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  23 Apr 2010

Boating News from the Asia-Pacific and beyond

Well, looks like offshore powerboat racing in Australia has hit what might be termed ‘a jackpot'. We can announce exclusively that Steve Curtis, MBE, the sport's number one throttleman and holder of eight Class one World Championships, is scheduled to race in Australia with his current team, Qatar 96 driver, Sheilk Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani.

The pair will take on Australia's best at Mackay Townsville in two rounds of the Offshore Superboat Championships in late June, early July. Still on offshore racing, the Super Boat International Miami Grand Prix was called off after only two laps due to horrendous seas pounding in off the Atlantic Ocean.

We publish some great images sent to us by Rodrick Cox, don't miss checking them out.

Up in Singapore, my favourite South-East Asian city, plans are well advanced for the formation of an Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association.

Back to offshore racing, and the New Zealand Offshore Powerboats compete this weekend for the Stace Hopper Memorial Cup at Marsden Cove.

And for those likely to visit the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show, you'll be among the first to see Yanmar's exciting new stern drive unit, the ZT350, set for an Australian release at the show.

That's only the cream on the cake – as usual, if it's happening on the waterways of the world and if it's well, interesting, right here on the Powerboat-World site is where you'll be kept right up-to-date.

Enjoy the stop over and keep us firmly in mind whenever you're wandering the web.

Bob Wonders

Offshore racing Champions to contest Australian races
Bob Wonders,
Qatar team, including eight-time Class 1 World champion Steve Curtis in Australian visit. Steve Curtis, 45, has been described as the sport's 'most celebrated racer'; he has won more GP events (40) and Pole Positions (45) than any other competitor, collecting along the way an astonishing eight Class 1 World Championships.... [more]
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India welcomes first marina
Ocean Blue,
Ocean Blue Marinas, the company behind India's first marina at the Bolgatty Island in Kochi announces the inauguration of KTDC's 'Kochi International Marina', to take place on April 24, 2010 at 6pm.... [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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Nautical Knowledge – What every boater needs to know to keep safe
Jim Murrant,
The knowledge every boater needs, whether cruising or racing, offshore or inshore.... [more]
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Super Boat International - Miami offshore racing hampered by big seas
Bob Wonders,
Eight to 10' seas and continued rain squalls forced organisers to consider the safety of crews first and foremost and the race was abandoned after two laps. In what may seem a classic understatement, John Carbonell, president of Super Boat International, said the conditions made things 'very difficult.'... [more]
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Thunder at Marsden Cove – Racing spectacle from NZ's top powerboats
Cathy Vercoe,
The New Zealand Offshore Powerboats compete this weekend for the Stace Hopper Memorial Cup at Marsden Cove. Stace, the son of Leigh and Gwen Hopper of Hopper Property Developments, was the key project manager in the development of the Marsden Cove Marina Waterways, and was killed recently in an aircraft accident. He was an avid motorsport competitor, in both cars and boats and was involved with th... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association – the next step
Superyacht Singapore Association,
A meeting to discuss the formation of an Asia Pacific-wide Superyacht Association took place during the recent Singapore Boat Show (Boat Asia) on 16 April and was kindly hosted by the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Attracting 40 people from more than 16 countries, the outcome of the meeting gave unanimous support for the immediate formation of the Association.... [more]
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Yanmar diesels – the ‘magic' remains
Bob Wonders,
High-tech stern drive unit engineered for Yanmar diesel engines. Performance in both single and dual engine installations is enhanced thanks to the larger rudder dimensions employed which offer superior handing and manoeuvrability.... [more]
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An Epic Tale - Andrew Palfrey's journey to the UK from Spain
Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey,
Professional sailor and coach and raconteur Australia's Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey tells a great story- grab a coffee and enjoy this... Currently moving across the European continent, dealing with the volcanic ash interruptions to air travel. Have been reflecting on how I got into this 'sitchie'. One thing I have is time. So I started jotting down some thoughts.... [more]
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Round the Island Race delivered live to the world
PR Works UK,
The Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management are introducing live GPS tracking for all boats taking part in the 2010 Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June. First announced at the London Boat Show in January, the Race organisers have been working hard over the past few months to refine and thoroughly test the technology.... [more]
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Powerboat action resumes at Marsden Cove, this weekend 24 April
Richard Gladwell,
The Marsden Cove Offshore Powerboat race will be staged at Marsden Cove this Saturday, 24 April. As always there is a full programme organised around the race start at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 April.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Solitary Islands Marine Park zoning update
The Office of Minister Sartor,
Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor and Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan have announced the next stage of the Solitary Islands Marine Park Zoning Plan review, stating that they have taken onboard community feedback concerning Marine Parks and any threats to recreational and commercial fishing.... [more]
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New Ethanol fuel treatment video
Homeport Marine,
Bob Izumi, Canada's most successful tournament angler, fishing author, seminar speaker, conservationist, outdoor television and radio personality is the host of a new CRC Industries video highlighting the benefits of the company's PHASEGUARD4® Ethanol Fuel Treatment.... [more]
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Joystick control for shaft-drive boats - the Twin Disc game changer
Denby Browning,
Twin Disc has unveiled its new Express Joystick System (EJS), describing it as the smoothest, most cost-effective slow-speed manoeuvring system for leisure and commercial boats.... [more]
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Auto-inflating PFD for greater safety
Mercury has released an all-new Auto-inflating Personal Floatation Device (PFD) to provide an additional level of safety to boat lovers.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour tragedy - man dead after boat sinks
Sail-World Cruising,
Tourists onboard the Matilda cruise boat were horrified to find three men and an eight-year-old boy floating in Sydney Harbour last night. One of the men was unconscious. Those on board the well-known pleasure cruiser quickly called the police. In the meantime they lifted the child from the water.... [more]
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Anglers have a new guiding light to inland waters
DPI Media,
Victorian anglers have long been familiar with the Guide to Inland Angling Waters of Victoria, which was first written and published in 1976.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show draws international attention
The 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has drawn increased international attention with buoyant exhibitor numbers and keen interest from delegations... [more]
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Algae biofuel – fuel for the future
Media Services,
Researchers from the University of Southampton have been selected by the Carbon Trust to join a ‘UK dream team' of top scientists to find world beating formula for algae biofuel.... [more]
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Online advertising- fastest and cheapest way to reach marine audiences
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Around the world more sailors, boaters and marine industry readers obtain their news information online than in all the yachting and marine industry magazines combined. Event organisers and Clubs, brokers, agents, manufacturers, and suppliers should look at allocating significant promotional and advertising budgets to on-line marine media.... [more]
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Failure to dredge the Gold Coast could cost lives
Jeni Bone,
While most of the media coverage and debate in State Parliament and Council chambers focus on the financial cost of dredging on the Gold Coast waterways, marine services and businesses are more concerned about loss of revenue and potential loss of life if the bar crossings are not relieved of sand soon.... [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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