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26 Nov 2008                              To reply to this email click here


Ski racing enthusiasts might be curious as to why we have not covered the recent Bridge to Bridge, the Hawkesbury River classic over 112 tortuous kilometres.

I can assure it has not been overlooked; I have written a story on the great race and we will publish the full list of results from all 22 classes, but we are waiting on photos (hopefully spectacular) from the Ski Racing Division of the NSW Water Ski Federation.

A 198 footer for $25,009? The 1922 built Sydney ferry Baragoola is being auctioned at Grays online. It closes today and the currently leading bidder hails from Brisbane. Do you want to secure a piece of maritime history. Details below.

New engine technology, just keeps getting better, the latest German electric engines are now approaching a not to be sneezed at 10hp. Perfect for trolling? What do you think?

Looking for a new boating destination, read about South West Rocks, on the NSW mid-north coast.

In other news, all the action centres on Victoria this coming weekend with the mighty hydroplane ‘war', the E.C.Griffith Cup and the Yarrawonga Gold Cup.

Word is out that those ‘pesky' Kiwis are making a huge effort to take the grand trophy back across the ditch.

At the National Water Sports Centre, Carrum, those guys who many believe have a death wish, the drag boat racers, will be out to show their stuff starting at 10.30am on Sunday.

And here's some great news – everyone on the net will be able to watch the two Formula 1 rounds live from Abu Dhabi (December 5) and Sharjah (December 12) via the exciting technology of ‘webstream.' The digital data systems that have beened use with the America's Cup are now being used, in a world first for powerboat racing. - you have to register so you need to read our story below.

Talking about international, there was a lot of international interest in our article on the Honda 4 stroke being used in racing powerboats, if you missed that article, we have it again below.

Breaking news from the UK, where the RYA (Britains powerboating and sailing peak body) has ruled on a controversial protest in the high adrenaline Zapcat class.

Don't forget us, drop by regularly.

And enjoy the read.

Bob Wonders

E.C.Griffith speed boat action this weekend
Bob Wonders,
Hydroplanes, displacement classes and drag boats clash on an action-packed weekend. The Victorian Speed Boat Club (VSBC) and the Victorian Drag Boat Club (VDBC) clash head on next weekend (November 29-30) when each stages a major event, the 95th running of the legendary E.C.Griffith Cup and the season opener for the '09 drag boat season.... [more]

Honda's Dr H takes engine ‘check-ups' to new level
Sandman PR,
Honda Australia's extensive national marine dealer network has taken delivery of an innovative electronic diagnostic tool which enables immediate analysis of engine health.... [more]

Sydney Ferry may head to Brisbane -auctioned today
Jeni Bone,
The 198 foot ferry Baragoola, current sitting at the Waverton Coal Loader on Sydney Harbour is being auctioned at Grays online in an auction that closes at 17:00 AEST today. Currently the highest bidder is from Clontarf, on the southern Redcliffe Peninsula in Brisbane and has offered $ 24,509... [more]

Electric Outboards - They just get better
Martin Flory,
German outboard manufacturer Torqeedo has just introduced a new electric outboard suitable for sailing boats and catamarans, which they claim is more efficient than any previous.... [more]

Reef Fish hit by Double Trouble
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The world's coral reef fish are caught in a double whammy of intensifying fishing pressure and spreading reef destruction, a team of leading international coral scientists has warned.... [more]

Women taking on the Buoys
Powerboat P1 media,
The lack of women in motorsport continues to be such a cliché that it's almost becoming a tired one. Look in any racing paddock around the world, and it's dominated by white males. Diversity isn't a word that's often used in the pit garages of Formula 1 or MotoGP. That's not the case in Powerboat P1, though.... [more]

2008 Zapcat Champions announced following appeal
Nikki Drummond,
The Zapcat National Championship finished with rounds 13 & 14 of the championship at Watergate Bay, Newquay on the 19th & 20th September. It was an event full of mixed emotions for the 2007 National Champions Pegasus Vortex racing, with pilot Mick Pritchard breaking his back during the event, and replacement pilot Neil Fraser and co-pilot Baz Minns pulling it out of the bag to hold on to the 2008... [more]

'Live webstreaming' comes to
f1boat media,
In a grand experiment that may become a common trend at every event, the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating announces today that as of the final two events of the 2008 season, people from around the world will now have an opportunity to watch the December 5th and December 12th race events in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah 'live' on the internet via the official website .... [more]

Maritimo looks to the future
Bob Wonders,
Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter to invest $10 million into development of seven new models. 'We have a five-year plan at present and the initial results will be seen at the 2009 Sydney International Boat Show (July 30 – August 4) when we unveil 6 of seven planned new models,' he said.... [more]

Don't miss Lake Mulwala Aquatic Weekend

The lake is full and the last weekend in November will be the place to be, as thousands flock to the shores of the beautiful Lake Mulwala to be part of an aquatic weekend event not to be missed.... [more]

Honda Racing a world first
Bob Wonders,
Four-stroke outboard engines to prove competitive against two-strokes in powerboat racing. We have all seen the transition from two-stroke to four-stroke in all forms of car and bike racing, including Formula 1, Motor GP, Superbikes and most off road motorcycle competition.... [more]

