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  23 Jul 2010

Editorial, July 23, 2010.

Back in the land down under after a somewhat punishing , yet enjoyable trip to the United States where I was treated to a sneak preview of the 2011 range from the legendary Chris-Craft.

While my time ‘on the deck' at Sarasota, on Florida's Gulf coast, was first class, as always, enduring six flights and three days of travel in just seven days is not recommended.

Nevertheless, Powerboat-World subscribers now become the first to briefly check out the new Chris-Craft range and there'll be more to come on these remarkably stylish and beautifully finished craft.

In other news, things are definitely ‘hotting up' as we approach the inaugural UIM Unlimited Displacement World Championships set for the unusually-named town of Gol Gol, on the NSW-Victorian border.

We also have full coverage of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia and the Powerboat P1 USA Invitational Offshore.

For local Queensland Gold Coast residents, tomorrow (Saturday, July 24) could be the opportunity to pick up a bargain as Marine Auctions puts nearly 50 vessels up for bids at the Runaway Bay Marina.

Not surprisingly, angling groups and tourism authorities are ‘up in arms' against more ‘green proposals' to restrict fishing by nominating new marine parks.

One certain ‘gentleman' and I use the term loosely, now has nine months in the ‘slammer' to reflect on the error of his ways. His error? Stealing from hard-working abalone divers who pay very large licence fees for the right to harvest the valuable abalone.

Have a look at the damage a whale to a yacht in South Africa. Could just as easily been a power-boat. They are great to watch but be careful!!

Read on, enjoy and maintain the visits as we update regularly to bring you all the news that matters (or is fit to print!).

