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  11 Mar 2011

Boats and Boating - news and views

Welcome aboard for another Powerboat-World and this week we've got news from all aspects of boating from all corners of the world.

Who else keeps you so up to date?

For keen anglers we reveal where the big money went during the Port Stephens Luhrs Billfish Shootout and we have the details from Victorian Fisheries and the invitation for anglers to 'have their say.'

As you know, I recently attended the Miami International Boat Show and following the show the Florida Powerboat Club staged its 16th Miami Show Poker Run.

46' Cigarette with Mercury Racing's 1350hp engines.  Florida Powerboat Club

Some of the Cigarettes were certainly a sight to see.

Last week, I was in Sydney for the eighth Rosehill Trailerboat Show and it was most encouraging to see more than 10,000 flock through the gates to view the efforts of more than 50 exhibitors.

In fact, it was the third successive Rosehill show to top the 10,000 visitor mark.

Across in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi offshore action is looming and here in Australia we unveil the confirmed dates and venues for the 2011 Offshore Superboat Championships.

The championships get underway off Newcastle at the end of next month and with all the 2010 champion crews backing up to defend their titles, some exciting and competitive racing should be in the offing.

Interest, too, in Australian product remains high in the Middle East following the Dubai International Boat Show, and that can only be termed good news.

That's only a few headings to stoke up your interest, there's plenty more inside.

Enjoy the read and maintain your visiting schedule for our regular updates.

And just a reminder, it's only a few weeks to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and believe me, we will be there. (with bells on)

