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Editorial, April 1, 2010.

Powerboat fans........front and centre!

We're here to deliver another edition of Powerboat-World with all the news worth knowing.

114 Water skis and a ferry set new world record  

114 water skiers and a ferry have set a new world recod in Tasmania. Look at the video too.

The Marina Association of Australia has rolled out its new Gold Anchor ratings for marinas. -its definitely a valuable guide for boaters. You need to check out the details on this.

If you're a keen angler, you'll be pleased to learn that down in the state of Victoria the fees collected by the government for fishing licences is actually going where it can do some good; in fact, some $1.14 million is to be spent on a range of projects aimed at improving recreational fishing.

For quick boat fans, Taree is the place to be this Easter for the staging of the Taree Aquatic Club's Easter Classic.

Taree, on the mid north coast of NSW, has long been a power boating haven; the Taree Aquatic Club boasts a history dating back 60-years.

On the picturesque waterways of Port Stephens, about 90 minutes (by road) north of Sydney, celebrations are in order at the Soldiers Point Marina. It was last week awarded the prestigious Five Gold Anchors (the highest rating) award by the Marina Industries Association of Australia simply for being an absolutely first class facility.

While we're in the Port Stephens area, Newcastle, capital city of the Hunter region and only a skip and hop from Port Stephens, is set to welcome the Offshore Superboat Championships for the opening round of the 2010 titles.

And with the four-day Easter break upon us, NSW Maritime has revealed its top three Easter boating safety tips.

We have news from the boat show circuit too.

Like I said, it's all here on Powerboat-World.

What's more I kept my promise – I did not try to catch anyone with an April Fool's joke

Read on and enjoy, we're here to make that an easy task.

