Boating News from the Asia-Pacific

08 Apr 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial April 8, '09

If boating news is what you're after, boys and girls, you've come to the right place.

Simply put, we have it all right here on this week's edition of Powerboat-World.

In July our ski racers take on the world's best in Belgium in the 16th World Ski Racing championships and we name the Australian team that is more than capable of bringing home ‘the bacon.'

And how about Tom Barry-Cotter? He only turned 21 a couple of weeks ago, yet on Friday he flies out Qatar to mix it with the world's hard men in the World Offshore Class 1 championships.

Whatever you do, take a close look at the spectacular photo sequence from Ingrid Abery taken during the Pro-Vee European Championships on the Solent. Here's a barrel-roll like you have probably never seen before and certainly would not want to experience.

For Formula 1 fans, we have full coverage of the Grand Prix of Portugal and reveal a new venue in Croatia for the 2010 opening round of the exciting Powerboat P1 World Championships.

Closer to home, Don Jones, general manager of Marine Queensland, has given a justified ‘serve' to a Queensland MP, while across the Tasman, or the ditch, if you prefer, the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat championships has changed its final round venue because......wait for it......the Auckland City Council can't afford to support it.

If you are in the market for a luxury powerboat, have you noticed there is an auction upcoming in Brisbane for Sunseekers. We have lots of info on the boats too

Just to show we're not totally one-eyed towards powerboats, don't miss the story on HMS Beagle. Perhaps you can solve Charles Darwin's theory of evolution?

And in case you live in a wonderful, sunny, dry part of the world you may not be aware that ‘Sunny?' Queensland has been lashed with torrential rain and, tragically heavy seas that have cost four, possibly six lives.

Read on, enjoy and stop by regularly as we update constantly.

In fact, I am already working on a couple of stories that will be up in a day or two.

Also, don't forget, we're always on the lookout for interesting copy – if you know of an incident, a story, anything at all that should be covered by Powerboat-World, fling it our way – if you want your name ‘up in lights' or if you'd prefer to remain anonymous, either way is fine with us.

Bob Wonders

Marine Queensland accuses Broadwater MP of being ‘out of touch'
Bob Wonders,
Pete-Kaye Croft, MP for Broadwater, cops a broadside from MQ's Don Jones. Ms Croft had been commenting on the numerous complaints directed at the State Government over the lack of maintenance and the urgent need for large-scale dredging of the Southport Broadwater.... [more]

Broadband Radar new from Navico
Jeni Bone,
Navico has released the world's first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome across three of its brands – Lowrance, Northstar and Simrad for each of those diverse markets.... [more]

Six near new luxury Sunseekers to be auctioned by Marine Auctions
Media Services,
Marine Auctions and Valuations have six near-new luxury Sunseekers for Auction on on Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 10.00 a.m at the Rivergate Marina Complex, 7 Rivergate Place, off Paringa Road, Murarrie, Queensland, Australia (next to the Gateway Bridge).... [more]

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]

The finance package that could save your life
When you purchase a big ticket item like a motor vehicle, on many occasions it comes with complimentary breakdown assistance. Buy a boat however, and you're left to your own devices. Now, Finlease has introduced a finance solution that gives boat buyers the added peace of mind of free breakdown assistance at sea.... [more]

Internet 101 - Hits are not people
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]

Support builds for a Great Barrier Reef automated reef watch
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
There is strong support for developing the next generation of a high-tech sensor network to watch over the health and resilience of the vast area of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a new study has found.... [more]

Thousands of reasons why Classes, Clubs and Events upload news and pix
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Over the last three years the number of Classes and Clubs posting their own news, (which we edit) via our Sail-World news and image upload system has been growing exponentially. In March 2009 our team published 937 stories, of which we wrote more than 300 ourselves, but another 250 came from Classes, Clubs and events, the rest were international- many of those too came in via news... [more]

One on one with Tom Barry-Cotter
Bob Wonders,
Twenty-one years old and about to mix it with the hard men. On Friday, Tom flies out to Qatar where he will meet up with his throttleman, the Norwegian ace Pal Virik Nilsen, their ‘target' the Qatar Grand Prix, opening round of the UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship on Anzac Day, April 25.... [more]

Maritimo set to take on the world's best
Bob Wonders,
Leading Maritimo's two-boat assault on the 2009 world title is Class 1's youngest competitor Ton Barry-Cotter, who celebrated his 21st birthday on March 27. He made his Class 1 debut in Greece in 2007 and will again be partnered by Norwegian throttleman Pal Virik Nilsen in ‘Maritimo 11'.... [more]

Seychelles under pirate siege - ten sailors now hostage
Somali Marine and Coastal/Sail-World,
The remote diving and holidaying destination of the Seychelles is now under virtual siege with the threat of piracy in its waters. Ten Seychellois are now in the hands of Somali pirates.... [more]

