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  29 Nov 2010


Editorial, November 29, 2010.

Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, up the gangway and be prepared for another unveiling of all the news that matters from all around the world.

First up, the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships have drawn to a close and what about young Tom Barry-Cotter?

With his Norwegian throttleman aboard the supercharged catamaran ‘Mustang', Tom has come from a seemingly impossible position to take his third successive national championship.

0023 wi Hellrazor ski's - Sydney Bridge to Bridge   Theo Spykers ©

Plenty of offshore racing news from elsewhere, too, as well as the world's most famous water ski race, Sydney's iconic Bridge to Bridge.

Down Sydney way again, and Riviera owners have ‘gone black tie' and if that's not classy enough how about the stunning Italian creation, the Aqua Riva by Gucci?

Can't get any more class than that.

Colleague Jeni Bone introduces us to Sue Thomson, recently appointed general manager events and marketing, for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

No doubt we'll be seeing more of Sue.

Uss Cole bombed in Yemen from small boat  

News from the US, where te Homeland Security Department, that their proposal that all small pleasure craft down the the smallest of tinnies would have to have a transponder, for security and survelliance purpose, a reaction to the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, could not work, because the Feds just did not have enough resources to watch every one...seems like that will be a victory for common scene.

Wearing a consumer hat, I've cast my mind back over the boat show scene. Do today's major boating exhibitions offer value for money? I think generally they do, but if you disagree or have any boat show comment you'd care to make, then you know where we are.

Just received more details on the death of one of Australia's powerboating personalities John Cross, whose Miscreant flipped after he crossed the finish line on Lake Mulwala yesterday. We will provide more details over the coming days.

