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Editorial, December 23, '09.

Compliments of the season to all. ... Welcome to another edition of Powerboat-World and again we've plenty to create interest and cause some gossip around the famous water cooler.

A quick apology to start with – I mentioned last week of a planned series on advice for first time boat buyers. Well, it's underway, but not quite ready. It will be done as promised.

More to the point, we preview the approaching Miami International Boat Show, largest and most important exhibition staged by America's National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and for those who have never visited south Florida, we publish an overall view of the two cities involved, that's right, two cities, Miami and Miami Beach.

I always look forward to the show and there's another reason this year, the link between two great names, Cigarette Racing Team and Mercedes AMG.

Also, while many still feel great sorrow for the recent loss of two offshore powerboat racing competitors, there has been some uninformed (from non-boating media) comment on the dangers of powerboat racing. Feel free to comment on my thoughts.

Those gorgeous Pegiva boats built on the Queensland Gold Coast have had a ‘gallop' across Sydney Harbour and we've got the images to show you right here.

Of course, while we powerboaters don't wish to seem too impressed all the action on and around Sydney-Harbour this week involves Rushcutters Bay, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and -the Rolex Sydney-Hobart.

Early indications suggest the fleet, numbering more than 100 is likely to encounter some challenging weather conditions. If you going to be on the water in your powerboat, do be careful.

We wish them a safe voyage. Be assured the coverage will be first class in our sister publication

Finally, only two sleeps, as they say, to the big day, December 25 – may your Christmas be a merry one filled with joy (and lots of good presents!) and may 2010 bring all further happiness and success.

