A Tough Week but good stuff ahead

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  09 Apr 2010

A tough week but good stuff ahead

What a tough week – as regular readers would be aware, we lost two of our own kind at Taree, in northern NSW last weekend when Aussie Brian McCosker and American Dave Bryant were killed doing what they did best, driving quick powerboats.

After expressing sympathy and sadness, there's really little anyone can say, except, perhaps, that's racing. They will be remembered.

Sadness aside, a busy week as usual and I for one, one of many, I dare say, am more than a little concerned that the American EPA is considering lifting the amount of ethanol in fuel from 10 percent to 15 percent, a 50 percent increase. As US boat owners point out, this is under consideration without any thought given by the EPA to the effect such an increase would or could have on older engines. We shall keep you informed.

Fairview Windows and Doors flies at the 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed  Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com
The greatest free show in New Zealand is on this weekend - the Whitianga Festival of Speed - being staged, naturally enough, at Whitianga Waterways.

In this edition we have the full details of the event, but check with the website www.whitiangafos.com

The program is constantly being refined, but there is an event for everyone - from a round of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship, to fast launch racing, helicopter versus car, powerboat and jetski.

There are also tours running of the Waterways themselves - a unique chance to view these waterside properties from their best side - the waterfront. The tours are conducted from the quiet of an eco-steamer and give you an opportunity to see how the concept of having your boat at the bottom of your garden can really work. There are some great deals going for the Whitianga Festival of Speed - which can be stretched for a little while beyond. So make the most of this opportunity.

All you need to know is here

In other news, Andrew Short Marine has now been confirmed as the sole Sea Ray dealer for Australia's largest city, Sydney and we reveal the best place on the planet to pick up a used or rebuilt outboard engine.

Arizona Outboard Wreckers, on the NSW Central Coast, sells more than 250 used engines every year and carries in excess of 50,000 components and spare parts. For our American friends, don't get too excited, the company is so called because it's situated on an Arizona Road, not because it‘s in Arizona, next door to California. However around a quarter of its business is on line and its a rare part you need then i can be sent anywhere, even of corse to Arizona.

For fans of offshore racing, Newcastle, about 160 kms north of Sydney, is the venue this weekend for the opening round of the 2010 Offshore Superboat Championships. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that you'll find all the results, together with some classic action photos, right here on Powerboat-World.

If you stop by regularly (if you don't, get with it, this is where it all happens) you have probably kept an eye on the competitions we run periodically?

Let me tell you, do not miss our current one; you could be the one with the biggest ‘smile on the dial' thanks to the $300,000 ‘carrot' we're tempting you with.

See what I mean? Powerboat-World is where all the action takes place, not just this week, but every week, so make this your permanent on-line stop over.

