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29 Apr 2009                              To reply to this email click here

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Six near new luxury Sunseekers being auctioned this Saturday - Marine Auctions and Valuations in Brisbane have some interesting Sunseekers on the market. Now could be an excellent time to buy. Make sure you check out the specifications below. Could be a good move to call Marine Auctions and fly to Brisbane on Friday if you are in the market for a serious luxury boat.

The New Radar Technology – 'Broadband' Radar is on its way. Anyone considering buying a radar system will want to know how the new technology works. We have some expert background. Good reading!

EPIRBs - Check your vital 15 character code - seems like there have been some screw ups. Make sure not to you.

It's all here, we're shaping up for the penultimate round of the Offshore Superboat Championships in Newcastle, the Hawkesbury River plays host to the 74th Bridge to Bridge powerboat race and on the other side of the Tasman the Kiwis are engaged in the final round of the Rayglass Offshore Championships.

Sadly, there was little in the way of good news out of Qatar for Maritimo, with both the team's boats encountering problems in the opening round of the Class 1 World Powerboat championships.

Good news for Singapore, one of my favourite Asian cities, which has been named ‘Best Asian Maritime Capital'.

Some other news which definitely falls into the category of ‘good' is that our fabled Great Barrier Reef has made a miraculous recovery from various ailments which strike it periodically.

Down south, like Melbourne way, where signs of the forthcoming winter are already on the horizon, for than 30 powerboat owners, their friends and families converged on the new Queenscliff Harbour Marina for what proved a grand day of recreational boating.

New engines from Yamaha and Mercury, new boats from Sea Ray, whatever, if it floats or if it's connected with something that floats right here is where you'll read all about it.

I've always been a sucker for maritime art and for those of similar weakness catch our piece on the art show in the Whitsundays which has even attracted interest from renowned maritime artist Ian Hansen.

Thanks for stopping by, make it a regular visit, ok?

Bob Wonders

Six Near new luxury Sunseekers being auctioned this Saturday
Media Services,
Under instructions from Ian Hall and Paul Kirk of PricewaterhouseCoopers on this coming 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.... [more]

Bridge to Bridge - celebrating 73-years of racing
Bob Wonders,
The Hawkesbury River and the famous Bridge to Bridge powerboat race meet again. Six-time winner Ricky Howard is the current race record holder, his fantastic 2008 victory stopping the clock at 29 minutes, 47 seconds and making him the first man in history to ‘crack' the 30 minute mark.... [more]

NZ Offshore powerboat championship wraps up at Gulf Harbour
Kate Gordon,
Testing course set for final round of NZ Offshore Championships. Superboat ‘Cure Kids' went into the lead of the 100-mile championship during the last round at Whangarei's Marsden Cove Marina and now has a 273 point advantage over closest rival ‘Fairview Windows & Doors'... [more]

The New Radar Technology – 'Broadband' Radar Explained
Bill Johnson, Wiley Nautical,
The landscape of small boat radar has just changed. Until recently, all the radars for the leisure marine market worked in pretty much the same way, but now a significant innovation is available. Clearly, anyone who is considering buying a radar system will want to know how the new technology - named 'Broadband' - works, and what the advantages – and disadvantages – are likely to be.... [more]

Whitsunday Marine Art Show attracts world renowned judge
Stephanie Hunt,
The Whitsunday Marine Art Show has captured the interest of world-class marine artist Ian Hansen. His works hang in auspicious buildings such as Government House, Qantas House, the Sydney Stock Exchange, the National Maritime Museum and in many private collections around the world.... [more]

Why are advertisers moving to the Internet? Value for money!
Brendan Maxwell,
Guy Phillipson, chief executive of the IAB UK, said advertising budgets world-wide were being 'slashed' before and during the recession and advertisers wanted a 'clear return' on their money. 'Accountability is Online's trump card,' he said. And the Global Financial Crisis is accelerating the trend as value for money advertising is the only kind that companies can justify.... [more]

EPIRBs - Check your vital 15 character code
That's the message that Cobham Life Support, ACR Products, the world's leader in safety and survival technologies, is trying to get to all beacon owners. They want all EPIRB and PLB owners to double check their 15-character identification code registration for errors.... [more]

Boat Asia 2009 - a very 'hot property'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Boat Asia 2009 wrapped up at Singapore's Marina at Keppel Bay yesterday after four days of visitor-melting heat and a tropical rainstorm of epic proportions. We don't have the official numbers yet, but the ‘quick-look-down-the-dock' measuring system suggests that visitor numbers might have been down a little on 2008.... [more]