Bob Wonders

Tagged Murray cod caught six years on
Alan Everett,
A tagged Murray cod released into Kangaroo Lake in 2005 has been recaptured by a recreational angler nearly six years after it was first stocked.... [more]
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Appalling DSC numbers - 90% not connected
Des Ryan,
Both professional and volunteer coast guards who watch the ignorant and the irresponsible sail out on our oceans, call for help and then put rescuers lives at risk when they get into trouble, are continually seeking ways to educate boaters. In the USA this week the US Coast Guard have requested the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) to develop a new GPS product to improve safety.... [more]
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New Ultrascan PC180 Forward Looking Sonar now available in Australia
Jane Arakawa,
Interphase, the leader in award-winning and affordable phased array forward looking sonars for the recreational and light commercial market, introduces a new ultra fast multibeam sonar to the Australian market through Coursemaster Autopilots dealer's. Working like an acoustic underwater radar (except much faster), with a 180 degree view up to 360m ahead and to each side and to the bottom.... [more]
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UIM Aquabike World Championship - impressive 74 boat fleet,
UIM Aquabike Championship - DOHA (Qatar): An impressive field of 74 riders competing across four disciplines - Runabout F1, Freestyle and Ski F1 for both men and women - took to the waters of Doha Bay for the first of three days of non-stop action in preparation for heats one and two of the Qatar Grand Prix, the opening round of the UIM Aquabike World Championship.... [more]
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Don McIntyre: On the loss of the yacht Berserk in the Antarctic
Don McIntyre,
Sailing adventurer Don McIntyre, who has made nine sailing voyages to and through Antarctic waters, here comments on the tragic loss of the Norwegian yacht Berserk in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic. The steel yacht was skippered by Norwegian television personality Jarle Andhoey. On land trying to reach the south pole, he survived the sinking that cost the lives of three of his crewmates.... [more]
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More than 10,000 turn out for Rosehill Trailerboat Show
Bob Wonders,
Third successive trailerboat show to top 10,000 visitors. Ski boats, family boats, specialist fishing boats, even tug boats, were among the major displays, together with an array of personal watercraft and outboard engines ranging from portables to heavyweight horsepower.... [more]
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Raymarine Asia has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine, the world leader in marine electronics has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager at Raymarine Asia located in Belrose, NSW.... [more]
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Earth's ice sheets melting sooner than expected: New Study
Nancy Knudsen,
Unless you live in the Maldives you may not be able to sail down your main street any time soon, but it's undeniably getting easier to sail the North West Passage. Sadly, all credible scientists are in agreement that Global Warming, the reality we all shy away from facing, is coming to an area near you soon. The bad news is that according to a new credible study, it will be sooner than expected.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: boaters keep coming back to choice and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Multihull Solutions' approach to customer service and cruising catamaran product packaging breaks new ground and sets the business ahead in the tough Australian yacht brokerage market.... [more]
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Award for radio operator in foundering yacht incident
Ken McManus,
On Friday Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Radio Operator Ian Murdoch was awarded the Region Commander's Certificate of Appreciation. Murdoch, together with four members of Broken Bay Water Police, received awards for their part in the rescue of six people on board the stricken yacht 'Encore' which foundered in gale force conditions off Broken Bay in 2008... [more]
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NSW Maritime - North Coast bar crossing campaign this weekend
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime - Coastal bar crossing safety will be the focus of a North Coast boating campaign this weekend, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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Somali troops fail in attack on pirates holding Danish sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Eight government troops from the Puntland province of Somalia have been killed in a foiled attempt to free seven Danish cruising sailors held by pirates in the mountainous region in the tip of the Horn of Africa. None of the group of seven Danish sailors, which includes three children, have been injured... [more]
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NSW Police recognition for Marine Rescue Radio Operator
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW - On Friday, 25 February 2011 Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Radio Operator Ian Murdoch was awarded the Region Commander's Certificate of Appreciation from NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay.... [more]
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Sardines suicide in LA a natural phenomenon, and a big mess
Media Services,
A 'sardine apocalypse' in which at least one million dead fish were found floating in a harbour near Los Angeles on Tuesday may have been caused by a predator, strong winds or the fish simply getting lost, according to marine experts.... [more]
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Weed-eating fish 'key to reef survival'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Preserving an intact population of weed-eating fish may be vital to saving the world's coral reefs from being engulfed by weed as human and climate impacts grow.... [more]
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NSW Maritime reminder as solo boating tragedy averted off Botany Bay
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has issued a reminder to all boat owners to have their boat regularly inspected after a solo fisherman survived his vessel sinking two and a half miles off Botany Bay this morning.... [more]
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Dates and venues confirmed for 2011 Offshore Superboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
The 2011 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships are getting ready to rumble.... [more]
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Port Stephens annual Luhrs Bill fish Tournament attracts record field
Bob Wonders,
More than 40 would-be entrants miss out due to space limitations. Many areas along the continental shelf has patches of fish, but things began to change by the first ‘sked' on day two with Captain Tim Dean at the helm of ‘Calypso' away to a flying start.... [more]
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Spend a night with a man who spends 200 days a year on the water
Jody O'Brien,
For many people, fishing is one of life's great joys. Whether it be offshore deep sea fishing, up a river or on a lake, just being out on the water with a rod or line in hand vying for the catch of the day, is a perfect way to spend time with mates, family or simply on your own.... [more]
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Florida Powerboat Club's Poker Run attracts ‘red hot field'
Bob Wonders,
Poker Runs have never really hit the headlines in Australia, but they are a top draw card in the United States, particularly with the ‘muscle boat crowd.'... [more]
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NZ Offshore Powerboat battle continues in Whitianga
