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Editorial March 5, 2010.

It's time to again welcome all aboard for another interest-packed edition of Powerboat-World.

Plenty, we hope, to hold your interest this week.

Take Australia's ‘top gun' tunnel boat driver, Craig Bailey; after sustaining broken vertebrae in his spine due to his nasty accident at last year's Bundy Thunder, Craig has made the most successful of comeback to racing with his 11th victory in the Arch Spooner Gold Cup.

And as most of you would know, I returned recently from what has become almost an annual visit to the Miami International Boat Show.

While there I managed to take a look at a new marque destined to make an impact on the Australian market has it has worldwide; I refer to the superb range of vessels produced by the Turkish yard, Vicem Yachts.

Down south we have a preview of the forthcoming V8 jet boat series at Temora and over the weekend the Powerboat-World team will be attending the annual Rosehill Trailerboat Show in Sydney's west.

It's shaping up to be a highly successful outing for the more than 50 dealerships hosting exhibits.

We also raise our hat to Dr. Beth Fulton, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); Dr Fulton has been awarded a prestigious fellowship award to continue her valuable work on marine conservation.

Up in Hong Kong, that city's boat show has attracted 40-plus exhibitors, among them the top names in recreational boating.

And with our compliments, take a look at ‘Picnik' – it's a photo editing program that turns computer ‘morons' like me into skilled photo editors.

Enjoy the read, and make sure you're here regularly for all the updates; a full report on the Rosehill show next week plus a close-up look at what some believe will emerge as the world's fastest powerboat.

