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10 Jun 2009                              To reply to this email click here

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Here we go again, another ‘hot off the press' (well, sort of) edition of's weekly newsletter.

All sorts of news this week, good and bad.

Certainly bad for Queensland water ski racer Mark Weaver, our 1 Formula 2 skier scheduled for the world titles in Belgium next month. Sadly, Weaver won't be there after taking a 180km/hr tumble resulting in a number of broken bones.

Boat fire on the Broadwater   .. .
Bad news, too, for a Gold Coast family when their boat caught fire and burnt to the waterline, but with a dash of good news attached when a smoke alarm had warned the family and all, including the pet dog, made it safely to shore.

Last Monday, June 8, by the way, was World Ocean's Day and it more or less passed everyone by without making a splash; next year, on the same day, Powerboat-Word and Sail-World intend to make some waves, because, let's face it, the health of our oceans dictates the health of our planet.

Here's a bit of interesting, but as yet unconfirmed news – Steve Ackerie, a former Australian Offshore Powerboat champion probably better-known as Australia's most flamboyant hair dressing tycoon, Stefan, is thinking of playing boats again. I'll be talking to the man later in the week and hope to dig out the full story.

In New Zealand, there's a ‘bit of a stink' going on relating to private anchorages in park areas around the Hauraki Gulf. It's the sort of argument likely to spring up anywhere.

A passing thought – do you know how to spell ‘Korea'? Yep, spot on KOREA Do Koreans know how to spell Australia?

Now you are wondering what I'm talking about. Take a look at our story on the Korean boat show and the stand hosted by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) . I think we can safely assume that AIMEX CEO Mary Anne Edwards, even though she's a Kiwi, can spell Australia and is not responsible for the signage spelling.

Well, that was the week, that was. It was a short week due to Her Maj. QE II having a birthday – just to be different, let me say I love long weekends, but I hate short weeks! Trouble is I don't know how to keep one and eliminate the other. Any ideas?

Oh, forget, enjoy the read and make sure you drop by regularly for the updates.

And Happy Birthday for last Monday, Miss Lizzie.

