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  08 Oct 2010


Stow the gear, hoist the anchor, we're away on another voyage of news from around the world.

Quite a bit to keep your interest too, I trust, from powerboat racing to powerboat building and from weather warnings to boat show exhibitions.

On the subject of boat shows, I was extremely pleased to note that the ever-improving Mandurah International Boat Show in Western Australia is paying tribute to the late Malcolm Douglas.

Described as Australia's ‘original crocodile man', Malcolm was an adventurer, a film maker, a fisherman, and outdoorsman and, believe it or not, a bit of a 'greenie.'

I knew the bearded wanderer well a few years back and was shocked to learn of his lonely death when his motor vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle crash.

The big fellow will be missed.

Across the blue Pacific, in beautifully Orlando, Florida, to be precise prominent boat manufacturer Regal Marine is hard at work releasing new models and updating current boats.

We preview what the company is up to and hope Australia's Regal dealership Premier Marine will soon be right at the front line.

Bob Wonders ©

Also in Florida, this time Clearwater, on the Gulf Coast, Super Boats International has staged another successful event and we've got some great action shots from Rodrick Cox to keep you entertained.

In other news, the Ferretti Group, designer and builder of some of the world's most luxurious motor yachts, is poised to involve itself with the Chinese and Indian markets, while AIMEX, also known as the Australian International Export Group is to host an Australian pavilion at South Korea's Yacht and Boat Show.

On the home front, the ‘midnight oil' is being burnt at the race headquarters of the Maritimo Offshore Race Team with its own boats, ‘Mustang' and ‘Maritimo' being prepared for rounds five and six of the Offshore Superboat Championships.

As if that's not enough, crew chief Peter McGrath and his crew also have to ready ‘Qatar 96' and bring ‘Trojan Steel\' back to race trim after its crash off Redcliffe.

Finally, I can tell all and sundry one thing – the weather along Australia's eastern seaboard is proving no help to recreational boating.

Big seas, strong winds and rain, rain\, rain and more rain has been the norm.

Queensland, for example, has just experienced its wettest September in history and one prominent city in the north received its September rainfall average in less than 24-hours.

So far, October is not looking any better and the most recent weather forecast I looked at was predicting rain and thunderstorms for the next nine days.

I'd strongly advise any boat owner to check with local authorities before casting off.

Meanwhile, the sun will shine, believe me, I just don't know when!

Bob Wonders

‘Super Heat' wins Super Boat National Championship at Clearwater
Bob Wonders,
More than 30 of the USA's top offshore racers do battle off Clearwater, Florida. Record crowds and a record number of spectator boats, estimated at more than 5200 vessels, lined the 2.5 mile beachfront course leaving little, if any, room to spare.... [more]
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The Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The Census of Marine Life, a ten-year project to catalog all life in the sea, discovered more than 6,000 new species during its 'decade of discovery,' scientists reported as they unveiled its results at a finale event in London Oct. 4-6. The collaboration combined the efforts of scientists from research organizations in more than 80 nations, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.... [more]
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Offshore Superboat Championships ‘lose' one race
Bob Wonders,
Two-race format won't work at Sandringham and could have a serious effect on final points. Race Director Russell Embleton said the Sandringham involved too much travel to and from the pit area to stage a two-race format.... [more]
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AIMEX members will showcase in Korea
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has for the first time organized the Australian Pavilion at Yacht & Boat Korea to be staged in the shipbuilding province of Gyeongsangnam in South Korea, 14-17 October.... [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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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Grandad Bill bags third RYA National Championship
The Lancashire Powerboat Racer from St Helens has had a phenomenal year not only has he turned 54 and became a grandfather but he also secured his third RYA National Championship title.... [more]
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National Zapcat Championship - Zapcats Fly in Fistral Finale
Zapcats originated from South Africa where since the early 80's local crews have raced inflatable boats down treacherous rivers and along rugged coastlines. They were developed from life saving surf rescue craft for racing and leisure boats.... [more]
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Mandurah Boat Show: Paying tribute to Malcolm Douglas
Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show,
While the show must go on, we know that this year's Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show will be missing something important. Our good friend Malcolm Douglas passed away on 23rd September in an accident at his Crocodile Park in Broome. He leaves behind a legacy that will not be easily forgotten.... [more]
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Bayliner awarded for excellence
For the third consecutive year, Bayliner has been recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) sponsored Marine Industry CSI Award Program in three product categories: deck boats, sterndrive bowrider boats, and sterndrive cuddy and express boats.... [more]
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SIBEX heralds 2010 show with big brands
Grand Pavois,
China will soon welcome the world's boating brands and buyers, at the fourth annual SIBEX show, held in Shenzhen China, 4-7 November 2010.... [more]
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Lost and found: Census of Marine Life turns up hundreds of species
Jeni Bone,
A species that had previously been deemed extinct, was discovered on an underwater peak in the Coral Sea, along with hundreds of new species, in a $669m decade-long global marine survey, 'Census of Marine Life', conducted by scientists across the area between Australia and New Caledonia.... [more]
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Maritime Alert - North Coast NSW
Neil Patchett,
Maritime Alert: North Coast - Acting Regional Manager Steve Black says heavy rains on the mid-north and north coast is cause for caution. 'The rain is causing some flooding and the waterways most affected at this stage are the Bellinger, Kalang and Orara Rivers.... [more]
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Fishing impacts study off the Pilbara coast WA
Dept Fisheries WA,
Fishing impacts study off the Pilbara coast - This project will be the first time that a comparison of the fish stocks and habitats will be made between areas open or closed to trawling for a long period of time. Areas that are trawled and trapped with different levels of fishing effort will also be examined.... [more]
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Class 1 Powerboat Italian Grand Prix - Fazza in race 2 thriller
UIM Class 1,
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi produced a champions' drive to win race 2 of the Italian Grand Prix to become the 2010 UIM Class 1 European Champions, with Primatist-GSG Ceramic Design finishing second ahead of Skydive Dubai.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour attracts most fishers - but can they eat their catch?
Media Services,
A Department of Primary Industries report shows Sydney Harbour has the most recreational fishers per square kilometre of any NSW waterway. This has prompted authorities to express concern about the consumption of poisoned fish caught west of the Harbour Bridge.... [more]
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Recreational Boating & Fishing Fed study offers consumer insight
Media Services,
The US Recreational Boating & Fishing Federation (RBFF) released new research this week that it said will help the boating industry better understand consumer attitudes toward boat purchases.... [more]
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Fishers get ready: the marine reserve system is coming
Senator Ron Boswell,
LNP Queensland Senator Ron Boswell stated today that the new government will proceed with its plan for a vast network of marine reserves around the coast of the country, to the detriment of industry and recreational fishers.... [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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