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  25 Jun 2010


All the news that's fit to read for boaters around the world, that's what we're about that's what you'll find right here on Powerboat-World.

This week, the news varies considerably, from sunny Queensland to chilly Hobart, capital of Australia's island state, Tasmania, to the beautiful Caribbean and Florida regions and back to the quiet and tranquil (sometimes!) north coast of NSW.

Class 1 Offshore fans need to take note – the 2011 calendar has been revised, but it's right here for you to make sure you don't miss any of the action.

In a few weeks, the exciting Formula powerboats of the Australian Formula Powerboat Association fire up their engines and go head-to-head for round five of the championships at Port Macquarie, on the NSW north coast.

Across the other side of the blue Pacific, a Canadian company is poised to deliver a boost to offshore racing via a 13-part television series.

Nice to know that local tour operators are doing their bit to keep a close eye on one of the world's most valuable attractions, the fabulous Great Barrier Reef.

On the world scene, the Formula 1 racers have revealed a new venue to be added to the calendar, this time China will experience the wickedly fast tunnel boats.

Never a body to miss out on a chance to promote boating, the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association), driving force behind the Discover Boating program that has been so successful across the USA, has introduced a game it claims is making waves, a virtual marine experience for all.

Of course, while owing a boat has a lot going for it, boats need maintenance, and that maintenance sometimes demands boats be lifted out of the water.

I checked out the Gold Coast City Marina on the Queensland Gold Coast earlier in the week; not only has the marina added a 50-tonne ship lift to go with its 150-tonne lift, but it's also considering another even larger model.

Now make sure you're back next week, for there'll be some big news, we hope, for offshore race fans; Australia's Offshore Superboat Championships resume this weekend off the North Queensland city of Mackay.

And guess who will be subjecting the Aussie to the ultimate test?

None other than the Qatar 96 team of Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani (driver) and the sport's winningest throttleman Steve Curtis, MBE.

All the Class 1 boats in the championships have 1860hp to call on, so it's going to take skill from the crews and durability from the engines to claim a chequered flag.

Where will you find the results from Mackay?

You're kidding right, where else but right here on Powerboat-World?

