Boats abd Boating News from Bikini Charters to serious stuff

14 Apr 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Boats and Boating News

We bid you welcome to another issue of Powerboat-World.

Last week we made menton of an announcement to look forward to; we had revealed earlier our intention to launch to give every facet of the marine market a ‘voice.'

Gold Coast journalist Jeni Bone, formerly editor of the Yaffa publication, Marine Business, will be our founding editor.

Jeni Bone, founding Editor of  . ..
Jeni's appointment certainly brings back some memories for me; when Marine Business was known as the Boating Industry Magazine, BIM, for short, back in the 1980's, I was the editor.

When the company I worked for at the time sold the magazine to Yaffa Publications, I think somewhere around 1990, I remained on for a time as consultant editor. The magazine later changed its name to Marine Industry News, MIN, for short, before becoming Marine Business.

So, between us, we have a fair idea about how the trade works. However the world is moving much faster these days and we know how to get news to audiences fast - our online publications and newsletters do just that. I know readers of will appreciate Jeni's grasp on industry matters. Welcome aboard Jeni.

On to Powerboat-World and we have another interest-packed issue.

We look back at some of the great water ski racers Australia has produced as it dominates the sport and take another stroll down memory lane with the official opening in 1986 of the Gold Coast Seaway.

These days, it's where the seaway leads, into the Southport Broadwater, that is the topic of controversy with the respected local newspaper The Gold Coast Bulletin, really handing it to the State Government over the urgent need for dredging.

A good idea for the Gold Coast might be the Charter Boat Bikini Girls, read about their popularity state-side.

Some good news for the good guys, bad news for the bad guys; French special forces ‘nailed' the pirates we spoke of last week who had hijacked a French-owned yacht and taken hostages.

The hostages are fine, the pirates, well, some unfortunately ‘disappeared', the remainder are under lock and key.

Check out some great photos of the New Zealand offshore championships.

Make sure you take a look at the superb Johnson motor yachts out of Taiwan. These beauties will be on show at Sanctuary Cove and Sydney International Boat Shows and are well worthy of a close-up look.

By the way, those fellows who like their boating done under canvas, and in this instance we refer to Yachting NSW, have decided to give NSW Maritime some advice. They say that racing offshore powerboats on Sydney Harbour is ‘too dangerous.' and they were not told about the event until December and missed a meeting in January.

Hmm..lots more could be said about sailing racing mishaps and deaths too and who received what notification about the 2008 event and when, but we will leave that to others.

That's it for now, come aboard, make yourself at home and devour the news of interest.

See you all next week.

Bob Wonders, Powerboat-World Editor

Founding Editor appointed for MarineBusiness-World,
Tetra Media, the publishers of and is pleased to announce the appointment of Gold Coast journalist Jeni Bone as the Editor of its newest publication [more]

Queensland Government again under attack.....
Bob Wonders,
Prominent regional newspaper slams State Government over state of Gold Coast waterways. The Gold Coast manufactures more boats than any other region in Australia, and the State Government needs to re-examine its attitude to Gold Coast waterways.... [more]

WA proposed changes to recreational fishing
Dept Fisheries WA,
A package of proposed initiatives to save some of Western Australia's most popular and iconic oceanic fish species has been released by Western Australia's Fisheries Minister Jon Ford. This package, being released for a four-week consultation period, comes as WA faces unprecedented pressure from its escalating recreational fishing fleet.... [more]

Temptation from Taiwan......
Bob Wonders,
Johnson Motor Yachts out to impress with stunning new range destined for the major boat shows. At $6.5 million, the all-new Johnson 87' presents as a classic example of a world class motor yacht that would seem at home on any of the world's desirable waterways.... [more]

Photos from Round 6 NZ Offshore Powerboat titles
Bob Maxwell,
Fast action, high speeds and plenty of thrills in Whitianga New Zealand for round six of the Cougar Marine / Inex Metals NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship today. Phillip Hoskyn captured the action as these impressive looking boats roared around the harbour at more than 100mph as they battled for both line and overall national honours.... [more]

Australian produces top Water Ski Racers
Bob Wonders,
In 29-years of World Water Ski Racing championships, 46 titles have been on the line and Australians have won 23.New South Wales is the heartland of water ski racing and at one time staged more events than the remainder of the world combined.... [more]

China wins Asia's biggest boating awards
Qingdao was named Asia's Maritime Capital at the fourth edition of the Christofle Asia Boating Awards, held at Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai last night. This is the first time a Chinese city has been awarded such a sought-after accolade. It recognises the tremendous effort that has been put into turning that city into a sailing hub in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.... [more]

Superboat Grand Prix 'dangerous' says Yachting NSW
Peter Campbell,
Yachting New South Wales says the consensus it has received from the sailing fraternity is that Sydney Harbour is not an appropriate place to stage the Sydney Superboat Grand Prix.... [more]

Hostages released, Yacht Pirates captured
Bob Maxwell,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that 32 hostages held on the 288 foot superyacht Le Ponant by pirates off the coast of Somalia have been released. 'The President expresses his deep gratitude to the French armed forces and all the state services which enabled a rapid and peaceful solution to this hostage-taking,' a statement said.... [more]

