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  13 Dec 2010

Powerboat World Championships decided and all the latest Boating news

Don't know about all you people out there, but I really am finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that 2010 is about to be consigned to the pages of history.

It seems to my oft-befuddled mind that Christmas, 2009 was but a month or two back.

Time marches on, and so does Powerboat-World so step over the gunwale while we regale you with the latest news from across the planet.

No shortage of UIM news, with world titles decided in Class 1 offshore and H20 Formula 1; Those Middle East aces Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi have piloted ‘Fazza' to a triple world title and Finland's Sami Selio has claimed the F1 crown.

Fazza - Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix  Class 1 World Powerboat Championship ©

It's all here in detail.

Regular readers will have noticed my moaning and groaning recently as torrential rain continues to hammer wide parts of Australia.

Believe it or not, it could even be causing concern for one of the world's great natural wonders (no, not Bob Wonders), the Great Barrier Reef!

Seems run-off has the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park people rather concerned.

Across in Western Australia, that state's Department of Fisheries is to undertake an investigation into artificial reefs to determine their value or otherwise.

I also hear some local gossip that Queensland's Gold Coast City Council is considering a former Russian aircraft carrier, not that council is becoming aggressive, it wants to give said carrier the ‘deep six' somewhere off the coast to serve as an artificial reef.

Maritime authorities continue to issue warnings to those who do their boating on Australia's rivers; most are at peak height, most are very fast flowing and all without exception boast too much debris, so take care.

Queensland's award-winning boat manufacturer, Maritimo, headed by legendary industry figure Bill Barry-Cotter, has spread its wings again with the appointment of a South African dealer.

It's all happening, all around the world, that's for sure.

Now make sure you call by later, there's two stories of interest I'm still working on that will be on Powerboat-World within the next 24-hours or so.

These comprise a one-on-one interview with Australia's latest world champion, Troy Marland, UIM Unlimited Displacement king and we reveal the news concerning the final outing for 2010 staged by Brisbane-headquartered Marine Auctions on the Queensland Gold Coast.

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Of course you do.


Bob Wonders

Fountain Powerboats without Reggie? Surely not
Bob Wonders,
The former Mercury Marine triple world powerboat champion led Fountain Powerboats to an almost iconic position on the world powerboat market, a marque which became as well known as the legendary Cigarette Racing Team, Inc.... [more]
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Maritimo expands its operations to South Africa
Bob Wonders,
Bigfoot Marine, in Durban to represent Queensland's luxury boat builder. Laurence Steytler, principal of Bigfoot Marine, is a passionate boater and angler who established the business in 2003 after a successful career in property management and development.... [more]
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Marine Safety Victoria - Boating safety on the Murray River
Marine Safety Victoria,
Marine Safety Victoria - Boating safety on the Murray River - Marine Safety Victoria and NSW Maritime have launched a kit to increase awareness of the differences between the laws of Victoria and NSW.... [more]
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F1H20 World Championship - Selio's second place seals World title
F1H20 U.I.M. World Championship - Selio's second place seals world title - Finnish driver Sami Selio got the start he needed and waltzed into second place with less than ten laps to go to earn his second World Title in four years by coming from behind and outscoring American Jay Price of the Qatar Team 94-92 for the closest race for the World Championship since 2000.... [more]
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F-4S Final win to Hagin at Grand Prix of Sharjah
F1H20 U.I.M. World Championship,
Grand Prix of Sharjah F-4S Final. After struggling in the early season with engine problems, Germany's Stefan Hagin appeared to come good as he built up a healthy lead on the Khaled Lagoon, Sharjah.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat - GSG Ceramic design reclassified fifth
Nigel Quilter,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat - GSG Ceramic design reclassified fifth - GSG Ceramic Design has been reclassified in race 1 of the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix Grand Prix after a successful appeal, with the race Jury overturning the original penalty.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Fazza ninth season win
Nigel Quilter,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi brought down the curtain on the 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship with their ninth win of the season on a day of mixed emotions at the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Faultless display
Nigel Quilter,
Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi today underlined why they are triple World Champions with a faultless flag-to-finish win in race 1 of the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix... [more]
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WA's Department of Fisheries investigating artificial reefs
Department of Fisheries-Western Australia,
Department of Fisheries has been investigating whether artificial reefs can be structures for sustainability and biodiversity, in Western Australia's marine environment.... [more]
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GBRMPA is keeping an eye on the Great Barrier Reef
Summer's here and marine managers & scientists are keeping a close eye on the Great Barrier Reef. High sea surface temperatures, cyclones and flood runoff are all associated with the Queensland summer and can pose a threat to the health of the Reef... [more]
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Tiny protozoa may hold key to world water safety
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Right now, it looks a little like one of those plastic containers you might fill with gasoline when your car has run dry. But Scott Gallager is not headed to the nearest Mobil station.... [more]
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Pipis popular at Cape Liptrap this summer
Alan Everett,
Pipis popular at Cape Liptrap this summer - Fisheries Victoria has issued a reminder about catch limits for collecting pipis this summer. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst, said the increasing popularity of collecting pipis for food was a sign of Victoria's vibrant and growing multicultural fishing community.... [more]
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Boating Alert - Murray and Inland flood waters unsafe
Penny Robins,
Murray/ Inland flood waters unsafe - NSW Maritime's Acting Regional Manager Bill Neyland has issued a boating alert for a number of waterways in the Murray/ Inland Region.... [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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Yanmar power for new Timber Classic
Bob Carter,
Gladly the time honoured art of wooden boat building is not totally lost. The Wooden Boat Shop of Sorrento, Victoria has launched the Cheviot 32 (Series II); an absolute modern classic, built in timber all the way from the keel up but powered by the latest Yanmar 6BY2 marine diesel engine.... [more]
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New horizons for bass stocking in Gippsland
Alan Everett,
New horizons for bass stocking in Gippsland - Freshwater anglers are set to benefit in years to come thanks to an expanding Australian bass stocking program that released over 100,000 fingerlings into seven Gippsland waters, including three rivers for the first time.... [more]
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AIMEX Board set for a strong year ahead
On Friday 26th November the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) held its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, electing its new board for 2011.... [more]
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MIAA intermediate Course dates and details
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) is pleased to announce that the popular Intermediate Marina Management Course will be held 20-24 March 2011 at The Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point, Sydney.... [more]
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Auckland appeals for Superyacht refit facilities
Orams Marine Services,
As the 40m superyacht Janice of Wyoming recently moved down the slipway following service, paint work and maintenance it heralded the final stage of completing the 600 tonne slipway upgrade at Orams Marine Services.... [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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'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [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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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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Raymarine's new T Series sets the standard
Mike Rose PR,
Raymarine's new T Series thermal imaging cameras are setting new standards of target identification for boat owners and skippers.... [more]
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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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