Boating and Boats in the Asia Pacific

01 Jul 2009                              To reply to this email click here


Ahoy, out there, it's time for another edition of Powerboat-World so stand by to absorb all the latest news.

We start with speed and serious fun this week, take a look at the fabulous Zapcat – here's how to experience the thrill of high speed on water without the need to be a millionaire.

Ignoring rough water in true Zapcat fashion.   

Zapcat distributor, Sirocco Marine, has not only led a something of a revolution into powerboat racing, the Sydney company is also the ‘go to' firm for the best in inflatable boats from China, South Africa and the Ukraine.

Our Australian ski racers are in count down mode for the 16th World Water Ski Racing championships and if past results count for anything the boys and girls will bring home a swag of trophies.

This week we bring Part II of the legend of ‘dressing ship' and the long tradition of national flags.

Always good news in times of financial woes when a prominent marine dealer expands rather than downsizes; Andrew Short, arguably one of the country's foremost dealers, is adding to his ‘empire' and putting further gloss on his reputation as Sea Ray's 1 dealer internationally.

Racing news as always, from the exciting P1 powerboats to Class I, with the Norwegian Grand Prix scheduled for later this month and in October the Italians bid a warm welcome to offshore racing back where it all started in 1903.

Plenty of excitement along the northern NSW and Queensland coasts, too, for it's whale watching season again and the giants of the sea have been treating us to some spectacular breaching.

It is of course, mid-winter here, and today's temperature has been forecast to hit 25 deg C (about 78 deg F in the old money).

Hey, why would you want to live anywhere else?

Jack Frost and his mates are not welcome in this part of the world, but you, dear reader, are most welcome to scan the pages of Powerboat-World this week and every week to come.

Gentlemen (and ladies, of course), start your engines and read on.....

Bob Wonders

Zapcat! The new affordable Powerboat racer -Coming to a beach near you
Bob Wonders,
Powerboat racing that does not require 'megabucks'. Inflatable boat specialist Sirocco Marine is now distributing the Zapcat breed through its Australia-wide dealer network and director Neil Webster believes their introduction will create a new and highly-affordable form of powerboat racing.... [more]
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New beginning for volunteer marine rescue in NSW
Brad Schmitt,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi today ushered in a new era in volunteer marine rescue services with the official launch of Marine Rescue NSW. Mr Tripodi presented a cheque for $3 million to assist with establishment costs and said a new constitution for the organisation is expected to be adopted and registered this week.... [more]
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Team Abu Dhabi drivers a big hit in America
F1 media,
Ahmad Al Hameli fought the rough water conditions on the one mile (1.62 kilometer) four pin course in front of tens of thousands of race fans in downtown Bay City, Michigan for the 22nd Annual Bay City River Roar on the Saginaw River on Sunday afternoon.... [more]
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Mackay gets ready to welcome migrating whales
QLD Government - Dept Fisheries,
With more than 11,000 whales expected to make their way up Queensland's coast this winter, Mackay's Marine Animal Release Team (MART) is preparing for their arrival and any entanglements between whales and offshore marine equipment.... [more]
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Yamaha WaveRunners On Bondi Rescue
Bob Carter,
Bondi Beach is an iconic Australian landmark. Local residents mix with countless tourists from Australia and overseas year round at Bondi. With up to 50,000 people on Bondi beach on a warm summer's day, the potential for human tragedy is ever present.... [more]
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Dressing ship – an age old custom of the sea (Part II)
Bob Wonders,
The Australian flag has a background rich in history. In reality, it can be traced back to H.M Endeavour and the First Fleet, when the colours worn comprised the Red Ensign featuring the crosses of Saint George and Saint Andrew.... [more]
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Powerboat racing coming home to Italy
Class-1 media,
The Mayor of Stresa, confirmed that plans for the Italian Grand Prix to be held on 4 October were well underway, and stressed that the event was of significant importance to the region. 'I am delighted that powerboat racing is coming home to Italy and to where it was born, Lake Maggiore, which hosted the first powerboat race in 1903.' - Canio Di Milia... [more]
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Win $5000 worth of Marina Berthing at any d'Albora location!
Natasha Jacobs,
Don't miss out on your chance to win $5000 worth of berthing at any of our seven d'Albora Marinas located on prime waterways throughout Sydney, Port Stephens and Melbourne. Akuna Bay, Sydney, Cabarita Point, Sydney, The Spit, Mosman, Sydney, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Pier 35, Melbourne, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and Victoria Harbour Docklands, Melbourne... [more]
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WA Fishing rules reminder ahead of July holidays
WA Dept Primary Industries,
The Department of Fisheries Western Australia is reminding recreational fishers to be aware of bag and size limits, before they go fishing. 'The majority of recreational fishers do the right thing,' Mr Stuart McDowall said, 'but there are some people who try to exploit our community resource and others who just haven't checked on the rules that apply where they go fishing.'... [more]
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Qatar 95 throttleman confident of strong showing in Arendal
Class-1 Pwerboat media,
Qatar 95 throttleman, Matteo Nicolini, is confident that the team has resolved the issues that cost him and Abdullah Al-Sulaiti a certain race win in the season-opener in Qatar, and that they will be amongst the front-runners in the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix in Arendal in July.... [more]
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Economic benefits of whale watching underlined in new report
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Art,
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare to release the report Whale Watching Worldwide at the International Whaling Commission annual meeting in Portugal.... [more]
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Organisers re-introduce ‘flying kilometre' for Norwegian Grand Prix
Class-1 media,
The Organisers of the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix will be hoping to see record speeds in Arendal in July when they re-introduce the ‘flying kilometre' to the fjords with the Class 1 Edox Speed Record.... [more]
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Team Abu Dhabi head to 21st Bay City River Roar
F! Powerboat media,
Despite a disappointing start to their American trip, Team Abu Dhabi drivers Thani Al Qamzi and Ahmad Al Hameli along with Team Manager Scott Gillman are heading of to the 21st Bay City River Roar in Bay City, Michigan this weekend.... [more]
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Calling all photographers: Sydney Boat Show chance for exposure
The Sydney International Boat Show, for the first time this year, is offering budding snappers the chance to display their best marine images alongside two of Australia's leading marine photographers, Andrea Francolini and Christophe Launay, as well have their photographs published in Digital Photography & Design Magazine.... [more]
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Gear Bans can help save reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change. Around the world corals have been dying at alarming rates, due to unusually warm water events resulting from global warming.... [more]
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