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23 Oct 2009                              To reply to this email click here


Come aboard for another voyage through the world of powerboats and power boating.

Plenty to make mention of this week, from the final article in our E10 series, from Ken Evans from mercury to reader demands for another story on Sea Survival Safety Courses to a somewhat disturbing story on maritime debris.

On a happier note Stephen Milne reports on an enjoyable four-day journey for Riviera owners.

Don't miss this, a chance to win a prize valued at $300,000! We've been running some unique competitions for readers of late, but this time it rates as something completely different, a free berth at one of Queensland's most desirable destinations for 25-years!

Of course, the week started off rather sadly for the team at Powerboat-World and our colleagues on Sail-World and MarineBusinessWorld as we attended the funeral services for the late Andrew Short.

It's history now that Andrew, one of the top marine dealers in the land (Sea Ray, Mercury etc) lost his life along with that of a close friend and fellow sailor, when his maxi yacht was smashed into matchwood off Port Kembla.

Andrew knew the sea demanded respect from all who attempted to tame it; we can all take some solace from the fact that ‘Shorty', as he was widely known, died doing what he loved most.

Plenty happening on the competition front, from P1 to Formula 1 and it won't be long before we're previewing the next round of the Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat championships.

This, I'm sure you know, is where you'll be kept right up to date with the world's powerboat news.