Bob Wonders

Grand Prix Power boat driver killed at Mulwala,
The powerboat community is mourning the death of one of its leading racers, who has died after a high-speed powerboat crash at the World Grand Prix Championships at Lake Mulwala near Yarrawonga in Victoria's northeast yesterday.... [more]
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F-4S showdown begins at Doha
F1 H2O,
F-4S - The introduction of the F-4S series in conjunction with F1H2O has proved a great success in 2010. Not only has it added to the spectacle of the weekends race programme, but the competition has been intense.... [more]
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Formula Four Grand Prix - Top gun Samuelsson reigns in Doha
F1 H2O,
Formula Four Grand Prix - Yet again Swedish driver Oskar Samuelsson showed his superiority winning the Formula Four Grand Prix of Qatar today, after qualifying on pole position.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship - Jay Price completes cycle and wins!
F1 H2O,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship - Qatar Team driver Jay Price led from start to finish winning by 4.42 seconds at his home Grand Prix and has now moved into first place in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating at the Eighth Grand Prix of Qatar in front of tens of thousands of fans along the corniche on the edge of the Arabian Gulf in Doha Bay.... [more]
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The Great God – Zeus from Brookes and Gatehouse
John Curnow,
At some point in boat ownership, virtually everyone has had to work his or her way through one device not talking with another. When trying to get the information feed from one instrument displayed elsewhere, it has often proven very difficult, at best. Additionally, there are lots of connectors to fail and good old-fashioned water to get into any place it can find.... [more]
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Designer - Jim Young: Powerboats Account for 80% of the Market
Daniel Johnston,
Powerboat pioneer and iconic local designer Jim Young describes the development of the powerboat market post WWII. Young is known as the forefather of modern New Zealand powerboat design. His hallmark Vindex and Formula series created the model for the deep vee powerboat as we know it. This article is part of a series based on Young's unpublished autobiography.... [more]
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NSW Government - Shark research project is no bull
Minister Steve Whan,
NSW Government's pioneering research project studying the movements of bull sharks in Sydney Harbour has moved up to the North Coast, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, said today.... [more]
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Department of Fisheries WA - Stock research reveals new considerations
Department of Fisheries WA,
Department of Fisheries WA - Threadfin (often called threadfin salmon) occur as a series of separated stocks along Western Australia's northern coast, which means that targeted fishing could result in local depletions.... [more]
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Monitoring small vessels isn't easy - Transponders will waste time?
Anthony L. Kimery,
Monitoring small vessels isn't easy - The US's Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) ability to track 'all small vessels - through transponders or other methods - may be of limited utility because of the large number of small vessels, the difficulty identifying threatening actions, the challenges associated with getting resources on scene in time to prevent an attack.... [more]
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Sue Thomson sailing in to Sanctuary Cove boat show and other events
Jeni Bone,
Sue Thomson, the recently appointed general manager events and marketing for Sanctuary Cove on Queensland's Gold Coast, is looking forward to many things about her new role.... [more]
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Eighth Grand Prix of Qatar - Price's spectacular lap earns him Pole
F1 H2O,
Eighth Grand Prix of Qatar - Qatar Team driver Jay Price put pressure aside as all eyes were on the American driver to do well and he didn't disappoint by setting the fastest lap of the day and earning pole position leading the field of 19 drivers from 11 different countries for tomorrow's Eighth Grand Prix of Qatar on Doha Bay beginning at 12:00 GMT.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 Powerboat Championship - Fazza crowned World champions
UIM Class One,
UIM Class 1 Abu Dhabi GP. Defending World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi produced a Championship winning drive to clinch a tenth World title for Dubai's Victory Team, winning a dramatic race 2 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with two separate incidents involving Victory 2010 and a collision between Skydive Dubai and Negotiator.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers out in force this weekend
Penny Robbins,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will be out in force on Hunter inland dams this weekend, Chief Executive Steve Dunn said. 'It is perfect timing to launch a safety equipment campaign this weekend. 'NSW Maritime will have four patrol boats and four Boating Safety Officers (BSOs) conducting patrols of the Hunter inland waterways, conducting safety equipment checks.'... [more]
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NSW Maritime Medal winners announced
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime Medal winners announced - Mr Dunn said the NSW Maritime Medal was designed to acknowledge those who made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the maritime community.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Team Abu Dhabi celebrates win
Nigel Quilter,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship: Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson are celebrating a famous victory after winning race 1 of their home Grand Prix, ahead of Victory 2010's Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi, with Giovanni Carpitella and Class 1 debutant Luca Fendi completing the podium in Negotiator.... [more]
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Riviera Owners enter the High Rollers Stakes
Stephen Milne,
Dressed in black bow ties and tiaras, 80 Riviera owners approached their target by tender for a mission only Riviera agents could handle, a mission hosted by Riviera's R Marine Pittwater. Among the Riviera owners were Peter and Denise Haig and Miles and Cathy Fink who boarded Refuge Bay's first ever floating casino - Casino Riviera.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 - Team Abu Dhabi celebrate home win
UIM Class One,
UIM Class 1 - Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson are celebrating a famous victory after winning race 1 of their home Grand Prix, ahead of Victory 2010's Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi, with Giovanni Carpitella and Class 1 debutant Luca Fendi completing the podium in Negotiator.... [more]
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Class One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Welmax on pole
Nigel Quilter,
Norwegians Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg have one hand firmly on the Edox Pole Position Championship after taking their fourth straight win in qualifying to put their Mercury V8-powered Welmax... [more]
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Snapper bonanza backed by compliance blitz
Alan Everett - VIC DPI,
Victorian Fisheries officers issued more than 50 fines to recreational anglers on the weekend as part of a wide ranging blitz to enforce snapper bag limits and other regulations.... [more]
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Sydney Bridge to Bridge - Hellrazor takes Sydney Bridge honours
Sean Henshelwood,
Sydney Bridge to Bridge - Hellrazor takes Sydney Bridge honours - For Mark Cranny [driver] and Damien Matthews [observer] it was win number three for the pair (Matthews also has a win under his belt as a skier), whilst for skiers Jason ‘Ziggy' Walmsley and Peter Proctor, it was the second time the pair had achieved outright victory, although it was their first together behind ‘Hellrazor'.... [more]
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The glorious cruisers of Moreton Bay
Bob Wonders,
Those fabulous halcyon days when boats were built of wood. Now in its second printing, 'Classic Moreton Bay Cruisers', sub-titled 'A collection of Australian wooden boats', this absolutely stunning publication is a credit to author Andrew Harper, photographer David Millar and historian Peter Ludlow.... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Victory's new boat shows its pedigree
Nigel Quilter,
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Dubai's Victory Team dominated first official practice for the Grand Prix, locking out the top three positions... [more]
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Climate change clues in the rough seas of the Southern Ocean
British Antarctic Survey,
On 30th November 2010 scientists aboard the RRS James Cook will be leaving Punta Arenas, Chile to study the movement of water in the Southern Ocean. During the six-week expedition the scientists will be looking for signs of a man-made tracer that was released two years ago at a depth of 1500 metres.... [more]
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Southern bluefin tuna listed as conservation dependent
Hon Tony Burke MP,
The southern bluefin tuna will receive national protection after Australian federal environment minister Tony Burke listed the species under national environment law. 'Australia's tuna fishers are already working towards sustainable management, such a plan is already in place.'... [more]
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Arrests close illegal Abalone trafficking operation
Lyall Grey,
Arrests close illegal Abalone trafficking operation - Underwater diving equipment, a night viewing device, binoculars and radios together with a commercial quantity of abalone were allegedly discovered in both a rental car and another car parked nearby.... [more]
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Round Britain 2012 - Sea and Air Joint Venture announced
Stuart McKean,
Round Britain 2012 (RB12) and AviationExpo Europe today announced that they will be joining forces to provide a unique opportunity for pilots to get a head start in their preparations for RB12... [more]
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UIM Class 1 - Fazza and Welmax have championship title in their sights
UIM Class One,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Nine boats will line up for this week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and a repeat of last year's race win-double by World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi will seal the Emirati duo their third World titles.... [more]
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‘Mustang' miracle! Champions make it three from three
Bob Wonders,
Astonishing victory following a disastrous beginning to the season. Earlier, the race had been re-started after ‘Qatar 96', with multiple world champion Steve Curtis and Qatar's Ali Al-Neama on board, rolled at a marker buoy and finished upside down.... [more]
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Australian Offshore Superboat Championship images by Greg Maunder
Greg Maunder images,
Photographer Greg Maunder captured the action at the recent Australian Offshore Superboat Championship at Sandringham Victoria and has sent these images for your enjoyment.... [more]
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Garmin to launch echo series fishfinders
Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation has announced the echo series – a new line of standalone fishfinders that raise the standard in sonar performance and ease of use.... [more]
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