DYT newest ship Yacht Express on maiden Voyage
Media Pro Int'l,
Yacht Express is more than 130 feet longer than DYT's other carriers and features such added amenities as complimentary cabins, an atrium with lounge bar and swimming pool, restaurant and cinema, as well as conference, media and fitness facilities.... [more]

Hempel Paints: the choice of a sailing legend
Helen Hopcroft/Tracey Johnstone,
As far as famous old salts go, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is legendary. The first man to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation in his Bermudan ketch Suhaili, a past winner with Peter Blake of the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation in 1994 and, at age 68, the oldest competitor in last year's VELUX 5 OCEANS race. Never one to rest on his laurels, Sir Robin is currently overseeing t... [more]

Vigo to host Powerboat P1 Grand Prix in Spain
Powerboat P1 today confirmed Vigo as the venue for the first ever Powerboat P1 Grand Prix to be staged in Spain. Managing Director of Powerboat P1, Jim O'Toole said: 'As the international appeal of Powerboat P1 grows, we are breaking new ground with our race venues and the decision to come to Spain was as a result of the warm and positive response we received from the city of Vigo ...'... [more]

Megayacht builder for Solent
The South East England Development Agency - SEEDA - has secured US super yacht company Palmer Johnson's investment in the Solent against fierce international competition. Palmer Johnson will build a range of multi-million pound, bespoke, super yachts up to 100 metres. These will be the largest leisure craft in production in the UK... [more]

Simrad GB40 – navigation, safety and entertainment
Sandman Media,
Aside from navigation the easily interfaced via Ethernet and/or USB connection to an autopilot and other instruments, the plug-and-play capability of the GB40 even allows the vessel's onboard entertainment system to be controlled at the touch of a button.... [more]

Man Overboard?- 5 Tips to Get you back on the Boat
BoatUS/ BW Media,
Falling off your boat can be deadly, and the best solution is to make sure you stay there. But that doesn't mean you don't take precautions that will help you get back on the boat once you've fallen over.... [more]

Kidnapped Crew on yacht Le Ponant Alive and Well
BW Media,
All 32 crew members on board a luxury French yacht captured by Somali pirates at the weekend are alive and being well treated, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday citing the country's embassy in France... [more]

Lydia Eva,Last Steam Fishing Drifter,to Sail again
Des Ryan,
How would you like to go fishing in a boat like THIS? Lydia Eva is the last steam drifter in the world and she is expected to be launched, completely restored, in the UK by August at Lowestoft, thanks to a generous gift and a lot of hard work.... [more]

Trivia Corner: Icecream Stick Ship Sets Sail
Catherine Hornby, Reuters,
A Viking ship made from ice-cream sticks set sail for England from the Netherlands on Tuesday. The 15-metre (50-foot) long ship, named after the Norse god Thor, is made from 15 million recycled ice-cream sticks glued together by U.S.-born stuntman Robert McDonald, his son and more than 5,000 children... [more]

Coral Reef Photo Competition Announcement
Reef Check Australia,
If you are heading north for a coral reef boating holiday this winter season, and are a keen photographer, here's your chance to try your skill in a coral reef photo competition. In celebration of the Second International Year of the Reef, Reef Check Australia and Project AWARE are running an International 'What do coral reefs mean to you?' photography competition in two categories, for adults... [more]

Earthrace Record attempt set for 27th April
Bob Maxwell,
Pete Bethune, the skipper of the 78 foot biodiesel powered trimaran Earthrace has tentatively set the 2008 World Record attempt start for April 27th 2008 from Sagunto in Spain The Earthrace team had delayed their start from end March because of EU Customs delays which had prevented the Spanish supplied bio-fuel reaching all the refuelling locations around the world. The last of those shipment... [more]

Charter Boat Bikini Girls Run out of Town
Vera Knaice,
In Fort Pierce, Florida, Gil and Kathi Coombes have run charter boats for years. But it wasn't until this January their business really took off. That's when they added Bikini Girl Charters. For a few extra dollars they'll drop their tops once they get a few miles offshore, but as reported this week on WCTV, 'Smokin'em Charters' was a bit too bawdy for city officials in one U.S. town... [more]

Sweden Considers Mandatory Boat Licences
Adam Cox & Emma Bengtsson, Reuters/Powerboat-World,
In a move that could be raising a flag for the rest of the world to salute, Sweden is considering the introduction of mandatory boat licences for all boats. In a world of increasingly busy waterways, and increasingly busy rescue organisations, boating is the only remaining largely unregulated environment.... [more]

Adrift for 23 Days – 'Never again'
Fiona Govan/BW Media,
How would YOU feel if you had spent more than three weeks adrift in the ocean? Earlier this year two Israeli pleasure sailors drifted in a life raft in the Indian Ocean for 11 days after losing their boat, but said later they would be back on the water 'as soon as possible'... [more]

Hamilton Island superyacht series postponed
Rob Mundle,
The inaugural edition of Australia's, and the southern hemisphere's, first annual superyacht regatta, the Hamilton Island Superyacht Series, has been postponed for 12 months as a result of government regulations that would impact some of the competing vessels, and to a lesser degree, due to the severity of the wet season that was experienced in Queensland's tropical north this past summer.... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

2008 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships

The Offshore Superboat Championships is Australia's ‘Formula One on water'....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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