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  07 Dec 2010

Boating news from the Asia Pacific

Anyone out there recommend an efficient psychiatric ward?

That's where I'll be headed unless there's a break in the deluge swamping Queensland and coastal regions at present.

Barely a day goes by without heavy rainfall, with rivers at peak height, residents busy filling sandbags to boost levees beaches being seriously eroded and the boating industry being severely hampered.

And not a thing we mere mortals can do about it.

Warwick Lupton pilots 'Annihilator' to victory in the UIM World Hydroplane GP om Lake Mulwala.  Theo Spykers

On with the news; Kiwi ace Warwick Lupton has put it to the Aussie contingent at the UIIM World Hydroplane championships and the powerboat racing competitors, including the New Zealanders, mourns the loss of another driver.

Popular John Cross, 47-year-old pilot of the Blown Alcohol Displacement boat, ‘Rival', dead after a shocking accident.

One can only lament that's racing.

The loss of John Cross makes three fatalities this year, following on from the loss of champion drivers Brian McCosker and American Dave Bryant at Taree last Easter.

While one must admit there is an element of danger associated with all forms of motor sport, not just powerboat racing, the sad fact of life is that we will lose five times or lives on the nation's highways every weekend than powerboat racing claims.

Life, however, goes on; many sectors of the industry are slowing down as we approach the Christmas season.

Marine Auctions will stage its final sale for 2010 this coming weekend, with more than 30 vessels scheduled to go under the hammer at the Runaway Bay Marina on the Queensland Gold Coast.

We shall keep you informed of its results.

Plenty more to maintain your interest within the pages of Powerboast-World.

Let me close by extending deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow competitors of the late John Cross.

Our thoughts are with you.

