Powerboat barrel roll, Hydroplane, Mustang and more

10 Feb 2009                              To reply to this email click here


It's a sombre mood at the news desk today as, like all Australians, we struggle to come to terms with the magnitude of the Victorian bushfire tragedy.

Nevertheless, the news is there to report and we are delighted to reveal that Victoria has a new World Champion in Brett Niddrie, the Melbourne-based race engine ‘guru' who has claimed the UIM Masport GP World Hydroplane crown. Don't miss some great shots on the hydroplane action from ace Kiwi lensman Phillip Hoskyn.

Of course, it's history now that the ski race classic, the Southern 80, was cancelled when paramedics, ambulances and rescue authorities were called away to aid in the bushfire disaster.

Plenty of offshore activity on the near horizon with New Zealand's Rayglass Offshore titles resuming this weekend and the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships getting set for the Victorian rounds at Williamstown and Geelong.

We also take a look at the some of the traditions of the sea, much dating back to the days of Horatio Nelson and John Paul Jones.

On what could only be termed the downside, there's an alarming report on the state of the world's oceans, with human carbon emissions causing widespread acidic conditions.

We keep you up to date, too, on the P1 offshore action from Europe and the Middle East.

Finally, words don't seem enough, but our deepest sympathy is extended to those who have lost friends, family and loved ones across Victoria.

To the fire fighters, police, paramedics and rescue teams involved, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bob Wonders

Spectacular Barrel-roll sequence in poster format from Ingrid Abery
Media Services,
Ceramica Panerei was raced by Mario Invernizzi and Giovanni Carpitella. Just seconds after setting a new round-the-Island speed record, averaging 88.5 mph, the boat caught the side of a wave and catapulted the men through the air in a barrel-roll. Having flipped reaching approximately thirty feet up the hull finally landed upright and continued on its course - All captured by Ingrid Abery!... [more]

NSW Maritime :Fatal Powerboat incident - on Sydney's Cooks River
NBeil Patchett,
A man died today in a boating incident on the Cooks River n Sydney NSW Maritime Operations Manager for Botany Bay/ Port Hacking Graeme Dunlavie said the body of a man was recovered today from the waterway.... [more]

Ski racers support bushfire victims
Bob Wonders,
Competitors vow to help after Southern 80 cancelled. Well-known ski racing veteran Greg Houston, owner/driver of ‘Stinga', led the way when he pledged $1000 to the bushfire appeal.... [more]

Brett Niddrie is the new UIM World GP Hydroplane World Champion
Bob Wonders,
Brett Niddrie, Melbourne engine builder, claims the GP Hydroplane championship. With only 400 points to his credit after the opening round at Tauranga, Niddrie certainly needed maximum points and he achieved his goal, finishing with 1600 points, comfortable clear of second-placed David Alexander (‘Annihilator 2') with 1294.... [more]

SuperSport class champion Ciantar gets home commendations in Malta
Powerboat P1 media,
Reigning Powerboat P1 SuperSport class champion Aaron Ciantar has picked up a couple of off-season sporting honours in his home country of Malta.... [more]

Southern 80 Race Cancelled
Neill Patchett,
NSW Maritime was forced to cancel racing in the Club Marine Southern 80 waterski event on the Murray River today after three event ambulance crews had to be diverted to the bushfire effort.... [more]

Traditions of the sea - the names and times of sea watches
Bob Wonders,
Sailors of today still adhere to shipboard traditions dating back centuries. The sea and its sailors boast a remarkable history over hundreds of years and many traditions followed by the men of Horatio Nelson, John Paul Jones and Christopher Columbus are still practiced on the ships of the 21st century.... [more]

Nemo won't be coming home as the world's oceans acidify
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Nemo, the lovable clownfish of movie fame, may be unable to find his way home as the world's oceans acidify due to human carbon emissions. Now, say the researchers, every time we start a car or turn on the lights, a third or more of the carbon dioxide we emit ends up in the ocean, turning its waters imperceptibly but inevitably more acidic.... [more]

Offshore action across the Tasman
Greg Brinck,
Round two of the New Zealand offshore titles set for next Saturday. Although the 2009 championship has fielded fewer boats than last year, NZOPA president Wayne Valder says the series has not lost any of its glamour or intensity of competition.... [more]

Police investigate Southern 80 ‘incident'
Bob Wonders,
Race boat involved in collision with houseboat. Racing has been scheduled as normal for today, when the 'big guns' fire in the Superclass and Superclass B events.... [more]

Mustang Marine further expands in Asia
Media Services,
Mustang Marine, Australia'n manufacturer of Sports Flybridge, Sports Cruisers and the all new Sports Coupé, is excited to announce Master Yachts as their new dealer in Hong Kong.... [more]

Thundercats on a thundering rampage in New Zealand
Bob Wonders,
Spectacular racing sees Thundercats flying high despite small surf. The leads changed regularly in each race, with any lapse in concentration or unlucky wave break causing a loss of position.... [more]

Hydroplanes face their moment of truth in NZ
Bob Wonders,
Grand Prix hydrplane world championhips in grand finale' Kiwi ace Ken Lupton (Annihilator 3), currently holding a commanding 625 points in the championship, has been working around the proverbial clock making repairs to his 8.0-metre Auld design boat.... [more]

It's here! Mustang unveils its latest 430 Sports Coupe
Bob Wonders,
Mustang Marine unveils its 430 Sports Coupe. Mustang CEO Chris Heaton said the company's entire staff, from management down through the design team, engineers and production staff had ‘lived and breathed' the project.... [more]

KIBS aims for regional appeal
Jeni Bone,
The Korea International Boat Show is on track for a June 3 start, and plans to include an industry conference and Marine Festival in its program, aiming to broaden its range to make it a significant regional event.... [more]

Diamond Princess sparkles in Sydney
Jeni Bone,
Two and a half times the size of the Titanic, the cruise liner, Diamond Princess has arrived on Sydney Harbour and is expected to draw interest and cause road chaos as great as when the Queen Mary and the QE2 sailed through the heads almost a year ago.... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
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