocks from the effects of fishing.... [more]

IClass 1 Powerboat's announces 2008 Calendar
Class-1 news,
The list of countries and cities who want to become a part of Class 1 is continuing to grow, which is very encouraging,' said IOTA General Secretary, Marco Sala, in Dubai.... [more]

Join the Variety Splash on Port Phillip Bay now
Ben Sandman,
Participate in The Variety Splash, an on-water fundraising event for Variety, the children’s charity. Time is running out, so be quick! There’s still time to put together a team to enter the inaugural event (28 February – 1 March 2008) – a friendly and action-packed fundraising boat rally around Port Phillip Bay.... [more]

Silver lining for Moreton Bay boating revellers
Denby Browning, Riviera Public Relations,
The water was warm, the beaches welcoming and the barbecue sizzled. Grey clouds did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of more than 60 excited boaters when a fleet of 21 Riviera sport boats headed north from the Gold Coast for a weekend of fun recently... [more]

Why Sailing Boats Sink and 5 Tips to Prevent Yours
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
The results from a BoatUS study on boat sinkings could be funny if it weren't so pitiful. Half the boats recorded sank while still beside a dock. and only 4% of all boats sank because of storms or knockdowns. However, the good news is that BoatUS offers Five Tips to prevent sinki... [more]

Product of the Week – Spade Anchor
Nancy Knudsen,
'The most dangerous thing in the ocean is – LAND.' It's an old saying, but a true one. Sailors who happily sail across oceans with the greatest of ease sometimes spend their most worrysome nights in an anchorage, firstly getting the anchor to set, and then, sleepless, concerned about dragging. So the anchor you choose is may be more critical than any other item for carefree sailing.... [more]

Inaugural Hamilton Island Superyacht Series
Rob Mundle, Superyacht Series Coordinator,
Motor and sailing superyachts are invited to compete in the inaugural Hamilton Island Superyacht Series which will be staged between November 9 and 14, 2008 on courses around some of the most beautiful Great Barrier Reef islands Australia has to offer... [more]

2008 UIM General Assembly to be held in Australia
Angela Sawka, Australian Powerboat Association,
The Australian Powerboat Association is proud to announce that the UIM General Assembly will be held in Australia in 2008. This world class event will welcome the leaders of at least 60 International Governing Bodies of Powerboat Racing to our shores, and will be history breaking for Australia... [more]

Triple triumph for marine industry
Bob Wonders,
Telwater, the Gold Coast City Marina and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show named as Gold Coast industry leaders 'setting the standard' for others to follow.... [more]

Tom Tit, World War II Hero, Now for Sale
Henry Kelly/Sail-World Cruising,
There are thousands of boats for sale any day of the year all round the world. But it's not often that you find a boat for sale that is a part of one of the most poignant and well remembered moments of recent history.... [more]

Renamed 'Steve Irwin' to Confront Japanese
Sail-World Cruising,
Operation Migaloo: With its newly renamed ship, Steve Irwin, Captain Paul Watson and his international crew have departed to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary to defend endangered whales from the Japanese whaling ship already on its way. The ship formerly named the Robert Hunter was given its new name just prior to departure by Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin.... [more]

NSW anglers get their very own fish ‘magnets’
Department of Primary Industries FAD Program Manager Marcus Gregson said that between 27 November and 4 December, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) staff will redeploy the popular fish aggregating devices off Wollongong, Kiama and Jervis Bay (weather permitting).... [more]

Man detained after abalone legal bag limit breach
A 31 year old Batemans Bay man is likely to face several abalone related charges, after he was allegedly caught with nearly 200 times the legal abalone bag limit... [more]

Seven in a row for Spirit of Norway
Class 1 media,
Spirit of Norway set the pace on their opening lap with a time of 2m 31.84s, which looked to be good enough to take the win, with their main rivals, Victory 77 and Qatar 96, failing to match it on their opening laps, going second and third quickest.... [more]

GME announces Whiffletree Corp as distributor
GM Press Release,
GME, Australia’s leading marine electronics manufacturer and designer of the highly regarded AccuSat™ range of emergency beacons is pleased to announce Whiffletree Corporation as its North American distributor for marine and recreational products... [more]

Victory 77 and Spirit of Norway bid for title
Class 1 media,
Spirit of Norway go into the final race on 43 points and lead the Middle East Championship by two points from Victory 77. Outside of the top three in the world standings, Abdullah Al–Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini in Qatar 95 will be looking to repeat their second place in the last race, to end the season as the strongest of the outfits running V8s.... [more]

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