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  05 Sep 2010

The Late and Latest News

Sorry this weeks newsletter is late. A couple of technical issues, now overcome.

Moving along, it has been 50-years since the doors (or were they gates back then?) were first thrown open for a Brisbane Boat Show and now Marine Queensland has celebrated the show's anniversary in fine style.

We've got coverage of the show and the celebrations and as usual plenty more news to keep you occupied.

Down south (and out west, in Sydney's western suburbs) Shane Vella has secured the inaugural Formula 1 crown when the Australian Formula Powerboat Association completed its 20010 season

Like going fast? Well, have we got the boat for you. It's a Cigarette, a classic deep vee and it sports the most technologically advanced high-performance engines ever produced by Mercury Racing.

See how you like topping out around 130mph-plus (don't forget the plus!).

Colleague Jeni Bone has some good news from New Zealand with expansion and growth the buzz words at present, while over in the UK the powerboats P1 will combine with the renowned Southampton International Boat Show.

Speaking of boat shows (thought they were all over, didn't you?), in a few weeks Australia's third largest show (after Sydney and Sanctuary Cove), Western Australia's Mandurah Boat Show will erupt into action.

Bad news, there's been some dishonest people on the waterfront down in Victoria; good news, they were all caught by the authorities and appeared in court with various charges ranging from abalone theft to being in possession of commercial fishing equipment.

I like seeing transgressors ‘nailed', serves ‘em right.

Read on, hope you'll find plenty to peak your interest and keep in mind that we're ‘on the case' right through the week for regular updates.

Bob Wonders

NSW Maritime Alert: Flooding Waters and Debris
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today issued an alert to boaters in the Murray River region due to heavy rains falling across northern Victoria and the Albury area... [more]
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Brisbane's 50th hailed as first rate
Bob Wonders,
Attendance equals 2009 show, but sales and overall interest declared higher. The more than 100 exhibitors displayed in excess of 400 boats, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, fishing tackle and all manner of boating accessories and equipment.... [more]
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F1 H2O - Kalsow's 'Road Show' continues to be a hit in Germany!
Philippe Stiernon,
F1 H2O - German UIM driver Fabian Kalsow continues to attract tens of thousands of race followers throughout his native country this summer as he put on demonstration for the fifth time this summer most recently for an ADAC event in Berlin-Grunau in his promotional two-seat F1 boat.... [more]
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British Powerboat Festival 2010 a success
Chris Ray,
British Powerboat Festival - As the legendary Fabio Buzzi put on a masterclass to reclaim the Harmsworth Trophy over the August Bank Holiday weekend, another success story came away from the water.... [more]
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Marine Rescue and Coast Guard National Board mediation ends
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW and the National Board of Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) protracted negotiations came to an end on 2 September 2010 when the two parties could not reach agreement.... [more]
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Honda RYA Youth RIB National Championship - Crunch time
Susie Nation-Grainger,
After a summer of regional finals, we have witnessed some fantastic skills from competitors and some extremely exciting races with many close finishes so this year's final is gearing up to be a real nail-biter!... [more]
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Cigarette and Mercedes-Benz AMG - a show stopping double
Bob Wonders,
A new boat, incredible new engines and a gullwing 'Benz to boot! This magical boat sports a pair of the latest creations from Mercury Marine in the form of Mercury Racing's 1350hp stern drives, described by the company as ‘the most technologically advanced, high-performance marine engine ever built'.... [more]
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New Zealand marine industry: collaboration, expansion and branding OS
Jeni Bone,
Across ‘the ditch', as the Tasman Sea is affectionately known, the New Zealand marine industry is enjoying a period of growth, expansion and significant investment in infrastructure in four key regions. They are also reaping the benefits of a collaborative industry, government support, strong industry association and a training program that produces highly qualified and in demand apprentices.... [more]
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Shane Vella claims Australian F1 crown
Bob Wonders,
Accidents and mechanical problems marr an otherwise first class final for Australian Formula Powerboats. Racing for the final round of the F1, F2, F3, Spots Monos and Formula Future Classes began on the Saturday, staged on the renowned Sydney International Regatta Centre near the Nepean River.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 Superstock powers onto boat show line-up
Sam Feasey,
Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship 2010 - The PSP Southampton Boat Show will be the backdrop for the fourth round on September 12.... [more]
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British Antarctic Survey - Evidence for a trans-Antarctic seaway
BAS/Heather Martin,
British Antarctic Survey - A tiny marine filter-feeder, that anchors itself to the sea bed, offers new clues to scientists studying the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — a region that is thought to be vulnerable to collapse.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show - more than a boat show!
Premiere Events,
Australia's third largest boat show, held in Mandurah, Western Australia October 8-10, the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show is held in partnership with the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club at the Mandurah Ocean Marina.... [more]
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Department of Primary Industries - Fish recipes can win great prizes
Alan Everett,
Department of Primary Industries - Fish recipes can win great prizes - Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, says the competition is a celebration of the range of fresh fish from inland waters that is available to the Victorian public – through both recreational fishing and aquaculture.... [more]
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Changes to Offshore Superboats 2010 calendar
Bob Wonders,
Dates changed for final two rounds. As revealed earlier, offshore racing's legendary throttleman Steve Curtis, MBE, will be returning for the final two rounds, hoping to follow up on his earlier successes when he teamed with Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani to win rounds two and three in North Queensland.... [more]
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Abalone theft costs mother and son $4,200
Lyall Grey,
The theft of a commercial quantity of abalone from the outer reeds at the Peter Scullin Reserve adjacent to Mordialloc Pier in February cost a Noble Park mother and son a total of $3,500 in fines and $762 in costs.... [more]
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Illegal fishing nets two men and a woman
Lyall Grey,
DPI Media Release - Two Noble Park men, aged 50 and 45, and a woman, 51, pleaded guilty in the Frankston Magistrates Court last week (August 26) to possessing and using commercial fishing equipment.... [more]
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Cowes Torquay Cowes - Buzzi double secures Harmsworth trophy
Chris Ray,
Cowes Torquay Cowes - Red FPT of Fabio Buzzi has taken victory in the 50th anniversary, completing a dominant double victory at the British Powerboat Festival.... [more]
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ARC Centre of Excellence - Coral's dangerous childhood
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
ARC Centre of Excellence - Coral's dangerous childhood - A team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) at James Cook University and CRIOBE, the French Research Centre and Observatory for Island Environments, used terracotta tiles to study and count survival in minute and juvenile corals on the Pacific island of Moorea, French Polynesia.... [more]
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Researchers find widespread floating plastic debris in North Atlantic
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
A previously undefined expanse of western North Atlantic has been found to contain high concentrations of plastic debris. More than 64,000 individual plastic pieces were collected at 6100 locations that were sampled yearly over the course of the study. A surface plankton net was used to collect plastic debris as well as biological organisms at each station.... [more]
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UIM President commends Formula future event
Powerboat P1,
The Union Internationale Motonautique President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli pointed towards a bright future for international powerboat racing after an extremely successful Formula Future World and Continental Championships at the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club.... [more]
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