Bob Wonders

Smoke alarm saves family as boat destroyed by fire
Hayley Sultanie & Stephanie Bedo,,
The lives of a Gold Coast family were saved by their smoke alarm when their luxury cruiser caught fire and sank in the Broadwater at Biggera Waters early yesterday.... [more]
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JD's Boatshed celebrates 5 years with a birthday bash!
Harbourside Media,
What began as a dream 5 short years ago has grown into a thriving marine superstore. So to celebrate their 5th birthday, JD's Boatshed is inviting everybody to a huge Birthday Spectacular on the weekend of the 20th & 21st June 2009.... [more]
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Riviera Syndication goes international
Denby Browning,
Boating lifestyle business Riviera Syndication has announced plans for an exciting new international syndicate - in the Mediterranean. The three-year program will have a new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht berthed in three picturesque European locations over three years beginning in 2012.... [more]
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Ackerie back into offshore racing?
Bob Wonders,
Will hairdressing's most colourful character make a return to the offshore circuit? There's no doubt that a big, bright pink (Stefan's signature colour) catamaran would add some welcome spectacle to the Offshore Superboat Championships.... [more]
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Australian team loses its top Formula 2 racer
Bob Wonders,
Australia's top Formula 2 ski racer, Mark Weaver, in serious fall. Competing in the Queensland ski racing titles held on the Clarence River, in northern NSW, Weaver, skiing behind the crack Force rig ‘Burnin' took a heavy fall at an estimated 180km/hr (111mph).... [more]
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Images from Korea International Boat Show
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sail-World Asia's editor Guy Nowell, the best known marine photographer in Asia, was in Korea for the 2009 Korea International Boat Show and the Korea Match Cup. Here are a selection of his images from KIBS. Look at the spelling on the Aussie stand at KIBS.... [more]
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The Hard Work Behind Breaking Records
Bob Carter,
When Sydney speed skier Lauryn Eagle broke the record for water skiing from Sydney to Newcastle and then turned around and skied back to Sydney, few would have appreciated the mammoth logistical feat that supported the super human effort.... [more]
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Cigarette Team carry out testing ahead of Grand Prix in Istanbul
Powerboat P1 news,
Tests were carried out on the 10 Cigarette Smash Poker hull last week, watched by representatives of some of the companies that provide support to the team, ahead of the next Powerboat P1 Grand Prix of the Sea in Istanbul.... [more]
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Weekend of high drama at Cabarita
Sean Henshelwood,
Australia's leading Jetsprint teams arrived at Cabarita Beach for the fourth round of the 2009 Continental Tyres Australian Championships full of anticipation and trepidation for one of the most demanding courses in the world.... [more]
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Maritimo Offshore boats being tuned for Norway
Bob Wonders,
Minor work to be carried out on Australian boats prior to Norwegian GP. Tom Barry-Cotter (driver) and Norwegian ace Pal Virik Nilsen (throttles) will meet up in Norway to take the controls of one boat, with McGrath at the throttles and Italy's Giorgio Manuzzi taking the wheel.... [more]
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It's Official: UN declares 'World Oceans Day' for June 08
Nancy Knudsen,
It didn't get the locals all steamed up around my way, but it's a start. The United Nations has declared June 8th as World Oceans Day, and organisations world wide are being encouraged to celebrate the day to preserve our oceans. Maybe World Oceans Day will make more of a 'splash' in 2010.... [more]
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Product Safety Recall: Garmin® BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision v2009
Media Services,
Garmin, a global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that the company is conducting a voluntary product safety recall of the 2009 version of its marine cartography data card known as BlueChart® g2 and g2 Vision. The affected data cards have been sold between April 8, 2009 and June 3, 2009.... [more]
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Cairns tourism operators help keep eye on the Reef
Tourism operators in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park near Cairns will be better equipped to keep an eye on the Reef after comprehensive training in reef health monitoring by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)... [more]
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Hauraki Gulf anchorages at risk - Act Now!
Gulf Anchorages Protection Society.,
A recent decision by the Auckland Regional Council to approve a private mooring at Home Bay, Rakino, combined with its recently notified intention to process a consent application for the first private mooring in Woody Bay,... [more]
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'Staycation' trend could prove a boon for boating
Jeni Bone,
Maybe the Australian marine industry could tap in to the latest urban trend in the US – 'Staycations', which according to reports on CNN and other popular broadcasters is simply 'spending time in your home state and exploring the bounties of your environs'. What could better fit the bill than boating?... [more]
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Partnership improves species management on Great Barrier Reef
Dugongs and marine turtles in the Cape York area will be better protected thanks to an innovative partnership between marine managers, Traditional Owners and researchers.... [more]
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Riviera CEO and Receiver clarify Riviera status
Riviera Boats,
Yesterday, Friday 5 June, the CEO of Riviera, John Anderson and Receiver Manager, Chris Campbell, wrote to industry to clarify the impact of 'the appointment of Administrators on Riviera's ability to continue trading in the future'.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Yacht Club destined for icon status
Jeni Bone,
Due to open in time for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (21-29 August 2009), the perfectly positioned Hamilton Island Yacht Club is destined to become an iconic hub of boating and an attraction with international appeal.... [more]
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Genmar will still build, but in a reduced capacity
Jeni Bone,
Minneapolis-based boat manufacturer Genmar, once the largest builder of big powerboats in North Americahas announced bankruptcy, but the consequences are likely to be 'reorganization within the company', rather than folding, according to Bob VanGrunsven, president of the Genmar Yacht Group.... [more]
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Finnish drivers out to break the jinx at Grand Prix of Finland
F1 Powerboat media,
Local Finnish drivers try as they might, have failed to win on their home waters. They will be looking to reverse the trend next weekend at the 5th Grand Prix of Finland in the city of Lahti. None of the three Finnish drivers in the history of the race have even 'finished' a race!... [more]
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Hybrid remotely operated vehicle reaches deepest part of the Ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
A new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle called Nereus has successfully reached the deepest part of the world's ocean, reports a team of U.S. engineers and scientists aboard the research vessel Kilo Moana. The dive makes Nereus the world's deepest-diving vehicle and the first vehicle to explore the Mariana Trench since 1998.... [more]
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Vampire's 50th birthday... and everyone is invited for cake!!
Bill Richards,
One of Sydney Harbour's best known vessels, the destroyer HMAS Vampire, is approaching its big Five-O and everyone is invited to the birthday celebrations! This popular attraction at the Australian National Maritime Museum was built at Sydney's famous Cockatoo Dock in the years 1952-56 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 June 1959.... [more]
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Manson - making anchoring safer for you
Richard Gladwell,
Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]
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Yamaha powers vital Shark Research
Bob Carter,
A dedicated team of researchers studying the migratory behaviour of sharks has selected Yamaha four stroke power for their primary research vessel. Operating on the environmentally sensitive Great Barrier Reef, the low emission qualities of the Yamaha F150 makes this outboard the perfect choice for the shark scientists.... [more]
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Operation 'Cold Water'
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime is to stage a statewide boating safety campaign called Operation Cold Water this long weekend.... [more]
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Silverline boat to undergo changes prior to Turkish Grand Prix
Powerboat P1 media,
Drew Langdon has revealed to Powerboat P1 that the 47 Silverline boat will undergo some changes prior to the Turkish Grand Prix of the Sea in Istanbul... [more]
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