HMS Beagle exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
Bill Richards,
A major exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum takes you on the sea voyage that inspired Charles Darwin's great theory of evolution.... [more]

Austal celebrates Virtu Ferry order
Austal has received its second large vehicle ferry order within a week after being selected by leading Maltese operator Virtu Ferries to design and build a 107 metre vehicle-passenger catamaran.... [more]

Auckland misses out as GFC hits Kiwi offshore championships
Bob Wonders,
Final round of NZ Rayglass Offshore titles has change of venue. Presumably, the global financial crisis has hit the country's largest city, as the decision by the NZOPA follows Auckland City Council informing the association it did not have the budget to support the event.... [more]

Al Qamzi wins a survival feast at Grand Prix of Portugal
F1 media,
Team Abu Dhabi driver Thani Al Qamzi watched his teammate for over 20 minutes dominate the second Round of the 2009 U.I.M. F1 World Championship race at the Grand Prix of Portugal only to take the lead when Ahmad Al Hameli parked his boat with a seven second lead giving his close friend his fifth career victory.... [more]

Powerboat P1 to launch 2010 season in Croatia
Bob Wonders,
Historic port city is home to the Croatia Boat Show. Powerboat P1 commercial director, Robert Wicks, said he was delighted to have concluded arrangements with the city and the boat show organisers.... [more]

Diversification strategy key to Aussie Boat Sales success
Jeni Bone,
Coming off the back of a successful Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show, Aussie Boat Sales has just celebrated its 'strongest March' for a long time, much to the surprise and relief of owner, Scott O'Hare.... [more]

$500 Gift for new d'Albora Customers
Jeni Bone,
Taking advantage of the rarely available marina berths at any one of d'Albora's seven marinas across Sydney, Melbourne and Port Stephens, will pay dividends for the next three months, with all new customers receiving a $500 fuel voucher valid until the end of the year.... [more]

Websters Twinfisher launch new website, new dealer and new warranty
Kelly Schofield,
You could have been forgive for thinking Websters Twinfisher, the specialist aluminium catamaran builder had decided to quietly disappear. But nothing could be further from the truth. Launching a new website,, signing an exclusive dealership agreement with Webbe Marine and now offering 5 year warranty on all models, an increase of 3 years.... [more]

Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495,
What would you do with a new Laser? To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition.!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasi... [more]

MV Pacific Adventurer owner liable for enviro disaster
Jeni Bone,
The owner of a ship that leaked 30 tonnes of oil into Moreton Bay, off Brisbane, during a cyclone is likely to face prosecution.... [more]

FFA experts meet about illegal fishing in Pacific Islands waters
FFA will meet today and next week to discuss how they can better respond on a regional level to illegal fishing. Illegal fishing is difficult to estimate - but if just 10% of the skipjack catch of 1.2 million tons is taken by illegal fishing, a possible US$276 million dollars worth of fish is being stolen each year. This is a great loss for Pacific Island economies.... [more]

Jay Price favourite for U.I.M. F1 Powerboat season start in Portimao
Philippe Stiernon,
The start of the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating is just hours away at the start of a very historic beginning in the 2009 campaign as two races will be run this weekend in front of what is expected to be very large crowds along the Arade River.... [more]

Airlie Beach hosts 8th annual Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show
Jeni Bone,
More than 7,500 visitors and sales around $9m are anticipated for this year's Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show, to be held on the 6th and 7th of June over the Queen's birthday long weekend in the country's cruising heartland, Airlie Beach.... [more]

Austal contracted to build behemoth
Austal will build its largest catamaran to date following an order from Denmark's Nordic Ferry Services for the design and construction of a 113 metre high speed vehicle-passenger ferry.... [more]

AIMEX to hold 2009 Australian Marine Export Awards
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) will host and managing the 2009 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards, to coincide with the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]

Simrad Broadband Radar awarded for Innovation
Navico's Simrad BR24 Broadband Radar was awarded the 2009 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) Innovation Award for the Consumer Electronics category at this year's Miami International Boat Show.... [more]

Bio-Guard Water Treatment System
Andrew Wilson,
Bio-Guard Water Treatment System, Simple to Use, Easy to Install, Long Reliable Service. The New Spectra Bio-Guard is an easy to install antifouling system designed for Marine Air Conditioning systems.... [more]

Southport Broadwater – the never-ending story
Bob Wonders,
It has been said before and it will be said again - the Southport Broadwater must be dredged and dredged NOW. Sand banks seem to breed throughout the Broadwater; not only do they breed, they move around!... [more]

2009 Asia Boating Industry Conference at KIBS
Aiming to become the region's marine hub, Korea will host ‘The management, marketing and technical conference for the Asian boating industry' concurrently with the second Korea International Boat Show in June 2009.... [more]


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