Bob Wonders

The Latest Powerboat-World competition - Prize value over $300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Boater have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Sea Survival Safety Course - I'll be back - and I am!
John Curnow,
Perhaps it was Bob 'Freight Train' Williams' fantastic article here on Sail-World recently or maybe it was our involvement in the ABC's recent edition of 'Australian Story'. No matter what, the phone and emails have been running hot with enquiries for another of the ORCV's terrific Sea Survival and Safety Courses to be run - and we only did the last one at the end of September.... [more]
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Fraser Island - an Unforgettable Experience for Riviera Owners
Stephen Milne,
R Marine Queensland guides nine Riviera's and 32 people north from the Gold Coast to Fraser Island for a four day, 230 nautical mile boating experience with a few unexpected, awe-inspiring surprises. R Marine prides itself on going the extra nautical mile and is dedicated to making boat ownership a fun, exciting and pleasurable experience.... [more]
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50% of maritime debris is plastic
ABC Science Online and Sail-World,
Alistair McIlgorm of the National Marine Science Center in Coffs Harbor Australia says '6.4 million tons of debris reaches the world's oceans each year.' 'Of that, 80 percent is thought to come from land based sources, more than half of the rubbish is believed to be plastic'... [more]
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Sydney City Marine mega-lift appeals to superyachts
Jeni Bone,
Sydney City Marine is in the throes of welcoming what will be the largest lift on the east coast – the 800 tonne lift that has been especially designed to carry superyachts and massive charter vessels.... [more]
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Copper Cove Marina Festival – Wallaroo: On for the whole weekend
Copper Cove Marina Festival Media,
The Copper Cove Marina Festival, South Australia, was successfully staged for the first time in 2008, attracting around 3,000 people to Wallaroo to the one-day event. The event will now be staged over two days, with an extensive showcase of boating, seafood and wine on Saturday 24 October and a fresh seafood market on Sunday 25 October.... [more]
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Lake Mulwala Power holds it breath
Lake Mulwala Power media,
With the recent growth and success of the Lake Mulwala Power festival, a combined effort between the Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism parties and the Australian Power Boat Association look set to feature on a World Stage with the UIM General Assembly meeting in Rome to hopefully annouce Yarrawonga, Australia as a Championship venue... [more]
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Be SharkSmart in the water this summer be safe and shark aware
NSW Government,
The NSW Government today unveiled the next stage of the shark safety public information campaign, SharkSmart, which is designed to help surfers and swimmers be more shark aware this summer, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said today.... [more]
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IOTA hold talks With Bermuda's Premier regarding Class 1
Class 1 Media,
International Offshore Team Association (IOTA) has held talks with Bermuda's Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown, to discuss the feasibility of holding a Class 1 round of the Championship in Bermuda in 2010... [more]
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Finding the ASX200 for marine ecosystems
Researchers are building the environmental equivalent of the ASX200 as a means of monitoring the health of Australian marine ecosystems. Key ecological features chosen for this study included the Perth Canyon and large ocean eddies.... [more]
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CYCA turns on a ‘sailor's farewell'
Bob Wonders,
Hundreds pack the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia as it honours two of its esteemed members. With the club burgee at half-mast, members, friends, guests and ‘mates' turned up in numbers to honour the lost sailors, both of whom tragically died when ‘Shorty's' 24.0-metre maxi crashed into Flinders Islet, off Port Kembla, two weeks ago.... [more]
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Memorable service honours the late Andrew Short
Bob Wonders,
Huge turnout honours yachtsman, businessman Andrew Short. ‘Shorty', as he was known far and wide, tragically died, together with friend and crew mate Sally ‘Sal' Gordon, when his 24.0-metre maxi yacht ran aground on rocks off Port Kembla two weeks ago.... [more]
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Melbourne Leisurefest 2009 boasts another huge success
AAP Medianet,
Melbourne Leisurefest boasted another successful show in 2009, with attendance up by 15 per cent over the inaugural event last year. A total of 32,401 patrons attended the four-day event at Sandown Racecourse, which featured caravans, RVs, four-wheel-drives, boats and all the associated equipment and accessories... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Centre welcomes new team
Imprint Media,
The Gold Coast Marine Centre at Coomera has announced two new appointments to its team. Tim Sayer has been appointed as General Manager and Grant McMahon has taken up the role of Yard Manager.... [more]
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Gold Coast marine companies supported for METS 2009
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has been working with the Gold Coast City Council in a drive to encourage Gold Coast marine industry exporters to have a presence at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), the world's largest marine equipment and services trade show to be held in Amsterdam 17-19 November 2009.... [more]
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Australian marine companies in demand at IBEX
Australian marine companies recently returned from exhibiting at IBEX in Miami and whilst there were some good successes in both contacts and sales from the show the general view is the current economic downturn is still having a strong effect on this economy. Exhibitor numbers appeared to be significantly down on 2008.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show celebrates success
Premiere Events,
With its fresh layout and design, the 2009 Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show - held 9-11 October 2009 - was a big hit with boat enthusiasts and land lovers alike! Despite the threat of inclement weather late in the weekend, over 18,500 people attended this year's show with most dealers reporting huge interest, good sales figures and strong prospective buyer introductions.... [more]
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Enjoy an evening on board the replica of Cook's Endeavour
Shirani Aththas,
Enjoy an evening on board the replica of Cook's Endeavour - Step back in time for an 18th century tall ship adventure with the National Maritime Museum's Family Endeavour Adventure from 6 pm to 8 pm on Saturday 7 November.... [more]
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Singapore success for SYBA
Jeni Bone,
