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  14 Apr 2010

Editorial April 14, 2010

An extremely busy week in the Powerboat-World newsroom, but hopefully we've uncovered all the news to keep our boat audience in the loop.

On the Queensland Gold Coast, Princess Yachts Australia has opened its doors at the Hope Island Marina, Riviera advises they are no longer for sale and a bevy of Mustang owners have gathered at the Sanctuary Cove Marina in support of the manufacturer, who have for second time struck trouble.

Up in Shanghai, China's International Boat Show has awarded the first Asian Marine and Boating Awards and generated strong interest and strong sales and we offer a tour of the superb, high-tech plant in Japan where the excellent Yanmar diesel engines are produced.

Don't forget our competition; you have to be in it to win it and at $300,000 (we're not cheapskates here at Powerboat-World) who could resist?

In Tamworth, a city in the New England region of NSW, mourners turned out in force to bid farewell to powerboat racing legend Brian McCosker, tragically lost when his boat overturned at Taree, on the northern NSW coast.

Further south, in the Victorian bay side city of Geelong, organisers of the Australian Formula Powerboat Association's third round of the Grand Prix were forced to cancel racing due to winds described as ‘mini cyclones.' To race in such conditions could have again led to a tragedy similar to Taree and organisers took the only decision possible.

Strong winds, too, were the order of the day off the NSW port city Newcastle when the Offshore Superboat Championships opened the 2010 season. The big racers were not as subject to problems as the smaller tunnel boats and handled the conditions professionally, with that most professional team. Maritimo, claiming a 1-2 result in Class 1.

It's also happening across the ditch with the New Zealand Offshore titles at Whitianga and we've got new on the exciting jet sprinters as well.

It all happens here at Powerboat-World, we don't make the news, but we try very hard to ensure we don't miss any, either.

Enjoy the read and make stopping off a regular occurrence as we update it when it happens.