Bob Wonders

Excitement building in the Australian offshore powerboat race camps
Bob Wonders,
Newcastle to host opening round of the 2010 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships. In Class 1, reigning champions Tom Barry-Cotter and Norway's Pal Virik Nilsen will be attempting to make it three national titles in succession.... [more]
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Finally! Tasmanian water skiers claim word record + video
Bob Wonders,
It took eight attempts, but persistence pays off for the Horsehead Water Ski Club. Earlier this year, the club came close, with 99 skiers successfully hauled over the course on Macquarie Harbour, gateway to many of the state's heritage-listed areas. However, a minium of 101 skiers had to remain upright for the one nautical mile to claim the record.... [more]
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Licence fees set to create great new fishing opportunities
Dept Primary Industries VIC,
More than $1.14 million from the recreational fishing licence fees paid by Victorian fishers will be used to fund 14 projects this year to improve recreational fishing across the state this year... [more]
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Top honour for Soldiers Point Marina
Bob Wonders,
What do you get when you run a first rate marina? Five Gold Anchors, that's what. The Gold Anchor program is designed to provide boat owners and marina users with a simple means to determine whether a specific marina fits their needs and requirements.... [more]
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End of an era – and new beginnings – at Williamstown
Sandman PR,
After nearly 30 years at the helm of Williamstown's (VIC) renowned Anchorage Marina and Restaurant, Terry and Margaret O'Hare have announced their retirement. Upon this decision, they are offering The Anchorage Marina and Restaurant – along with the Knights waterfront development – for sale via expressions of interest.... [more]
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Marina Gold Anchor Scheme Roll-out
Dominic Wiseman,
The Marina Industries Association is pleased to announce the first marinas to receive their star ratings based on the International Gold Anchor rating system launched in Australia in 2009.... [more]
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Victoria's mighty King George whiting on the menu
Victorian Dept Primary Industries,
Victorian anglers and seafood consumers have been taking advantage of an abundance of King George whiting in Victorian waters recently. Research shows that those caught in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port are likely to come from autumn/early winter spawnings in the coastal waters of western Victoria and southeast South Australia, between Cape Otway and Kangaroo Island.... [more]
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Invader Sea Squirt no joke for NSW Far South Coast
Dept Primary Industries NSW,
Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW officers have launched an investigation into a suspected outbreak of a devastating exotic marine pest on the NSW Far South Coast.... [more]
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Cash back on BR24 Broadband Radar
Sandman PR,
Retail customers who purchase a Simrad or Lowrance BR24 Broadband Radar from April through July will receive $400 cash back! Designed for use with Simrad NX / NSE Series multifunction displays, Glass Bridge integrated helm stations and Lowrance High-Definition System (HDS), the BR24 is the world's first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome.... [more]
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Top three Easter Boating Safety tips from Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus - Marine Rescue NSW,
Marine Rescue NSW offers three Safety Tips for safe boating over the Easter break. The Easter period is often the last chance for many skippers to get in some boating before the days get shorter and the seas become colder. Marine Rescue has over 2,400 trained members and proven boating safety procedures ready to help keep every skipper, boat and their passengers in the marine rescue Safety Net.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Brazilian Grand Prix - Triple delight for Fazza
Class 1,
Class 1 Powerboat Brazilian Grand Prix - Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi completed a hat-trick of wins, winning race 2 of the Brazilian Grand Prix to take a maximum 40 points from round one of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd introduces the Flare Half Zip
Burke Marine,
Henri Lloyd's technical clothing range introduces a new range of lightweight warm wear options in the Knitted Insulation category. One of these is the Henri Lloyd Flare ½ Zip, a light weight, high performance insulation without the weight or bulk of traditional fleece style jackets... [more]
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Tropical North Queensland open for business
Jeni Bone,
Cyclone Ului devastated the Whitsunday region last week, leaving in his wake millions of dollars in damage and businesses that will find it tough to recover in time for the Easter break, and the lucrative winter season. But it's hoped a campaign in southern states will assuage the fears of tourists and show them that despite the damage, it's still 'beautiful one day, perfect the next'.... [more]
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'Absolutely Positively' action packed Wellington Offshore Powerboats
Cathy Vercoe,
The talking was done on the water with the Bakewell-White designed Team Doosan winning by half a lap from Team 3 and one lap from Fairview Windows and Doors. It was a race was full of action and some near disasters, with Fairview completing a 360 degree barrel roll on lap 3 to land the right way up. It was amazing that the crew managed to get the boat going and made a creditable third place.... [more]
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German Stefan Hagin to join Atlantic Team in Sl 60 Class
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship for power boating is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary season. The new introductory series to the tour, will hi-lite young, upcoming drivers, who are developing towards their dream of driving in the ultimate class of racing on water.... [more]
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Fazza 3 dominates Class 1 World Powerboat Brazilian Grand Prix Race 1
Class 1,
A phenomenal performance by Fazza 3 saw them leave the field behind to dominate from start-to-finish to win race 1 of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the opening round of 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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Adelaide to host massive boat and adventure show
Premier Productions,
For the first time in Adelaide, outdoor adventurers can experience all the excitement of a 4WD and Adventure show and the glory of a world-class Boat and Fishing Show in one massive event, 15-17 October at Adelaide Showground.... [more]
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Brazilian Grand Prix Edox Pole Position for Fazza 3,
The opening Edox Pole Position of the season, saw a dominant performance from Fazza 3's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, posting the fastest time to take pole position for this afternoon's Race 1 of the Brazilian Grand Prix.... [more]
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Optical system promises to revolutionize undersea communications
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and engineers have devised an undersea optical communications system that—complemented by acoustics—enables a virtual revolution in high-speed undersea data collection and transmission.... [more]
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Class 1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Fazza 3 fastest time in opening practice
Class 1 News,
The first official practice session of the 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, saw reigning World Champions Fazza 3 carry on where they left off last season, producing a set of stunning laps. The all-Norwegian crew of Tandberg and Selmer in Welmax went second fastest, with Fazza 1's Al Marri and Al Mehairbi going third quickest.... [more]
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Vale Garry John Schipper
John Curnow,
Garry John Schipper passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, March 24, 2010 after a three-year battle with cancer. Our condolences go out to his wife Jan, sons Clint and Justin, along with his entire extended family. The big man of sea safety had a huge sailing career around Australia since his late teens.... [more]
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NSW Maritime patrols to target speeding over Easter long weekend
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime patrols will be targeting speed on the water during the Easter long weekend, one of the busiest periods of the boating season... [more]
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Better Boating Grant upgrades Picnic Point, The Entrance
Natalie Laharnar,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay and Member for The Entrance, Grant McBride, today inspected the newly finished Picnic Point Boat Ramp. Mr McLeay said the NSW Government had given Wyong Shire Council $175,000 in funding towards major upgrades to the boat ramp and boating facilities at Picnic Point, The Entrance.... [more]
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Are your flares out of date?
NSW Maritime,
Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date. Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay and Member for Wyong, David Harris, today visited Norah Head's popular coastal boat ramp to raise awareness to the issue of out-of-date flares. Flares are classed as explosives and expire after three years then they need to be disposed of properly... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show promises big year ahead
Strong early bookings for the 50th Annual Melbourne Boat Show promise a booming year for recreational boating in Victoria.... [more]
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Guido Cappellini gets second start in Class 1
Class 1 Powerboat,
Guido Cappellini, will get his second start in the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. Cappellini will take the wheel in the Michael Peters-designed Mercury V8-powered Tencara, Duemme Yacht - Foresti e Suardi, alongside fellow-Italian and experienced throttleman, Giampaolo Montavoci, a veteran of 92 races who achieved his best overall finish in the World Championship standings last season in fou... [more]
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Aust seabird ecologist wins prestigious marine conservation award
Australian Antarctic Division,
Seabird ecologist, Dr Ben Sullivan, has won a $150 000 PEW Fellowship in Marine Conservation to continue his work on seabird bycatch mitigation and reduction, and safer fishing practices, in pelagic longline and trawl fisheries.... [more]
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Kiwi world champion Sam Harvey wins NZ title on Sea-Doo
Kate Gordon,
World champion Sam Harvey added another title to his CV when he won the open class at the 2010 Woodbine Marine Sea-Doo® BRP New Zealand Jet Sport Nationals run on Rotorua's Blue Lakes earlier this month.... [more]
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Stacer lifts its game - again!
Bob Wonders,
Latest range of aluminium boats from Stacer show a ton of class. With its 2010 offerings, Stacer has actually released three totally new models and made comprehensive alterations and upgrades to 22 others.... [more]
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