The latest boating news from the Asia Pacific and beyond

15 Oct 2009                              To reply to this email click here


It's a rather sombre edition this week, with the recreational boating industry and the yachting community still in a state of shock with the recent passing of Andrew Short, Sally Gordon (both accidentally killed) and Bob Lane (succumbed to a heart attack).

We pay tribute as best we can to all three.

Last weekend the ski race fraternity was ‘at war' with the annual staging of the popular Grafton Bridge to Bridge held on the mighty Clarence River, in far northern New South Wales.

And Coniston Water sometimes referred to as Lake Coniston, ancestral home of water speed records, is back in the news with some more record attempts in the offing.

It was here, of course, that the great Donald Campbell, son of the late Sir Malcolm Campbell, lost his life when his ‘Bluebird' crashed as it approached 300mph (483km/hr).

Australia is playing host at present to the World Masters Games and in Sydney NSW Maritime has freely granted the necessary aquatic licences to the organisers for the on-water events.

Even His Royal Highness, Prince Frederik, of Denmark, is among the competitors.

Meanwhile, following the disastrous tsunami which decimated some of the Pacific Island nations, UNESCO is investigating the possibility of tsunami warning systems being implemented across the Indian Ocean.

Plenty of news, too, from Formula 1 and P1 Powerboats and right here is where you'll keep up with all the news that matters.

In closing, all at the Tetra Media Group, encompassing Powerboat-World, Sail-World and MarineBusiness-World extend sincere condolences to the Short, Gordon and Lane families.

