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  02 Oct 2010

Editorial - News from across the World

Welcome aboard, the engines are warmed up and we're ready to cast off.

As usual we've got news to bear from all points of the compass, from across the Land Down Under to the USA, the UK and parts of S.E. Asia.

Big news in the wind here in Australia with the inaugural UIM World Championships for Unlimited Displacement powerboats, the field set to include ‘K 69', an American K boat which its crew claims may be the world's fastest at 155mph (250km/hr).

Across the blue Pacific, on the sometimes turbulent waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Super Boats go into action at the second annual Clearwater Grand Prix.

In other racing news, Tim Seebold, a legendary figure in F1 powerboats, has joined the Abu Dhabi team for a tilt at the UIM H20 world titles.

Tim Seebold - UIM F1 H2O Championship 2010  UIM F1 H2OWorld Championship ©

And no one can say we don't look after our marine mammals here in Australia; unmanned military drones are cruiseing the skies keeping a watchful eye om whales, dolphins and seals.

Good news for the Australian boating industry from America's Newport International Boat Show; the stylish Palm Beach 50, built in Sydney, has been named best new powerboat at the show.

While mentioning Sydney, the Sydney-based Boating Industry Association of New South Wales, always to the fore when it comes to promoting boating, has come up with an innovative 50 Point Safety Check for boat owners.

Nearly 40 authorised dealerships and mechanical workshops across the state are supporting the scheme, which also has the full support of Marine Rescue NSW.

So, it's all happening and we hope you enjoy the read. Don't forget to make regular visits, we're always on the case and always looking to up-date the site with news as it happens.