Cathy Vercoe,
Round Five of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats takes place on Saturday 12th March at Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. This could be make or break week for four of the classes with consistent performances by the leading contenders shutting down the chance for any other boat to take the season title.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Lifejacket donation to School
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today presented inflatable lifejackets to the Marine Teachers Association in Port Macquarie.... [more]
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Class 1 Team Abu Dhabi complete
Class 1,
Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has finalised their 2011 line-up. John Tomlinson will partner Rashed Al Tayer and the American-Emirati duo resumes a partnership that made an immediate impact.... [more]
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Academy warns on GPS unreliability
Sail-World Cruising,
Leisure sailors and other mariners could find themselves in trouble if they rely totally on GPS systems a British Academy of Engineering has warned. The report finds that the real threat lies in 'dangerously misleading' results which may not seem obviously wrong - a ship directed slightly off course by faulty data could steer it into danger.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship – Team Abu Dhabi confirmed
Nigel Quilter,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has finalised their 2011 line-up, confirming that American throttleman John Tomlinson will partner Rashed Al Tayer in Team Abu Dhabi... [more]
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Marinas 2011 brochure now available
The Marinas 2011 full conference brochure has just been released. The six page brochure provides an outline of the keynote speakers, summarizes two day conference program, the exhibition and trade show, the field trip and the partners program.... [more]
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Australian Marine Conservation Society pushes Sustainable Seafood site
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has launched Australia's Sustainable Seafood Online Guide, hoping to inspire consumers to 'to make sustainable seafood choices', as well as debunking commonly held misconceptions about seafood and commercial fishing's impact on the environment.... [more]
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Peters & May - Hong Kong office operational
Peters & May,
The growth of Asia's logistics sector led United Kingdom-based Peters & May, a global marine logistics provider, to open a regional office in Hong Kong last October. Angus Bruce Jones, Managing Director, said the move was a strategic decision based on the growth of boat builders, dealers and individual boat owners moving craft with Peters & May to Asia over the last three years.... [more]
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Fishing ideas wanted
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Recreational anglers can ‘have their say' about fisheries management issues at 12 roundtable forums being held across Victoria in May and June.... [more]
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Boating changes for Sydney Harbour swim event
Penny Robbins,
NSW Maritime advises boaters that parts of Sydney Harbour will be inaccessible for the duration of a swimming event on Sunday, 13 March.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education: ICC now available to NZ Citizens
Coastguard Boating Education,
The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (known as an ICC) is now available to New Zealand citizens (before March 1st 2011 ICCs were only available to UK citizens or residents). ICCs are awarded following a short practical and knowledge assessment through an RYA Training Centre.... [more]
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New discovery from Antarctica's ‘ghost mountains'
British Antarctic Survey and Lamont-Doherty Observ,
The discovery of numerous large ice structures within Antarctica's Dome A region, the site of the buried ‘ghost mountains', reveals new understanding about ice sheet growth and movement that is essential for predicting how the ice sheet may change as the Earth's climate warms.... [more]
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New Arctic sea-ice information service launched
British Antarctic Survey,
British Antarctic Survey remote sensing expert Andrew Fleming is part of a new European project to aid ships' navigation in ice-infested waters in the European Arctic and the Baltic Sea that is launched this week... [more]
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Philippine Superyacht Association announces its launch in Subic
Philippine Superyacht Association,
The Philippine Superyacht Association held its Official Launch last weekend at the Lighthouse Resort Subic Bay. The function was in conjunction with the Subic Boracay Race and was well supported with guests from around the Philippines and the region enjoying the camaraderie and business networking within the boating and maritime community.... [more]
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SunWare solar panels for motoryachts and sailboats
A range of solar panels so thin and flexible they can mould to the curve of a cabin top and so strong they can safely be walked on is now available in New Zealand.... [more]
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F1 H2O World Championship - Selio leads qualifying
Philippe Stiernon,
Defending World Champion Sami Selio saved his best effort for the final minutes of the one hour qualifying session and ran a 47:05 second lap for 160.68 kph run and will lead the field of drivers from 10 different nations for tomorrow's opening Grand Prix of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship and the Ninth Grand Prix of Qatar on challenging Doha Bay... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: A sailor's view of the damage and aftermath
Sail-World correspondent,
One of the New Zealand sailing fraternity is working on at Christchurch and reports on the scene: 'I haven't made any contact with any of the Clubs around the region, but the re is severe damage all around the waterfronts. Christchurch and Mt Pleasant club site look bad, no word from the Harbour and I haven't been over to Lyttelton and south yet, where reports are of serious damage. Not enough... [more]
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Superyachts raise $55,000 for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Ellie Brade,
On the 22nd of February at 12.51pm, a shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving the city devastated. With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied. On Thursday night in Auckland a fundraiser, organized by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd saw around $55,000 raised for the cause.... [more]
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Prestige 60 launches in China
Guy Nowell,,
Prestige Yachts, a key member of the well-known Jeanneau family, yesterday launched their flagship flybridge 60-footer in Asia. In town (Da Mei Sha, Shenzhen) were Jean-Paul Chapeleau, Jeanneau CEO; Jean-Francois de Premorel, Prestige Director of Product Development; and Vittorio Garroni, Designer/Architect.... [more]
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Force update - F21s Stinga and winning results
Kelly E Bickerton,
Force Update - The races to select the Australian team to represent our country in the World Water-Ski Racing Championships ...has begun.... [more]
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Dutch crew escape pirates - US Coast Guard warns Americans away
Sail-World Cruising,
Just as a private security firm has warded off another pirate attack on a large yacht in the Arabian Sea, the US Coast Guard has joined the call for Americans to stay away from waters anywhere within reach from Somalia - and that's a long way these days.... [more]
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