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  12 Jun 2010

Editorial, June 11, 2010

Our tentacles reach far and wide, across the world, in fact, and another week of interesting reading.

Round two of the Offshore Superboat Championships is fast approaching and all the crews involved are looking forward to testing their mettle against two of the best in Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and the legendary Englishman Steve Curtis, MBE, with an amazing eight world Class 1 titles to his credit.

We also reveal that the outstanding Japanese diesel engine manufacturer, Yanmar, is set to unveil a brand new engine aimed at the recreational boater when the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show (July 29-August 2) open the doors at Darling Harbour.

In addition to that, we catch up with a current Yanmar owner who could not be happier that he re-powered his Sunseeker with the company's proven engines.

Good news from the NSW Government, too, with Premier Kristine Keneally announcing $25.9 million in funds to upgrade Sydney Harbour and other state waterways.

Talk about appropriate names – the NSW Government is also warning boaters about the effect of hypothermia when out on the waterways during winter – the warning has been named Operation Cold Water!

Elsewhere, the dreadful oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made headlines worldwide.

Take a look at the damage caused through the eyes of top US angler Bill Nicholas.

Finally, don't be backwards in coming forward – you're still in with a chance to win a 12 month subscription to the fantastic PredictWind Professional – it's worth $1000.00.

Read on, friends, and don't overlook the chance of dropping by regularly as we gather and disseminate all the good powerboat news from around this wonderful world or ours.

Bob Wonders

Operation Cold Water - Targeting Hypothermia
Natalie Laharnar,
NSW Minister for Ports and Waterways Paul McLeay today reminded people that hypothermia is one of the hazards of cold water boating... [more]
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Yanmar Marine Engines – Winning hearts and minds
Bob Wonders,
Yanmar, lightweight, durable and fuel efficent to the max. The Yanmar range of engines, and it is extremely extensive, I assure you, is performing well in both the recreational boating and commercial re-power markets.... [more]
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Offshore racers in countdown mode
Bob Wonders,
Close and exciting racing forecast for round two of the Offshore Superboat Championships. The Mackay race is the first of two on North Queensland waters, the second coming just a week later off Townsville(July 3/4).... [more]
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Last Chance to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! COMPETITION CLOSES VERY SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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NSW Government Budget 2010 - Safer waterways, cleaner harbour and more
NSW Government,
The Keneally Government will invest $25.9 million on new capital works, improving safety on the state's waterways, upgrading Sydney Harbour commuter wharves and the Sydney Harbour cleaning fleet.... [more]
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Gulf oil spill through the eyes of a sport fisherman - Video
Gulf oil spill has been major news across the world and now a 9-minute video has been released by popular TV fishing show host Wade Middleton and BoatUS' Chris Edmonston, who traveled to the Gulf region in May to report on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The trip's goal was to document the spill's impact, and do some fishing with Billy Nicholas from the Venice Fishing Lodge.... [more]
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Fishing Fees reveal key target species in Anderson Inlet
Director of Fisheries Victoria,
Research funded in part by recreational fishing licence fees has revealed King George whiting is the most popular target species amongst anglers wetting a line in the Anderson Inlet Fisheries Reserve. VIC.... [more]
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Galway Grand Prix of the Sea - Heights of Abraham in a clean sweep
Sam Feasey,
Heights of Abraham completed a clean sweep at the Galway Grand Prix of the Sea and now command a 25-point lead in the series after two rounds and Pugh is delighted with the team's rich vein of form.... [more]
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Volunteers show strong support for proposed Marine Rescue Levy
Ken McManus,
NSW government is proposing a Marine Rescue Levy of $7.50 on Boat Drivers Licences and Boat Registrations. 'Marine Rescue volunteers are united in their support for the proposed levy', said Doug Musker, Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Ulladulla.... [more]
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St. Petersburg – 15 Years on a Rock-N-Roll River!
F1 H2O,
St. Petersburg, it's been cursed by many who have raced here and loved by the one's that have tamed it, but as the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for power boating celebrates its 30th Anniversary, 2010 earmarks the 15th year since the beginning of a great venue on one of the most challenging race circuits in the world for July 10th and 11th weekend of the eighth Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersbu... [more]
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First exploration of sub-glacial Antarctic lake is a major step closer
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists have located the ideal drill site for the first ever exploration of an Antarctic sub-glacial lake, a development that it likely to facilitate a revolution in climate-change research and which may lead to the discovery of life-forms cut off from the main line of evolution for millions of years.... [more]
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Public to comment on new direction for management of WA's fisheries
WA Department of Fisheries,
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has called for public comment on a discussion paper detailing the framework for a proposed new Act of Parliament to manage the State's fisheries and other aquatic biological resources.... [more]
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NSW Fisheries nip illegal fishing in the bud
I & I NSW,
NSW Fisheries Officers have apprehended a number of illegal fishers in Sydney, seizing more than sixteen thousand saltwater nippers allegedly bound for the blackmarket, I&I NSW Fisheries Compliance Manager, Glenn Tritton, said today.... [more]
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Rock your boat with Lowrance's SonicHub
Sandman PR,
Lowrance has launched its revolutionary audio hub and docking station for recreational boating, the SonicHub. It's the world's first marine audio server utilising high-definition viewing technology, combined in a multifunction display. The innovative Lowrance High Definition System (HDS) allows boaters to enjoy all the benefits of the SonicHub docking station on a single crystal-clear screen.... [more]
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Galway Grand Prix of the Sea - Fourth successive SuperStock win
Sam Feasey,
Galway Grand Prix of the Sea - Heights of Abraham were the toast of Galway on Saturday evening after the 300 Class speedsters conquered Salthill to score a fourth successive SuperStock Championship win of the season.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 Galway Grand Prix – Power excited by thrill of chase
Powerboat P1 Management,
Powerboat P1 Galway Grand Prix of the Sea is being raced this weekend and one man hoping to be at the forefront of the Irish bank holiday celebrations is the country's sole SuperStock Championship pilot, Alan Power, who is taking part in the event.... [more]
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