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10 Mar 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, March 10, 09

Well, what a week it has been. Firstly, it was suggested that Queensland might well be flattened by Cyclone Hamish.

The most comprehensive evacuation in the state's history was in the planning, with full-scale evacuations already carried out on some of the famous holiday islands of the Whitsunday region. Then, good ol' Hamish was downgraded to a category four and the population along the north and mid Queensland coast breathed a little easier. Now the question is will it head for land or drift way.

Down south, around Geelong way, we heard firstly the alarming news that the crew of the Super Vee Lite boat, ‘Grumpy Mongrel', had been rushed to hospital after the boat flipped at high speed during the Offshore Superboat Championships.

Just like Hamish, better news followed with word that the two crew members, while certainly knocked about, would make a full recovery.

Despite the lessening force of Hamish, NSW Maritime has issued a warning for the waters of northern NSW, from the Tweed River south to Seal Rocks.

Hamish's ‘tail' could still hammer that part of the coast with strong winds and dangerous sea conditions.

In other news, the offshore racing scene has been active both sides of the Tasman with ‘Maritimo' claiming victory on Geelong's Corio Bay in what was a shortened race due the ‘Grumpy Mongrel' crash and the Douglas Skater ‘Fairview Windows and Doors' proved the master of choppy seas off Napier in the Rayglass NZOPC championships.

Scientists have known for a long time that often cursed algae could one day be a source of bio diesel fuel and we discover that day is getting closer.

Today, Powerboat-World is a guest of Telwater, parent company of the biggest selling boats in Australia in the form of Quintrex, Stacer and Savage. Telwater will be unveiling a range of new models and who will be the first to learn of the company's latest plans?

Readers of of course, where the news is always hot off the proverbial press (that's if we had one).

Bob Wonders

Testing conditions for NZ Offshore championships
Bob Wonders,
Despite boisterous swells and chop, the racing was close as NZ's top offshore boats clashed. Greg Brinck, driver of the 60-mile championship leader, ‘Konica Minolta' and spokesman for the NZOPC, said the leading boats in both classes all finished ‘within two or 300-metres of each other.'... [more]

Offshore Superboat Championships marred by crash
Bob Wonders,
Two hospitalised after offshore race boat flips. Paramedics from a newly-formed marine rescue team operated by Ambulance Victoria, were aboard the official race rescue boat and were quickly on the scene... [more]

Maritime Alert: North Coast NSW
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime is alerting skippers to dangerous conditions off the north coast of NSW from Tweed Heads to Seal Rocks, as a result of Severe Tropical cyclone Hamish currently tracking down the Queensland coast.... [more]

Cyclone Hamish aims for the Queensland Coast
Powerboat-World & Sail-World,
Winds gusts peaked at 53 knots at Heron Island at 1800 last night and were down to 30 knots at 0800 this morning. At Lady Elliott Island the top gusts were 51 knots at 2100 last night and have now dropped to 28 knots. Further down at Double Island Point winds are in the mid 40's.... [more]

Algae could fuel cars and jobs
The production of biodiesel from algae could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help to address future fuel shortages and create jobs in rural areas. Dr Tom Beer and his team discovered the humble organisms' green credentials during a detailed life-cycle analysis of the benefits of algal biodiesel.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Dominican Republic
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their photo-tales of cruising Caribbean seas in their yacht Cape Finnisterre: The Dominican Republic (DR) port entry is a bureaucratic nightmare and quite expensive. Every port requires reentry and with our timeframe it limits the choices. We also have a short window of good weather and decide to make the most of that opportunity. Our sail of 250nm... [more]

‘Maritimo' victorious in shortened race
Bob Wonders,
Geelong's Corio Bay described as Australia's premiere' offshore venue. The fears of ‘Maritimo' ace Tom Barry-Cotter that ‘Simrad' loomed as a major rival failed to materialise when the Maritimo Offshore Race Team's 2 boat registered its third successive DNF.... [more]

Protection stepped up for whaler sharks
Dept Fisheries Western Australia,
New laws in Western Australia now prohibit recreational fishers from taking whaler sharks, with an interdorsal fin length exceeding 70cm, in the State's West Coast and South Coast bioregions.... [more]

Horizon Group launches Elegance 106 Raised Pilothouse
Jeni Bone,
After the first 120 Raised Pilothouse took to the waves in early 2008, Taiwan-based superyacht maker, Horizon Group began working on a brand new model to expand its current Elegance Raised Pilothouse Series and fill the gap between 97-foot and 120-foot motoryachts.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

Marina berths in Rushcutters? Call d'Albora
Colin Patterson,
It's perhaps fitting that a marina on the most beautiful harbour in the world, in one of the most exclusive locations, should be firmly committed to the annual Clean up Australia Day on Sunday 1st March. Along with thousands of Australians, d'Albora Marinas staff at Rushcutters Bay spent extra time yesterday removing rubbish around the marina and waterways, with posters on display that encouraged... [more]

Class 1 signs commercial agreement with Sea Dubai
Class 1 media,
Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) and the International Offshore Team Association (IOTA) have confirmed a new commercial partnership. 'Sea Dubai' is a Platinum Partner of the 2009 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]

Australian Offshore Championship lead up for grabs off Geelong
Bob Wonders,
Geelong's Corio Bay plays host to Offshore Superboat Championhips. It will be a case of brotherly love, or, in this case, half-brotherly love cast aside when ‘Maritimo' and ‘Simrad' lock horns.... [more]

2009 Variety Splash a huge success
Sandman PR,
Hailed a huge success by participants for its ‘fun factor' alone, the 2009 Variety Splash raised over $150,000 to help improve the lives of children with special needs. Around 200 people onboard a fleet of 24 power and sail boats – among them, Sydney to Hobart maxi yacht Skandia Wild Thing – last week travelled a three-day course around Port Phillip Bay – with plenty of fun along the way!... [more]

Aftermath at Williamstown, Melbourne offshore powerboat race
Peter Turrell,
Acme racing boat after the race at Williamstown. A slight twist of fate or not. You be the judge. $ 20 grand just screwed up in one race.... [more]

Marina West - South Australia's newest marina to open
Silvia Knoppien,
On March 28, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) will begin a new era of boating with the opening of its Marina West at North Haven which offers the biggest berths in the state to boat enthusiasts.... [more]

Exide expands marine range
Media Services,
Exide has released two all-new flagship marine batteries to spearhead the company's expanded marine ranges.... [more]

Lauryn Eagle's courageous comeback
Bob Wonders,
Champion ski racer chasing another world title. In May, about the middle of the month depending on a suitable weather window, Lauryn is going to attempt something no woman has ever done – ski Sydney to Newcastle....and back again!... [more]

Channel 16 - the dilemma of how to keep it clear...
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week we published a story which told of a Coast Guard's problems caused by 'Chattering' on Channel 16 during the rescue of a seriously injured yachtman. We asked for responses to how Channel 16 can be protected from irresponsible use. The result was a number of responses, and here is a sample:... [more]


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