Yamaha's New Four Stroke 30hp Model With EFI
Bob Carter,
Yamaha has released a significantly upgraded version of its four stroke 30hp model, the F30B. Based on the hugely successful F30A model, this latest offering from Yamaha is certain to delight Australian boaters who value fuel efficiency, low emissions and the very latest in outboard engine technology.... [more]

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef boom and beat the doom
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Marine scientists say they are astonished at the spectacular recovery of certain coral reefs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from a devastating coral bleaching event in 2006.... [more]

Annual Easter Cruise Converges on Queenscliffe
Jennifer Milligan,
MORE than 30 power boats from Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Western Port converged on the new Queenscliff Harbour Marina for the annual Boating Victoria Easter cruise, which was held over the Easter weekend.... [more]

Free accomm and 50% airfare to attend KIBS Conference
To support and encourage the vital links between the Korean leisure marine industry and overseas industry leaders, Gyeonggi Province, owners and promoters of the Boat show and Asia Boating Industry Conference, have announced that overseas visitors to the conference can now claim 50% of a round trip economy airfare as well as the 3 free nights hotel accommodation in a conference hotel.... [more]

Victory for Fazza 3 in Class 1 season opener in Qatar media,
Victory for Fazza 3 in the opening round of the UIM/WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship was sealed this afternoon by Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi. Sheikh Hassan and Steve Curtis, in Qatar 96, grabbed second place in the team's home grand prix.... [more]

Indispensable Sunscreen Tips
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.... [more]

Singapore voted Best Asian Maritime Capital
YP Loke,
Singapore bagged the Best Asian Maritime Capital Award at the Asia Boating Awards 2009, beating other cities in contention that included Dubai, Hong Kong , Phuket and Qingdao. Singapore's Consul in Shanghai, Ang Choo Pin, represented the Republic to collect the Award at the Gala Dinner hosted in Shanghai, on Friday 17-April. This year the event was was held alongside the China International Boat... [more]

Maritimo 12 spin out ends Class 1 debut,
A high speed spin-out on their first practice lap of the morning has ended Maritimo 12's Class 1 debut. The raceboat spun out of the water, re-entering backwards and flooding their engine bay... [more]

Riviera expands propulsion with Zeus drive Sport Yacht
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, will unveil its latest step in the technology revolution with the launch its new 5000 Sport Yacht at the Sydney International Boat Show at the beginning of August.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos (Cuba)
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Friends Geoff and Pip Lavis have now joined us for the 350nm sail west along the south coast of Cuba to Cienfuegos, passing the very high Sierra Maestra Mountains and on through the many cays of the Archipielago de los Jardines de la Reina (Royal Gardens).... [more]

Qatar 95 takes maiden Edox Pole Position victory in Doha
Class-1 media,
The first Edox Pole Position of the new season saw a maiden victory for Qatar 95 in Doha. Qatar 95, driven by Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Matteo Nicolini, took the provisional pole from the early pace setters Fazza 3 with a time of 02.40.68 on their second lap.... [more]

Team Maritimo struggles during practice sessions in Doha media,
There were mixed fortunes for the two Maritimo Australia boats in this afternoon's Edox Pole Position. Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilsen in Maritimo 11 suffered more teething problems with the new raceboat and did not manage to get on the racecourse. Maritimo 12, built on this morning's qualifying to set a fastest lap of 02.52.06 and qualify seventh fastest.... [more]

Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing's skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer... [more]

Powerboat P1 - Nuzzo wants 'dream' Supersport Championship win
Powerboat P1 media,
Latest news from the world of Powerboat P1. Team Al & Al pilot Alfredo Nuzzo believes the team's experience could help them achieve their 'dream' of winning the Powerboat P1 World Championship.... [more]

Aerial whale surveys a first in the Antarctic pack ice
Australian Antarctic Division,
New data on minke whale distribution in pack ice in the Southern Ocean and new techniques developed by Australian scientists for researching whale abundance further advance Australia's global leadership in non-lethal whale research.... [more]

Postponement of the GP of Russia
Powerboat F1 media,
The organiser of the Grand Prix of Russia scheduled on June 4th and 6th, has just informed us that due to the carrying out the World Grain Forum at the same dates as Saint Petersburg Economic Forum the time schedule and availability of the location of all the events to be held in town were completely cancelled due to security reasons.... [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]


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