Asia PPacific Boating News

14 Oct 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Boating News from the Asia Pacific and beyond

It's that time of the week again, when we bring you all the news that matters from the world of powerboats.

Good news from China, where Gold Coast Formula I driver David Trask has registered a second placing and a career best performance in the China Grand Prix. He is in third place in the World Championship, ahead of next weekend's Grand Prix Round six in Shenzhen, just across the water from Hong Kong.

On the powerboat racing scene again and it's pleasing to note that organisers of the Nikon Indy Cars on the Gold Coast are supporting the APBA by allowing boats to be displayed inside the track to promote the gala weekend of racing at the end of the month.

Earlier in the week I managed to catch up with one of the industry's living legends, 83-year-old C.N. ‘Connie' Ray, the man who founded Sea Ray. We also offer a quick preview of the first '09 Sea Ray to land in Australia, the innovative 350 Sundancer.

An interesting mix of stories this week everything from the Skeeter Bream Classic at Maclean to the Grafton Bridge to Bridge and the $35,000 boat that got sold online for $60. Ouch.

If you're in the mood for some day dreaming and perhaps an ancient history catch-up, don't miss Trevor Joyce's piece on the Greek Island odyssey.

Of course, you dont have to wait until next week for the latest boating and boat news. Many of our site visitors drop by the site each day.

Bob Wonders

The man called ‘Connie'
Bob Wonders,
Today, of course, Sea Ray is a vital component of the giant Brunswick Corporation, parent company of such illustrious marine industry names as Mercury, MerCruiser, Mariner, Bayliner and Maxum, to name a few.... [more]

Australian career best in F1 GP China
Philippe Stiernon F1 Press Officer,
Australian driver David Trask came home a career best second place as he and American Jay Price fought amongst the leaders for the first half the event before getting passed by Price with a third of the event remaining and finishing 12.34 seconds back of the leader... [more]

compasscard launched
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sailors and marine industry heavyweights gathered at Woolwich Dock last week for the launch of compasscard, the latest addition to the expanding Noakes Group that will deliver greater consistency to boat owners regardless of which site they utilise.... [more]

Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS
Sandman PR,
The new Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS (Automatic Identification System) black box transponder has been engineered to provide advanced AIS functionality to a new generation of Simrad multifunction displays.... [more]

Indy Car organisers support powerboats
Bob Wonders,
The ‘bumper' weekend of powerboat racing begins on the Friday when the Offshore Superboats, comprising the thundering Class I boats, capable of more than 200km/hr, together with the Supercat Outboard and Supercat Outboard Lite classes line up for round two of the Australian titles.... [more]

South Australia's Waters: An Atlas and Guide
Glen Jones BIA SA,
The first edition of the BIASA publication, ‘South Australia's Waters, an Atlas and Guide' was released to the Australian recreational boating market in late 2005 and enjoyed phenomenal response, selling out within eighteen months. Now the second edition has been released with over 200 maps and charts covering every inch of South Australia waters.... [more]

Force Boats dominate Grafton Bridge to Bridge
Force Boats Media,
More excitement on the race track at the Grafton Bridge to Bridge last weekend. The Force F21 'BURNIN' flew in at 1st place towing the very clever lads, Tom Smith and Mark Weaver. Gary Holzwart was behind the wheel and Jason Griffin looking after Tom and Mark out the back.... [more]

New Boats - First of the 2009's
Bob Wonders,
Sea Ray's 350 Sundancer, first of the United States' '09 models to hit Australian shores. Sea Ray rates the 350 Sundancer as 'a prime example of the company's commitment to producing the best performing, most comfortable and easy-to-own sport cruisers on the market.'... [more]

Parsonage back in Negotiator after crash
Class-1 media,
Chris Parsonage will return to front-line action in Negotiator at the Egyptian Grand Prix in Porto Marina on Saturday, 25 October, for only his second start of the season after crashing out of the first race in Qatar back in March.... [more]

Turf Wars: Sand and Corals don't mix
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
When reef fish get a mouthful of sand, coral reefs can drown. The killer blow for a degraded coral reef is a thick mat of sand and weeds that shrouds the rocky surfaces on which the corals would normally grow, preventing them from re-establishing.... [more]

World Champ Selio takes Pole in China Grand Prix
Steve Michael Reporting,
Defending World Champion Sami Selio wins shootout for pole position as he captured his first of the season and his fourth of his career for tomorrow's Grand Prix of China. Australia's DavidTrask will start in fifth pace.... [more]

Jonas Andersson set for Swedish Solution in China
f1boat Press,
Jonas Andersson has always been a bit of a gambler. For the 33 year-old driver from Fruvi, Sweden, his driving style and race preparation has been the same, all or nothing. He is currently in 2nd place in the 2008 U.I.M. F1 World Championship... [more]

New Superyacht Jet Tender
Mark Ali,
Williams Performance Tenders Australia announces the launch of the T445 Jet Launch for Yachts and SuperYachts. Powered by an industry first German engineered and built turbocharged, intercooled 4 stroke parallel-twin, 4 valves per cylinder engine with advanced axial flow jet pump - stainless steel impeller incorporating a closed loop cooling system with heat exchanger.... [more]

Big River.......Big Bream?
Bob Wonders,
Sponsored by Skeeter Boats Australia, the Penrith-based distributor of the US-built bass boats, the tournament will be staged on the mighty Clarence River, which experienced anglers claim boasts ‘hundreds of kilometres of fishable waters.'... [more]

Keeping Safe this Snapper Season
Marine Safety Victoria,
Marine Safety Victoria is encouraging all of Victoria's fishing public to not only enjoy the season but to stay safe on the water.... [more]

Cirilli and Carrasco unveil new two boat line-up
Class 1 media,
Duemme Broker's Domenico Cirilli and Sergio Carrasco unveiled their new two-boat line-up yesterday, taking to the waters off Torrevieja, Spain for a series of shakedown tests, with ‘rookie' driver and Class 1 newcomer, Mohamed Abdelkader getting his first experience of his new boat... [more]

Boat Awards Launched in India
Jeni Bone,
It's a sign that the Indian Boating Industry is coming of age: India's inaugural International Boating Awards (IBA) will be held at this year's Boat India 08, December 14-16 in Cochin, India.... [more]

Oceanfast Reveals New Aluminium Motoryacht Range
Jeni Bone,
Australian luxury motor yacht builder Oceanfast has launched the first of its new range of vessels - the 36 metre 'Eendracht' – the name of the first Dutch explorer to visit the coast of WA – soon to be followed by a 48 metre currently under construction.... [more]

Darwin Sends Employment Lifeline
Jeni Bone,
Darwin could be the destination for contractors set adrift by the recent sackings at boat builders in Qld and other states.... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
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