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24 Feb 2009                              To reply to this email click here

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It's never pleasant reporting on sad news. Over the last two days two men, both described as ‘gentlemen who loves the waterways', died what they loved doing, one racing his hydroplane, one chasing the thrill of a good-sized fish.

Darryl Hamilton, 45, of Melbourne, sustained a broken neck during a race on Kogarah Bay while competing in the St George Motor Boat Club's Spectacular on Sunday. He was still alive when rescued and was rushed to hospital only to pass way st 11pm on the same evening.

At Jacobs Well, north of the Gold Coast, 73-year old dedicated angler Gavin Willmann lost his life when his runabout collided with a barge headed south near Jacobs Well. We can only extend our sympathies to the families and friends of those lost.

With the third (Williamstown) and fourth (Geelong) rounds of the Offshore Superboat Championships upon us, spare a thought for Brandon and Chris Frier. These two lads, with absolutely no experience in big boats (or race boats) will be taking on the best when they line up in a high-tech catamaran leased from the Maritimo Offshore Team. Their boat will race under the name, ‘6'. We can only wish them luck and safe racing.

Across the ditch, those Kiwis that like their boats to travel fast have been engaged in the Downtown Flying Lap at Wanganui, where they had to overcome some wild weather and debris-filled water.

And in the USA, drug runners beware – colleague Jeni Bone reports on a high-tech vessel being developed by the US Navy that no druggies will outrun.

Today we have lots of marine product news as the industry works to deliver better and better products to encourage us all to do the right thing and help the world spend its way out of recession.

Bob Wonders

Gold Coast boating fatality leaves ‘unanswered questions'
Bob Wonders,
Gold Coast Water Police are still investigating the collision between a runabout and a barge which resulted in the death of 73-year-old Gavin Willmann on Monday.... [more]

‘Fair Warning' overcomes weather warning- Wanganui, New Zealand.
Bob Wonders,
Wild weather hampers Downtown Flying Lap for NZ race boats. Seven tunnel boats and five hydroplanes were on site for the Downtown Flying Lap, Wanganui, New Zealand last weekend .but Mother Nature was anything but onside.... [more]

Recreational fishers call for a moratorium on harmful pesticides
Recfish media,
Recfish Australia, today called on the Australian Government for an immediate moratorium on the use of pesticides which can cause mortality in fish eggs and larvae.... [more]

New kids on the offshore block
Bob Wonders,
Youngsters keen to 'wet their feet' in offshore racing. The two lads, both experienced motocross riders, were keen to try offshore racing and father Bill came to the rescue by leasing a spare boat from the Maritimo Offshore team.... [more]

Hydroplane driver dies after high-speed powerboat race crash
Bob Wonders,
Fatal high-speed crash on Kogarah Bay claims life of speedboat racer. Glenn Banks, president of the APBA, said all involved with the sport would join with him in expressing condolences to the Hamilton family, friends and associates.... [more]

Riviera reveals exciting new Flybridge IPS drive option
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has announced an exciting new propulsion option for its popular 51 Series II Flybridge models. Following extensive testing in the United States, these models are now available with triple Volvo Penta IPS drive systems.... [more]

Saeed Hareb back at the helm of the WPPA
Class-1 media,
Following his resignation as President of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) last December, Saeed Hareb is back at the helm.... [more]

Spearfishing confusion near Cape Upstart National Park
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
People planning to go spearfishing near Cape Upstart National Park are reminded to brush up on zoning to ensure they know where spearfishing is allowed in this area.... [more]

Rediscover Sydney Harbour during Sydney Harbour Week March 7 - 15
Sydney Harbour Week media,
Sydney Harbour Week will make a splash 7–15 March, with more than 30 exciting events taking place on and around the water – many of them FREE!... [more]

Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece.!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]

The Queens in Sydney for record cruise month
Ports and Waterways Minister,
Sydney is gearing up for a hectic cruise schedule with four super liners due to arrive over the next week, culminating in a visit by the biggest of them all, the Queen Mary 2, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi announced.... [more]

Tasmania's Bruny Island -Expedition boats sail into new waters
Paula Catchpole,
Tasmania's new Bruny Wildlife Adventure expedition is not for the faint-hearted. It takes visitors to the stunningly remote and rugged southern coastline of Bruny Island, where wildlife frolic in the way they have for centuries. Looking out from here you see the expanse of the Great Southern Ocean, and the last land mass expeditioners pass on their way to Antarctica. So it is not difficult to i... [more]

Bird-free boating with Gullsweep
Sandman PR,
The innovative Gullsweep® bird scarer is a cost-effective and convenient means of ridding your boat of sea birds and their messy deposits. Available throughout Australia from vessel protection specialist Marine Solutions, the unobtrusive and effective Gullsweep® acts as a deterrent which makes gulls uncomfortable enough to select another roosting site.... [more]

NZ offshore powerboats head for round three at Maraetai
Kate Gordon,
An open sea race course set off Maraetai Beach on the Pohutukawa Coast south-east of Auckland will be contested by competitors in the 2009 Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Championship on Saturday 28 February.... [more]

NSW Maritime vessel makes grim discovery
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Environmental Services vessel No.7 found the body of a young person at around 0830hrs in the upper reaches of the Parramatta River this morning.... [more]

Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show - coming soon
Event Media,
The Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show is once again being held on the 6th and 7th of June, over the Queen's birthday long weekend. Already event organisers are promising this year's show will be the most exciting yet with the latest products, big names in the marine industry, lots of interesting on-water and hard stand exhibits and entertainment for the whole family.... [more]

Marina Profile: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
Fiona Harper,
The tropical resort town of Port Douglas is the closest mainland access point to the Great Barrier Reef, with Marina Mirage Port Douglas a great base for reef and island exploration.... [more]

US unmanned 'drone' leads to arrest of nine Somali pirates
Andrew Njuguna,,
A safe Gulf of Aden for the passage of both yachts and ships may be coming closer. A drone or unmanned aerial vehicle from the US Air Force has led to the arrest of nine Somali pirates in the 'pirate zone' waters of the Somalia. Now that Britain and the USA have come to an agreement with Kenya that Kenya will accept and try those accused of piracy, more will surely follow.... [more]

World's first true superboat makes waves
Jeni Bone,
Dubbed “the most beautiful thing ever created by man” by BBC Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, the XSR48 made its launch at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. The first boat has since been delivered to her owner on the Cote d'Azur, where it has become a local celebrity and the most exhilarating way to beat the traffic jam between Monaco and St Tropez.... [more]

Maritimo expands its worldwide network
Bob Wonders,
'Tropical paradise' the latest addition to company's network. The new dealership, Yacht Center of the Caribbean, could not be in better hands with president Roger Casellas, a prominent game fishing personality who was once recognised as the world's 1 Bertram salesman, at the helm.... [more]


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