Boating News from the Asia Pacific

22 Apr 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Boating News April 22, 2009

Welcome aboard another edition of Powerboat-World, the very place where you can stay in touch with all that happens on the water, under power.

As usual, the news comes from all points of the compass and all parts of this amazing world in which we live.

Won't be long before Marine Auctions and Valuations put six near-new luxury Sunseekers up for Auction.

Under instructions from Ian Hall and Paul Kirk of PricewaterhouseCoopers 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)

In China, our Asian correspondent Guy Nowell gives us an inside look at the 14th China International Boat Show (Its 380 exhibitors exceeds all Australian shows) and we can warn anglers against becoming involved in illegal fishing after a NSW-wide ‘crackdown' on those unable to follow the rules.

Down Newcastle way, the historic port city is preparing to welcome the thundering offshore race boats due in for the fifth round of the Offshore Superboat Championships, while in New Zealand, ‘Cure Kids' has grabbed victory in the penultimate round of the Rayglass NZ Offshore titles.

News from Riviera, too (no, not the French one!) with Riviera Syndication expanding into Sydney and we're given a report on a recent blue water fishing tournament across the ditch involving the Gold Coast-built boats.

In Qatar, it's count down time for the opening round of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championships, with Australian fans hoping the Maritimo Offshore Team, with its two boat team, can do the nation proud.

Right here, on is where you will learn the full results from Qatar.

Have a look around the site today and every day, by the time you finish this read we'll almost certainly have added fresh stories.

Bob Wonders

Near new luxury Sunseeker Superhawk 43 for auction by Marine Auctions
Media Services,
Under instructions from Ian Hall and Paul Kirk of PricewaterhouseCoopers 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) Marine Auctions and Valuations will have six near new luxury Sunseekers for auction. Today we feature the 2007 SUNSEEKER SUPERHAWK 43.... [more]

Clearing the waters: Council begins dredging Gold Coast Broadwater
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast is blessed with plenty of attributes, including its much-promoted golden beaches, World-Heritage listed rainforest reserves and more than its fair share of outstanding businesses, brands and enterprises. But there is no doubt the Broadwater, just north of Surfers Paradise and part of a stretch of water that stretches to Moreton Bay, is the jewel in the region's crown.... [more]

Will Earthrace become a Whale-saver?,
The next challenge for the bio-diesel fuelled 78 foot trimaran wave piercer Earthrace could be helping to save whales in Antarctica.... [more]

Newcastle set to welcome Offshore Superboats
Bob Wonders,
Unique race involving quiet harbour waters and open ocean. The Newcastle round offers excellent viewing for spectators, with the 220km/hr-plus boats racing around buoy turns inside the harbour before charging back out to sea on each lap of the 160 kilometre (approx) race.... [more]

Illegal fishers netted in NSW State-wide operation
Ian Macdonald-NSW Minister for Primary Industries,
A NSW state-wide operation on illegal fishing activity has resulted in 249 infringement notices being issued. 'More than 4,600 fishers were checked by fisheries officers over the Easter long weekend,' Minister Macdonald said.... [more]

Baby fish shaped by mothers' stress
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Stressed reef fish mothers produce highly active babies, and this affects survival and has important implications for fish populations. A study has been undertaken that deepens our understanding of how stress affects the dynamics of wild fish populations and hence how fish may cope with increasing human-induced stresses.... [more]

Cure Kids takes NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship lead in Whangarei
Event media,
Close racing among the offshore powerboats on a new inner harbour Marsden Cove course near Whangarei saw ‘Cure Kids' the ultimate race winner and move into the NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship lead with one round to go. 17 competitors lined up for the seventh round of the 2009 Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship.... [more]

Riviera Syndication expands to Sydney
Denby Browning,
Luxury syndicated boat ownership company Riviera Syndication has opened an office in Sydney. Headed by Andy Young, the business is based at the R Marine office in Rushcutters Bay.... [more]

