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  19 Nov 2010

Climb aboard and take a seat

Bob Wonders ©
Ahoy and welcome aboard as we troll our way through another edition of Powerboat-World.

Plenty of talk about this week, tempered sadly with the news that Australian water ski racing lost one of its greats with the passing of veteran Norm Griffin.

All at Powerboat-World pass on deepest condolences to the family.

On the powerboat racing front, it's been action stations around the world, from the USA, to Australia, to the Middle East to Europe.

Rememeber this is the Bridge to Bridge Weekend - NSW Maritime has granted exclusive use to a section of the Hawkesbury River to allow the Bridge to Bridge water-ski race to take place on November 20 and 21.

NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said eight NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers and patrol vessels would be on hand on Sunday the 21st to assist with the staging of the popular ski event, which begins at Dangar Island, near Brooklyn, and proceeds along the length of the Hawkesbury River finishing in the historic town of Windsor.

'Due to the potential to affect safe navigation, NSW Maritime has granted event organisers exclusive use of the width of the river from 8am to 5pm on Saturday from Sackville Ski Gardens to Windsor Bridge, and from 8am to 5pm on Sunday from Dangar Island to the Windsor Bridge,' Mr Dunn said. (more info on shortly)

Down in the Victorian city of Geelong, reigning Class 1 titleholders in the Offshore Superboat Championships, Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilse claimed two from two to keep their title defence in sight.

Down in the deep south of the USA, Super Boat International staged the 30th running of the legendary Key West Offshore titles which attracted ‘record crowds.'

It really is all happening!

Up on the Queensland Gold Coast, the management at the Runaway Bay Marina got together with the marina's tenants and staged a Boating Expo, which attracted worthwhile attendance over the weekend.

On the Saturday, Marine Auctions held one of its well-attended auctions on the marina, the highlight being the sale of a 70' Sunseeker Manhattan which attracted a winning bid well above the reserve.

A proverbial pat on the back, too for the Boating Industry Associaiton of NSW and NSW Maritime; the two combined to donate 400 life jackets for use by instructors across NSW.

NSW Maritime has also produced a handy boater's handbook.

This week there is news of the legal consequences of a nasty water skiing accident and a salutory warning.

So it's all here, folks, stuff you really care about and want to read and stuff that might not interest you all that much, but you'll read it anyway.

Maybe we can't please everyone, but we give it our best shot every week.

Keep calling back, by the way, as we endeavour (hey, that's a good name for a boat) to update the site with the news as it happens.

