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Editorial, November 12, '09.

Ahoy there, along with other various forms of nautical welcome.

Come join us for a stroll through the corridors of power, powerboat power, that is, and right here is where you'll discover all the news worth knowing.

There's good news in the air, too, as around the waterfront I am regularly hearing positive comment; boats are being sold and the economists (not that I believe everything they say) tell us that Australia has officially avoided the global recession.

Good news across the Pacific, too, with our American colleagues reporting a far more positive reaction from the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

We also report on more positive news from UK builder Fairline Motor Yachts as well as from its East Coast dealer right here in Australia.

Let's hope the Global Financial Crisis or GFC as some called it, has taken the deep six, preferably to the bottom of the Marianas Trench (11,034 metres or 36,200'), the deepest sector of the world's oceans.

This week, take a look at the latest digital cartography from Jeppesen Marine – it's getting to the stage where one would have to be smarter than the average bear just to get lost.

And ski racers, particularly those who call themselves Queenslanders, are virtually jumping for joy following the news that their state will host the 2011 World championships.

Lots of powerboat racing news, some interesting angling news, hey, that's what we're all about here at Powerboat-World, all the news worth reporting.

Finally, and this has absolutely nothing really to do with recreational powerboats, but I want to say it anyway.

A memorial service was held in London recently for a little old lady who passed away a few months back at the age of 97. Her name was Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean. So what, I hear you say?

Well, she was the last person alive to have experienced the legendary maritime tragedy of the 20th century, the sinking on April 15, 1912 of the Royal Mail Steamer ‘Titanic.' That's truly the end of an era.