Antarctic subglacial mountain range the size of the Alps mapped
Australian Antarctic Division media,
Flying twin-engine light aircraft the equivalent of three trips around the globe and working in temperatures that averaged -30 degrees Celsius, an international team of scientists has not only verified the existence of a mountain range that is suspected to have caused the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet to form, but also has created a detailed picture of the rugged landscape buried under the ice.... [more]

Whitsunday Sailing School Rallies - new dates
BW Media,
There's no better way to improve your sailing skills than spend a season in the Whitsundays, sailing whenever you can. Take a few lessons, take some more, but THEN you need miles and miles of sailing, and that's where a Sunsail Rally comes in - AND/OR they're great for getting experience before you charter a yacht for a holiday.... [more]

Solar multihull aims for 120 day world trip
Jeni Bone,
In 2010, a pair of Europeans will start a voyage around the world in a solar-powered boat, aiming to complete their quest in 120 days, and if they're successful, they'll be the first to pull it off.... [more]

Marina at Keppel Bay ready for Boat Asia 2009
Boat Asia Media,
Targeted at boating enthusiasts in and around the region, Boat Asia 2009 will bring to Singapore shores the crème de la crème of luxury motor boats, sail boats, catamarans and mega yachts from leading brands including Maritimo, Riviera, Marquis, Leopard, Fountaine Pajot, and Riva... [more]

Major breakthrough in recreational marine radar
Sandman PR,
Lowrance has introduced revolutionary Broadband Radar for use with its innovative High-Definition System (HDS) multifunction displays. The greatest breakthrough in radar since 1940 and the world's first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome, the Lowrance BR24 Broadband Radar represents the next generation of radar safety, affordability and ease of use.... [more]

A Cruising Holiday aboard Raja Laut – Borneo
Maggie Joyce,
Raja Laut sets her sights southwards to the magnificence of Indonesia and Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Malaysian Borneo is blessed by Mother Nature, with imposing mountain ranges, lush rainforests, swollen rivers, a smattering of idyllic islands, and a smorgasbord of natural charm and friendly locals!... [more]

14th China International Boat Show good for trade buyers
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This year's edition of China's oldest boat show attracted 380 exhibitors, covering an space of 33,000 sq m, and once again was housed in the impressive Shanghai Exhibition Centre on Yang An Road.... [more]

Rivieras share the spoils at NZ Game Fish Tournament
Riveria media,
Beautiful weather, hungry fish and a strong fleet of 17 Rivieras made the 9th annual Riviera/Sime Darby Invitational Game Fishing Tournament in north-eastern New Zealand a spectacular success. Officials recorded more than 100 hook-ups and 32 fish brought to boat.... [more]

F1 Powerboat – two Grand Prix races in weekend
Philippe Stiernon F1 Press Officer,
It's only happened once, but already the new two race event format has brought a lot of opinions along with a lot of excitement for race fans and teams who now get to see two Grand Prix's in one weekend instead of usual one as the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating turns a new page in history in its 16 race schedule for the 2009 campaign. What do the teams think of the new racing forma... [more]

‘Ocean glider' home after two-month voyage
Under the joint CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship and Integrated Marine Observation System (IMOS) project, the underwater ocean glider was launched in February on a two-month, 1,500 kilometre voyage. The glider's sensors measure temperature and salinity, as well a range of biological parameters including oxygen and turbidity.... [more]

NSW Maritime - Operation Safe Speed results
Brad Schmitt,
NSW's Acting Minister for Ports and Waterways Michael Daley today announced 170 boaters were caught speeding or in breach of safety regulations during a NSW Maritime safety campaign over the Easter long weekend.... [more]

Australia's newest world-class marine maintenance facility now open
Karen Bristow,
The new Sydney City Marine Maintenance facility is the result of extensive research and detailed planning and has been designed to create a ‘one-stop-shop' marine industry cluster. The facility has the capacity to cater for vessels from 8m up to 55m including local pleasure boats; Sydney charter fleets; Government, military and commercial vessels; and superyachts from around the world.... [more]


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