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20 Jan 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, Jan 20 08.

Well, we're coming to terms with the New Year, the engines warming up to present all the powerboat news worth revealing.

This week, we cover round one of the World Grand Prix Hydroplane titles from New Zealand (where were all the Aussies?) and take a close up look at that winning Kiwi family, the Lupton clan.

On the home front, it's your chance to help that fabulous Australian attraction, the Great Barrier Reef and during the Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Show coming up at Docklands at the end of the month there's a chance to win a $50,000 boating package.

For something just a tad more expensive (like about $4.2 million more expensive) we reveal the delicate operations at Maritimo as the deck and hull for its massive ‘monster', the 73 Sky Lounge, are nearing completion.

Of course, anyone who has ever been to the ‘golden west' knows what an attraction Rottnest Island (gotta go to Rotto) is and we present a profile of Perth's favourite boating destination.

Finally, and this is not good, volunteer rescue organisations on the Queensland Gold Coast are less than impressed with the efforts of local boat owners.

In a word, many have been described as ‘ignorant' and lacking in boat handling experience and ability.

So come on, Gold Coasters, being a good skipper wins respect and is well worth striving for.

Finally, I'm working on a couple of interesting stories that did not quite make today's deadline, but that's all the more reason for visiting again in a day or two.

It's where you'll find all the news that matter.

Bob Wonders

Win a $50,000 boating package at the Melbourne International Boat Show
Sandman PR,
Visit Trailer Boat magazine's stand at the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show for the chance to win a $50,000 boat, motor, trailer and accessory package! The Savage 540 Beachcomber Bowrider is powered by a MerCruiser sterndrive and packaged on a quality Dunbier trailer. Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show, Docklands – 30 January to 1 February 2009.... [more]

Grand Prix Hydroplane titles: Son leads cousin and father not happy
Bob Wonders,
Veteran Kiwi hydroplane racer, Warwick Lupton, will not necessarily be a happy and contented man after the opening round of the World Grand Prix Hydroplane titles in New Zealand last weekend. Simply put, Warwick Lupton likes winning; he has little interest in coming second.... [more]

Scientific sub makes deep-sea discoveries off Tasmania
A four-week expedition to explore the deep ocean south-west of Tasmania has revealed new species of animals and more evidence of impacts of increasing carbon dioxide on deep-sea corals.... [more]

Plan ahead for Australia Day on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
Plan ahead to be part of the action on Sydney Harbour this Australia Day, with the full listing of event times, vantage points and safety tips.... [more]

Powerboat P1 keeps focus on race budgets
Powerboat P1 media,
Powerboat P1 chairman Asif Rangoonwala has said that championship organisers are focused are keeping entry and running costs for teams and crews under contro.... [more]

Health of the Great Barrier Reef - You are invited to help
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral reef Studies,
Tourists, holidaymakers, divers and tour operators have been invited to become ‘citizen scientists' and help with a major health check-up for Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Coral health has been a focus of a major investigation by coral scientists from the nation's leading research institutions over the past seven years, with upsurges in white syndrome and black band reported.... [more]

Gold Coast boaters under fire
Bob Wonders,
Marine rescue authorities label many boaters 'ignorant.' VMR senior skipper Chris Leech claimed inexperience and a general lack of boating knowledge caused many of the alleged ‘emergency' calls for assistance.... [more]

Maritimo's 'monster' leaves its lair
Bob Wonders,
Largest vessel ever built under the guidance of Bill Barry-Cotter approaches completion. The 73 Sky Lounge is a giant on all fronts; its dual Muir windlasses, anchors and chain tip the scales at one tonne, while the vessel itself will weigh in at more than 50 tonne.... [more]

Marina Profile: Rottnest Island
Fiona Harper,
Crisp fresh salty blowing in from the Indian Ocean conjures up a typical summer at Rottnest Island. Where the only suitable clothing is of the summer boating holiday kind. Boardshorts, bikinis and lots of bare skin are pretty typical dress standards when you're holidaying at Rotto... [more]

Tauranga Race Weekend Hydroplane World Championships
Phillip Hoskyn,
Some pretty good Racing all weekend (Jan 17-18 2009) in front of a very large Tauranga crowd. Boats were split into two heats as a precaution to the new Tauranga course. Points were awarded after the Race times from each Heat were placed in order of fastest time first to slowest time last.... [more]

Reef named after Australian marine science pioneer
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
Isobel Bennett's immense contribution to coral reef research is formally recognised with a previously unnamed Reef (Reef No 21-505) now bearing her name, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has announced.... [more]

Nicolini keeping boat options open for 2009 Championship campaign
Class 1 media,
Qatar 95's Matteo Nicolini is keeping his options open as to which boat he and Abdullah Al-Sulaiti will run in their 2009 Championship campaign.... [more]

Team CruiseCraft hits Melbourne Snapper Comp
Connexion PR,
Team CruiseCraft descended upon Melbourne recently to make their first official appearance at the annual Tea Tree Snapper fishing tournament.... [more]

