Boat wrecks in Airlie Beach, Boat Shows, boating and racing news

18 Feb 2008                              To reply to this email click here

40+ boats a mixture of power and sail were wrecked at Airlie Beach's Pioneer Bay last week. We have lots of pictures.

Sailing boats race on Sydney Harbour all year round. In two weeks time the offshore powerboats will race on the iconic waterway for two days.

We have news on that event and there is a lot more to come.

Right now I am at the Miami International Boat Show wearing out my boat shoes, hence only a short note from me but that gives you plenty of time to read all the news.

Will be back in time for the Rosehill Gardens show in Sydney this coming weekend.

Bob Wonders

Devastation at Airlie Beach and Cannonvale
Bob Norson,
Strong northerly winds with heavy rain, ripped through the exposed and crowded anchorage off Airlie Beach and Cannonvale, leaving much of the fleet on the bricks and many others damaged by collision with dragging boats.... [more]

Back-to-back superboat victories in Melbourne
Sandman Media,
Port Phillip Bay yesterday saw a number of superboats secure back-to-back wins in the two Melbourne-based rounds of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships. Melbourne-based boat Saracen followed in Maritimo's footsteps to make it back-to-back victories in the Supercat Outboard class. Class One superboat Maritimo overcame engine problems in the early stages and raced to victory.... [more]

Sydney Harbour Powerboats need an Exclusion Zone!!
Bob Wonders,
Last Sydney International Boat Show, NSW Ports Minister Joe Tripodi and NSW Maritime announced that Sydney Harbour, normally the domain of the sailing clubs would for two days of the year feature big boat power boat racing.... [more]

Charter World - Last minute boating adventures
Charter World Brook Felsenthal,
Charter World offer last minute availability on two fantastic sailing adventures in the Mediterranean at bargain prices. Book by the berth or cabin from $3960 per person (for 14 nights sailing aboard a Beneteau 50). No experience is necessary as a fully qualified sailing instructor is aboard to assist you and help you gain qualifications if desired.... [more]

Rosehill Gardens this coming weekend
Bob Wonders,
More than 40 exhibitors comprising the leading marine dealers from across Sydney will be showing boating's top marques. Consumers have recognised that the Rosehill Gardens boat show is the place to haggle a good deal on that new boat or engine.... [more]

No yacht racing on Harbour, March 8-9
Peter Campbell,
Major yacht clubs have decided to abandon racing on Sydney Harbour over the weekend of Saturday, March 8 and Sunday March 9 because of the inaugural Sydney Superboat Grand Prix, which has seen a extensive exclusion zones placed on the main harbour on both days.... [more]

Pershing 72 wins European Powerboat of Year 2008
Helena Heidenreich,
At a gala dinner with 300 distinguished guests attending the Pershing Founder & Chairman, Tilli Antonelli, accepted the award which was established by the leading European powerboat magazines. The selection was made from 90 European powerboats launched in the previous year Safety, workmanship, driving characteristics, handling and performance, room layout, price/performance ratio & design... [more]

Lowrance's marine radio line-up expand
Sandman Media,
Lowrance has announced an all-new line of marine VHF radios which will soon be available in Australia.... [more]

Latest news on the incoming F1 Powerboat season
David Sewell -,
The new season is fast approaching and many teams are keeping their cards very close to their chests inasmuch as who is racing with whom. Qatar's Jay Price knows he will be joined by at least two Qatari partners this term but the 'New Orleans Vigilante' hasn't a clue who they will be.... [more]

Port Phillip Bay shellfish blitz
Dept Fisheries VIC,
A four day blitz by Fisheries Officers targeting the intertidal zone in Port Phillip Bay in early February resulted in over 60 people being caught committing offences. Fisheries Officers spoke to almost 300 people during ‘Operation Willow'.... [more]

Jeanneau 42 syndication at Newcastle Yachting
Jardine Media,
Imagine the convenience of simply arriving at your boat, turning the key and motoring off into the big blue yonder. Busy people are increasingly finding that syndication is the easiest way to enjoy access to luxurious vessels with none of the usual time draining hassles of maintenance, berthing and cleaning. Newcastle Yachting just syndicated a luxurious 46 foot Jeanneau Prestige...... [more]

Marine Website Awards,
Does it drive you CRAZY when you can't find something simple on a website? - when you are sent in unending circles? when the graphics are great but the information you want is missing? Winners of Marine Industry Web Awards have just been announced in Miami. No doubt you should ENJOY consulting these websites........ [more]

NSW Maritime to facilitate Superboat Grand Prix,
NSW Maritime will facilitate the first Superboat Grand Prix ever held on Sydney Harbour on the final weekend of Sydney Harbour Week.... [more]

It's official: Melbourne is the Motorsports Mecca
Sandman Media,
Home to next month's F1 Grand Prix, various V8 supercar rounds and the Moto GP later this year, Melbourne is today gearing up to host the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships, to be held off Williamstown this weekend. With perfect summer weather forecast, thousands of people are expected to flock to the bayside suburb for the Williamstown Offshore Powerboat Classic.... [more]

17 Qld Skippers Found Drink-Driving,
SEVENTEEN boat skippers were caught drink-driving in Queensland waters in a blitz over the summer break, Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence revealed yesterday.... [more]

Sell Saddam's Yacht? 'O no you don't' says Iraq
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]

Beneteau Monte Carlo 32 Open: Sporty Powerful
Harbourside Media,
Designer Pierangelo Andreani says of the Monte Carlo range that the project was a real challenge. Not only did they have to design one beautiful boat, but also to create a completely new range that would marry the unique expertise of Beneteau in the design of ‘fast' hull with the Mediterranean style of open powerboats.... [more]

Earthrace skipper off again,
Earthrace skipper Pete Bethune says he hopes to settle down back in New Zealand after his next attempt at a high-speed sustainable voyage around the world.... [more]

Sundried tide — silent, natural disaster
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australian researchers have studied and documented the effect of the 'sundried tide', a force of nature that can silently wipe out coral reefs. Just like cyclones and other natural disasters, these severe ‘sun-dry tides' rarely occurred since they relied on the alignment of numerous natural extremes.... [more]

New super boats to ignite Bridge to Bridge, May 4,,
The 112km event, this year be held on Sunday, May 4, reached new levels of excitement last year when Queensland Formula 1 outboard ace Craig Truslove powered to victory after Maroota's Ricky Howard snapped a propeller while leading.... [more]

Blake's big splash with Variety
Sandman Media,
Six-year-old Blake was wide-eyed as he explored a luxury Maritimo flybridge boat with Merv Hughes recently. The vessel is one of dozens soon to participate in the Variety Splash (28 February to 1 March), a fundraising event for Variety, the children's charity. Event organisers hope it will raise over $150,000 for Special Needs Children.... [more]

Ferretti Yachts on Show Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Harbourside Media,
Two of the Three Largest Ferretti Yachts on Show at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2008... [more]

Tributyltin - going, going, almost gone...
Sail-World Cruising,
Tributyltin, going going gone....Whether you're a boat owner, builder or boat yard, ask yourself this: Are YOU compliant? 17th September, 2008 is the deadline!... [more]

IWSF EAME release Eurpean waterski race dates,
The World Water Ski Racing - IWSF EAME Congress held in Serbia have set the the following dates for the Europe, Africa and Middle East regions for 2008kj as follows... [more]

MIAA appoints new Executive Officer
Tony Castles,
Colin Bransgrove has been appointed Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA)... [more]

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