Bob Wonders

CIBS Asian Marine & Boating Awards at Four Seasons, Shanghai
Alistair Skinner, AMBA Media,
The ‘great and good' of the Chinese boating industry gathered in the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom in Shanghai on Thursday evening for the Louis XIII-sponsored China International Boat Show (CIBS) Gala Dinner to honour the winners of the Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards. The combination of a quality venue and a quality sponsor ensured that it was – undoubtedly – a great success... [more]
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Princess Yachts - powering ahead in Australia and New Zealand
Bob Wonders,
Princess Yachts, widely recognised as one of the world leaders in luxury motor yachts and sport yachts, has confirmed a firm commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets... [more]
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Swarfega-Premier One Products makes first appearance with Jetsprint
Noel Selby,
The Swarfega/Premier One products have arrive on the V8 Jetsprint scene, in a splash of colour and excitement finishing sixth in the first round.... [more]
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Offshore power-boat racers encounter blustery winds off Newcastle
Bob Wonders,
Offshore racers encounter blustery winds off Newcastle. Thirteen boats in four classes gathered off the port city for the opening round.... [more]
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Brian McCosker - Farewell to a racing legend and a great bloke
Bob Wonders,
More than 1000 people turned in the New England city of Tamworth last Monday to farewell Brian McCosker, tragically lost when his powerboat overturned at high speed on the Manning River, at Taree the previous week.... [more]
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Mustang owners show their support
Bob Wonders,
Party time at Sanctuary Cove as the Mustang faithful gather. Mustang CEO Chris Heaton and Queensland dealer principal Carl Kellett joined the more than 85-strong throng which comprised owners, families, friends and staff from the boat manufacturer.... [more]
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34 kayaks and a trip to Tonga up for grabs at Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Mike Rose,
Visitors to this year's Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland on May 13-16 will have the chance to win a huge selection of prizes including a $1000 kayak package every hour, a $7600 trip for two to Tonga and rides in one of the world's fastest jet boats! A $1000 Viking kayak package will be drawn every hour from 12 noon until the show closes on each of the four days... [more]
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Marine Auctions achieves success 'above expectations'
Bob Wonders,
Late negotiations could see auction achive a 100 percent result. The auction resulted in sales approaching $700,000, with the vast majority of the 20 or so vessels offered for sale ‘snapped up.'... [more]
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Suzuki revamps Service School
Haines Group,
Suzuki Marine has launched its newly refreshed service school, now located at The Haines Group's recently refurbished state of the art facility in Wacol, Brisbane.... [more]
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Peter Gilmour visits YANMAR's Engine Plant
Tomoko Murata,
YANMAR is the official sponsor of YANMAR Racing, a professional sailing team led by Peter Gilmour. renowned around the world as a Match Racing skipper. Since 2009, YANMAR Racing has been participating in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), a series of international match racing regattas certified by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) along with America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2010 exceeds RMB300m sales
CIBS Media,
The 4-day China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2010 closed on Sunday in the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. More than 400 brands took part in the show with 252 boats displayed plus 126 boat models. The trade value broke the record of RMB300m.... [more]
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Formula Powerboat Grand Prix - powerboats blown away
Bob Wonders,
'Mini cyclone' forces cancellation of Formula Powerboat Grand Prix. Wind, which can cause a Formula boat to break clear of the water surface and go ‘sky high' is the sport's major nemesis.... [more]
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Beaufort Scale - wind and sea conditions
Nancy Knudsen,
' there we were in a Force 8..' 'A what?' '..a Force 8, and the winch jammed...' 'What's a Force 8 mate?' 'It's a bloody big wind - where do you come from?' 'Australia.' 'I see old chap - that explains it. Now can I get on with my story?'... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed a Roaring Success
Cathy Vercoe,
Whitianga turned on a fantastic weekend for the Festival of Speed as the town roared into life with spectacular displays of powerboats, cars, planes, offroad vehicles, bikes and, believe it or not lawnmowers! The town resounded with the sound of roaring engines, throbbing V8s and the smell of high octane fuel.... [more]
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Spectacular Power Boat racing in Whitianga Festival of Speed
Cathy Vercoe,
Whitianga turned on a fantastic day for the NZ Offshore Powerboats when they raced in Mercury Bay as part of the Whitianga Festival of Speed. The Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship was held in near perfect conditions with light winds, brilliant sunshine and a gentle one metre swell.... [more]
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UIM X-Cats - Two in a row for Extreme Marine in Dubai
Middleeast Events,
There was a 1-2-3 for the UAE in the second round of the UIM X-Cats Middle East Powerboat Championship yesterday (Saturday) as Rashid Al Marri and Salam Fadel Al Hamli clinched a second straight win in Extreme Marine 11 narrowly ahead of world champions Nader Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zafeen in Fazza 3.... [more]
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Shotover Jet sets sights on Formula 1 motor racing
Southern PR,
New Zealand's Shotover Jet has announced its intention to pit itself against the world's best by endeavouring to enter a team in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.... [more]
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F1 H2O - Team Abu Dhabi unveils their new paint design
Philippe Stiernon / F1 H2O,
The race organization that conquered the Team Title but came up short in earning a World Title for one of its drivers last season, Team Abu Dhabi, is going to great lengths to change that result for the 2010 season. Their first step in turning their luck around is the unveiling of their new paint design on their two boat fleet... [more]
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Chinese yacht firms set sail in the domestic market
Wang Ying, China Daily,
During the financial crisis that eroded international yacht orders, shipbuilder Zhangzhou Yihong Yacht Industrial Co Ltd turned adversity into advantage by transforming itself from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for an Italian yacht brand into a manufacturer of its own brand, the Sea Stella.... [more]
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Ferretti Yachts presence at China International Boat Show
Ferretti Group,
The Ferretti Group, a world leader within the sphere of the design, construction and sale of luxury motoryachts encompassing a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world, will be present at the upcoming 15th China International Boat Show in Shanghai from the eighth to 11th April.... [more]
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Riviera Officially Withdrawn from Sale
Stephen Milne,
Over the past six months a number of domestic and international parties have been in discussions with the Receivers and Managers regarding the possible purchase of Riviera. After extensive consideration, the secured debt holders have elected to formerly withdraw the business from the sale process electing over the medium term to continue to rebuild the business.... [more]
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Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Vale Ken Lusty: New Zealand marine industry stalwart
Mike Rose PR,
Ken Lusty, a stalwart of the New Zealand marine industry, died at his home in Stillwater on Tuesday evening. He was one of the few to excel in both marine sports: yachting and powerboat racing, and then went on to found the country's largest marine distribution company and was also instrumental in the establishment of a strong marine industry association.... [more]
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CRS Yachts to show new Fairline models at Sanctuary Cove
CRS Yachts,
CRS Yachts, exclusive dealers of Fairline Motor Yachts and Ocean Alexander, will deliver an impressive and unique experience for visitors at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, held from 20 to 23 May 2010 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, with the Australian launch of three new generation Fairline motor yachts, the Fairline Pavilion, and an exclusive arrival and departure service for current and prospect... [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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