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  30 Dec 2010


And a Merry Christmas to all......hope a good one was enjoyed by all our readers and we extend our very best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and productive New Year.

On the news front, America's Super Boat crews are preparing their boats for 2011 and it's already shaping up to be a bumper season following the success of the Key West gala earlier this year.

Lucas Oil shows a helicopter it needs all the speed it has to maintain the pace.  Rodrick Cox

Still in the US of A, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has teamed up with some like-minded groups to form a coalition to fight (and challenge) the Environmental Protection Authority on its approval of E15 fuel.

We'll be hearing a lot more on this.

Colleague Jeni Bone reports on the dangers associated with carbon monoxide fumes aboard powerboats, something all owners MUST be aware of.

I was closely associated with reporting on an incident on Sydney's Pittwater several years ago in which, if I recall correctly, four men died.

The problem stems from inclement weather, when those on board erect storm covers over cockpits, thereby trapping carbon monoxide fumes which, if the cockpit was open would be swept away by the breeze.

It's a potentially fatal accident waiting to happen.

Across the ditch, otherwise known as the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand Boating Industry Association has changed the dates of the Auckland Boat Show to September, meaning it will now coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup (in which the Australian Wallabies will defeat the NZ All Blacks?).

With Rugby being more of a religion than a sport in NZ, this is probably a smart move by the industry.

Plenty more to keep you interested, we hope, and we also welcome a new face to the industry with Sydney girl Natalie Walker joining the Boating Industry Association of NSW as its marketing and event coordinator.

So here we are, the final issue for 2010; hard to believe, but what can I say other than look out, 2011, here we come.

With every good wish to you all,

Bob Wonders

Tradition.....66-years of it
Bob Wonders,
More than a sailboat race, it's one of the world's great sporting events. Weather permitting, there's no better place to be on Boxing Day than on Sydney Harbour, where, as Captain Arthur Phillip once said, 'where 1000 ships of the line could ride safely at anchor.'... [more]
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Stay out of the water in flood zones!
Qld Government,
Qld Emergency service authorities are asking how many more people have to die before people understand the dangers of floodwaters following 30 water rescues again overnight.... [more]
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Your Fishing Licence fees at work in Lake Wendouree Victoria
Alan Everett,
Freshwater anglers at Lake Wendouree have plenty to celebrate now the lake is full, trout stocking has resumed and two fishing platforms built with licence revenue can now be used.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Sydney - Hoax distress calls are not a joke
Simon Denneen,
The annual onset of the 'silly season' unfortunately means a marked increase in hoax distress calls. 'False distress calls are both dangerous and a waste of resources,' said Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Unit Commander Ron Woosey.... [more]
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Super Boat International preparing for 2011 season
Bob Wonders,
Key West winners to be targeted by rival crews. As usual, there will be seven races staged leading up to the eighth event, the fabulous World Offshore Championship off Key West.... [more]
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Ethanol – rearing its ugly head again
Bob Wonders,
NMMA and its allies take legal action against EPA. The EPA decision that will be challenged by the coalition is that take on October 13 to partially approve E15 (that's gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol) for a range of highway motor vehicles.... [more]
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Beware Carbon Monoxide - the silent, odourless killer
Jeni Bone,
A recent boating incident on Queensland's Gold Coast highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide – the stealthy, silent and suffocating potential killer that could cost your life on your boat.... [more]
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Auckland boat show moved to Sept to coincide with Rugby World Cup
NZ Marine,
To coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup, guaranteeting it worldwide exposure, the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, which is traditionally held in early March, will this year take place on September 15-18.... [more]
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DPI – Blackwater event causing fish kills
Department of Primary Industries,
Blackwater is a natural part of the ecology of lowland river systems. Blackwater occurs naturally due to the rapid breakdown of leaf litter on the floor of the floodplain causing water discolouration and often low dissolved oxygen levels.... [more]
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Barz Optics moves to keep up with growth
Jeni Bone,
After 10 years at its original location in Currumbin, Barz Optics has moved into a new office complex at Burleigh Heads to accommodate sales growth and plans to bring on additional international distributors.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - preparing the way for the Race to the Equator
Guy Nowell, Neptune Regatta Media,
The Neptune Regatta 2011 is growing by the minute, and now has 17 boats on the entry list - four in IRC, six in PY, one multihull and no less than six motoryachts. And as is usual on these occasions, there are a fair few who have ‘expressed interest' and are going to be there but just haven't got round to signing up yet... [more]
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DPI Victoria Blitz on illegal Pipi harvest at Venus Bay
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
A two-month blitz focusing on pipi collection at Venus Bay, has seen 285 random inspections leading to 24 infringement notices being issued together with a number of official and verbal warnings.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Summer 2011 Lifejackets reminder
NSW Maritime,
New compulsory lifejacket wearing requirements are now in effect for all recreational vessels on NSW waterways.... [more]
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NSW Maritime ‘Ride Right' Jetski Safety Campaign
NSW Maritime,
Leading into the peak summer holiday season NSW Maritime today launched a new personal watercraft (PWC) education package, to promote safety and reduce anti-social behaviour.... [more]
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Get your VHF Call Sign in an instant click
Coastguard Boating Education .,
The VHF radio is an important means of communication on any boat, large or small, recreational or commercial. Are you aware that maritime radio users are required to hold a Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification and have a call sign for their vessel (except in an emergency or distress situation)?... [more]
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Sea Level Rise Maps spell risk for coastal properties
Jeni Bone,
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast, as well as many communities on Australia's vast river networks, are in peril from inevitable sea level rises – shown in graphic detail on Maps released this week by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).... [more]
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Variety Splash 2011 - Stars sign up to make a Splash
Portia Dixon,
Australian actor Blair McDonough, Hawthorn Football Club Premiership player Brad Sewell and 3AW Radio host Mike Brady are throwing their support and talents behind Variety Splash.... [more]
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