Bob Wonders

UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2010 - Tim Seebold joins Abu Dhabi team!
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2010 - The winningest driver in the history of North American F1 powerboat racing, Tim Seebold, has accepted an invitation to join the Team Abu Dhabi organization, running a third boat sponsored by Skydive Dubai for the final six races of the 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship.... [more]
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Anglers clean up local waterways in Victoria
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Recreational anglers and community groups across the state joined forces and volunteered part of their weekend to clean up local rivers and lakes of Victoria. Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, within the Department of Primary Industries Anthony Hurst said more than 140 volunteers from 12 organisations participated in the inaugural Clean a Stream Day on Sunday September 26.... [more]
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Fishing for small grants - A huge success in Victoria
Department of Primary Industries,
Revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences has funded 10 more projects to improve fishing opportunities across the state of Victoria. Most of the projects involve promoting recreational fishing to the community through participation in angling clinics and festivals.... [more]
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'Perfect timing' look set to make safety check a winner
Bob Wonders,
Nearly 40 authorised marine dealerships and workshops acorss NSW support the 50 Point Safety Check. Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW, described the check as 'a great way to avoid unwanted breakdowns.'... [more]
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UIM World Unlimited Displacement Championships loom on Murray River
Bob Wonders,
World's fastest Unlimited Displacement boats to clash on the 'Mighty Murray.' Top US contender can top 155mph! (250km/hr).... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Showdown at Stresa
Class 1,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Eight boats will line up on Lake Maggiore this weekend when Class 1 teams resume rivalries in the Italian Grand Prix, round 4 of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, where the first major title of the season, the European Championship, will be decided and Class 1 celebrates its 150th Grand Prix of the modern era.... [more]
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US Super Boats face unpredictable seas off Clearwater, Florida
Bob Wonders,
Offshore crews battling for points as season draws to a close. The City of Clearwater is set to 'roll out the red carpet' for the crews, the action starting with the Race Village Party at the Promenade on the Bay on the Friday evening (Oct 1).... [more]
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Long Weekend Boating Safety Reminder from Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue units all along the coast have been experiencing the annual Spring 'Boating Breakdown' phenomenon as skippers launch their boats for the first time after the winter layoff.... [more]
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Lowrance's X-factor
Navico Australia,
Lowrance's X-factor - The Lowrance X-Series offers anglers several performance options for a variety of fishing and boating conditions. Equipped with a rugged, low-profile 200kHz Skimmer® transducer, the X-4 delivers a wide, effective fish-detection area of up to 60° with high-sensitivity settings to depths of over 180m.... [more]
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Turanor Planet Solar on her way
Dima Ivanov,
The 31m solar powered, carbon fibre wavepiercer catamaran 'Turanor Planet Solar', designed by New Zealand's Auckland-based LOMOcean Design, departed Monaco this Monday on the first leg of a world tour intended to highlight sustainable energy.... [more]
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Planes watching over Australia's marine mammals
Freya Contos/Murdoch University,
Murdoch University - Unmanned aircraft have been zooming around Shark Bay for the past week in Australia's first trial to see whether these military style drones can help us manage and conserve our marine mammals.... [more]
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Newport Int'l Boat Show - Best New Powerboat in Show won by Australian
Sam Crichton,
Newport International Boat Show 2010 - Australian designed and built, the Palm Beach 50, which made its debut in the USA motor boat market two weeks ago has been awarded Best New Power Boat in Show. Along with this award the Palm Beach 50 also won the Powerboat 30' and Over category.... [more]
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NSW Maritime switches on Eucumbene Alpine web camera
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime will today switch on the 16th web camera on NSW waterways, allowing boaters to view live boating conditions at Lake Eucumbene.... [more]
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BoatUS urges Boaters to speak up on Ethanol - EPA decision imminent
In a matter of days, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce its decision on whether to approve the addition of up to 50% more ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply, from the current 10% (E10) concentration to a potential 15% (E15).... [more]
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SuperStock Championship - Lymington all set to crown Champions
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship curtains draws down on the first ever event in Lymington this weekend. After four rounds of exhilarating race action, 17 fearless teams will compete at the season-ending Grand Prix of the Sea on the Hampshire coast on Saturday, where the overall 2010 P1 series champions will also be crowned.... [more]
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BIA VIC Women's Networking Lunch
BIA Vic,
Thursday 18 November will be one for the girls, with the BIA Vic hosting a superb luncheon event to celebrate Women in Marine Business, with special guest speaker Sail-World Cruising editor, Nancy Knudsen.... [more]
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Dramatic rescue of five as power catamaran sinks,
Dramatic rescue of five fishermen as power catamaran sinks - five West Australian fishermen, aged between 30 and 50, were returning from a fishing trip to the Abrolhos Islands last night when their 14 metre power catamaran Two-J began sinking.... [more]
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F4 'Drivers Of The Future' Class For F1 - Premiers in Linyi
F4 'Drivers Of The Future' Class For F1 - Premiers in Linyi - The new introductory series on the tour, will highlight young, upcoming drivers who are developing towards their dream of driving the ultimate class of racing on water, the UIM F1 H2O World Championship.... [more]
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'Sydney Weekender' gets hooked on luxury game fishing
Anna Szulerecka, Unique Venues,
Motor Yacht Charters Sydney (MYCS), a new Australian owned charter company, introduced Mike Whitney and his Channel Seven Sydney Weekender crew to game fishing in style when they came aboard Pisces earlier this week.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 - Stresa building up for weekend spectacular
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship,
UIM Class 1 - Stresa building up for weekend spectacular - What the tens of thousands of spectators who are expected to descend on this stunning and picturesque venue will be craving is an Italian win on home waters, to emulate the last Italian success in Italy enjoyed by Edoardo Polli and Lamberto Leoni, who won in Tarranto back in 1997.... [more]
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Ski racers give World Titles course ‘thumbs up'
Wade Bennett,
The stage is set for Queensland to host its first-ever World Ski Racing championships. Moreton Bay has passed its test with flying colours, with proven international ace Chris Stout (World champion in ‘03) up behind ‘Burnin' claiming victory in Open Men.... [more]
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Long-Distance larvae speed to new undersea vent homes
Working in a rare, 'natural seafloor laboratory' of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other institutions have discovered what they believe is an undersea superhighway carrying tiny life forms unprecedented distances to inhabit the post-eruption site.... [more]
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Review of trial PWC exclusions in Eurobodalla shire NSW
Penny Robins,
Review of trial PWC exclusions in Eurobodalla shire - Mr Whitmore said the trial began in late 2004 following community concerns about the use of these craft in the area. 'The majority of people who ride personal watercraft do so responsibly and do the right thing but as in many cases, there is often a minority who either flout or ignore the rules,' Mr Whitmore said.... [more]
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Two high speed crashes, but injury avoided at Redcliffe Offshore
Bob Wonders,
Despite accidents, Redcliffe again proves a first class venue for the offshore superboats. ‘Trojan Steel', the Class 1 Melbourne entry, was the first to go, losing control after hitting wash on the opening lap.... [more]
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Queensland Coral Reef spawning closures 2010
Coral reef fin fish in Qld will be off limits for two periods this year to protect these fish during spawning.... [more]
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Your fishing licence fees at work in Lake Tyers
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Research funded by fishing licence revenue has highlighted black bream and dusky flathead as the major angling drawcards in one of East Gippsland's most popular estuaries.... [more]
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World Championship Powerboat Races to roar into Key West
InSite Sports Directory,
Key West World Championships are to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island's legendary Duval Street, slated to begin at 4pm Sunday, November 7. The action continues throughout the week, with leading American and international teams to compete in high-speed races Wednesday, November 10; Friday, November 12, and Sunday, November 14.... [more]
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Power Champion dedicates his trophy to late Father
Yachting WA,
A beautiful Saturday afternoon a couple of weeks back, greeted the 48 power boats for their final Yachting WA Cruising and Power Yacht Committee State Heat for 2010. This season placings were very close and this frenzied final event determined the State Champions.... [more]
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Cyber – attacks with fake antivirus message repelled by Marine sites
As the Internet becomes the entertainment news and commercial focus worldwide, attempts by cyber-criminal groups continue to disrupt business.... [more]
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