A week of excitement and disappointment. How does one figure that?
Well, here at Powerboat-World we've been busier than one-armed bricklayers, with offshore racing, Formula 1 and Formula 2000, Unlimited boats and Mono boats of all shapes and sizes doing battle on the Gold Coast.
That was the excitement. The disappointment?
Easy, the Queensland Government and its bumbling, dithering bureaucrats, ranging from ‘suits' in Maritime Safety Queensland, through to State Work Cover and including the Gold Coast Water Police.
In short, powerboat racers, are not welcome on the so-called ‘glitter strip.' Crazy, isn't it?
The State Government recognises that tourism is a vital component for the Gold Coast (probably all it recognises!) yet it wants nothing to do with an event that, if it gained world wide status with the Union Internationale Motonautique UIM), could attract upwards of 25,000 spectators and competitors to Queensland.
During last week and through to the weekend, the UIM, world governing body of all forms of power boat racing, held its general assembly here on the Gold Coast. More than 120 delegates from 62 nations were I town checking out the scene.
By all reports they absolutely adored the Gold Coast, the hospitality they received and the racing and organisation they saw.
What are they doing now? Compiling the list of race venues for 2009 in nations that are not hamstrung by half-witted (and so-called!) public servants.
Thanks, Queensland, thanks for nothing.
Well, at least you will get some enjoyment, we sincerely trust, from reading Powerboat-World.com
Powerboats ‘crucified' by outrageous bureaucracy Bob Wonders, The gala weekend of powerboat racing, comprising offshore, Formula I and Formula II and Unlimited Displacement Classes, had all been staged for the benefit of the visiting delegates and in the hope that Australia could confirm a place on the UIM's 2009 calendar.... [more]
BoatU.S captures Hurricane Ike damage on videotape BoatU.S. News, 15,000 recreational boats damaged. BoatU.S. has captured the storm's devastating impact on the recreational boating community with exclusive video shot at local marinas and boat clubs... [more]
Powerboating Gold Coast action Powerboat-world.com, Powerboat-world.com editor Bob Wonders was in the air over the weekend and this time not on his Harley-Davidson. Andrew Gricks was there too.... [more]
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Vella victorious Bob Wonders, Sydney driver Shane Vella takes out the Australian Formula 1 Superboat Series after the final event on the Gold Coast. Vella had actually gathered enough points to win the title without competing at the Gold Coast, but to his credit (and that of his crew) he wanted to go out on top.... [more]
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Acme Racing in dominant Gold Coast win Bob Wonders, Steve Searle's 'red terror' Acme Racing' has turned the tables on arch-rival 'Maritimo' with a classy Gold Coast win. Eleven boats, five in Class I, three in Supercat Outboard, two in Supercat Lite Outboard and one in Super Vee Lite, faced the starter in what could only be termed rough conditions, whipped up by strong north-to north-west winds.... [more]
Fort Lauderdale,- world's largest boat show Bob Wonders, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show can lay claim to being the worlds's largest, occupying six separate venues. Big boats, small boats, boating accessories, marine electronics, furnishing, jewellery, fishing tackle, all manner of marine engines, insurance and finance, you name it, Fort Lauderdale will have it.... [more]
Familiar face at powerboat racing Bob Wonders, Former Melbourne boat racing and boat building identity, Alan Beale, takes the wheel of the official start boat for Gold Coast Racing. All his boats were superbly custom built and intended for high performance, with custom engines ranging from 5.0-litre through to full blown, Unlimited Displacement.... [more]
BoatsPlus Launches Video Tests With BoatTEST.com Evangelos Tepelidis, BoatsPlus.com.au is pleased to announce its new content partnership with BoatTEST.com. Consumers around the globe now have the most effective quality controlled information when it comes to researching new boats, motor yachts and boat engines online. Effective immediately, BoatsPlus.com.au has launched a boat test category which features the latest video tests from BoatTEST.com... [more]
Boating Safety Checks at Trout Festival AAP MediaNet, A boating safety campaign timed to coincide with the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival at the weekend saw 129 vessels checked for safety compliance, NSW Maritime Regional Manager South Coast Craig Whitmore said.... [more]
Aussie skiers dominate Waikato Bridge to Bridge Waikato Times, Australian skiers dominated in a battle of attrition as Warlord yesterday won the Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic on Waikato River for the fourth year in a row.... [more]
Inaugural Xiamen Boat Show opens Friday 7 November David Winter, Co-sponsored by the Xiamen Yacht Building Association, the city's first-ever boat show will be held 7-9 November in the Wuyuan Bay Yacht Basin. Over 60 exhibitors are planning to display power and sail boats on both land and in-water exhibits.... [more]
Icom VHF Marine now with AIS option built in! Gwyn Morris, Another Icom World First, VHF/DSC with integrated AIS Receiver. Icom Australia is pleased to launch the world's first VHF/DSC with integrated AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver. An innovation providing a way for boat owners to receive AIS information from just a single unit.... [more]
Cash back on new Honda BF40/50 and BF75/90 engines Sandman PR, Honda is offering a substantial ‘cash back' incentive on its new, leading-technology BF40/50 and BF75/90 EFI four-stroke outboard engines in the lead up to summer.... [more]
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Queensland's Biggest Power Boat Racing Spectacular Sue-Ellen Pitt, Experience the Excitement. A record 77 entries have been recieved for the 2008 Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Power Boat Spectacular. Top classes of Unlimited Displacements and 6 Litre Displacements compete for the prestigious Iron Nutes Shield and the Trojan Cup. Display Of Boats, On site vendors and The Hippo, the world's largest inflatible slide for kids. Go to www.bundythunder.com.au... [more]
Jail and a fine for illegal Bass yabby operation Vic Fisheries, A man from Jacana has received a six month jail sentence and been fined $2,000 after being caught with nearly 4,000 Bass yabbies from Western Port.... [more]
Anglers required to help monitor key fisheries Dept Primary Industries VIC, Scientists from the Fisheries Victoria Research Branch are encouraging dedicated recreational fishers to become volunteer angler diarists and help monitor valuable fisheries... [more]
PredictWind - high resolution weather modelling MaxComm Communication, Four months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. PredictWind is now widely used by amateur and professional sailors all over the world.... [more]
Rising Co2 'Will Hit Coral Reefs Harder' ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, Rising carbon dioxide levels in the world's oceans could deliver a disastrous blow to the ability of coral reefs to withstand climate change. In a large experiment on Australia's Heron Island, the team simulated CO2 and temperature conditions predicted for the middle and end of this century....... [more]
Oil Spill Simulation Exercise for Sydney Harbour NSW Government Media, Shell's Port Jackson facility came under a 'terrorist attack' today as part of an oil spill containment exercise designed to hone the skills of a range of emergency response agencies. Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said the aim of the exercise was to test the response of a number of key agencies to a 'Tier 2' oil spill, or a spill of between ten and 10,000 tonnes of oil.... [more]
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