Bob Wonders

Bundy Thunder – it's about courage
Carla Adams,
The late Larry Martin to be honoured and 'reunited' with the son he left behind. When Larry Martin, driver of the racer ‘Trojan' was tragically killed in what has been described as 'a freak accident' during the 2004 Bundy Thunder, it was only a matter of time before a tribute race to preserve his memory was organised.... [more]
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‘Stinga' shows its class at Grafton
Bob Wonders,
Grafton Bridge to Bridge classic attracts top boats and crews. ‘Stinga' claimed the Superclass event staged on the mighty Clarence River on the Sunday and the previous day had again demonstrated its superiority winning the Superclass Shootout.... [more]
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Honda helps bushfire victim
Sandman PR,
Honda, Stacer and Victorian dealer New World Honda Marine recently teamed up with insurance provider Club Marine to replace a family's boat which was destroyed earlier this year in the Black Saturday bushfires.... [more]
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Bob Lane passes away
Bob Wonders,
Boating industry loses a 'loyal servant.' Industry colleagues were deeply saddened to learn of his passing, many describing him as 'a mentor', particularly to youngsters and apprentices entering the industry.... [more]
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Line7 assets sold to Australian company,
Australian firm Charles Parsons is buying the assets of collapsed sports and casual wear manufacturer Line7. The textile wholesaler, which has been a Line7 supplier, said today it was buying 100 percent of the intellectual property related to Line7's brand and all its registered trademarks globally. No value for the deal was disclosed.... [more]
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Buying, selling or exhibiting? Don't miss the Northland Boat Show!
Sail-World media,
Buying or selling a boat ? Or do you want to Exhibit at this popular show? Don't miss the Northland Boat Show Nov. 7 & 8 2009. The Northland Boat Show at Marsden Cove Boat Show just continues to grow in popularity with every year it is staged. Marine industry sources say the Northland Boat Show now rates as one of the top three boat shows in New Zealand... [more]
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Andrew Short – boating industry ‘devastated'
Bob Wonders,
Boating industry, yachting community shocked at tragic loss. In Andrew Short there were few in yachting boasting more skill at the helm, while Sally Gordon, a veteran, like Andrew, of 15 gruelling Sydney-Hobart classics, was acknowledged as a first rate navigator.... [more]
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Marine Industry Positions - Experienced Fiberglass Laminators
Experienced Fiberglass Laminators, with an interest in Sailing preferred required by the Asia-Pacific manufacturers of the Laser dinghy, the top selling boat in the world. Must be experienced with Weight controlled Hand Laminating, competent with air and electrical hand tools.... [more]
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Sail-World expands in North America with marine magazine alliance
Jeni Bone,,
The largest online marine news network in the world, Australia's TetraMedia Marine Group, publishers of, and has announced a strategic alliance with a major North American magazine publisher.... [more]
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Leisure Craft standard moves with the times
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a draft standard to replace the USL Code's Section 18 ‘Hire and Drive' vessels.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 signs agreement for Split to host Grand Prix
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 this week signed a contract that will see the Croatia city of Split host the fastest growing offshore series in the world.... [more]
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Seakeeper Gyro eases the 'rock and roll' for luxury boats
Denby Browning,
A Seakeeper Gyro stabiliser installed in a new Maritimo A50 Aegean Enclosed is expected to smooth the ride for Melbourne-based client Campbell McLaren. Trevor Tucker, Business Development Manager of Australian distributor Twin Disc (Pacific), said the new system would provide the owner with significantly improved ride whether the boat was at planing speed or at anchor.... [more]
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Nitro Marine Gold Coast Revs Up With New Dealerships
Dale Collins,
Back to back Mercury Marine dealer of the year, Nitro Marine, is the new Crownline Dealer for Queensland and has also been awarded the distribution for Triton Bass and Saltwater Fishing Boats.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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Coniston Records Week fast approaches
Nicola Drummond,
39th Annual Records Week on Consiton's historic waters. For almost a hundred years Powerboat record attempts have been made on several of the English lakes including Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston Water. Coniston, the 'spiritual' home of Record breaking, since the Campbells, is most welcoming to Records Week.... [more]
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NSW Govt calls for discussion on VHF radio use by recreational boats
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi today called on the recreational boating community to provide feedback to a review of the regulatory arrangements for VHF marine radios. A discussion paper has been released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority following concerns about declining standards in the use of VHF radio by recreational boaters.... [more]
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Jonas Andersson wins in Liuzhou to lead F1 Championship!
Steve Michael Reporting,
U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship Grand Prix of China. Swedish star Jonas Andersson of Team Azerbaijan powered his DAC from the second position off the start pontoon into first place on the opening lap and never looked back taking his second victory.... [more]
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Mooloolaba Spit Future Plan released
QLD Gov Minister Stephen Robertson,
A new plan to create a sustainable and balanced future for one of Queensland's most iconic regions - Mooloolaba - has been revealed.... [more]
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Results for Operation 'Boat Safe' over the NSW October long weekend
NSW Government Media,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers carried our more than 1300 on-water safety checks state-wide over the long weekend as part of operation ‘Boat Safe', Ports and Maritime Minister Joe Tripodi said today. Mr Tripodi said while the number of inspections was down due to poor weather conditions, more than one hundred penalties and formal warnings were handed out.... [more]
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Mercury Marine launches new Website
Mercury Marine,
Mercury Marine has launched its new website – one that's easier to navigate, contains more information and has the sleek good looks associated with Mercury Marine products. The new site serves the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific regions.... [more]
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Upgrades to Predictwind go live - many new features
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A new version of Predictwind the popular online wind information application has gone live. Many new features have been incorporated in this version, which has a completely new look and feel. The user can now drive the application via a series on on screen options, that allow you to toggle between different features, feeds and views.... [more]
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UK superyachts buck trend with 15% growth
Jeni Bone,
Superyacht UK says its members have bucked the trend of decline to post a substantial year on year growth rate of 15.3% in turnover to June 1, 2009, reaching a total of £410m.... [more]
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Graphic Artist – online media – Marine Industry
As the TetraMedia Marine group embarks on a new phase of its international expansion, it now has another Job Vacancy. A Part time position for graphic artist, work from home, flexible times. Mostly in production of animated gif,some Flash advertising banners and some general web graphics.... [more]
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Ocean blooms following dust storms
Jeni Bone,
While the dust storms along the east coast proved a nuisance to city folk and a crisis for the bush, Sydney harbour and other waterways have been stimualted to bloom.... [more]
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AIMEX leads Aussie group to IBEX
Australian marine companies will have a presence at IBEX in Miami from October 12-14 despite the current economic downturn and the fact export sales to the US are still well down on previous years.... [more]
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Winning Streak on the line for two drivers in Liuzhou
F1 media,
Just one day away from the start of the 10th Grand Prix of China in Liuzhou. Defending race and World Champion Jay Price of the Qatar Team rolls into town having won the last two races he's started by capturing victory at the second event at the Grand Prix of Finland back in June and the first event at the August event at the Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg.... [more]
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