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  18 Mar 2011

Of Palm Beach, Key West and Miami

Welcome aboard and at the risk of sounding well, conceited, this is an edition that could only be described as interest packed!

You name it, and if it's likely to be of interest to power boaters here is where you'll find it.

We can start right at the top and when it comes to powerboats where else but at the top would you find the Cigarette Racing Team.

The legendary company's absolutely stunning creation in partnership with Mercedes AMG goes on sale in May, and we take a close-up look at this fabulous high-performance beauty.

Not quite the performance to match Cigarette (who has?), but if you're looking for class, comfort and sheer style, albeit at lower speeds, than check out the stunning Palm Beach Motor Yachts.

A perfect match - a stunning waterfront mansion and the brilliant Palm Beach 50.  Palm Beach Motor Yachts

The man behind this marque is none other than master yachtsman Mark Richards, well-known in yachting circles worldwide as skipper of Bob Oatley's maxi yachts Wild Oats and line honours winner of five Sydney-Hobart bluewater classics.

And while I make no claim to be a travel writer, join me on a quick tour to one of my favourite places in the world, Key West.

Key West is probably most famous for being home to a bar – Sloppy Joe's, a legendary establishment if ever there was one, but clean living journalists such as I don't really have any interest in places where strong liquor is dispensed (Who said that????)

If you follow the European Class 1 offshore racing, there's been some revision of the race calendar; check it out here to keep up to date.

Plenty more racing news from around the world, too.

On a more worrying front, we bring news that a worldwide study has revealed danger for coral reefs, while colleague Jeni Bone suggests climate change (I still don't believe it) could effect the greatest reef of all, the Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope we've made it worth your while.

We update regularly, so don't sit around bored, come with us and devour the news as it happens.

Enjoy the read.

