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  17 Sep 2010

Editorial - news from the boating scene

Welcome aboard the informative pages of Powerboat-Word as we reveal happenings of interest over the past week.

On the powerboat racing front, the Thundercats are ready to rock and roll while the citizens of Redcliffe, neat Brisbane, make plans to welcome the forthcoming round of the Offshore Superboat Championships.

In the local scene, we can report on an excellent auction which took place at the Runaway Bay Marine here on the Queensland Gold Cast last week.

A better than 60 percent clearance rate would make any auctioneer happy.

We routinely hear around the waterfront that consumers these days are much smarter, far more knowledgeable than they used to be.

One prominent broker told me that whereas many prospective buyers would ask for brochures, they now tend to turn up fully equipped with relevant details on the boat of their dreams downloaded from the internet (must be Powerboat-World readers?) and printed out at home. Nevertheless, Adrian Seiffert, the man behind Marine Auctions, was able to crack a smile after last weekend's affair.

If you need a ‘speed fix', don't despair, the awesome Offshore Superboat Championships are ready to assault the sleepy surrounds of Redcliffe and the Thundercats are also ready to do battle.

Across the Pacific, our American mates honoured those lost when evil terrorists struck the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and competitors in the 20th New York Superboat Grand Prix remembered those lost.

Riviera's Australian CEO, John Anderson, explains the company's current situation after news broke that Chapter 11 had been sought in the US, while on the local scene the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Marine Rescue, the newly formed body, had ‘struck a deal' which can only be good news for New South Wales boaters.

It's all here, from Australian shores, across the Tasman Sea, the Pacific Ocean or the Indian Ocean and points beyond, if it's related to power boating, recreational or competition, here's where you'll find it.

Stop by next week, and we'll have all the information on the Offshore Superboat Championships. backed up by some first class action photography by our men Andrew Gricks and Reg Blunt