The 1st Asian Superyacht Conference was held last week, 13-15 October in Singapore, with the response from around the world being that the event was an excellent showcase of the region and likely to become an annual event.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine set to expand
Andrew Short Marine,
The family and business associates of Andrew Short Marine have confirmed the company will continue to trade and in fact, has plans to expand.... [more]
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UIM F1 Powerboat: Flying Fin Selio gets second victory in China GP
UIM F1 Powerboat News,
Defending World Champion Jay Price of the Qatar Team did everything he could to win, however Sami Selio's Mad Croc sponsored boat showed off his speed and his cool driving talents and came away with the 20 points and moved closer to the top of the drivers championship table with his second victory in the last four starts here at the 11th Grand Prix of China... [more]
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Maritimo rides wave of enthusiasm with Mandurah Show success
Denby Browning,
West Australian Maritimo Dealer Martin Box Marine is celebrating after the Mandurah Boat Show at the weekend. A new Aegean 50 Enclosed that was ordered for display sold during the show.... [more]
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Auctions anticipate run on boats for Christmas
Jeni Bone,
Despite a fairly 'soft market', the sales team at Marine Auctions is confident the next auction, scheduled for 5 December, will attract a buying crowd, with great prices on a very broad range, from trailerable boats to a massive catamaran.... [more]
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Streaker Celebrates 10 Year Milestone
Bob Carter,
Prominent Melbourne marine retailer, Streaker Boats, is celebrating a ten year anniversary. It was in 1999 that the company relocated from a tiny retail shop in an industrial part of Bayswater to their current modern undercover, main road show room.... [more]
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Grand Prix of China - Victory to Cappellini media,
Grand Prix of China - housands of fans attended the race; start of the second half of the 2009 campaign and the ninth race of the season. Sami Selio unsuccessfully did his best to keep Cappellini from passing him on the opening lap.... [more]
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New venue and dates for Emirates Boat Show International, Abu Dhabi
Jeni Bone,
The 2nd Emirates Boat Show International (EBSI) 2009 has a new venue and new dates, this year hosted by Knotika Holding at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), 8-12 December 2009.... [more]
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Yas Marina Abu Dhabi welcomes first vessel
Jeni Bone,
The Royal Yacht, MY Rabdan is the first vessel to drop anchor at Yas Marina in the heart of the Yas Marina Circuit which will host the inaugural Formula 1™ Eithad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, October 30 to November 1, 2009.... [more]
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IBEX winners announced
Jeni Bone,
The IBEX Innovation Award winners for 2009 were announced last week, honoring advancements in boat building materials, battery technology, systems monitoring and other product categories.... [more]
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Clipper: the name behind the brand
Denby Browning,
The name “clipper” conjures images of tall sailing ships of the 19th century streaming through the oceans of the world, racing from the far East to Europe with precious cargoes of tea and spices. The legendary Cutty Sark is perhaps the most famous of these ocean going vessels.... [more]
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F1 event in China attracts International Promoters
Steve Michael Reporting,
The city of Shenzhen, China, home to this weekend's pair of Grand Prix races of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship for power boating,... [more]
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Albatross camera reveals feeding interaction with killer whale
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists from British Antarctic Survey, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Tokyo, and Hokkaido University, Japan, have recorded the first observations of how albatrosses feed alongside marine mammals at sea.... [more]
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Vale Andrew Short
Lisa Ratcliff,
Andrew Short, 10 January 1961 – 10 October 2009 Andrew Short was born in Williamstown, Melbourne, on 10 January 1961, the third of four sons to Fred and Joan Short.... [more]
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Brunei Delegation heads to China to meet U.I.M. F1 Promoter
U.I.M. F1 H20 Media,
A delegation of three Brunei dignitaries is scheduled to travel to Shenzhen, China this week to discuss the possibility of holding a U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship event in the country in the near future with series promoter Nicolo di San Germano during the upcoming 11th Grand Prix of China this weekend on the 17th and 18th of October.... [more]
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Reef named after renowned coral researcher Vicki Harriott
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
Vicki Harriott's immense contribution to coral reef research is formally recognised with a previously unnamed Reef in the Cairns/Cooktown area (Reef No 15-070) now bearing her name.... [more]
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Powerboat p1 - Hook vows to do his all to be around in 2010
Powerboat P1 media,
Nigel Hook has vowed to do all he can to ensure his 77 Lucas Oil Outerlimits boat makes the start line come the opening round of the season in Croatia next year.... [more]
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NSW Community Fishing workshop on Central Coast Sunday 18th October
Children will be hightailing their way to an Industry and Investment (I & I) NSW Fishing workshop, on the NSW Central Coast this Sunday, October 18.... [more]
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WA new seasonal closure for demersal species begins October 15
WA Dept of Fisheries,
Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Officers will be out and about in the West Coast Bioregion, from October 15th, to enforce the new seasonal closure for ‘high-risk' demersal scalefish... [more]
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NSW Iron Cove Maritime Exclusion Zone
NSW RTA Media,
An RTA spokesperson said a maritime exclusion zone has been established on Iron Cove in Sydney to ensure safety during construction of the new bridge for the Inner West Busway project. This is the first bridge to be built on inner city waters in Sydney for 20 years.... [more]
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Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Patrol Boats impress during sea trials
Austal Media,
Each vessel will be armed with general purpose machine guns, and a 20mm cannon. They will enable the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard to provide sustained surveillance in the country's internal waters, the archipelagic territorial sea and its exclusive economic zone. Recent sea achieved a maximum speed of more than 40 knots,... [more]
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