Bob Wonders

Rosehill Trailer Boat Show this weekend, 6-7 March, 2010
Natalie Laharnar,
The Rosehill Trailer Boat Show is in Sydney this weekend giving newcomers the chance to get involved in recreational boating. NSW Maritime staff will be at show to provide boating safety information and advice.... [more]
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Superior Jetties Completes Stage 11 of Major Project in the Seychelles
Jason Blewitt,
Australia's Gold Coast based Superior Jetties, an international manufacturer of marine berthing systems, has recently completed Stage 11 of the world class marine precinct project on Eden Island in the Indian Ocean island group, The Seychelles.... [more]
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Craig Bailey's brilliant return to racing
Bob Wonders,
Incredible consistency sets Craig Bailey apart. Craig Bailey, arguably one of the best tunnel boat drivers in Australasia has certainly shown that, winning both heats at the St.George Motor Boat Club to claim his 11th Arch Spooner Gold Cup.... [more]
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DeckHardware - Supplier of Award Winning Products
Melissa Yeomans,
Forespar Win's the SAIL Magazine Innovation Award for the TruPlug. Thanks to Forespar's new TruPlug, sailors have a better option for plugging a leak than a softwood plug. Back in 2006 it was the Splicing Nut turn to win the Editor's Choice award. A SplicingNut is a two part device that mechanically forms a loop in braided line similar to a splice. DeckHardware have both items in stock.... [more]
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There's a new breed on the horizon and it's coming our way
Bob Wonders,
As impressive a range of vessels as I've ever seen and they hail from Turkey. The Turkish company builds its vessels in three shipyards, its headquarters in Istanbul, and two yards in Antalya, about 500 miles south of the company HQ.... [more]
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UIM F1 World Championship: Qatar team signs on Andy Elliott
Philippe Stiernon,
British racer Andy Elliott will join Qatar's former World Champion Jay Price in F1 Team Qatar's line-up for the 2010 UIM F1 World Championship campaign, which starts in Portugal on May 8th-9th.... [more]
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Riviera Announces a New 43' Open Flybridge Model with IPS at SCIBS
Stephen Milne,
The new 43 Open Flybridge, is the latest in flybridge design from Riviera. This exciting new model incorporates great function & style within a supremely comfortable, sea-kindly hull. The most striking aspect about Riviera's latest creation is its design approach: a thoroughly modern methodology that will progress flybridge boat design into a new generation of boating enjoyment.... [more]
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Industry's strong support for Rosehill Trailerboat Show
Bob Wonders,
The top echelon of Sydney's marine dealers set to display their goods and services at Rosehill. Owned and managed by the Boating Industry Association of New South Wales, the show was once known as The Great Silverwater Boat Show and was staged on the banks of the nearby Parramatta River, only a few kilometres from its new site.... [more]
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2010 V8 Superboat: Temora set for the season opener - March 20-21
Sean Henshelwood,
After a relatively ‘short' three month break, the 2010 Continental Tyres Australian Superboat Championships will kick back into gear over the March 20-21 weekend at the Temora Lake Centenary facility, for what is sure to be the start of another incredible season.... [more]
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MIAA Marine Host Customer Service course in Perth
MIAA will hold its Marine Host Customer Service course to inspire and remind everyone the importance of providing excellent customer service, 8 March in Perth.... [more]
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Marine scientist wins prestigious Pew Fellowship
One of the world's most prestigious awards for scientific research into the challenges facing the world's oceans – a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation – has been won by a senior ecosystem modeller with CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Dr Beth Fulton.... [more]
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Superior Jetties completes major project in the Seychelles
Superior Jetties,
Gold Coast based Superior Jetties, an international manufacturer of marine berthing systems, has recently completed Stage 11 of the world class marine precinct project on Eden Island in the Indian Ocean island group, The Seychelles.... [more]
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Coming up: Hong Kong's Gold Coast Boat Show 2010
Gold Coast Boat Show,
More than 40 exhibitors, from Italy, UK, USA, Australia, Poland, Taiwan, and locally. The event features some of the world's most prestigious boat brands including Azimut, Horizon, Sunseeker, Princess, Beneteau, Lagoon, SeaRay, Ferretti, Fairline, Jade Yacht, Pershing, Meridian, Gulf Craft, Atlantis, Chantier Jeanneau Sa, Centurion, Crownline, Riviera, Sea Doo, Aquitalia... [more]
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Photo editing – life has become a Picnik,
In this digital world, we find there are lots of people who just don't have a handle on cropping and editing images. We cut our teeth on the 1990's industry classic graphic software Photoshop, so we've tended to say to everyone - well that is what you need. The problem is it is an expensive piece of software and it's really not easy to use. Now there is a free online solution. It's called P... [more]
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Ancient Corals hold new hope for Reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
ossil corals, up to half a million years old, are providing fresh hope that coral reefs may be able to withstand the huge stresses imposed on them by today's human activity.... [more]
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Online marine news continues to boom as Internet grows
Brendan Maxwell,
The marine news online migration continues with boaters voting with their mouses. A booming start to 2010 for the World's largest online marine news network - TetraMedia's Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World... [more]
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Home insulation management turns up to manage environment
Marine Queensland,
Marine Queensland has today expressed serious concerns with the handling of the Bio-Regional Planning Process (including the Coral Sea) by Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett.... [more]