Bob Wonders

Two Race drivers killed - Powerboat racing community in mourning
Bob Wonders,
Two lives tragically lost on the Manning River. Tony Walsh, former president of the Australian Power Boat Association (APBA) and a close friend of both men, was understandably shattered at the loss of what he termed 'two fine men and fine competitors.'... [more]
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Used outboard engines? Arizona Outboards online for you
Bob Wonders,
Arizona Wrecks are not in Arizona USA, but in Australia -the NSW, Central Coast company has more than 50,000 outboard spares in stock. Steve Lockyer, 57, can certainly claim to know his trade; he served an apprenticeship as a marine technician with the former Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) and has been around boats and engines for most of his life.... [more]
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Marine Auctions comes to the Queensland Gold Coast
Bob Wonders,
Runaway Bay Marina to host its first event staged by Marine Auctions. Vessels up for auction on Saturday range from a 12' canoe through to a 4200 Mustang Sports Cruiser with only 180 hours on its engines.... [more]
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Bar Day to prepare boaties for safe crossings
Don Scandrett,
Boaties who cross either the Manukau Harbour or Raglan Harbour bars are being invited to attend a Coastguard organized Bar Awareness Day on Sunday April 18. Coastguard units from Manukau, Waiuku and Raglan will be running the Bar Day to not only help boaties to better understand just how dangerous crossing harbour bars can be but to also highlight how important it is that they prepare whenever... [more]
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The 2010 Sydney International Boat Show – it's closer than you think
Bob Wonders,
Only 111 days to the Southern Hemisphere's 1 boat show. The Sydney International Boat Show is a member of the prestigious International Federation of Boat Show organisers (IFBSO), an organisation which recognises the first rate management, promotion and presentation of the exhibition.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine named Sydney's sole Sea Ray dealer
Bob Wonders,
Sydney's largest marine dealership is definitely on the move. Andrew Short Marine CEO Kylie Short says the four prime sites makes the company 'by far' the largest marine industry sales and service centre in NSW.... [more]
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Big change to the nation's gasoline supply awaits EPA approval
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will decide on whether to allow a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply, from the current E10 (or containing 10% ethanol) up to E15 (containing 15% ethanol).... [more]
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The Latest Powerboat-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000
Since 2000 we've been running online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Boater have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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R Marine Queensland Takes Riviera Owners to Kooringal
Stephen Milne,
A fleet of 21 Rivieras recently embarked on the 70 nautical mile round journey from the Gold Coast north to Moreton Island via Canaipa Passage. Randall Jones and the team from R Marine Queensland led 57 Riviera owners and their families to Kooringal, meaning ‘by the water', which is a small township located at the southern tip of Moreton Island.... [more]
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Now in Broadband: Acoustic Imaging of the Ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed two advanced broadband acoustic systems that they believe could represent the acoustic equivalent of the leap from black-and-white television to high-definition color TV.... [more]
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UIM takes lead as motorsport world governing bodies strengthen
Polygon Marketing,
An historic first meeting of the four leading motorsport world governing bodies (FIA, FIM, FAI and UIM) took place on the 27th March at the Automobile Club de Monaco.... [more]
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First win for Extreme Marine
Dubai International Marine Club,
Extreme Marine wins Heat one of the UIM Xcat Middle East Championship at Dubai International Marine Club in the first of four rounds of the Championship.... [more]
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Going to the Whitianga Festival of Speed this weekend - Read this!
Just three days to go until the Festival of Speed – have you booked your accommodation yet? If not, please visit www.whitiangafos.com and click on accommodation tag. Here's all you need to know about attending the Whitianga Festival of Speed this weekend... [more]
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Offshore Powerboats set to rampage at the Whitianga Festival of Speed
Cathy Vercoe,
Fast and furious racing can be expected again from the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats as they compete in the scenic but challenging waters of Mercury Bay during the 2010 Whitianga Festival of Speed being held this coming weekend. Last year's race saw boats flying over a two metre swell, providing plenty of excitement and entertainment for the spectators along the foreshore. Last year... [more]
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National Oil Spill response activated on Great Barrier Reef
QLD Gov - Minister Anna Bligh,
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today said the State and Federal governments were working together to assess how best to salvage the Shen Neng 1 and limit further oil seepage into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.... [more]
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Second powerboat racing death at Taree
Yesterday one of the best known powerboat racers 61 year old Brian McCosker of Tamworth was killed when his Blown Alcohol Displacement (BAD) open cockpit racing powerboat flipped during a race at the Taree Aquatic Boat Club regatta on the Manning River. Today another shocking accident in the same division when American driver Dave Bryant flipped She's the Culprit at an estimated 240km per hour.... [more]
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Class 1 Brazilian Grand Prix video
Video clip from the Class 1 Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend... [more]
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Xcat Middle East Championship - Twenty plus teams to race first round
Sharon Allison,
Twenty plus XCat teams to race in the first round of the 2010 Xcat Middle East Championship organized by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) on Tuesday 6th April.... [more]
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Hope for the future with mighty solar yacht
Sail-World Cruising/the Guardian.,
Everything begins with a dream, and the world's largest ever solar yacht is no different. Called Turanor, which is borrowed from Tolkien's famed 'Lord of the Rings' and means 'power of the sun', the yacht's goal is to circumnavigate the world in - no not 80, like Phileas Fogg, maybe that'll be the next dream - but in 160 days..... [more]
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Driver killed in powerboat race – Taree
One of Australia's best known power boat racers has been killed while participating in the annual Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club's Easter Classic powerboat race yesterday afternoon.... [more]
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Class 1 Brazilian Grand Prix - Hard work pays off for Welmax Alianza
Class 1 Powerboat,
A sixth-place finish for Welmax (Alianza's Giorgio Manuzzi and Marit Stromoy) at the 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Brazilian Grand Prix was deemed a huge success by their team of mechanics who had spent a very long week working hard on the boat.... [more]
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Pest fish is still a threat in Northern NSW
NSW Dept I & I,
A popular aquarium fish on the loose in northern NSW, continues to put native fish populations at risk, Melissa Walker, Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW Acting Manager Aquatic Biosecurity and Risk Management, said today.... [more]
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Scientists warn 'Evil twin' threatens world's oceans
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The rise in human emissions of carbon dioxide is driving fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry and ecosystems of the world's oceans, international marine scientists warned... [more]
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Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea?
Peter Idoine,
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk... [more]
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