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Tough but someone has to do it

Powerboat-World editor Bob Wonders is in Florida for the Miami Boat Show last week and is now on his way home. Bob will be providing detailed updates on the state of the North American by the end of this week.

Our Sail-World America's Cup Editor Richard Gladwell did his fair share of power boating last week.

It's mid-winter in the Med and during the America's Cup racing Richard was 20-40 miles offshore in a fast 30 foot rib, powering along with two 225 hp motors providing the grunt.

Heading for the Darcena after the Final race, 33rd America's Cup   Richard Gladwell
On Friday the Sail-World photo boat ran some 100 nautical miles following BMW Oracle, the 90 foot trimaran with the towering 220 foot rigid wing and Alinghi, the 90 foot catamaran.

Flat seas, so not too much bumping, but following the two giant America's Cup multihulls which are blasting along at 25-33 knots in less than eight knots of breeze is not at all easy.

The wind chill factor is the problem, with air temperature at 6-7 degrees centigrade and 30 knots plus of breeze. Two wet weather jackets, thermals and more kept Richard warm for race one, but it was cold for race 2.

Sadly this week we have news of two boating deaths, one in the Southern 80 yesterday and a Queensland powerboat driver rolling last weekend.

Bob will come back with better news soon, but right now there is a lot here for you to read.

