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  21 Aug 2010


Our throttles are all ahead full at Powerboat-World this week, with all the news that matters from all corners of the world.

Next week, we'll be setting a course for the Queensland State Capital and the 50th Brisbane Boat Show.

On the lighter side, part of the fun of being boat owner is coming up with humorous, tricky names for the pride and joy and we've got some examples here sure to bring a smile to your face.

Plenty of news for race fans, too, with Luke Durman, the 2005 Class 1 Offshore Superboat Champion due to make a comeback to the sport after the birth of his first son, while in the USA Super Boat International is about to hit Florida's Space Coast at Cocoa Beach.

During the recent Sydney International Boat Show, awards were handed out to the latest graduates from the Marine Mechanics course at the Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

It would certainly appear that the marine engines of NSW boat owners are in very good hands indeed judging by the high standards achieved.

And Ken Evans, well-known industry identity and a former director of Mercury Marine shows us how to promote the boating industry as an interesting career option for youngsters.

Plenty more to keep your interest and stop by next week for a full report on the 50th Brisbane Boat Show - we'll be there with the proverbial bells on to bring you all the news from the capital where all reports suggest the Brisbane Convention Centre is a sell out.

Enjoy the read and don't forget, we update continually through the week.

Bob Wonders

Boat names forever
Sail-World Cruising,
There's always some wag who can come up with a name to set you chuckling - have you seen these on the water?...... [more]
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Al Hamra Yacht Club and Marina, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE,
Al Hamra Yacht Club and Marina has announced a new management and vision for the forthcoming year. Focusing on the lifestyle and practice of yachting, Al Hamra's new operator, Henderson International, has appointed Toby Haws as Manager to oversee the upgrading of the marina and creation of a new yacht club environment.... [more]
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Jet skiers raising money for ‘Help for Heroes' at Wight Stuff event
Emma Slater,
Solent Skiers Association Wight Stuff - On Saturday 04 September some 60 personal watercraft (PWC) and up to 120 riders will be heading to Lee on Solent, Hampshire to take part in the annual event, supported by the RYA.... [more]
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Brisbane Boat Show celebrating the big 5 0
Bob Wonders,
Show visitors vying for 50 prizes to mark 50-years of the Brisbane Boat Show. All the attractions which have helped make the show a hit with boaters in Brisbane and as far afield as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts return, including the popular Kids Zone and the Fishing Expo.... [more]
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Luke Durman returns to offshore circuit
Bob Wonders,
Class 1 2005 champion 'ready to race' following the birth of his son. Durman has not raced since round one off Newcastle, where he and throttleman Ross Willaton, aboard ‘Maritimo' finished in second place behind team mate ‘Aegean' crewed by Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilsen.... [more]
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Super Boats to descend on the Space Coast
Bob Wonders,
Thousands of horsepower 'goes to war' in the Thunder on the Beach Space Coast Grand Prix. The field will include vee bottoms and catamarans in varying sizes up to 50' and capable of speeds in the region of 200mph in calm water.... [more]
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Nine new species for disappearing handfish family
Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia's oceans.... [more]
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Australian researchers study immune system of reef building corals
ARC Centre of Excellence,
Australian researchers study immune system of reef building corals - 'Understanding the immune system of reef-building corals will help to reduce the impact of coral diseases and environmental stresses,' says Caroline Palmer, lead author of the publication.... [more]
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Making a show of promoting boating industry careers
Ken Evans,
In an industry that is both diverse and dynamic there is an abundance of career pathways awaiting young people with an interest in spending their lives around boats. To promote this, the BIA held a Careers Day and launched an exciting new Cadetship Program at this year's Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Scientists urge politicians to maintain marine parks
Jeni Bone,
Around 100 scientists have appealed to both political leaders to maintain marine parks around Australia's coastline to protect sea life and ensure flourishing fish stocks for the future.... [more]
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Cowes gearing up for new-look Powerboat Festival!
Polygon Marketing,
2010 British Powerboat Festival sponsors – promoters of the Round Britain Land, Sea and Air Race 2012 – have introduced a packed programme of family entertainment for the Bank Holiday weekend, including the Red Arrows and a Lynx helicopter display from the Royal Navy.... [more]
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Northland Seafood Festival - Party time again - Marsden Cove – Sept 18
Paul Shanahan and Sail-World,
If you enjoy great local wines, seafood, music and love the idea a fun - filled day out with friends to celebrate the arrival of spring, Northland's Seafood Festival at Marsden Cove on Saturday September 18 will be just the ticket. Make up a party and book your tickets before they sell out.... [more]
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GME's GPS EPIRB price breakthrough
Matthew Heap, GME,
Back in 2004 Australia's GME revolutionised the marine safety world with the award winning MT400 406 MHz EPIRB. The MT400 concept, evolutionary design and price point set a new standard in beacon design and became the benchmark to which all other manufactures aspired.... [more]
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Brush up on leisure skills at Leisurefest
Greg Shoemark,
Off-road towing, recreational boating and reversing a caravan are just some of the things you can learn about at Melbourne Leisurefest, Sandown Racecourse, 30 September to 3 October.... [more]
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IBEX wrap challenge attracts All Marine Spares 'hot gun'
Jeni Bone,
Premium international shrink wrap supplier Dr Shrink's first Shrink-Off is drawing major competition. Held during the 2010 International Boatbuilder Exhibition (IBEX), participants are coming from around the globe to show off their wrapping skills.... [more]
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Free Recreational Boating Forum in Perth
The Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG) will be hosting a free Recreational Boating Forum on Wednesday 25 August at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth as part of the Marine Safety Conference to address key issues facing the industry.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions opens NZ office to fulfil catamaran demand
Multihull Solutions,
Multihull Solutions has announced it is set to open an office in Auckland bringing a new level of service and choice to this specialist market.... [more]
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Voyage of Integrity: Gold Coast to the Barrier Reef
Creating Demand,
There is no greater test of performance and value for a boat than that of an extended voyage by passionate boaties. Annie and John Sullivan are great examples of what can be achieved through a commitment to pursuing life's great adventures that only owning a boat can provide.... [more]
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No. 1 sailor Watson becomes No. 1 author
Sail-World Cruising,
Australia's No. 1 sailor Jessica Watson has become a No. 1 author this week, when Hachette Australia announced that the teenage sailor's memoir of her recent voyage had become the biggest selling book in Australia.... [more]
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UIM Formula Future Junior Powerboating – Germany crowned Champions!
Susie Nation-Grainger,
UIM Formula Future junior powerboat racing event ran over the weekend (14-15 August) it was team Germany who came away victorious being crowned champion of champions taking first place in both the Continental and World Championships, as well as being presented with the Ralph Froeling Challenge Cup.... [more]
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Boaties launch luxury eco village in North Whitsundays
Sheree De Bono,
A $50 million absolute beachfront eco village on a secluded stretch of sand in the North Whitsundays will be officially launched to the market this weekend – the first major project of its kind to be released in the region.... [more]
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Marine Park closures: consequence for marine businesses
Scott Littler, BLA,
In the last week before the federal election, various industry proponents have issued press releases urging media and other businesses to disseminate information about the consequences of voting for the Greens, and the preference deals with Labor. To follow, an epistle from Scott Littler, MD at BLA.... [more]
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ISS and PYA meet in Monaco at MYS
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) and Professional Yachtsmen's Association (PYA) are pleased to announce that they are co-hosting one of the must do events during the Monaco Yacht Show, the Meeting of the Associations, again being held at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco on Wednesday 22 September 2010 from 17.00-20.00 hrs.... [more]
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