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  30 Apr 2010

Editorial, April 29, 2010.

Time marches on, and it's hard to believe that we're looking the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show ‘in the face' so to speak.

Last year was one never to forget, as the Queensland Gold Coast turned particularly nasty weather-wise with enough wind and rain to destroy any boat show. Hopefully, the weather we're enjoying now, mild, sunny days with slight breezes, will stay with us for the next three weeks.

On with the news, Sydney this weekend sees the 74th running of the famous Bridge to Bridge powerboat classic along Australia's favourite boating race course, the winding Hawkesbury River north west of the city. Many of the quickest boats in the land will be out to conquer that winding course.

Sadly, we also report on the coronial inquest into the loss of a mate, Peter Eagle, who died in 2008 when trapped beneath his overturned boat on Sydney Harbour. Perhaps it's not for me to say, but I think the NSW Deputy Coroner gave the only real result possible, death by misadventure.

Now, it's said that one should never laugh at those less fortunate, but take a look at a story, courtesy of UK newspaper The Sun.

There was this fellow, see, undertaking what he thought was a circumnavigation of Great Britain. Unfortunately, he was only circling a small island off the coast of Kent; he had no charts (told Coast Guard rescuers he did not know what they were!) no navigation equipment and ran out of fuel.

I doubt you can read this story without a chuckle or three.

Back on a serius note, boating enthusiasts will be familiar with the name Fairline. This is a marque among the finest to come out of the UK, and we bring you a preview of three new models scheduled for release at both the Sanctuary Cove and Sydney International Boat Shows.

Pick any complimentary adjective you'd care to and it will suit these quite superb vessels.

Enjoy the read, and don't forget, we top up with the latest news as we go, so keep on dropping by.

