Boating News from the Asia Pacific and beyond

03 Sep 2009                              To reply to this email click here


It's that time of the week again, when we beat you severely around the head with all the latest news from boats not adorned with those infernal sail ‘things.'

Plenty to report on, too, from the results of Great Britain's Cowes-Torquay-Cowes offshore classic to the announcement from P1 Powerboat management that Croatia will host the opening round of the 2010 championships.

Don't miss the spectacular shots of ‘Maritimo 12' in a heart-stopping roll-over during the Romanian Offshore Grand Prix (both men survived uninjured) while ‘Maritimo 11', Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilsen aboard grabbed another podium finish with a solid third place.

We also visited the Gold Coast City Marina this week and viewed the launch of the stunning superyacht ‘Princess Iluka', a magnificently re-built 35.0-metres of sheer luxury in Huon pine.

She boasts a keel that came from one single tree believed to have been more than 750-years old!

Good news for the boating industry at large with a successful Brisbane Boat Show generating a healthy increase in attendance and exhibitors reporting strong sales.

Also on the boat show front, we briefly preview Melbourne's Leisurefest, a joint effort to be staged at the Sandown Racecourse by the boating, caravan and automotive industries.

Finally, looking for a bargain?

Perhaps no guarantee you'll get one here, but in case you're interested the fabulous Horizon 98 motor yacht once owned by troubled entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff is headed for auction.

So, read on, my friends here's where it's all at and keep popping your melon in to keep abreast of all the latest powerboat happenings as they happen.

Bob Wonders

Princess Iluka takes royally to the water
Bob Wonders,
Australia's latest superyacht launched on the Gold Coast yesterday, after a $14m rebuild.... [more]
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Horizon 98 Superyacht and others headed for September 19th Auction,
The stunning 98 foot motor yacht that was the star of the 2008 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is headed for auction. It was purchased in 2008 by Brisbane entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff's DSB Cruises which is now in receivership.... [more]
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Haines Hunter: Working cleaner and leaner
Jeni Bone,
Not content to merely occupy some of the most technologically-advanced and enviro-friendly premises in Victoria, possibly Australia, iconic Australian boatbuilder Haines Hunter is putting its 30 staff through training in the 'Lean Operational Excellence' program, aiming to enhance all facets of its operations from the ground up.... [more]
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Cowes Torquay Cowes race - Grey power and Girl power combine
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Cowers-Torquay-Cowes race started from the Solent under bright skies, but already choppy seas. As the fleet of twenty of the world's fastest powerboats picked up speed heading towards the Needles, the weather provided one of the toughest courses in recent times.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 confirms Split, Croatia to launch 2010 season
Sam Feasey,
Powerboat P1 Management returned to Croatia this week to officially confirm that Split, the largest city in the stunning Dalmatia County, will host the opening rounds of the 2010 World Championship,... [more]
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Dignified farewell for an industry icon
Bob Wonders,
Hundreds turn out to pay final respects to John Haines, A.M. Inside the chapel it was standing room only, while many more stood on the surrounding patio listening to the service, conducted by the Reverend Linda McWilliam.... [more]
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Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test
Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more]
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New Aegean leads Maritimo display in Mandurah

A sparkling new A50 Aegean Enclosed Flybridge will be the centrepiece of a $5 million Maritimo display at the Mandurah Boat Show starting October 9.... [more]
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Boating industry links with campers and off-roaders
Bob Wonders,
Melbourne Leisurefest set to attract 30,000 or more. Visitors will have the opportunity to win a Quintrex 420 Dory complete with a 30hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard, in the exhibition's popular ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road' passport competition.... [more]
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Cowes Torquay Cowes: denied in home straight!
British Powerboat Racing Club,
Austrian Hannes Bohinc and his team were cruelly denied victory in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race. Heading for the record books as only the fourth man in history to win the coveted Beaverbrook Trophy on three occasions, the abrupt ending allowed Cinzano, piloted by Marcus Hendricks, Tim Grimshaw and Eric Smilie to take the chequered flag.... [more]
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World-class superyacht facility for Hobsonville NZ
Marine NZ,
Over a decade of vision, planning and lobbying has come to fruition with the announcement that there will be a world-class marine industry hub built at Hobsonville, New Zealand.... [more]
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Boating industry sailing into clearer waters
Bob Wonders,
Brisbane Boat Show reports increased attendance and 'bumper' sales. Staged at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marine Queensland has reported more than 25,000 attended the show, with most of the 115 exhibitors rating sales as ‘strong.'... [more]
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Cruising boom brings early gift for Christmas Island
Carnival Australia,
Australia's largest cruising company, Carnival Australia, today welcomed a decision by the Federal Government to invest $3.5 million in improving mooring facilities on Christmas Island – a move that will see the first ever cruise ship visit the island at the end of this year.... [more]
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Seasonal fishing closures take effect in New South Wales
NSW Dept Primary Industries,
Anglers are being reminded to take note of a number of seasonal fishing closures which come into effect in New South Wales on September 1, with heavy fines for those caught fishing illegally, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today.... [more]
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Eight days adrift on capsized hull - a story of survival
James Pinkerton, Terry Langford/Sail-World,
They were fishermen, not sailors, but once disaster happens, it matters not your method of propulsion, merely how well prepared you are, how determined you are to survive, and the common sense you display. The story of the three fishermen who survived for eight days in the Gulf of Mexico is a heart-warming tale of cool common sense, determination to survive - and lessons learned... [more]
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Horizon 98 Superyacht and others headed for September 19th Auction,
The stunning 98 foot motor yacht that was the star of the 2008 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is headed for auction. It was purchased in 2008 by Brisbane entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff's DSB Cruises which is now in receivership.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Bohinc tips SNAV OSG as a winner
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1. Hannes Bohinc has tipped his 88 SNAV OSG team are the favourites to take the Evolution-class crown. 'After our results in Italy and Sweden we are probably the favourites - although we must watch out for 10 Cigarette Smash Poker. ' Hannes Bohinc.... [more]
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New Temperature Reconstruction from Indo-Pacific Warm Pool
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
A new 2,000-year-long reconstruction of sea surface temperatures (SST) from the Indo-Pacific warm pool (IPWP) suggests that temperatures in the region may have been as warm during the Medieval Warm Period as they are today.... [more]
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Australian luxury boat builder Riviera on the market
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has enjoyed considerable sales success in the weeks following the Sydney International Boat Show that concluded earlier this month, laying the ground for calling for expressions of interest in acquiring the company's assets.... [more]
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Boat Wakes make people Angry - And can injure
Boat U.S.,
Boat wakes, those long, frothy, V-shaped waves trailing from the stern of a powerboat as it slices through the water, have a sinister side. When other vessels encounter them, they can hurt people. They can make people angry, and they can bring the wrath of law enforcement, for good reason.... [more]
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