Enjoy the news and come back soon

Bob Wonders

Marine Rescue NSW and Coast Guard reach agreement on unification
Ken McManus,
On Monday 13th September 2010 MRNSW and AVCGA National signed an ‘in principle' agreement supporting a unification process. This agreement, with the approval of the AVCGA National membership, will permit willing NSW AVCGA Flotillas, including all their assets, cash at bank, licences and leases to be formally signed over with them when each Unit transfers to MRNSW.... [more]
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RIB Promotional opps. for Manufacturers, Distributors and Importers
Jeni Bone,
Promotional opportunities for Australian Manufacturers Distributors and Importers at Charity Regatta. Successful regatta and fundraiser, Heaven Can Wait, is anticipating record crowds, entries, media and community interest and valuable funds raised for charities at this year's event, October 2-3. Counting among its competitors, Olympians, World Champions, sailing vessels of all kinds..... [more]
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Offshore superboats ready for Redcliffe
Bob Wonders,
Redcliffe, once a sleepy fishing village, but now a thriving suburb of the Queensland capital, Brisbane, situated on the shores of Moreton Bay, plays host this weekend (September 18-19) to the fourth round of the Offshore Superboat Championships.... [more]
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Superboats remember 9-11 as they blast past the Statue of Liberty
Bob Wonders,
Team owner/throttleman Peter Meyer, with John Stanch on throttles, has piloted ‘Instigator' to victory on New York's Hudson River in the 20th running of the NY Super Boat Grand Prix.... [more]
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Strong clearance rate for Marine Auctions
Bob Wonders,
More than 200 bidders registered for the gala boat auction on the weekend, staged by Brisbane-headquartered Marine Auctions at the Runaway Bay Marina, on the Queensland Gold Coast. About 50 vessels were scheduled to go under the hammer, with Marine Auctions CEO Adrian Seiffert reporting a clearance rate in the region of 60 percent.... [more]
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Northland Seafood Festival: Party's on at Marsden Cove this weekend
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 this 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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Thundercat Racing Championship - Double action for Penultimate Event
Thundercat Racing Championship,
Thundercat Racing Championship - Double action for Penultimate Event - Heading into this weekend's event the P750 class is led by Thundercat 28 – Aquarius Inflatables piloted by Sean Fisher and navigator Grant Pittard. The South African duo hold a comfortable 29 point lead on their closet rivals.... [more]
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Company update from the CEO of Riviera, John Anderson
As we prepare for a series of major boat shows both domestically and internationally over the coming months, I wanted to write to you personally to provide a further update on the positive steps we have taken in the ongoing restructure of Riviera.... [more]
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Climate change - the science is in and it's time to move on,
The Australian Academy of Science recently released its report on the science of climate change, The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. Not known for alarmist posturing, the Academy has stated clearly that the earth is changing because of climate change and that the changes in climate observed over the past century are due in large part to greenhouse gas emissions... [more]
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Hong Kong-based shipyard Kingship will build a new 47.5m yacht
Kingship Marine,
The yacht will be equipped with all the amenities and features that a 50+ metre yacht usually has. The yacht can accommodate 12 people in six suites. It will feature spacious lounges and open covered deck spaces for entertaining. All these areas are designed to be accessible from a central staircase.... [more]
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Southampton Boat Show - forecast unstable
Media Services,
Speaking on the opening day of the Southampton Boat Show, British Marine Federation chief executive Rob Stevens said the British industry seems to be defying recessionary factors, but there are still clouds ahead.... [more]
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Pearl Motor Yachts expand to Asia
Jack Haines,,
Pearl Motor Yachts will be represented by Hong Kong based Ocean Bright Marine as they branch out to the Asian market. Managing Director of Pearl, Iain Smallridge says, 'We have a significant and well established presence across Europe and are now looking to extend this internationally.... [more]
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Cannes Yacht Show shows signs of recovery
Cannes Boat Show,
As the doors to the 33rd Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show begin to close, yachting professionals find optimism increased, after two years of crisis.... [more]
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Great prizes the lure of Leisurefest Melbourne
Visitors to Melbourne Leisurefest from 30 September to 3 October will have a chance to win a Hobie kayak and other great prizes in the passport competition at the show, plus $4,000 worth of free fuel.... [more]
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Montavoci hints at a return to Class 1
Class 1 Powerboat,
After winning the Evolution World Championship in the GPS powerboat series, Italian throttleman, Giampaolo Montavoci, has hinted at a possible return to Class 1 racing.... [more]
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UN calls for coral reefs as no-fishing zones
Jeni Bone,
A study from the United Nations is calling for a global effort to safeguard coral reefs with networks of small no-fishing zones.... [more]
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Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship crowned
Susie Nation-Grainger,
Racing throughout the day the 27 finalists from across the country demonstrated great skill and speed at the throttle of their RIB's around a difficult course in the shadow of HMS Dauntless.... [more]
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Lake Mulwala comes alive with power boat racing
Grant Harrison,
Keep the last weekend in November (25-28th) free to be in Yarrawonga to witness the world's fastest power boats in action vying for the U.I.M. World Championship.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Shoalhaven assist at Shoalhaven River accident
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Shoalhaven assist at Shoalhaven River accident - The collision between two motor vehicles at the northern end of the Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River saw one of the vehicles catapulted into the river, trapping the driver inside the vehicle. A female passenger was rescued from the river by members of the public.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 Superstock Southampton Grand Prix of the Sea Preview
Sam Feasey,
Southampton Grand Prix of the Sea Preview - Seventeen teams, including five that will contest under Powerboat P1 colours for the very first time, will be taking part in four races on Southampton Water this weekend against the awe-inspiring PSP Southampton Boat Show backdrop.... [more]
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Adam Pedals off to the World Championships
Stephen Milne,
Two years ago, Riviera boat builder Adam Davidson couldn't even swim 100 metres, now he is on his way to fulfilling a long-held ambition to compete in the 2010 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary.... [more]
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It's on again, boats galore at Gold Coast auction
Bob Wonders,
Adrian Seiffert, and if that name sounds familiar you have plenty of company, for Adrian is the boat auction ‘king' of South East Queensland and he's back in action this weekend. He's set to raise the hammer to successful bidders with more than 50 vessels on sale at the Runaway Bay Marina.... [more]
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Marina of the Year Awards open for entry
Colin Bransgrove,
Marina of the Year Awards open for entry - The awards are open to all marinas across Australia. The assessment criteria includes marketing, service, facilities and standards, environmental responsibility, risk management, training, industry involvement, contribution to the local economy and outcomes against set objectives.... [more]
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NSW Government sets safety of beachgoers in sights
Department of Primary Industries,
NSW Government's commitment to protecting swimmers from the risk of shark attack continues with the 2010/2011 Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program underway at 51 of the State's most highly populated metropolitan beaches, NSW Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said today.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Motorsport Tour operator makes a grand entrance
Sam Feasey,
P1 SuperStock Championship 150 Class - John Wilson and Neil Scarborough have announced a new team sponsor ahead of the Southampton Grand Prix of the Sea this weekend.... [more]
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Australia's first free-fall life boat training facility
The Premier of Western Australia will officially open Australia's first free-fall life boat training facility at the IFAP (Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention), Offshore and Maritime Training Centre in Western Australia, 15 October 2010.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Day Skipper Experience down South
Elwing Discoveries .,
Elwing Discoveries is an outdoor adventure programme operating at Stewart Island, onboard ‘Elwing' our 14m (46 foot) yacht. The programme is often used by schools and has been very successful in all aspects, plus encouraging voyagees to appreciate, respect and enjoy being in the wilderness.... [more]
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Get ready for the next mass extinction - it's written in sea fossils
Media Services,
The world is facing a mass extinction event that could be greater than that of the dinosaurs, according to new research in to marine animals and their fossils.... [more]
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Proactive Action Taken By BIA Victoria - Accrediting Dealers
Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has taken moves to authorise its members under their new accreditation program; in return, raising the industry standards of safety for the general public.... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Centre appoints shipyard manager
Market Focus,
Gold Coast Marine Centre has appointed Australia's leading travel lift trainer, Shane Subichin as Shipyard Manager, as the centre embarks on a major program of expansion within Australia's largest Marine Precinct.... [more]
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