Bob Wonders

NSW Deputy Coroner declares ski racer's death 'a freak accident'
Bob Wonders,
NSW Deputy State Coroner, Hugh Dillon, conducting the hearing into the incident, said 'there's no human agent who can be blamed for this.' He found that Eagle, 51, drowned after the boat ‘flipped' at high speed when it hit a series of large waves caused by a passing tug boat towing a barge.... [more]
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A novice sailor? Boy, they got that right
Bob Wonders,
His name has not been made public, but his chances of winning a role as a navigator are down to two – incredibly slim and none!... [more]
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All set for the staging of Australia's most iconic powerboat race
Bob Wonders,
The starters include powerboat race record holder Ricky Howard, who in his hydroplane ‘Hyperactive' in 2008 became the first to break the 30 minute mark, covering the 112 (approx) distance along the winding river in an astonishing 29 minutes, 47 seconds.... [more]
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North South Yachting become Greenline Hybrid importers for Australia
North South Yachting,
North South Yachting (NSY) is proud to announce their appointment as Greenline Hybrid importers for Australia. Lauded as the most exciting new boat to emerge worldwide in 2010, the Greenline is the first truly hybrid power boat utilising a combination of solar, electric and diesel power.... [more]
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World Smallest PLB (EPIRB) available from e-marineworld
Robin Reiger,
Sailing and Motor Boating are thrilling sports which brings pleasure to millions around the world. Whether you are heading across your local lake, or sailing across the Ocean you should be carrying a Fast Find. Keep the Fast Find with you at all times, in a pocket or pouch. You and your fellow crew members will have peace of mind of knowing that if something happens to you, or to the boat, you can... [more]
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Kohler Power Trophy up for grabs at Big Boat Race
Cathy Vercoe,
Auckland's waterfront will resound with the sound of throbbing V8s and roaring big block engines on Saturday the 8th May when big production boats from all parts of Auckland assemble on the water by the Hilton Hotel to compete in the inaugural Kohler Power Big Boat Race.... [more]
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Fairline Squadron 65' – named UK's Motor Boat of the Year
Bob Wonders,
Visitors to the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove (May 20-23) and Sydney International (July 29-August 2) Boat Shows will have the opportunity to inspect the stunning award winner.... [more]
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Austal launches 107m ferry for Malta
Austal has successfully launched Maltese operator Virtu Ferries' new 107 metre high speed vehicle-passenger catamaran “Jean de la Valette” at its Western Australian facilities.... [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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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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Gympie businesses voice concern over Marine Park
Marine Qld,
In the Gympie region of SE Queensland, marine businesses are preparing to take action to prevent the implementation of a marine park covering in excess of 13,000kmĀ² of water on their doorstep.... [more]
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Plans for PIMEX 2011 now under full sail
Andy Dowden,
PIMEX 2010 was a great success and plans are now in full swings for the Phuket International Boat Show 2011, Asia's Favourite Boat Show.... [more]
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NSW Murray River safety review
Paul McLeay MP,
Following a high number of incidents and fatalities, safety on the Murray River and Lakes Hume and Mulwala are under review.... [more]
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Riviera emerges from administration and looks to the future
Jeni Bone,
Riviera, one of Australia's largest boatbuilders, has been withdrawn from sale by its bankers to allow the Gold Coast-based business further time to rebuild after falling into administration last year. The reaction from customers, dealers and staff has been universally positive, as CEO, John Anderson explains.... [more]
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Louisades Rally welcomes powerboats
Jeni Bone,
The Louisades Rally to the magnificent islands of Papua New Guinea is organised by EcoSustainAbility, run by Guy Chester, himself an intrepid sailor of over 35 years experience. Chester says the aim of the Rally is “to have fun and leave the places and people in a better state than when we arrived.... [more]
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Peters & May enhances network with strategic partner in Middle East
Saltwater PR,
Peters & May, a world leader in the provision of marine logistics, has appointed Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C (CSS) as its agent for the Middle East.... [more]
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Two in a row for Delma Marine Team
Dubai International Marine Club,
Delma Marine flourished in the perfect conditions at Dubai International Marine Club yesterday to win a thrilling race, their second victory in as many races of the Dubai Wooden Powerboat Championships.... [more]
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Massive Southern Ocean current discovered
A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more]
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Kennedy Shipwright - Terrara 18 Picnic Boat
Harbourside Media,
Life is definitely one big picnic aboard the Terrara 18 that is built in Nowra on the NSW South Coast. This classically styled boat was moulded from an original 65-year-old river fishing boat and the rest, they say, is history.... [more]
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Team Three thunder to win at Marsden Cove
Cathy Vercoe,
'Never count your chickens till they're hatched' could be the catch phrase of several classes at the seventh round of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats, as several of the teams that had looked secure at the top of the table ran into problems and allowed those chasing at their heels to pick up valuable points.... [more]
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JPU Racing to honour fallen friend Dave Bryant
Greg Salvatore,
When Dave Bryant died tragically in a boat race in Australia on April 4th, Arizona lost a tremendous racer, a local business pillar and a man who was beloved in the racing community.... [more]
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Stupidity and deception leads to good behaviour bond for Mernda man
DPI Media,
Attempts to avoid Fisheries Officers were unsuccessful and a Mernda man was charged with exceeding the bag limit for snapper at St Kilda in December last year.... [more]
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Sibex – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show – November 2010
Yubo Exhibition Group and Grand Pavois Organisation joined forces with the major references of boating to promote, enhance and develop this rendezvous towards a population in search of a new recreational hobby: boating. The goal: make 'Sibex - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show with GPO as Strategic Partner,' a benchmark for International boat shows in China and Asia.... [more]
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Sailing away: Simpson Marine sells dreams to super-rich
Global Times,
Beijing's luxury magazines like to run aspirational photos of tanned beautiful people draped across the deck of a yacht. China has been building new marinas for the yachts of the capital's tycoons and state sailing teams, according to Robin Wyatt, brand manager and senior broker for Azimut, an Italian brand yacht, at Simpson Marine.... [more]
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Taiwanese yacht builders to make Kaohsiung production stronghold
Emma Tseng and Deborah Kuo, Focus Taiwan,
Taiwanese yacht builders signed a letter of intent with the Kaohsiung city government Thursday to increase their investment in Kaohsiung and take advantage of plans that the city government has mapped out to facilitate their development.... [more]
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