Bob Wonders

Australian Offshore Challenge achieves Bass Strait crossing
Roger Dickeson,
Australian Offshore Challenge - On glassy seas, over a moderate swell, five powerboats left Deal Island at dawn on February 28th to cover the final leg to the Victorian mainland in the penultimate stage of the 2011 Australian Offshore Challenge. As competitors in The Bass Strait Rally edition of the Offshore Challenge, each team had commenced their rally five days before on the Derwent River.... [more]
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Cigarette - The legend scales even greater heights
Bob Wonders,
Cigarette Racing Team and Mercedes AMG produce a boat to stun the senses. Established 42-years ago by the late Don Aronow, the so-called ‘Godfather' of offshore powerboat racing, the Cigarette Racing Team has lifted its game to an even loftier level since being acquired by its current owner and CEO Skip Braver in 2002.... [more]
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Key West....definitely the jewel in Florida's crown
Bob Wonders,
It's the 'Conch' or 'Conc' Republic and it rates as a fabulous place to visit. Although Key West, the southernmost point of the Continental United States, is only a four-hour drive, one must cross 42 bridges, including the ‘daddy' of them all, the All American seven-mile (11.25 km) bridge.... [more]
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Palm Beach Motor Yachts winning praise in United States
Bob Wonders,
Modern as tomorrow, yet delivering the delights of days gone by. Palm Beach Motor Yachts actually began as a company specialising in the building and refurbishing of custom sailing and motor yachts in the 50' to 60' (15.24 to 18.28-metres) range.... [more]
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Ready reckoner finds trout hangouts
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Department of Primary Industries - Research funded by recreational fishing licence revenue is providing anglers with valuable information on two of Victoria's largest freshwater fisheries.... [more]
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UIM Xcat Middle East Series review
Sharon Allison,
UIM Xcat Middle East Series - What do you need to campaign an extreme catamaran or XCat as they are known in this part of the world; boats best described as twin hulled, closed cockpit carbon fibre racing machines propelled across the water by two 250hp engines.... [more]
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Red Shore crabs cost $8000 and a long ban
Department of Primary Industries,
A 65-year-old Springvale man has been banned from fishing for five years, convicted and fined $8000 for taking nearly six times the legal limit of red shore crabs at Blairgowrie.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2011 calendar revision
Nigel Quilter,
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship season-opener to be hosted by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, 13-15 April, after a revision to the 2011 calendar.... [more]
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H2O Racing season is off to an exciting start
H2O Racing,
H2O Racing has kicked off its racing season by staging a couple of amazing events over the last ten days in Qatar's capital city, Doha.... [more]
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World study reveals coral reefs at dire risk
Jeni Bone,
A new global study has found that 75% of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by environmental and social pressures, and that number is likely to grow to 90% by 2030 if left unremedied... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef sheds light on climate change catastrophes
Sydney University,
Limestone terraces - the relics of the Great Barrier Reef of the past - could give hints on a 'tipping point' that could trigger catastrophic climate change in the greenhouse in future, according to new research from the University of Sydney.... [more]
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Boat Books closes Brisbane branch - instore 20% discounts,
The largest specialist supplier of Marine books, charts and navigation equipment in Australia, Boat Books Australia, has announced it will be closing its Brisbane branch, from March 25th 2011. There are 20% instore discounts until close of business.... [more]
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New Alliance to save whales AND sailors
PR Log,
London-based campaigning organisation the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the organisation running the Global Ocean Race 2011-2012 (GOR) announce a unique partnership to seek ways to prevent collisions between whales and yachts. The partnership between a race organisation and an environmental organisation will benefit all cruising sailors, not only those who race... [more]
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Boat transport vessel outruns pirates en route to Dubai
PSP Logistics,
Worldwide boat transportation firm, PSP, has evaded a pirate attack and trouble in the waters around Egypt to get a multi million pound luxury yacht delivered to the Dubai International Boat Show safely and on time.... [more]
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Yamaha crowns top technician in the 2011 Marine Technician Grand Prix
Yamaha Motors,
The results are in. Yamaha has crowned Ryan Zell from Yatala Yamaha in QLD as Australia and New Zealand's top Technician in the 2011 Marine Technician GP.... [more]
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Bavaria-Yachtbau and Mercury Marine join forces
Reinhard Burk Brunswick Marine,
Mercury Marine is proud to announce their collaboration with Bavaria-Yachtbau in Giebelstadt, Germany.... [more]
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Mumbai International Boat Show aims to drive development
Jeni Bone,
Alpa Antani from the Mumbai International Boat Show speaks exclusively to [more]
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Barz Optics international interest flows on from METS
Jeni Bone,
METS 2010 was 'sensational' for Kevin Barr of Barz Optics. The November event yielded plenty of leads and to date, four new companies stocking his specialised range of sunglasses.... [more]
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New $450,000 wharf at Yeend Street, Mort Bay
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today announced Sydney Marina Contracting Pty Ltd as the winning tenderer for the construction of the new $450,000 Yeend Street Wharf, Birchgrove.... [more]
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First recorded loss of an Emperor Penguin colony
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have recently described the loss of a small colony of emperor penguins on an island off the West Antarctic Peninsula. The loss is attributed to reduced sea ice, which provides an important nesting substrate for the penguins as well as an important foraging habitat... [more]
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New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series - Whitianga extra action packed
New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Association,
New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series - Whitianga has always been one of the more action packed venues for the New Zealand Offshore powerboats, and this race was no exception. The start was delayed for 40 minutes as the swell produced by the massive earthquake in Japan created several surges throughout the morning.... [more]
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UIM Aquabike World Championship - Victory for Zapata in Doha Double,
UIM Aquabike World Championship - Franky Zapata, Julie Bulteau and Valerio Calderoni made it two wins out of two to claim overall victories in their respective classes, Runabout, Ski Women's F1 and Freestyle - to bring to a close a spectacular first ever weekend of UIM World Championship Aquabike racing in the Qatari capital Doha.... [more]
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Boaters beware GPS vulnerable to interference and jamming,
Researchers have warned that GPS systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accidental interference or deliberate jamming, raising concerns about reliability and security.... [more]
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UIM Aquabike World Championship – Qatar Grand Prix Heat 1 results
UIM Aquabike World Championship – Results for the opening heats of the Qatar Aquabike Grand Prix... [more]
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NSW Maritime North Coast bar crossing campaign this weekend
Penny Robins,
Coastal bar crossing safety will be the focus of a NSW Maritime North Coast boating campaign this weekend, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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New Zealand Offshore Powerboats battle continues at Whitianga
New Zealand Offshore Powerboats,
This could be make or break week for four of the classes when Round Five of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboats takes place on Saturday 12th March at Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.... [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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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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US Sailing awards Hanson Medal for rescue made off coast of New Jersey
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Safety-at-Sea Committee has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the crew of a powerboat that assisted in a rescue off the coast of New Jersey.... [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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