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  18 Jun 2010

If my desk had throttles - they'd be wide open this week

What I'm saying is it has been a busy one (that's my story, anyway)..

A short week, due to last weekend's public holiday, and I have been wandering up and down the Queensland Gold Coast checking out the boating scene.

Hopefully, we've managed to emerge from the week with some good stories to keep you occupied.

On my 'appointed rounds' (makes me sound like a Specialist Journalist), I crossed paths with one of the eastern seaboard's best-known game boat skippers; like many of his colleagues he is preparing his boat for the forthcoming big game season on North Queensland waters.

Tim Richardson his is name, check him and his battlewagon inside.

'Miss Geico' demonstrates the excitement delivered by offshore racing. - super boats to rumble off the florida coast  

Across the Pacific, way across, in fact, the American Super Boats are preparing to celebrate the July 4 weekend with a major meeting off the Sarasota coast, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Organisers are hoping the races will put a smile back on the faces of people affected by the dreadful gulf oil spill.
Last weekend saw the Queensland Ski Racing championships being staged on the Clarence River, just over the border in New South Wales.

We have a brief overview of the titles, which proved a huge success for the Queensland team of Noel Griffin (NGR), which eventually claimed 10 championships.

Abby Sunderland saved, what is it with these young ladies, Abby and Jessica Watson, that they want to go sailing off around the world?

Since Jessica returned, I am often asked would I do it (or attempt it)? My answer is a very definite NO!

I have done some oceanic boat deliveries, the longest, I think, three days. During those voyages I learned that long distance journeys by sea were not for me after experiencing what I thought were meaningful conversations with fibreglass bulkheads!

Enjoy the read and stick around through the week, won't you?

Bob Wonders

Project 116 - a revolution in powerboat design
Danish Yachts,
The new 38m superyacht from Danish Yachts known as ‘Project 116' designed by Espen Oeino is set to pioneer a new era in powerboat design.... [more]
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The ‘granders' get ready to roam the Coral Sea
Bob Wonders,
The giant black marlin tipping the scales at 1000lb plus will soon be on the move. Earlier this week I caught up with Tim Richardson, owner/skipper of the well-known game boat ‘Tradition' as he readied the boat for its annual voyage north.... [more]
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Chris Stout adds Queensland title to impressive resume'
Bob Wonders,
Clarence River 'on fire' for Queensland ski racing championships. It was the fourth time they had been staged across the border in NSW, on the Clarence River with the northern rivers city of Grafton as race headquarters.... [more]
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Super Boats set to rumble off the Florida coast
Bob Wonders,
Super Boat organisers and crews to express sympathy for victims of Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Event organiser, Super Boats International (SBI) has expressed 'excitement' at the prospect of hosting one of powerboat racing's most famous races, with support this year going to Suncoast Charities for Children.... [more]
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Fishers caught between degradation and development
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studie,
The livelihoods of tens of millions of fishers in the world's richest coral reef region, the Coral Triangle, are at risk from the combined impact of collapsing fish stocks, environmental decline and coastal development... [more]
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Powerboat P1 SuperStock - Sir Geoff supports Reading powerboat duo
Powerboat P1,
World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE, has thrown his weight behind two Reading businessmen who are putting their bodies on the line for the international children's medical research charity, Sparks, in the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship.... [more]
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Dusky flathead and Bream are Mallacoota favourites
Department of Primary Industries,
Mallacoota Inlet's reputation as a productive recreational fishery, based largely on dusky flathead and bream, has been confirmed in a study funded by recreational fishing licence fees and Fisheries Victoria.... [more]
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Watch out on the water - its Whale season
With the first sightings of migrating whales for 2010 off Queensland's east coast, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reminding vessel operators to take care, watch out for whales and know the approach distances.... [more]
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US Yachts to market Silverton
Bob Wonders,
Former Olympic yachtsman enters the world of powerboats. While it may no be a household name in Australia, Silverton does boast quite a pedigree; it was established 41-years ago by John and Warren Luhrs as the Silverton Marine Corporation.... [more]
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Christmas fishing foray proves very costly
Department of Primary Industries,
A Noble Park man has been convicted and fined $4000 for using a large, home made net to try to illegally catch fish at Bonbeach last Christmas Day.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 USA visits Lake Cumberland
Powerboat P1,
The Offshore Super Series (OSS) second stop on the P1 USA Circuit was Lake Cumberland. The best battle of the day was the fight between Pirate Racing and Team Octane as they swapped the lead over the last four laps of the race, with both teams playing cat and mouse in the turns.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat - Victory Team looking to extend Championship lead
Class 1,
Dubai's Victory Team will head to Arendal for the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix, 16-18 July, looking to extend their lead in the World Championship standings and stretch their run of consecutive wins.... [more]
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Strong support for Marine Rescue Levy from those who know
Ken McManus,
It's often not until a boater needs some help that they realize how important the Marine Rescue volunteers are. Here's what some who have been on the receiving end have to say about the proposed levy.... [more]
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Details of New Zealand National Ocean Water Sports Centre announced
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Takapuna beach was today confirmed as the venue for the National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams. Speaking at the nearby Takapuna Boating Club, the Minister confirmed that the $8million facility would cater for Sailing, Triathlon and Ocean Kayaking. The area is also used for a myriad of... [more]
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Aquariva by Marc Newson: a piece of art, with nautical pedigree
Jeni Bone,
If you have a spare US$1.5m, perhaps you would collect a piece of art in the form of a Marc Newson designed Riva – the new model Aquariva?... [more]
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Peter Garrett launches anti-whaling salvo against Japanese
Media Services,
The International Whaling Commission has been urged to vote down the 'compromise' proposals, with the Australian Federal Environment Protection Minister (and former rock star!) Peter Garrett, taking to YouTube in an aggressive anti-whaling salvo.... [more]
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RMD reveals superboat in Monaco
Rupert Rainsford Mann Design has revealed a spectacular new concept, the RMD Aero 55 Luxury Superboat, in Monaco at the renowned supercar show, Top Marques.... [more]
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Superyacht Onboard Hospitality Training on the Gold Coast
Donna Morris - SOHT,
The week after the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Superyacht Onboard Hospitality Training held a 5-day Stewardess training course onboard the classic motor yacht Bali Hai II at the Marina Oceanus on the Gold Coast.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show 2010 – talking with the Guv'nor
Guy Nowell, MarineBusiness-World,
Kim Moon-Soo, Governor of Gyeonggi Province, is very much the driving force behind the Korea International Boat Show. He invited MarineBusiness-World to a private press conference for international media – a total of three. He had some fairly strong statements to make about the future economic development of a leisure marine industry in Korea.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland on board rescue vessel
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the safe rescue of Abby Sunderland from her Open 40 yacht, Wild Eyes. It is presumed that the yacht has been abandoned in the Southern Ocean, as there is no mention of her in the media release. It is clear that the Australian rescue authority wishes to get the teenage sailor onto terra firma with as little disruption to commercial shipping... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show and the national kick-start programme
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
In Asian terms it's bigger than Ben Hur, and it's got more hoop-la than a three-ring circus. It's definitely bigger than any other boat show in Asia. It's the Korea International Boat Show, the WMRT Korea Match Cup and the Gyeonggi-do Marine Festival all rolled into one marine-themed extravaganza. There's a marine industry conference. A pop concert. And fireworks.... [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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