26 Boating stories from the Asia-Pacific and beyond

29 Oct 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial,October 29, '09.

Avast there, step aboard for a journey through all that matters on the powerboat scene.

Plenty to maintain your interest this week, from new boats to competition, from waterfront gossip to angling activities.

As you're no doubt aware, the mighty Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show gets underway today and one of the prime exhibitors will be those fabulous performers from the Cigarette Racing Team.

Don't miss this preview of you're a quick boat fan.

Also, we hear (and we're not at all surprised) that Cairns, in Far North Queensland, is becoming one of the really popular ports of call for superyachts.

Over in Key West, one of my favourite ports of call, incidentally, P1 Powerboat veteran Nigel Hook is chasing the world crown while up north in Bundaberg, Central Queensland, Australia's best powerboat racers go head to head in the Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder.

Down south, some idiot angler has earned the wrath of NSW Fisheries after being caught ‘red handed' with undersized, illegal blue groper.

We take a look at two impressive ranges of ‘tinnies' from Stacer.

BTW ....We trust you've noticed the $300,000 + prize in the Win a Lifetime of Free Berthing competition on Powerboat-world.com Make sure YOU enter.

See, I did tell you there was plenty to keep you occupied.

What's more, we'll maintain the standard and update the news for you throughout the week.

Just step aboard whenever you're close by.

Bob Wonders

World Record powerboat Earthrace reborn as Anti-Whaler
Powerboat-world and Seashepherd,
The 78 foot biodiesel powered wave piercing trimaran Earthrace holds the round the world powerboat speed record of a little over 60 days. At a fundraising event in Los Angeles last week the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unveiled their newest 'ocean defense' vessel: the Ady Gil. It is that same Earthrace, now renamed to honor the US benefactor who helped the anti-whaling group a... [more]
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Navico receives multiple NMEA honours - for Technology and Innovation
Sandman PR,
Navico's technological expertise was recognised during the 2009 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) convention held in the US recently, with the BR24 Broadband Radar and Simrad AP24 and AP28 autopilots receiving awards.... [more]
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Jelf Brothers tough day at the F2 World Championship in Bahrain
RYA/Nicola Drummond,
Reigning World Champion Colin Jelf who is attempting to retain his F2 World Championship Crown for the 4th consecutive year has had one weekend to forget in the first event of the five part Formula 2 World Championship held in Bahrain over the 15th & 16th of October.... [more]
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Storm brewing over Sandy Hook
Bob Wonders,
Record field confirmed for Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder. In an added bonus for this year, the 10th staging of the Bundy Thunder, a sponsor has commissioned Sydney-based Power Productions to film the event for Pay Television's Fox Sports.... [more]
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Nigel Hook to compete at Key West World Championships
Powerboat P1 media,
Anglo-American pilot and Powerboat P1 stalwart Nigel Hook is to compete at next month's Key West World Championships alongside Swedish driver Michael Silfverberg.... [more]
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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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NSW Government sees red over blue groper deaths
Ian Macdonald Minister for Primary Industries,
NSW Fisheries Officers have apprehended a man, allegedly caught red handed with an illegal haul of Eastern Blue Groper, the emblem fish of NSW, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said... [more]
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Positive response to 1st Asia Superyacht Conference: official report
Superyacht Singapore Association,
The 1st Asia Superyacht Conference, organised by the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA), saw over 150 participants attend from over 30 countries around the world at what was a ground breaking and inspiring event that has created the potential to substantially grow the superyacht business within Asia.... [more]
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Cairns rising in popularity with superyachts
Superyacht Group – Great Barrier Reef's (SYGGBR) recent visit to the annual Monaco Yacht Show has confirmed Cairns is developing a reputation throughout the world as a world-class destination with a world-class Marina and a comprehensive range of refit and repair facilities and services.... [more]
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World interest in Australian fishery impact test
An Australian method for assessing the environmental impact of marine fisheries has caught the eye of fishery management agencies worldwide... [more]
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Fort Lauderdale's 50th and Cigarette's 40th
Bob Wonders,
Legendary boat marque to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Fortunately, for powerboat fans worldwide and Cigarette fans in particular, the breed today is in the hands of Skip Braver, current president and CEO and man dedicated to taking the Cigarette Racing Team to even greater heights.... [more]
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Clipper launches 36-foot classic cruiser
Denby Browning,
Clipper Motor Yachts has launched the first of its new Heritage 36 models in Australia. A classic displacement cruiser, the Clipper Heritage 36 is a single cabin model featuring a glowing teak interior, covered walk-around decks and twin helm stations.... [more]
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NSW Maritime concerned about offshore skippers safety equipment
AAP Medianet - NSW Maritime,
Boating offshore demands skippers take extra care when it comes to safety equipment and carry an EPIRB. NSW Maritime Regional Manager Charlie Dunkley said Operation EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) was staged over the weekend of 24-25 October and the most common infringement was a failure to carry the required distress signalling beacon... [more]
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NSW Government rescues Batemans Bay volunteers
NSW Government Media,
The NSW Government has come to the rescue of the Batemans Bay Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol after the group found itself without its main rescue vessel due to a mechanical breakdown.The replacement vessel is a Sailfish 7200 aluminium catamaran, 6.50 metres in length and powered by two Honda 150 horsepower outboard engines.... [more]
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Sydney Boating Club seeks Skipper and Sales Rep
Natasha Jacobs,
Sydney Boating Club has been operating on Sydney Harbour for almost 5 years, offering members an alternative, affordable, hassle free way to go boating. Thanks to continued growth, the company is seeking skilled people to join their team.... [more]
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Skipper fined for overloaded houseboat & not enough safety equipment
AAP Medianet,
'The houseboat had a legal limit of 12 people but there were 22 on board.... [more]
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Multimillion dollar boost to CReefs project
An influx of resources worth a total of $2.7 million to support the ambitious CReefs project that is systematically surveying life on Australian reefs was announced at the end of September at AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science) by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts the Hon Peter Garrett MP.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat - Victory's in house title fight
Class 1 media,
Two Grands Prix and four races in three weeks in the Middle East - the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 19-21 November and the Dubai Grand Prix, 10-12 December - will decide the destiny of the World, Middle East and Edox Pole Position Championships.... [more]
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Blue Carbon - A new key to help combat climate change
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,
Seagrasses to Salt Marshes among most cost effective carbon capture and storage systems on planet. but urgent action needed to maintain and restore ‘blue carbon' sinks warns three un agencies and a ‘Blue Carbon' fund able to invest in the maintenance and rehabilitation of key marine ecosystems should be considered by governments keen to combat climate change... [more]
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Melbourne 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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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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