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Haines Hunter 575 ProFish Fish is an affordable dream
Sandman PR,
Incorporating all of the benefits synonymous with the Haines Hunter brand, the 575 ProFish has been designed specifically for serious anglers, with the standard hardcore fishing package allowing people to hit the water with minimal financial outlay.... [more]
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Top Reasons to Rent or Buy A Boat
Discover Boating USA,
With so many opportunities for boating fun available today, there's no reason why anyone can't take advantage of the benefits that recreational boating has to offer. Fun, healthy, amazing for the mind, body and soul!... [more]
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Rosehill Gardens in nautical mode
The thunder of thoroughbred hooves, colourful jockey's silks and the equally colourful ‘bookies' will not be seen at the famous home of the Golden Slipper over the weekend of March 6 and 7 as the course plays host to the boating industry.... [more]
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Electric boat wows crowds and woos women and kids
Media Services,
The curiously named 'sofa boat' was a star attraction at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show last week, ferrying visitors and VIPS alike around the superyachts, marinas, and pontoons, all under the power of an electric engine.... [more]
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Wynyard Quarter looking for developers
Media Services,
Colliers International is working with Sea+City Projects to create a marine industry precinct in the Wynyard Quarter of Auckland Harbour, a project that is designed to 'put New Zealand into the top superyacht refit locations in the world, earning an estimated NZ$200 million a year for New Zealand and creating up to 1500 new jobs.... [more]
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Finnish Flier Sami Selio aims at getting UIM F1 H2O title back in 2010
Steve Michael Reporting,
It's coming from three different directions, in three different countries, on two different continents, it's the rolling thunder of a determined group of individuals working together for one goal; gaining back the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating for the 2010 season.... [more]
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Whyte, Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong 2010
Bob Appleton,
Whyte, Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong at Royal Geelong Yacht Club during the Labour day weekend holiday of sixth and seventh of March program includes the crowd pleasing Grand Parade of boats, the classic yacht passage race from Melbourne, races in the Couta Boat State titles which includes the passage race from Portarlington, Heron class races and harbour races on Corio Bay.... [more]
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New Ocean Yachts launches range into Australia and NZ
Creating Demand,
New Ocean Yachts (AUST) Pty Ltd, headed by Keith Hanson and Brett Flanagan, is proud to announce the launch of a new range of boats to the Australian and New Zealand markets that will position them for considerable growth and success over the coming months and years.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show named one of global “big three”
Jeni Bone,
The world's biggest yacht builders have indicated that the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) – the Middle East's only show dedicated to super and megayachts – is the “next big thing” rising to the heights of the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale events.... [more]
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Could boats of the future have a spider hair finish?
Nanotechnology Now,
Engineering researchers have crafted a flat surface that refuses to get wet. Water droplets skitter across it like ball bearings tossed on ice. The inspiration? Not wax. Not glass. Not even Teflon. Try a spider... [more]
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Xiamen Marine Yacht Industry Development Forum aims to open region
Jeni Bone,
Focusing on opening up marine development opportunities in this region of China, Xiamen Marine Yacht Industry Development Forum will be held at Wuyuan Bay Yacht Dock in Xiamen, 1-3 April 2010.... [more]
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Tsunami Event - February 27, 2010 Chile - the Tsunami forecast model & from NOAA inf,
The Chile tsunami was generated by a Mw 8.8 earthquake (35.846°S, 72.719°W ), at 06:34 UTC, 115 km (60 miles) NNE of Concepcion, Chile (according to the USGS).... [more]
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PlanetSolar poised to circumnavigate the globe
Jeni Bone,
On 25 February, the PlanetSolar team presented its innovative vessel to the press and public for the first time, in Kiel, Germany. Several days later, her propellers will turn for the first time as this giant solar boat prepares to tour the world, powered by the sun.... [more]
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Boating & Fishing Council comments on Garrett's demotion
Jeni Bone,
Despite a significant demotion, Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett will still retain marine parks as part of his reduced portfolio, much to the concern of the Boating & Fishing Council of Australia.... [more]
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Australian Legislative changes tabled for recreational shark fishing
Australian Commonwealth Government,
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today introduced a new bill into the House of Representatives to allow the continuation of recreational fishing of mako and porbeagle sharks.... [more]
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Australia advances a new proposal for whale conservation
Australian Commonwealth Government,
The Australian Government has overnight submitted to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) a new proposal to advance Australia's strong conservation agenda in negotiations on the future of whaling.... [more]
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Garrett demoted, but still overseeing natural resources
Jeni Bone,
Peter Garrett has been demoted following the housing insulation debacle, according to the PM, Kevin Rudd who has just announced the establishment of a new stand-alone department of climate change and energy efficiency, which will be headed by Penny Wong.... [more]
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