Ethanol and Boats can never be mates Part II - all the latest boating news

30 Sep 2009                              To reply to this email click here


Well, Mother Nature is letting us know she's about – 40 dead in Samoa and Western Samoa from a tsunami.
Of course in a tsunami you are safer offshore than on the beach or marina.

Today the second episode on the problems of E-10 in boats, if you ever fuel an outboard motor this is compulsory reading. Really, I mean it compulsory.

Things are hotting up again on the Class 1 World Offshore championship again with Lake Maggiore, Italy, the venue next weekend.

The Maritimo Offshore Race Team left for Italy earlier this week, with Tom Barry-Cotter, driver of the team's 1 boat ‘Maritimo 11' keen to continue his climb up the championship ladder from his current third placing.

Plenty of news, too, on the P1 Powerboat front, while in Queensland organisers are making preparations for the Bundaberg 2009 Wide Bay Bundy Thunder, where the ‘cream of the crop' of flat bottoms, unlimited displacements, blown alcohol, you name it, if it floats and if it's quick it will be at Bundaberg.

Joe Goddard, an old pal from way back, is back in Australia after a stint in marina design in Dubai and has opened a ‘boutique' marine dealership at Tweed Heads, just over the border from Queensland.

Now, this may not have a powerboat connection, but Jessica Watson, that most determined young lady (schoolgirl, really) is this week sea trialling her yacht, ‘Ella's Pink Lady', determining if all is ready for her to take on the world.

Jessica hopes to become the youngest sailor to ever circle the globe solo and unassisted.

Would I attempt something like that? Not a ghost of a chance!

You go, Jessica, do it for the rest of us.

Bob Wonders

Ethanol and boats can never be ‘mates' Part II
Bob Wonders,
E10, ethanol blended gasoline, stands poised to hand plenty of problems to unsuspecting boat owners. It's worth repeating, E10 itself does not actually damage engines; damage to engines results from the solvent effect of ethanol as it virtually dissolves fuel tanks and fuel lines and fragments are passing through filters and being deposited in engines.... [more]
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Australian Offshore racers team third in World titles
Bob Wonders,
Australian team looking for its third successive podium in the Italian Offshore GP. Maritimo is campaigning two boats, ‘Maritimo 11' with Tom Barry-Cotter (driver) and Pal Virik Nilsen (throttles) and ‘Maritimo 12', throttled by crew chief Peter ‘Muddy' McGrath and driven by Italian ace Giorgio Manuzzi.... [more]
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Bundy Thunder set to.......well, thunder, of course
Bob Wonders,
More than 60 powerboat races scheduled for the '09 Wide Bay Bundy Thunder. A gala weekend of entertainment has been planned to add to the excitement of the weekend with extensive on-site catering, an exclusive corporate marquee area, merchandise booths and games for the kids.... [more]
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ORCV helps your ABC
John Curnow,
No. We're not talking about your literacy skills. We're talking about a two-part episode of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's, ‘Australian Story'.... [more]
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Pacific Ocean Tsunami after Samoan earthquake,
An earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale near Samoa this morning has triggered a Pacific Ocean tsunami. The earthquake, at a depth of 35 kilometres, was centred 200 km south of the Samoan capital Apia and struck at 6.48am Tuesday local time and NZ time (3.48am Wednesday AEST) midway between the two island groups of Samoa and American Samoa. Local police report some deaths but numbers a... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Victory on target
Class 1 media,
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship makes a welcome return to racing on Italian Waters for the first time since 2002... [more]
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GoMarine promises top brands and top service
Jeni Bone,
Seasoned marine industry professional, Capt Joe Goddard, is channeling his three decades of experience across marina development, yacht design and sailing into a retail venture on the Tweed/Gold Coast border, perfectly positioned on water and showcasing the best in local and imported trailer boats.... [more]
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Let's Go Fishing guides for Port Phillip and Western Port
Fisheries Victoria has released two information guides to help beginner anglers ‘catch a new hobby' in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port this spring.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Nigel hooked on Sicily
P1 media,
Nigel Hook, spoke of Powerboat P1 CEO Asif Rangoonwala, when questioned whether the thought of not competing in the final Grand Prix of the Sea in Sicily had crossed his mind.... [more]
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Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more]
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Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi Class 3 World Champions
Class-1 media,
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi produced three perfect performances to win the 2009 UIM Class 3, 6 litre World Championship in Nettuno, Italy, last week - lifting the title for Dubai's Victory Team for the first time. The Fazza crew will now focus their attentions on securing the Class 1 European title when they return to Italy in two weeks time for the Italian Grand Prix.... [more]
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Lasers from space show thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
British Antarctic Survey Press Office,
The most comprehensive picture of the rapidly thinning glaciers along the coastline of both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has been created using satellite lasers.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - No Whinning from Cranfields Boss
Powerboat P1 media,
Siegfried Greve has admitted that his Searex Racing Team has plenty to work on in the close season after the German outfit finished bottom of the standings in the Evolution-class in then 2009 Powerboat P1 World Championship.... [more]
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Student graduation provides opportunities in maritime industry
WA Minister for Energy; Training,
Western Australia's Training Minister Peter Collier today celebrated with school students who have graduated from an innovative training program in the Peel region. The Hooked on Fishing Youth Maritime Program was developed in partnership with Challenger TAFE, the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club and Street Net, offering new pathways for students who were disengaged from school.... [more]
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Next phase in marine planning commences in Northern Australian waters
Australian Commonwealth Government Media,
The Australian Government has identified ‘Areas of Further Assessment' in northern Australia as part of its comprehensive planning process to protect Australia's marine biodiversity. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the areas under assessment are not proposed boundaries for marine reserves or protected areas.... [more]
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Australian marine electronics company GME celebrates 50 years
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian electronics company GME celebrates this year a significant milestone; 50 years of designing and supplying world-class radio communications equipment to the marine industry. Founded in 1959 by avid sailor Ted Dunn, Greenwich Marine Electronics, more commonly known as GME, originally started out as a small, two-way communications company, servicing the land communications market.... [more]
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Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 CANCELLED due to swine flu fears
Kate Duryea,
The South Korean government's closure of large events has led to the cancellation of Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 scheduled for October 29 to November 1, with the organisers looking to 2010 to host the event.... [more]
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F1 H2O to be centerpiece of Int'l Aquatic Carnival in China
F1 H2O Media,
The World's most talented drivers are getting geared up to be the featured act for the much talked about International Aquatic Carnival to he held during the week of October 1st thru the 7th on the Liu River in Liuzhou, China as the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship for power boating arrives for the seventh and eighth rounds of their 2009 championship.... [more]
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UIM and WPPA strengthen their ties
Class 1 News,
As Italy enjoys preparing for the Italian Grand Prix – round four of the UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship – in Stresa next week (2-4 October), UIM President Raffaele Chiulli took the opportunity to reiterate his complete trust in the work being undertaken by Saeed Hareb and the WPPA for the development of professional powerboat racing activities.... [more]
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