Profile of Boating Destination: South West Rocks
Lisa Monks,Editor,Holiday Inspirations Newsletters,
If you are looking for the quintessential sleepy, laid-back and almost undiscovered place during your holiday sail, you will find it hard to go past South West Rocks, and it offers some wonderful boating for those prepared to treat the historically tricky waterways with respect.... [more]

Curtis desperate to salvage season
Class-1 media,
Despite winning the SBIP-APBA Offshore World Championship in Key West, Florida earlier this month, Steve Curtis is yet to win in Class 1 this season, and failure in either of the remaining races and the Edox Pole Position in Dubai, will see Curtis winless and without a title for the first time in over a decade.... [more]

US-backed teams look to 2009 after Key West
Powerboat P1 media,
Two of Powerboat P1's US-backed teams have put together the perfect kickstart for their 2009 title campaigns with world championship wins in the recent races at Key West. The reigning Evolution class champion 99 Fountain Worldwide crew and a new-look 77 Lucas Oil line-up both tastes success at the Florida-based event.... [more]

Safety Web Cameras come online in NSW
NSW Maritime,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi has announced another five web cameras have come on line to help boaters crossing coastal bars at Moruya, Merimbula, Yamba, Brunswick Heads and Swansea... [more]

Crossover to a Bar Crusher XS Reef Sport
Sandman PR,
Bar Crusher's new XS Reef Sport range of ‘crossover' plate-aluminium boats fills the gap for anglers who have been searching for a hardcore fishing boat with maximum flexibility.... [more]

Ship with 2000 Passengers rescues sailors on reef
Otago Times/Sail-World Cruising,
The 2000 or so cruise passengers on P&O's Pacific Sun are getting more than they bargained for, as their holiday liner, in a real-life drama that could never be included in the attractions of the cruise, was diverted to save four shipwrecked sailors yesterday... [more]

New navigation equipment standard on course
The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers this month approved the new national safety standard for navigation equipment.... [more]

Have your say: General Requirements for Powerboats
Public comment is invited on the revision of AS 1799.1 Small Craft – General Requirements for Power Boats.... [more]

New National Marine Pilotage Guidelines Approved
The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers has approved a new set of national safety guidelines on marine pilotage.... [more]

Super Tanker attacked in Arabian Sea
Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs,
The very large crude tanker Sirius Star was attacked more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. This attack comes amid a decrease in the rate of successful pirate attacks on merchant vessels off the coast of Somalia.... [more]

Maritime's Draft Safe Boating Plan for Clyde River
AAP Medianet,
NSW Maritime today released the Draft Clyde Estuary Safe Boating Plan 2008-2012 for public comment. NSW Maritime's General Manager of Recreational Boating Brett Moore said the plan was the product of extensive community input and aimed to encourage a culture of safe boating on the waterway.... [more]

Superyachts Launched by Azzura
Azzura Marine Media,
Azzura Marine proves its commitment to quality, innovation and superior service following the successful launch of two superyacht projects at its shipyard in Newcastle, Australia.... [more]

OceansWatch - Coral Saving in the South Pacific
Jane Pares,
While others laze away in the pristine waters of the South Pacific, there's a group of cruising sailors and divers collected into a New Zealand led organisation called OceansWatch who are working to save the coral reefs from destruction. Part of their goal is also to work with local communities to help them do the same. Jane Pares here reports on their recent Vanuatu project... [more]

Profile of a Marina: Keppel Bay
Fiona Harper, Australian Marinas Guide,
Cruising the Qld coast it's easy to become complacent about your next overnight stop as you cruise inside the swell-free waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Short day sails are possible, with each anchorage offering something a little different, including island bays, expansive inlets and delightful coves. With so many safe anchorages, it would be easy to overlook Keppel Bay Marina. But don't!... [more]

Warwick Lupton wants to regain E.C Griffith Cup
Lake Mulwala Power media,
New Zealander Warwick Lupton, a legend in New Zealand power boating is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to regain Australasia's most prestigious powerboat title the ‘E.C Griffith Cup'. This event in now in its 95th year, which makes it the southern hemisphere's oldest motor sport trophy.... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Boat show Boosts Pavilion Space
Kate Duryea,
The 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will feature extended pavilion displays and an expanded international marketing program in the lead-up to the 21st annual event in May. The prestigious Australasian show is staged on Australia's Gold Coast from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24. In new developments , the combined pavilion display area has been increased 22% for 2009.... [more]

Austal Awarded US Defence Contract
WA-based ship builder, Austal has won the contract to design and build the US Department of Defence's next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion... [more]

House of Reps - Convicted fishermen off the hook
Media Services,
The result came after the House of Representatives supported an amendment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 sponsored by Senator Boswell and Senator Ian MacDonald.... [more]

Get Set for PIMEX 2008
Andaman Marine Consultants,
The 6th Phuket International Marine Expo is being held in Asia's maritime capital of Phuket 4-7 December at a new and prestigious location, the five Gold Anchor Award winning Royal Phuket Marina in the new Exhibition and Conference centre.... [more]

Northstar VHF product range expands
Sandman PR,
Northstar has added another innovative product to its popular Explorer Series – the Explorer 725 VHF radio with the new 705 wireless handset option.... [more]

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