Bob Wonders

Australian Offshore Superboat Championships - Geelong gets a show
Vicky De George,
Australian Offshore Superboat Championships - High drama and high speed unfolded on Corio Bay today, as thousands of spectators lined the Geelong foreshore for round five of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships, the Geelong Classic.... [more]
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Australian ski racers mourn Norm Griffin
Bob Wonders,
'Stormin' Norman Griffin's passing attracts scores of tributes. He died on Friday, November 12,with family by his side after a lengthy battle with illness.... [more]
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Man Fined $4500 for Boating Incident
Penny Robins,
Man Fined $4500 for Boating Incident - A Victorian man was convicted and fined more than $4500 in the Moama Local Court this week for operating a recreational vessel and causing grievous bodily harm.... [more]
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Runaway Bay Marina hosts boating expo
Bob Wonders,
Marine management and tenants combine their talents. Honda Marine, with Queensland manager Mark Suuttle on deck, had one of the company's four-stroke engines rigged in a water drum and gave a numberof demonstrations to visitors.... [more]
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Key West world offshore championship goes to WHM Motorsports
Bob Wonders,
Record crowds attend 30th staging of the legendary Key West races. Fastest boat on the course was the Superboat Unlimited entry 'Cintron', with Hertb Stotler at the wheel and Richard Wyatt on throttles.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - New handbook for NSW boaters
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime's 2010-2011 Safe Boating Handbook is now available free throughout the State in print and online.... [more]
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B&G unveils navigation system with Broadband Radar
Sandman Public Relations,
B&G unveils navigation system with Broadband Radar - Bringing the benefits of B&G race performance to cruising sailors in an easy-to-use format, Zeus has been designed as a fully-integrated, high-performance navigation system with bright, sunlight viewable displays and features unique and dedicated sailing functions.... [more]
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Superboat Championship - Maritimo Offshore Race Team's Geelong triumph
Bob Wonders,
Superboat Championship update: They said he couldn't do it, but Tom Barry-Cotter has no intention of surrendering his Class 1 Offshore Superboat Championship without a fight. With Norway's Pal Virik Nilsen on throttles, Tom piloted the supercharged 1860hp catamaran ‘Mustang' to victory in both races in the penultimate round of the 2010 championship.... [more]
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NSW Maritime donates hundreds of Lifejackets
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime Donates Hundreds of Lifejackets - NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn joined with Boating Industry Association General Manager Roy Privett to hand over 400 inflatable lifejackets to be used by instructors in boating safety.... [more]
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Port of Airlie welcomes Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Melanie Roberts,
The luxury apartments have been designed to capitalise on their premium waterfront position and will be set in a rich tropical landscape, surrounded by a suite of exclusive boutiques and restaurants.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2010 - Much anticipated race postponed
F1 H2O,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2010 - The much anticipated invitational racing event consisting of a very special group of past World Champions and notable race winners representing their various nations in a one off 'Race of Champions' scheduled for early December in Abu Dhabi has been postponed to the start of the 2011 campaign.... [more]
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'I would have gone down with my yacht.' Pirate sailor victim tells
Plettenberg Bay/Sail-World Cruising,
The South African yacht skipper whose crew were kidnapped by Somali pirates last week was willing to 'go down' with his vessel. In a blow by blow account of the traumatic hijacking off the Tanzanian coast on October 26, Peter Eldridge, 61, yesterday explained that he was prepared to sink his yacht, SY Choizil, if the pirates made it their 'mother ship' to rob other vessels.... [more]
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Sydney Bridge-to-Bridge - Australia's leaders head for the Hawkesbury
Sean Henshelwood,
Sydney Bridge-to-Bridge - Sydney's Hawkesbury River will come alive this weekend with the 49th annual running of the iconic Sydney Bridge-to-Bridge ski racing classic.... [more]
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New Recreational Fishing Guide for Victoria - Know your limits
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
The 2010-11 edition of the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide has been released and includes important information about closed seasons, bag limits, minimum sizes and permitted equipment.... [more]
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New ruler for Murray cod Victorian fishing season opening
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
The recreational fishing season for Murray cod in Victoria opens on Wednesday December 1, 2010, following a three month closed season which allows the fish to breed.... [more]
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60 days announced for recreational abalone take in Vic central waters
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Fisheries Victoria has announced the 60 nominated open days for the recreational take of abalone from central Victorian marine waters for the 2010-11 season.... [more]
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Bidders 'go to war' over 70' Sunseeker
Bob Wonders,
Observers 'amazed' when luxury boat's price exceeds reserve. Bill Fankhauser, manager of Marine Auctions' Gold Coast branch, said it had previously been 'extremely difficult' to sell luxury boats due to the current economy.... [more]
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Novel Ocean-Crust Mechanism could affect world's carbon budget
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Novel Ocean-Crust Mechanism could affect world's carbon budget - The Earth is constantly manufacturing new crust, spewing molten magma up along undersea ridges at the boundaries of tectonic plates. The process is critical to the planet's metabolism, including the cycle of underwater life and the delicate balance of carbon in the ocean and atmosphere.... [more]
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Dive into Native Fish Awareness Week
Alyssa Fitzgerald,
Dive into Native Fish Awareness Week - Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) Native Fish Strategy Coordinator, Charlie Carruthers, said events were planned right across the Murray-Darling Basin and that anyone interested in helping native fish should come along to events in their local area.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove in 2011 - Exhibitor Interest High
Kate Duryea,
Sanctuary Cove 2011 International Boat Show has attracted more than 130 exhibitor applications within two weeks of bookings opening.... [more]
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Global Boating Industry Statistics book out now
The latest annual statistics book from ICOMIA is now available, providing the recreational marine industry with the only reliable global boating statistics on the market.... [more]
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The Chandler family speaks of pirate ordeal
Scott of California,
The Chandler family, the centre of all political and economic pressure during the kidnap of Paul and Rachel Chandler, as well as their own roller coaster grief at the couple's incarceration, have issued the following statement, principally asking for the media and others to respect Paul and Rachel's privacy as they recover from their ordeal... [more]
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Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion Henry brings his prize home to West Kirby
Alan Henderson,
Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship - Young powerboat driver Henry Hughes, 12, was the star of the show at a ceremony at West Kirby Sailing Club. Henry won the prestigious Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship two months ago. His prize was a brand new Honwave T40 powerboat, with a Honda BF20 engine, for his club.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for Club - Six days left enter now!! &,
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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Australia sailors rescued from Fiji bound sinking yacht,
NSW Marine Area Command Police have pulled off a challenging rescue in treacherous conditions, 15 hours out to sea, saving a couple from their sinking yacht. At 9.45am today the couple were successfully rescued after their emergency beacon (EPIRB) was activated at 3.15pm yesterday from their 13 metre yacht about 170 nautical miles (325km) east of Wollongong.... [more]
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Low interest rate finance on Honda outboards
Sandman Public Relations,
Low interest rate finance on Honda outboards - Available to approved customers, Honda Australia marine manager Chris Schultz said the low interest rate finance presented a great opportunity for boaters to upgrade to Honda's world-leading four-stroke technology.... [more]
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Chandlers rejoice, South African sailors to expect 'lengthy ordeal'
Nancy Knudsen,
While the families of a South African yachting couple kidnapped by pirates and now hostages in southern Somalia have been told to expect a lengthy ordeal, the British sailing couple Paul and Rachel Chandler, just released, are rejoicing after 388 days in captivity.... [more]
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Super Boat Friday - Great action in Key West
Super Boat Friday,
Super Boat Friday - Great action in Key West - Teams took to the waters off Key West for the second day of racing. See some of the action from around the 30th Annual Key West World Championships... [more]
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New Appointment for Sanctuary Cove Boat Show: Sue Thomson
Ms Sue Thomson has been appointed General Manager Events and Marketing for Sanctuary Cove.... [more]
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Groundwater threat to rivers worse than suspected
In an address to the Groundwater 2010 Conference in Canberra, CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship scientist, Dr David Rassam, said land-use practices that reduce groundwater recharge into rivers and streams could significantly reduce low flows in nearby rivers and streams.... [more]
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Coniston Records Week results
Coniston Records Week,
Coniston Records Week results - The annual Lake District event, moved from its traditional venue of Lake Windermere after the imposition of a 10mph speed limit there in April, was a huge success with a wealth of new world and national records set.... [more]
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