Bob Wonders

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2010 season - Revised Calendar
Class 1 Powerboat,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. IOTA received notification from the Romanian Grand Prix organiser, Power Marine's Ionut Barbu, that due to the current economic climate in Romania they were unable to secure the funding for this year's event.... [more]
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Three in a row for Nitro Marine
Bob Wonders,
Queensland business honoured as Mercury Dealer of the Year. John Temple, general manager, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific for Mercury Marine, described the dealership as boasting 'the willingness to go the extra mile' for its customers.... [more]
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Formula powerboat on course for Port Macquarie
Bob Wonders,
Those very quick Formula boats set to waken the NSW north coast. More than 40 boats and crews will contest Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3, Sports Mono and Futures classes.... [more]
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Discover Boating game 'Making Waves' for virtual marine experience
The non-profit national awareness program for the recreational boating industry, Discover Boating, launched today a new online game application, titled 'Making Waves', to put at-home water sports enthusiasts in the virtual captain's chair to experience all the fun of life on the water. Making Waves is available now at no cost on Facebook.... [more]
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New Zealander Dean Probyn sets water speed record
New Zealand Power Boat Association,
On Sunday 30th May at Keely's Landing Lake Karapiro saw history made in New Zealand and from what we have been told around the World when a driver who is permanently in a wheel chair attempted a water speed record in his 21ft flat bottom racing runabout 'Lucky Break'... [more]
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Marina gets a lift
Bob Wonders,
New 50-tonne $350,000 ship lift for Gold Coast marina operations. The marina already uses another unit, supplied by Australian company Cribb Point Shiplift, with a lifting capacity of 150-tonnes.... [more]
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First definitive guide to Borneo's sharks and rays
Which island of South-East Asia has the most stingray species in the world? Borneo. Sharks and Rays of Borneo describes the features, distribution, local names, habitat, biology and conservation status of 118 shark and ray species.... [more]
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Deep thinking on the world's oceans
The world's deep ocean researchers – scientists whose field of interest extends into the uncertain world below about 2000 metres – met in Hobart this week to discuss deep ocean changes, their causes and their implications.... [more]
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2010 World F1 Championship adds new venue in China
F1 Powerboat,
UIM World F1 promoter Nicolo di San Germano has been collecting thousands of air miles recently as he travels the Middle East, China and Asia securing contracts for his F1 championship and the new Nations Cup Series. A third GP will be staged in China, hosted by the city of Linyi.... [more]
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Local tourism operators keeping an eye on Great Barrier Reef's health
Local tourism operators are keeping an eye on the Great Barrier Reef's health. GBRMPA Chairman Russell Reichelt said many marine tourism operators visit dedicated areas of the Reef on a weekly, if not daily, basis and are highly experienced and attuned to the areas they visit.... [more]
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Taking offshore racing to the world
Bob Wonders,
Fabulous television series to highlight the best of offshore powerboat racing. Initially, the television series will reach more than 75 million households across the United States, while syndication is in progress that could see the series going to more than 120 million viewers in 46 countries.... [more]
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NSW Maritime's Operation Cold Water wrap up
NSW Maritime,
Minister for Ports and Waterways Paul McLeay said the chill hadn't turned people off boating. 'Over the Queen's Birthday long weekend across the state, NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers checked more than 1300 vessels and spoke to skippers about the hazards of cold water boating during Operation Cold Water,'... [more]
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Sons of Sindbad – Alan Villiers focuses on the maritime Middle East
Australian National Maritime Museum,
The beauty and traditions of sailing the Arabian Sea in the 1930s are beautifully captured in an exhibition of photographs by Alan Villiers opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 24 June. Villiers (1903-1982) decided to travel to Arabia in 1938 to record what he believed were the last days of merchant sailing.... [more]
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A new course - Whitsunday Rent A Yacht goes for gold
Toni Lucke,
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY) – the longest-operating, Australian-owned skipper-yourself charter company in the Whitsundays – has taken a new course with the launch of its first-ever package designed especially for the luxury bare boat charter market.... [more]
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Victoria welcomes Federal move on Mako shark fishing
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Fisheries Victoria has welcomed a Federal Government action to allow recreational game fishers to catch mako sharks. Mako sharks are an important gamefishing species in Victoria's marine waters so this decision is significant,' Mr Hurst said. 'The Victorian bag limit of one shark per day can include one mako shark.... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show boasts broad appeal
This year's Melbourne Boat Show, 1-5 July, will offer a variety of attractions and entertainment for people of all ages and interests - among them Recreational Boat Operator Training and fishing shows just for kids.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting launches BR24PC software development kit
Simrad introduces PC-based FMCW radar technology for the commercial, marine, military and surveillance markets.... [more]
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Helm: Special dining offer during Sydney boat show
Jeni Bone,
The sublimely located upper deck of one of Cockle Bay's best venues has recently undergone an extensive transformation, re-emerging as the sleek and stylish new bar and restaurant: ‘Helm Bistro & Bar' - offering readers a 'show special' incentive to dine during the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Wally enlist YPI and YCO to further sales of the WHY
Jeni Bone,
It created a worldwide buzz when its full size maquette was revealed in Monaco last September. Wally WHY - originally a project with fashion house, Hermes - is now back on track and drumming up sales and charter interest.... [more]
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EcoEmissions aims to reduce diesel damage
Media Services,
EcoEmissions Solutions, Inc has announced that it has completed the definitive agreement to acquire EcoEmissions Systems, Inc, “Cleaning up the Environment one diesel engine at a time”.... [more]
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Formula Kart Stars lends its support to Superstock
Powerboat P1,
Formula Kart Stars are being urged to consider powerboat racing at the end of their karting careers in light of the dizzying costs of four-wheeled motorsport.... [more]
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New research sheds light on Antarctica's melting Pine Island Glacier
British Antarctic Survey,
Thinning ice in West Antarctica is currently contributing nearly 10 per cent of global sea level rise and scientists have identified Pine Island Glacier (PIG) as a major source. Using Autosub (an autonomous underwater vehicle) to dive deep and travel far beneath the pine Island Glacier's floating ice shelf, scientists captured ocean and sea-floor measurements.... [more]
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Bamboo onboard
Jeni Bone,
Bamboo is the fastest growing timber plant on earth, with many applications as a wood substitute. Bamboo has been used in China for thousands of years to make all kinds of everyday products, including textiles, building materials, and home wares. There are over 1,000 documented uses for bamboo, and now, boat owners are able to get their hands on a range of practical, beautiful linen and towels tha... [more]
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BIGFI$H Competition – October 2010
Fisheries Victoria,
BIGFI$H Competition – October 2010. Two wild rainbow trout will be tagged and released into the Goulburn River (between Seymour and Alexandra) for anglers to catch from Saturday 2 October until Sunday 9 October and then another 2 native fish will be released in Lake Eildon (excluding the Pondage) from Sunday 10 October until Sunday 17 October 2010.... [more]
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UKFFORC Championship Round 3 in Poole
Round 3 of the UKFFORC National Championship took place on the weekend of 12th-13th June 2010 on the picturesque coast off Sandbanks at Poole in Dorset.... [more]
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Victoria's BIA Boat Club is 'an auto club for boats'
Victorian boaters will soon enjoy the benefits of 'an auto club for boats' when the Boating Industry Association of Victoria launches its new BIA Boat Club.... [more]
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Navimo recalls XM Far Eastern built liferafts
Navimo will replace the XM liferafts with European manufactured products free of charge. The problem is confined to a limited batch of XM liferafts manufactured in the Far East carrying part numbers 53871 to 53876. This batch of rafts was manufactured from early 2006 onwards and were probably sold after June 2006.... [more]
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New Boating facilities on Lake Illawarra, NSW
Paul McLeay MP, Minister for Ports and Waterways,
Lake Illawarra, NSW has new and improved boating and disabled access to the waterway. 'This new gangway and pontoon means elderly or disabled people can enjoy the beautiful lake too,' Mr McLeay said.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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