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  06 Aug 2010

The latest news from the Boating scene

Well, happy to report I survived Sydney, albeit with a souvenir in the form of a very heavy head cold.

Why a cold, or anything else, would wish to hang around such a rough head when there are plenty of good looking ones out there I do not know.

Nevertheless, the Sydney International Boat Show proved a winner, the only description one could give it after more than 73,000 people found their way to Darling Harbour.

Who knew boats could fly - Sydney International Boat Show 2010 .

We present a brief report on the show and you'll be reading plenty more as we dissect exactly what transpired over the five days of the exhibition.

In other news, there's plenty of offshore action looming with Super Boat International staging the Lake Michigan Grand Prix and Class 1 racing set to thunder in the Swedish Grand Prix.

And that most legendary manufacturer of high-performance boats, Cigarette Racing Team, is again winning worldwide kudos for its efforts.

As those who dwell along parts of Australia's east coast would be well aware, some strange weather has seen huge seas and strong winds hand out a battering; NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat owners warning them of the conditions and offering sound advice.

Incidentally, we have not finished attending boat show, not yet.

August 26-29 will see the team heading north for the 50th Brisbane International Boat Show and you will have all the news right here before you as usual.

There's been plenty of positive talk emanating from industry leaders and that can only be considered good for us all.

We'll be speaking with some of those identities over the next week or two and shall endeavour to paint an accurate word picture of just where we're headed after the economic downturn we did not have to have!

Enjoy the read and hang around, there's always more to come.

Bob Wonders

Sydneysiders embrace 'their show'
Bob Wonders,
Darling Harbour attracts strong attendance and delivers a positive outlook. I'm sure the shopkeepers, particularly those operating restaurants and bars appreciated the show, with diners flocking in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, many kicking on long after the show had closed.... [more]
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Cigarette wins praise worldwide
Bob Wonders,
Manufactured in Florida, but known and respected around the world, that's the Cigarette Racing Team. The world-renowned the Robb Report, a luxury lifestyle publication and California-based Powerboat Magazine, long acknowledged as 'the bible' of high-performance boating, have both honoured the famous Florida manufacturer.... [more]
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Reborn Mustang boats return to their roots
Imprint Media,
Australian boating industry legend, Bill Barry-Cotter has unveiled detailed plans for the reborn Mustang boat brand.... [more]
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New Refit Code of Practice for New Zealand marine industry
NZ Marine Industry Association,
A new Code of Practice, designed to further strengthen the fast-growing refit sector, has been launched by the New Zealand Marine Industry Association.... [more]
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Australian Marina Association Signs MOU with Korea
The Gyeongnam Provincial Government, Korea and the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Sydney International Boat Show on Thursday 29 July 2010 for the delivery and development of marina industry training.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show - sun brings the quality crowds
Jeni Bone,
Day three of the Sydney boat show and the crowd numbers are up, so are sales and expectations, says event organiser, Domenic Genua.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show wrap: super success!
Jeni Bone,
Not only were crowd numbers up, by just 2% - but enough to make organisers and exhibitors smile - also raising the spirits of the industry right across the board, Monday's last burst of show sales, promising leads and trials booked right up til the end of the month.... [more]
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Industry research revealed at IBEX 2010
The 2010 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is hosting an exclusive industry-wide special session exploring the year's most comprehensive market research, statistics and data.... [more]
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Super Boats ready to rock Michigan City
Rodrick Cox,
Catamarans and vee bottoms go head to head on Lake Michigan. Hometown favourite, Dan Davies, at the wheel of ‘Global Warmer', Martin Sanborn on throttles, will be contesting Superboat Vee Unlimited, and says he 'can't wait' for the flag to drop.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Swedish GP - Fazza 3 chasing win-double hatrick
Class 1,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship makes its Grand Prix debut in Sweden this weekend. The defending World Champions, Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, are in imperious form and seemingly unbeatable.... [more]
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'Fiery Cross' - NZ's first Canting Keel Boat
Jim Young,
Jim Young built 'Fiery Cross' in the late 1950's after being inspired by a design from L. Francis Herreshoff in his famous book 'Common Sense of Yacht design. In this extract from his yet to be released autobiography Jim re-lives some of his experiences with 'Fiery Cross' and provides an authentic account of life as a boat builder in the 1950's. Jim Young is now 85 and resides in Takapuna.... [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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Greenland Ice Core team reaches bedrock
British Antarctic Survey,
Bedrock has been reached, Tuesday July 27 2010 at the deep ice core drilling site North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) on the Greenland Ice Sheet at the depth 2537.36m.... [more]
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NSW Maritime alert regarding adverse weather conditions
Natalie Laharnar,
NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat owners about adverse weather conditions.... [more]
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Census of Marine Life identifies risks, threats and impact of man
Jeni Bone,
The Mediterranean Sea is in danger of losing its abundant mix of flora and fauna, ranked as the most threatened sea on Earth, according to a landmark scientific survey released yesterday.... [more]
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South Australian Marinas set high environmental standard
Marinas across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region now have a new environmental standard. The first marinas in the region to achieve this new environmental benchmark are all South Australian marinas. They are Cape Jaffa Anchorage, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and The Marina Hindmarsh Island.... [more]
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Commercial vessel standard ready for all-weather consultation
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) this week released a draft standard for Watertight and Weathertight Integrity. The draft Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) will also be available for comment soon.... [more]
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Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2010
Capt Charlie Dwyer,,
The whole of the superyacht world is looking to Asia as the next great cruising ground and organisers are seeing a steady growth of yachts in the region. As more superyachts are attracted to the region and to the fun and festive event, an invitation is extended by the organiser to power and sail vessels over 30 meters... [more]
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UIM Formula Future World and Continental Youths come to the UK
Emma Slater / RYA,
UIM Formula Future World and Continental Championship is coming to the UK for the first time ever, with junior power boat racers from across the globe battling it out for a place on the winners' podium.... [more]
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Expedition identifies unusual variety of Deep Sea Vents
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The first expedition to search for deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Cayman Rise has turned up three distinct types of hydrothermal venting, reports an interdisciplinary team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in this weeks Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi to enter team in Volvo 2011
Stuart Alexander, The Independent,
A $25m tie-up between Britain and the Middle East is expected to be unveiled today as the oil rich emirate of Abu Dhabi adds international yacht racing to its Formula 1 sports portfolio.... [more]
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Death of competitor at the Harwich Festival of Power
Louise Nicholls /,
Harwich Festival of Power - Following an accident during the European and British Powerboat Championships yesterday, experienced racer, Ian Stirling 59 from St. Austell died.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show tops attendance so far
Jeni Bone,
At 4pm Sunday, Sydney International Boat Show manager, Domenic Genua is ecstatic! Not only have the visitor figures outshone last year's event, feedback so far from exhibitors is that sales are flowing at every level.... [more]
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Greens bans will impact on fishing with expanded marine parks
Media Services,
The Greens have vowed to turn a third of Australia's territorial waters into a marine park where fishing would be banned.... [more]
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Scientists test Moreton Bay as coral ‘lifeboat'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An international team of scientists has been exploring Moreton Bay, close to Brisbane, as a possible ‘lifeboat' to save corals from the Great Barrier Reef at risk of extermination under climate change. In a new research paper they say that corals have been able to survive and flourish in the Bay, which lies well to the south of the main GBR coral zones, during about half of the past 7000 years.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show images,
More images from the Sydney International Boat Show, underway at Darling Harbour.... [more]
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