The Team

Whitianga Festival of Speed: We're going boat racing – you're invited
New Zealands biggest boat racing event is continuing to gather momentum.. The Whitianga Festival of Speed will take place again on April 10 & 11, 2010 at Whitianga on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula.... [more]
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Enter the online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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Southern 80 skier dies after collision,
A 41- year old Melbourne water skier has died after he crashed during the Southern 80 water skiing competition on the Murray River on the New South Wales-Victorian border. An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics were called to the Southern 80 water ski race on the Murray River, between Torrumbarry and Echuca, about 4pm (AEDT) Saturday after two skiers had collided.... [more]
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Bakewell-White Yacht Design back to winning ways in Powerboat Champs
Sail-World Media,
After three consecutive years winning the NZ Offshore Powerboat title the economic recession meant that there were no Bakewell-White boats running in the New Zealand championship of 2009. But 2010 has seen the return of the Bakewell-White designed Phantom running under a new team and new sponsors. Shedding the Sleephead colours and now running as ‘Doosan'... [more]
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First Twin Yanmar ZT350 Drives Fitted To Aussie Boat
Bob Carter,
The first pair of Yanmar's new ZT350 diesel sterndrives have been installed to an Australian built boat, the luxury Sea Quest 3600 Sports Bridge. According to John Young of Sea Quest the new model Yanmar ZT350 and Sea Quest 3600 are an ideal match. 'At Sea Quest we strive to deliver the most modern and intelligent technology in the engine room for our Sea Quest customers,' John said.... [more]
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2010 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship drivers gear up
Steve Michael Reporting,
The 2010 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship is heating up and is now less than 90 days away. Sami Selio of Finland has been spending his usual working schedule in Northern Italy at the race shops of master boat builder and friend Massimo Roggiero. Also busy during the winter season on the boat show circuit is German driver Fabian Kalsow. Norway's Marit Stromoy continues her busy off-season.... [more]
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Navico in strong position heading into 2010
Sandman PR,
Global marine electronics giant Navico is in a strong position heading into 2010, due in large part to considerable sales in key markets last year.... [more]
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Dutch clipper ship Stad Amsterdam exclusion zone for Sydney harbour
Neil Patchett,
“I'd remind boaters they must keep more than 200 metres ahead of the ship and more than 30 metres from the side and the stern, and keep a proper lookout for other traffic,” Mr McLeay said... [more]
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Southern 80 Water Ski Race spectators urged to stay out of the water
Natalie Laharnar,
As 50,000 people converge on Moama on the Murray River for Australia's biggest water-ski race, NSW Maritime today issued a safety warning for spectators and boaters.... [more]
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Websters Twinfisher offer new hull choices
Kelly Schofield,
The highly acclaimed range of Websters Twinfisher aluminium catamarans has become even more appealing. All Websters Twinfisher models from 4.3m to 5.2m can be now supplied in either the traditional pressed clinker configuration, or the more contemporary flat sided hull.... [more]
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How many carp is a tinny worth?
Sarah McGregor - NSW DPI,
Catch a carp at the third annual Namoi Carp Muster and go into the draw to win over $4,000 in prizes including a 10ft tinny and motor, kayak, fishing gear, fuel vouchers and much, much more! The weekend is also a fun way for the community to learn more about the impact of carp on native fish and how planting trees, removing willows and re-snagging the water could benefit native fish.... [more]
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Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani sets Trans-Gulf record
H1 Unlimited,
His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani , the man responsible for bringing Unlimited Hydroplane racing to the Middle East and Qatari racing colleague Abdullah Al-Sulaiti entered the record books by completing the Trans-Gulf passage between Abu Dhabi and Qatar in a time of 1hr 55min 14 sec on Wednesday.... [more]
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Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean?
Kate Madin,
Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean? Study finds that some seafloor life may be harmed by high CO2 levels.... [more]
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Massive boost for P1 Evolution Class World Championship favourite
Powerboat P1,
One of the favourites for this year's Evolution Class World Championship title, 2B1 Furnibo, has secured a massive boost ahead of the season-opener in Croatia on April 16-18, after renewing its sponsorship agreement with Belgian construction company, Furnibo.... [more]
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Al McGlashan collects his Evolution Strikezone 600
AAP Medianet,
Aussie fishing personality Al McGlashan has jumped on board with Evolution Boats, taking ownership of his very own Evolution Strikezone 600.... [more]
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Polar View in the Antarctic
British Antarctic Survey,
The Polar View sea ice service, coordinated by the British Antarctic Survey, has greatly improved the service for the 2009/2010 Antarctic season. A combination of easier access through the new website and a significant increase in the number of images available means more real time sea ice information.... [more]
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Romance your Valentine at Docklands, Melbourne
AAP/Greg Shoemark,
Not only can boaties luxuriate aboard their own boat, but there are still berths available for the Valentine's Day weekend for just $35 a night... [more]
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Undersea exploration with Branson's the Necker Nymph
Virgin Limited Edition,
Virgin Limited Edition enters the underwater world, welcoming Necker Nymph, a DeepFlight three-person aero submarine. Likened to an underwater aircraft, this open cockpit winged sub is the first of its kind to hit the market - would Sir Richard Branson want it any other way?... [more]
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Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship provisional calendar announced
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 Management Ltd, the rights holders to the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship, has today announced its provisional calendar for the 2010 season. The SuperStock Championship will showcase the UK's most accessible marine motorsport to a wider audience, adding a new tier of racing to the existing Powerboat P1 World Championship structure.... [more]
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Marina Industry Assoc of Australia looks ahead for 2010
Jeni Bone,
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) is preparing for its first Board Meeting of 2010, to be hosted by the BIA NSW offices in Crows Nest Sydney, 25 February. Executive Officer, Colin Bransgrove is looking forward to a raft of initiatives and programs that will be implemented over the year, benefiting members and the boating community... [more]
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Exhibitors cautiously optimistic for Miami
Media Services,
Boat dealers at a scaled-down boat show in Miami said there were signs business could pick up in 2010 after a serious sales slump in 2009.... [more]
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Round Britain '08 powerboat race book now available
Derek Wynans,
In June 2008 an armada of hardcore raceboats, RIBs, cabin cruisers and ageing classics converged on Portsmouth, England to compete in one of the most gruelling and demanding offshore races anywhere in the world- The 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race. Funny, gritty, and always painfully honest, Chasing The Horizon is one man's true account of the hardships and horrors faced as he took part in on... [more]
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Marine Rescue chief calls on skippers for greater boating safety care
Ken McManus,
A tragic run of drownings in recent boating accidents has prompted Glenn Finniss, Acting Commissioner of Marine Rescue NSW, to call on skippers to take greater care when boating.... [more]
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Riviera expands its United States, West Coast dealer network
Stephen Milne,
Riviera and Emerald Pacific Yachts have joined forces to service the entire US West Coast from Alaska in the north to more than 2,500 nautical miles south to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.... [more]
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Powerboat racing champions honoured at RYA gala awards ceremony
Emma Slater,
Powerboating champions from across the UK came together over the weekend (Saturday 6 February) for the annual RYA National Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony.... [more]
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GME Bonus Offer - Catch yourself a great Shimano deal
Matthew Heap,
GME and Shimano have joined together to offer a great bonus. Purchase a GME GP450X marine GPS plotter during the months of February and March 2010, and via redemption you will receive a Shimano fishing pack that includes a Shimano Gold Series Graphite fishing rod, a Shimano Sienna Reel and an Enviro Man Bag Valued at $129.00.... [more]
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The 2010 Club Marine Southern 80 ready to roar
Southern 80,
In under a week, the 2010 Club Marine Southern 80 will be have run, and won. With no outright winner last year, the superclass boats are all vying for the title of Overall 2010 Club Marine Southern80 winner. Will it be Burnin, or Hellrazor or Blazen or The Mistress or Fast Cash – we will know on Sunday 14th February.... [more]
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Rayglass NZ OffShore Powerboat action in Gisborne
Kate Gordon/NZ Racer,
Rayglass NZ OffShore Powerboat Series: The first offshore powerboat championship race in Gisborne for nearly ten years was action-packed after the Wellington superboat lite class entry ‘Rayglass' of daughter and father team Kelly and Grant Smith caught a rogue wave and flipped. Fairview Windows & Doors wins... [more]
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Theory meets reality in Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery
According to a case study of Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) there is a large gap between theory and practice when it comes to achieving the major goal of many of the world's leading commercial fisheries – maximum economic yield (MEY).... [more]
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Evolution Class champion OSG recruits Fendi for 2010 season,
Evolution Class champions Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella have scored a massive coup ahead of the 2010 season with the addition of Luca Formilli Fendi to their OSG crew... [more]
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80 Mile Beach shark dumping prosecution warning to commercial fishers
Dept Fisheries WA,
The dumping of shark carcasses on 80 Mile Beach, almost two years ago, has resulted in another commercial fisher being fined, over breaches of the fishing exemption he formerly operated under.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship - Round three to Galway
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 Management Ltd, the rights holders of the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship, has today announced plans for round three of its 2010 series to take place in Galway, on Ireland's west coast... [more]
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Powerboat champ killed near Brisbane
Media Services,
Neil Coddington was killed yesterday when his boat, Blue Max, rolled and tossed him out at 140kmh on a dam near Ipswich, west of Brisbane.... [more]
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