BoatU.S. Angler Podcast on Tacklebox Overhaul
A newly released, 18-minute online video from BoatU.S. Angler expert Capt. Steve Chaconas shows how to do a 'Winter Tacklebox Overhaul' at The video offers suggestions on how to repair and maintain tackle, including how to properly lubricate reels, inspect and repair rod guides, sharpen hooks and bring back lures to like-new condition.... [more]

Douglas Skater establishes new world speed record
Bob Wonders,
US boat tops 212km/hr on Californian lake. Veteran US throttleman Bob Teague and driver Paul Whittier achieved the new record after several days of trial on the unique Salton Sea, an environment offering below-sea-level air density and water boasting extremely high salinity.... [more]

Tagged bay snapper recaptured nine years on
VIC Dept Primary Industries,
An undersize snapper returned to the water in 1999 has been recaptured by a recreational angler nearly nine years after its release. During the 3,242 days at liberty the snapper had grown 47 centimetres and increased in weight to approximately 4.5 kilograms.... [more]

Practical skills tested on water for NSW licence
Minister for Ports and Waterways,
There will be a new, practical 'on water' component added to the NSW boat licencing system.... [more]

Pirates Drowned as Boat sinks with Ransom Money
Breaking News online,
In a weird development, six members of a group of Somali pirates, who released the Saudi Super tanker, MV Sirius Star after receiving the ransom of $3 million, were drowned with the money, when their boat overturned off Kenyan coast... [more]

Rayglass supports NZ Offshore Powerboats
Bob Wonders,
NZ's largest boat manufacturer to sponsor offshore series. The event will be marketed as the Rayglass NZ Powerboat Series and will be contested at eight venues around New Zealand's North Island, beginning later this month and concluding in May.... [more]

New generation MAN diesel engines to debut at Sanctuary Cove
Alex Campbell,
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge is launching its new generation of V8 and V12 diesel engines for yachts and pleasure crafts. The new generation of V engines extends the MAN product portfolio up to 1800 hp (1324 kW) in this sector. The MAN V8-1200 and V12-1800 will make their Australian debut at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show: May 21 to 24, 2009.... [more]

Letter from the Indies - Anguilla
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
At Latitude 18 degrees North and Longitude 63 degrees West, Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands and on the most outer extremity of the arc of the Caribbean Islands. Only 8nms to the north of St Martin, it is a very easy passage to this low lying island. It looks like an eel, and was so named by Columbus, Spanish for eel.... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
To celebrate the season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]

Australia to deploy anti-piracy warship
Jeni Bone,
Following China's commitment to send war ships to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean to assist a global force against piracy, Australia is considering deploying a warship after winding down operations to protect Iraq's oil terminals.... [more]

Life jackets the key to boating safety: NZ to make mandatory
Jeni Bone,
A rash of accidents, incidents and fatalities on the waterways of Queenstown region in New Zealand has driven Council to make wearing life jackets mandatory, after a period of public consultation.... [more]

Superyacht Stuck Three Years - Now it's the Keel
Sail-World Cruising,
For the last few years, Sail-World Cruising has been following the bizarre story of the megayacht Legacy, marooned four miles off Florida's Key West since she was deposited there by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Owner Peter Halmos has stayed close in a houseboat ever since, trying to free the 160ft yacht. Now there's a new barrier to her salvage... [more]

Brunswick sheds staff, idles plants and 'mothballs' one facility
Jeni Bone,
Brunswick Corp has announced a series of production cuts, layoffs and one plant closure in response to the global downturn in consumer spending, or as a spokesman put it: “the challenging marine marketplace”.... [more]

Celebrate Australia Day at the National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum,
The National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour, will be offering several special attractions on Australia Day, Monday, 26 January.... [more]

Boat builders up there with car salesmen!
Jeni Bone,
Australia's list of the top 10 most vulnerable industries for 2009, according to a report by research house IBISWorld, includes car sales, boatmaking, real estate, catering, international airlines and prawn fishing.... [more]

Marine algae shows promise as bio-fuel option
Jeni Bone,
In response to the challenges of global warming and dwindling fuel supplies, within 10 years we may be fuelling our cars and boats with a blend of marine algae, which is easy to grow and doesn't require fresh water for irrigation.... [more]

London Boat Show tempts the top end
Jeni Bone,
This week's London International Boat Show (LIBS) is aiming to tempt millionaires from Europe and the Middle East, as the UK's top builders exhibit more large luxury boats than ever before.... [more]

Anchor Etiquette,The Eight Rules(Why is that guy glowering at me?)
Nancy Knudsen,
Have we done something wrong? Not enough chain? too much chain? Why is the guy on the next boat glowering? Am I on top of his anchor? Will I swing into him? Doesn't he like the smell of sausages on the barbecue? Anchoring, particularly where the anchorage is tight with boats, is a matter of etiquette, and if you don't get it right, you may not have many friends left in the anchorage.... [more]

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