God bless,

Bob Wonders

Offshore powerboat racing ‘too dangerous'?
Bob Wonders,
Uninformed comment has even suggested the sport should be banned! Of course, I'm not suggesting the sport is not dangerous; there is certainly an element of risk, just as there is in a score of other pursuits, such as Formula 1, V8 Supercars, Moto GP, stock car racing, speedway, drag racing (cars and boats), circuit and flat bottom boat racing just to name those which come quickly to mind.... [more]
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Win a full set of Atlantis Aegis Weather Gear (Jacket and Bib)
The Sail-World Team,
To celebrate the opening of its new online chandlery, is running its first Sail-World and Powerboat-world online competition.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Follow the action with Bass & Flinders Cruises
On Boxing Day Bass & Flinders vessels Ocean Dreaming I, Ocean Dreaming 2 and Sun Cat will follow the Sydney to Hobart fleet right from the start. ‘We take our boat out with 200 passengers and we are able to follow them down the leading boats because our vessels do travel at about 28 knots, so we can keep up with them out on the ocean.... [more]
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Boaties praised for taking proper preparations ahead of bar drama
Don Scandrett,
A dramatic incident at the entrance to the Manukau Harbour Bar yesterday afternoon could have cost lives had it not been for the boaties themselves being properly prepared and ready for such an incident says Coastguard.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Champion Tedeschi gets the axe
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 - Three-time Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Champion, Angelo Tedeschi, has refused to get too downhearted after last week's shock announcement that the Italian would not be racing with the Ukrainian Sprit team in 2010... [more]
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Miami - it needs an explanation
Bob Wonders,
Miami and Miami Beach - they're as different as chalk and cheese. Miami and Miami Beach are two separate cities, each with its own council, its own police force; they are about a 20 minute cab ride (depending on traffic) apart.... [more]
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The 69th Miami International Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Miami rates as the 1 show for the US boating industry. It is the major exhibition staged in the US by the powerful NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) and for exhibitors a successful Miami show means a profitable year ahead.... [more]
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New Cigarette Boat Inspired by AMG - Launch: 2010 Miami Boat Show
Marilyn DeMartini,
Two legendary performance brands, Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing Team have joined forces to create a custom Cigarette boat that will be unveiled, along with its inspiration, the SLS AMG, on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the Miami International Boat Show. The press event will be by invitation only that evening at 7 PM...... [more]
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Images of the new Pegiva 33 and 27 out on Sydney Harbour,
Photographer Andrea Francolini took these pictures of the newly imported Pegiva 33 and its little 27ft sister in Sydney for the first time... [more]
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Boat show hopes for biggest marine event since America's Cup
Marine NZ,
In New Zealand, the marine industry is hoping for its biggest event since the America's Cup, with the culmination of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series and the Auckland International Boat Show in 2010.... [more]
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Boaters warned to go easy on the drink
NSW Government Media,
With around 30% of all boating fatalities involving alcohol, Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay today reminded boat skippers to take care this festive season and stay under the limit. The legal blood alcohol limit of 0.05 applies on the waterways just as it does on the roads.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Pennesi preparing for New Year Honours
Powerboat P1,
Pennesi won't be completely shaking off his scrooge-esque image, insisting the Metamarine boatyard 'doesn't have time to mess about' with next season's early start in Croatia, in April. Preparations have so far been stifled due to poor weather hitting Italy's Adriatic coast.... [more]
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Riviera powers ahead in 2010
Riviera Brandcom,
Riviera is powering into 2010 with strong sales, realistic inventory levels and is actively engaged in multiple new product development projects for release in the coming year.... [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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2009 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship final standings
Class 1,
The WPPA has issued the final points and classifications for the 2009 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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WA Minister reopens demersal fishery after protection closure
WA Dept Fisheries,
Western Australian Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has reopened the West Coast Bioregion for high-risk demersal (bottom-dwelling) scalefish following a two-month seasonal closure of the fishery.... [more]
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President appeals for Malta P1 Grand Prix
Powerboat P1,
The President of the Malta Powerboat Federation, Teddie Borg, says he will be 'the most disappointed person on the island' if Powerboat P1 doesn't return in 2010.... [more]
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Pictures reveal Antarctic marine life in area of rapid climate change
British Antarctic Survey,
New photographs of ice fish, octopus, sea pigs, giant sea spiders, rare rays and beautiful basket stars that live in Antarctica's continental shelf seas are revealed this week by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). BAS photographer Peter Bucktrout took stunning images of an astonishingly rich and unusual variety of life from on and above the deep continental shelf.... [more]
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Boaters pour US$8.5bn annually into Florida's economy
Media Services,
A four-year study of Florida's boating facilities and the economics of boating has just been released, with positive figures and amazing statistics that show that despite the GFC, the lucrative industry is full speed ahead.... [more]
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Sunreef appoints Alan Pickering as Far East dealer
Sunreef Yachts,
Alan Pickering, the owner of Prometheus Marine Ltd. based in Singapore, has been appointed as the exclusive dealer of Sunreef Yachts for Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The contract between the two companies was signed in November 2009.... [more]
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Boat builder wins Excalibur Manslaughter Appeal
Rob Kothe,
An Australian boatbuilder has won his appeal against a manslaughter conviction over the deaths of four people when their yacht lost its keel and capsized at sea. Melbourne boat builder Alex Cittadini 51, was sentenced in July 2009 by the NSW Supreme Court over the deaths of Christopher Heyes, 51, Peter McLeod, Anne-Maree Pope, 30 and Tracey Luke, 32.... [more]
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Japan deploys LRAD against Sea Shepherd helicopter
Sea Shepherd,
Southern Ocean- Sea Shepherd's ship Steve Irwin is ten days at sea after departing Fremantle, Australia, and has had a Japanese tail ship for nine of those days, the Shonan Maru No. 2. This Japanese security ship is reporting the Steve Irwin's location, preventing them from closing in on the whaling fleet.... [more]
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Santa delivers two Riviera 70s to two very lucky big boys
Riviera Group,
Christmas has come early this year for two loyal Riviera owners, taking possession of their brand new 70 Enclosed Flybridges, both customised to the hilt and representing more than AUD$12 million in sales for Riviera.... [more]
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Electric boat emerges as a force on water
Jeni Bone,
Known as 'Charge It', Electro-Mariner's new boat is solar powered. An environmentally friendly concept boat, it was dreamt up five years ago by a group of boating mates who launched their concept at the 38th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights last week.... [more]
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