Bob Wonders

Chris-Craft unveils 2011 model range
Bob Wonders,
Latest models show more than 135-years of boat building expertise. Seven new models scheduled for a 2011 release were on show; they comprised the Launch 20, Launch 25, Launch 28, the Silver Bullet, Corsair 25, Corsair 28 and the Catalina 29 Sun Tender.... [more]
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UIM F1 - 8th Grand Prix of Russia - New And Old 'Hero's' make a mark
Phillipe Stiernon,
UIM F1 - eighth Grand Prix of Russia - The recently completed eighth Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg witnessed by the tens of thousands of fans along the Neva River saw five of the worlds most talented drivers battle for the final three podium positions in a titanic struggle during the season's only night event.... [more]
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Honda's enduring environmental commitment
Sandman PR,
Honda Australia's commitment to protecting the marine environment has been further reinforced via the extension of its long-standing professional association with Sea World on the Gold Coast, Australia. The partnership between the world's largest engine manufacturer and Australia's favourite marine theme park is currently in its eighth year, with both parties signing for a further two years.... [more]
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Boat auctions – a mirror to the industry's ‘health'?
Bob Wonders,
Motor yachts to tinnies and jet skis, somethng to suit all budgets at Gold Coast auction. Perhaps the highlight of the auction will be the stunning 70' (21.33-metres) Sunseeker Manhattan, a 2010 model with more than $500,000 worth of options fitted.... [more]
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Cape Schanck abalone theft proved costly
Department of Primary Industries,
A NSW man now residing in Tootgarook, Victoria, was convicted In the Frankston Magistrate's Court this week and sentenced to nine months jail to be served by way of Intensive Corrections Order after stealing a commercial quantity of abalone.... [more]
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UIM Unlimited Displacement World titles looming
Bob Wonders,
Australia, the United States and New Zealand go head-to-head. The October meeting will see the largest entry list of Unlimited Displacement Cell boats ever brought together, among them the ‘big bangers' of powerboat racing, boats with engines of 2000hp-plus and speeds in the region of 150mph (241km/hr).... [more]
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Whale dismasts yacht - investigation pending
Sail-World Cruising,
The advice to stay several hundred metres away from a whale took on new resonance after the latest incident in South African waters. The owners of a well known Cape Town Sailing Academy were dismasted this week by a whale who apparently didn't notice the yacht and breached virtually on top of them.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - SuperVee Light event to Typhoon
Powerboat P1,
Randy 'Mad Dog' Schleuss and Colby Lawrence overcame mechanical problems and several slow heat race starts to win the SuperVee Lite Class of the Powerboat P1 USA Offshore Invitational... [more]
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Receational fishing and tourism industry reject ban plan
Media Services,
The AUD$2.3bn recreational fishing industry in Victoria could be devastated if 20 new marine parks get the go-ahead, say fishing groups and tourism operators.... [more]
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Burke Marine One Design range newest addition - E50 Buoyancy Aid
Burke Marine,
Burke Marine has been developing their One Design range over the past few years and is pleased to release the newest addition to the range the Burke E50 Buoyancy Aid.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show stats and facts
Jeni Bone,
Just one week out, the Sydney International Boat Show is in final preparation for an anticipated 70,000 visitors to the event - Australia's largest. Here, we look at some of the more astounding stats and facts.... [more]
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See what's brewing in 'Hurricane Alleys' live online, via GOES Project
Rob Gutro,
NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Project scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. have developed continually updating 'movies' of satellite imagery that allows on-line, iPhone and iPad viewing of any cyclone's movement in the Hurricane Alleys of the Atlantic Ocean or Eastern Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Qld marine safety report for 2009 - rise in critical incidents
Jeni Bone,
2009 year was marred by a record number of marine incident-related fatalities. Although the number of reported marine incidents was in line with previous years, the incidents were more critical.... [more]
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Silverton 36C to debut at Sydney International Boat Show
U.S. Yachts,
Sydney company US Yachts, will debut the amazing new Silverton 36C flybridge convertible at the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Report recommends strategies to remedy Gulf spill
Jeni Bone,
Last week, the US Nature Conservancy released a report that outlines a strategy for recovery of the waters and environment around the Gulf of Mexico, following the devastating impact of the BP oil spill.... [more]
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Global warming slows coral growth in Red Sea
In a pioneering use of computed tomography (CT) scans, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have discovered that carbon dioxide (CO2)-induced global warming is in the process of killing off a major coral species in the Red Sea.... [more]
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Investigations, compliance training tackle illegal poaching of dugong
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Russell Reichelt said this combination of investigative and educational avenues would help ensure all bases were covered in addressing the issue of illegal poaching of dugong.... [more]
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Yacht aground in Oyster Lease
Ron Cole - Marine Rescue NSW,
A phone call early on Sunday morning July 18, alerted the volunteers on duty at Marine Rescue Central Coast to the predicament of a 50' yacht and its crew of five.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Norwegian Grand Prix - Fazza 3's faultless display
Class 1,
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi produced a dominant and faultless display to win race 1 of the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat BMW Norwegian Grand Prix - Welmax takes Pole
Welmax's Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer will start this afternoon's race 1 of the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix in pole. In a close and exciting session that went down to the wire, the all-Norwegian pairing threw down the gauntlet on their first flying lap, posting their best time of 3mins18.40secs to complete the 6.12Nm lap at an average speed of 188.52kmh.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Norwegian Grand Prix - Fazza fastest in practice
Fazza 3's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi once again demonstrated that they will be the team to beat ahead of this weekend's two-race BMW Norwegian Grand Prix, after setting the pace in today's first official practice session... [more]
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Marina at Keppel Bay first in Asia to achieve ‘5 Gold Anchors' rating
Marina at Keppel Bay has become the first marina in Asia to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchors rating from the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) for excellence in services and facilities.... [more]
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Can Welmax end Victory team's winning streak?
Class 1,
All eyes will be on Welmax at this weekend's BMW Norwegian Grand Prix (16-18 July), round two of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, to see if Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer can end Victory Team's winning streak.... [more]
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Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show: Building up the boating business
Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show Media,
The Waikato Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show is the only marine exhibition in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area. To be held on the 15-17 of October 2010, the event is on track for another successful year. Emerging out of an economic strain, the 2010 event is set to be paramount in paving the year ahead for the marine industry.... [more]
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Shelley's Championship dreams shattered in dramatic crash in Sardinia,
Shelley Jory Leigh, Britain's leading female power boat racer, has suffered head injuries and a broken nose in a serious accident during testing for Rounds 5 and 6 of the UIM World Championship Grand Prix of the Sea in Poltu Quatu, Sardinia.... [more]
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