Bob Wonders

Queensland to host 2011 World Ski Racing titles
Bob Wonders,
World's ski racers set to converge on the Sunshine State. Don Gulley, president of Ski Racing Queensland (SRQ), claims winning the rights to host the titles will 'put Queensland ski racing on the map.'... [more]
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F1 Powerboat - Doha's Circuit proves only The Brave need apply!
F1 Powerboat media,
The Sixth Grand Prix of Qatar for the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2009 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship will be raced on a circuit that has crept into the psyche of drivers from all over the world. The Grand Prix circuit's identity started out calmly enough originally being located in the quiet waters near the fishing docks along the cornice in downtown Doha back in 2005.... [more]
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New QLD Fisheries Strategy to boost industry and reduce complexity
The Honourable Tim Mulherin,
The Bligh Government has approved the Queensland Fisheries Strategy 2009-2014 which sets the future direction for fisheries in Queensland... [more]
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Two new Chief Instructors join Yachting Australia
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Chief Instructors who will have a responsibility for standards and quality control throughout Australia across three training schemes.... [more]
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Kiwi Sam Harvey world champion on Sea-Doo
Kate Gordon,
Aucklander Sam Harvey has won a world title in the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) world finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Riding a Sea-Doo® personal watercraft (PWC), Harvey took out the Pro Runabout Open. The Howick-based marine retailer has been competing at the prestigious IJSBA world finals every year for the past nine years, so to win on his tenth attempt was parti... [more]
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Regional News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.'... [more]
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Giorgi teams up with Zaborowski for remaining 2009 Grand Prix events
Class-1 media,
Giorgi's target in the remaining rounds in the Middle East will be to build on a solid season, which has seen the Italian take a fourth and three fifth place finishes, and to repeat his podium success in Dubai last year... [more]
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Class podiums for Evinrude ETEC in Hamilton bridge to bridge classic
Kate Gordon,
Ski race boats powered by Evinrude® ETEC outboards dominated the new Formula 2 class in this year's Hamilton Bridge to Bridge water ski classic on the Waikato River, taking the three class podium places with ‘Illusion' first, ‘Big Bird' second and ‘Konica Minolta' third. All three run the environmentally-friendly Evinrude ETEC engines from leading manufacturer BRP.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Operation Lights On safety campaign this weekend
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi has announced a state-wide maritime safety campaign will be conducted this weekend (November 14-15) to promote safe boating at night. Mr Tripodi said ‘Operation Lights On' will see NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers patrolling popular boating areas across the State.... [more]
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Antarctica glacier retreat creates new carbon dioxide store
British Antarctic Survey,
Large blooms of tiny marine plants called phytoplankton are flourishing in areas of open water left exposed by the recent and rapid melting of ice shelves and glaciers around the Antarctic Peninsula. Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) estimate that this new natural 'sink' is taking an estimated 3.5 million tonnes* of carbon from the ocean and atmosphere each year.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Championship - New Driver for Carpitella in C.A.M.
Class 1 media,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Ahmad Al Hameli will make his Class 1 debut in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 19-21 November. He will partner the experienced Italian throttleman, Giovanni Carpitella, in the V8 Mercury-powered C.A.M.... [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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Bundy Thunder Powerboat Classic - Bailey hospitalised
F1 Powerboat media,
Bundy Thunder Powerboat Classic, Bundaberg, Australia. Seven times National F1 Powerboat Champion Craig Bailey has been taken to Bundaberg hospital with suspected spinal injuries after an accident in race 3... [more]
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SIBEX - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show
The 2009 edition of SIBEX (China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show) is a coordinated event involving Shenzhen Yubo Exhibition Group, Exposalons and Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO), organizer of the International Afloat Boat Show the Grand Pavois in La Rochelle (France). GPO will be supporting commercial, logistical and communications for the International development of SIBEX.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - RG87 in SuperSport line-up for the 2010 season
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 - Antonio Schiano and his RG87 team have announced that they will be among the SuperSport line-up for 2010... [more]
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Bullies evict Little Fish as the Reef warms
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral reef Studies,
Small fish are at risk of being bullied to death by big ones as coral reef resources are hit by climate change. In the battle to survive on severely bleached corals, large damselfish push smaller ones further from the limited shelter and resources, exposing them to predators that snap them up, the study by Associate Professor Mark McCormick of CoECRS and James Cook University finds.... [more]
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Public comment sought on new NSW lifejacket laws
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi today called for public comment on proposals that would see the most sweeping reforms to lifejacket rules in more than 30 years. Launching a discussion paper canvassing new categories for compulsory wearing of lifejackets, the reforms are aimed at recreational boaters in situations of heightened risk, especially children and boaters in tinnies.... [more]
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Formula Four races into Powerboat P1
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 Management Limited has announced it has concluded discussions to take over the running of the British-based Formula Four Stroke Association (F4SA).... [more]
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Country Fire Authority's (CFA) new Marine Fire Rescue vessel
Sandman PR,
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is ready for action with its new Lake Eildon-based Marine Fire Rescue vessel. Powered by twin Honda BF225 four-stroke outboards, the customised 9m Stabicraft aluminium vessel has full fire-fighting capabilities.... [more]
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Fish for the future by becoming an angler diarist
Dept Fisheries VIC,
Researchers who monitor Victoria's fisheries are looking for a good haul of dedicated recreational fishers to target estuarine species in bays and inlets and trout in the high country.... [more]
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NSW Maritime alert: Dangerous conditions on waters on the North Coast
NSW Maritime Media,
NSW Maritime is alerting boat owners to dangerous conditions on waters on the North Coast. NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast Jim Green said a number of waterways in the area were being affected by a low pressure weather system that has formed off the coast.... [more]
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Amery Ice Shelf Ocean Research ten year project nears completion
Australian Antarctic Division,
Australian researchers heading to Antarctica will return to the Amery Ice Shelf to complete a decade-long project on the effects of climate change. The project, known as AMISOR (Amery Ice Shelf Ocean Research), is providing information on the climate history of the region and its probable response to global warming... [more]
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Free entry to the Northland Boat Show at Marsden Cove this weekend
The Northland Boat Show 2009 will be held at Marsden Cove Marina, near Whangarei, this coming Saturday. Entry is free for visitors. If you are buying or selling a boat? This is one event you should not miss. It will be the only boat show where the majority of craft displayed are available for sea trial and comparison.... [more]
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PIMEX Bangkok Preview
PIMEX Event Media,
The Phuket Marine Expo (PIMEX) brings a taste of the Phuket marine lifestyle to the city with a PIMEX Bangkok Preview from the 6th to 8th November at the 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel in the central Business District.... [more]
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Watermark Marine seeks immediate buyout to avoid bankruptcy
Watermark Marine,
Watermark Marine, the first wholly owned British boat builder in China, has been in negotiations with investors for some months. Unfortunately time has run out for the company and its management have decided to offer the company to interested parties for its debts which stand at £95,000.00.... [more]
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An Aussie dealer selling boats for US dealers?
Bob Wonders,
The global financial crisis delivered a savage blow to the US boating industry, but this is a new one on us. Now here's the story – Blue Water Power Yachts has been asked to sell a selection of Luhrs sportfishing boats on behalf of some United States dealers.... [more]
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