Bob Wonders

Australian Offshore Challenge - Bass Strait 2011
Roger Dickeson,
Australian Offshore Challenge - Join us in February 2011 for the ultimate city to city Powerboat Navigation Rally... [more]
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John Cross accident a 'devastating blow' to powerboat racing
Bob Wonders,
Loss of popular driver leaves fellow competitors and mates 'gutted.' He wa showing signs of life when brought ashore and a helicopter was immediately called to rush him to hospital, but we understand he passed away on board from head and chest injuries.... [more]
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Cod Classic Fishing Competition
Neil Patchett,
Cod Classic Fishing Competition - Stormy and humid weather led to a reduction in total numbers for the 2010 Cod Classic Fishing Competition on the weekend but there were still plenty of boats about, according to NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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B&G launches powerful wave technology processor
Jamie Millar/Estelle Baldry,
B&G has launched its impressive new WTP3 Wave Technology Processor, providing competitive sailors the accuracy and performance they demand.... [more]
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Sydney's Aquatic Events – Free safe boating guide
NSW Maritime,
Sydney's busy schedule of summer aquatic events gets underway this week with the Sail Sydney regatta over the four days of Monday 6 to Thursday 9 December. This coincides with the release of the latest safety guide to Sydney's major aquatic events for boat owners and spectators.... [more]
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The rains came...and stayed and stayed and, you guessed it, stayed
Bob Wonders,
Rainfall across Australia's eastern seaboard described as 'beyond extraordinary.' Marinas, marine dealerships and brokerages are virtually deserted as the rain tumbles down.... [more]
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Challenging 2010 for Australian marina sector - but a brighter outlook
Mark Cherrington,
Despite a challenging 2010, initiatives developed by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) over the past few years are beginning to bear fruit, making it well placed for next year and beyond.... [more]
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Queensland's Marine Industry: 2010 Report card
Marine Qld,
The 2010 Queensland Marine Industry Annual Report has been completed providing an overall review of the performance of Queensland's marine industry.... [more]
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UIM F1 Powerboat World Championship - Face to face showdown for title
UIM World Championship,
Face to face showdown for 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship. What was a week ago a five driver struggle for the championship has come down to two ex-World Champions that will be played out this upcoming Friday afternoon on the Khalid Lagoon for the eighth and final round of the 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship and the 12th Grand Prix of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.... [more]
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Maritime brothers in arms join forces to deliver a New Ocean
Creating Demand,
Marine industry legends Keith Hanson and Ian Reynolds have joined forces once again to deliver the first New Ocean Yachts 640 Sports Yacht to Darwin - the first of the new era in Australian boating.... [more]
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Marine Auctions - last one for 2010
Bob Wonders,
More than 30 boats scheduled to go under the hammer at Runaway Bay. Recent auctions held at the Runaway Bay Marina have attracted excellent attendance resulting in good sales results.... [more]
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Charter vessel incident on Sydney Harbour
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime - About a dozen people were injured in a boating incident on Sydney Harbour last night when a charter vessel collided with a wharf at Pyrmont.... [more]
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Kiwi ace continues winning form
Bob Wonders,
'Annihilator' proves its mettle at Yarrawonga. Hosted by the Australian Power Boat Association (APBA) the meeting attracted more than 10,000 powerboat racing fans through the gates over the full weekend.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship - Mad Croc 1-2 in Q3 qualifying
F1 H2O,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship - When they needed it most Sami Selio and his teammate Alex Carella set the first and second quickest time in Q3 qualifying in their Mad Croc sponsored boats and will start one-two for tomorrow's 19th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the Seventh Round of the Championship on the 2.6 kilometer course along the corniche in downtown Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.... [more]
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Port Phillip Bay snapper stock in good shape
Department of Fisheries VIC,
Fisheries Victoria - The great snapper fishing enjoyed by Melbourne's recreational anglers over recent years is set to continue. The latest information from fishery monitoring and research in 2009 and 2010 suggested another very good snapper season in Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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F4s Abu Dhabi GP - (F-4S) Molgaard rules the waters of Abu Dhabi
F1 H2O,
F4s Abu Dhabi GP - The first heat of the F4s Abu Dhabi GP produced a titantic battle between Sweden's Oskar Samuelsson in the Rainbow colours and German Stefan Hagin in Team Atlantic livery.... [more]
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Fisheries Victoria seeks public comment on Fishery Management Plan
Department of Fisheries,
Fisheries Victoria is encouraging fishers and other stakeholders to contribute their ideas on the Draft East Gippsland Fishery Management Plan which has been released for public comment.... [more]
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NSW Maritime to carry out Copeton Dam safety campaign
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime will be carrying out a safety campaign on Copeton Dam this weekend, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said. Mr Dunn said campaign would coincide with a fishing competition to be held on the waterway.... [more]
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NSW Boating alert for Cod Classic Fishing Competition this weekend
Penny Robins,
Boating alert: Cod Classic Fishing Competition - Competitors and spectators in this weekend's 2010 Cod Classic Fishing Competition should be aware that recent rainfall has led to changes in navigation on Lake Mulwala, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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NSW Maritime supports Murray River Charity Ride
Penny Robbins,
NSW Maritime has provided an exemption from the speed restriction on the Young Adult Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence for a charity ride on the Murray River to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.... [more]
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Simrad - Second generation broadband sounder
Sandman PR,
Simrad has launched its next-generation BSM-2 Broadband Sounderâ„¢ module, delivering the most detailed mid-water definition and penetrating the deepest waters on the planet.... [more]
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Sydney's Manly Ferry - A unique perspective
Andrea Francolini,
The Manly Ferry with no sun..... Andrea Francolini has recently been shooting on the ferry only while it has been raining – which was not that hard to do in this past month – and still managed to find some interesting angles even with out much light.... [more]
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Oceans where fishes choke - Marine scientists express disquiet
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Associate Professor Mark McCormick of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have recently published scientific articles which raise concern about the impact of large areas of ocean emerging which are so low in oxygen that fish and other sea life cannot survive.... [more]
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Greater flexibility as Rock Lobster market closes in China
Department of Fisheries (WA),
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has been advised restrictions imposed by the Chinese Government on Western Australian rock lobster being imported into China is forcing the beach price down. 'Lobster fishers need to be mindful of likely lower returns while the situation continues and make their own business decisions on whether they fish or not,' Mr Moore said.... [more]
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Barotrauma - 'the bends' in fish to be studied by NSW Scientists
NSW Government,
Industry & Investment NSW scientists are going high-tech in their quest to understand a potentially lethal problem in fish - barotrauma. Dr John Stewart said for the first time in Australia, staff at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre have built a specialised hyperbaric chamber that will allow them to recreate the environment at water depths of up to 70 metres.... [more]
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Superstock powerboat built - Brand new vessel for 2011
Powerboat P1,
In the early stages a digital design was created to show off the concept and give the boat builders a clear idea of what SuperStock wanted to achieve.... [more]
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