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  01 Apr 2011

News from the Powerboating scene

One of ‘those weeks' here at the Powerboat-World desk, no shortage of news and it comes from our usual worldwide sources.

Check out the fabulous photos by US photographer Andy Newman, of the Florida Keys News Bureau.

Be warned, these are images that could be hazardous to your travel plans; one look at these and you'll be packing for the next flight to Florida and the Keys.

A sight to gladden the heart of any blue water angler as a sailfish soars off the Florida Keys.   Andy Newman Florida Keys News Bureau

Across in the Middle East, the Class 1 powerboats are ready for action and it's a similar situation across the Tasman Sea with the New Zealand offshore titles underway.

In Australia, the crews involved with the Offshore Superboat Championships will be counting down the days (only 29 or them) to the opening of their 2011 season at Newcastle.

Fancy owning your very own piece of paradise?

Here's your chance, with stunning real estate on offer for the first time on the magical Hayman Island, right on that wondrous Great Barrier Reef.

Honda Marine is taking the fight to prostate cancer with its latest promotion while across the continent, in Perth, Riviera's R Marine has raised more than $150,000 for charity with its latest Variety Bash.

Port Stephens, just outside Newcastle on the NSW central coast, is geared up to welcome more than 500 trailer boats and their crews with the annual Trailerboat Fishing Tournament about to hit town.

NSW Maritime has issued a ‘friendly' warning asking the crews to remain always aware of safe boating practices.

Nowra, on the NSW south coast, is a small, but attractive coastal town; in what must seem like a real coup for the ‘village', local business Nowra Marine has been named Dealer of the Year, Australia and New Zealand, by Mercury Marine.

Plenty more to maintain your interest and I'm sure you know by now that if it's powerboat related, if it appears interesting, this is right where you'll find it.

Don't forget we update the site regularly, so whenever you're a few moment, switch on with us.

Enjoy the read.

Bob Wonders

USA boat owners need to speak out on EPA Requirements
Calling all USA-based boat owners: Do you recall the Clean Boating Act of 2008? The bi-partisan federal legislation stopped recreational boats from falling under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirements originally targeting 'normal operating discharges' from commercial ships.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Advisory - Scuttling of Ex-HMAS Adelaide
NSW Maritime,
Strict boating safety controls will apply for the April 13 scuttling of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach on the Central Coast. The decommissioned Australian Navy escort frigate will be towed from Sydney to a position off Avoca Beach, where it will be scuttled, subject to weather conditions.... [more]
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Mine's bigger - the world's largest line.
Ken Quant/Sail-World Cruising,
The phrase 'Mine's bigger' was never truer. A US company has recently produced the world's largest rope, designed to make your heaviest mainsheet look like a piece of sewing cotton.... [more]
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Sailfish set to soar off the Florida Keys
Bob Wonders,
Key West to host celebrities and anglers as they bid for a $1 million prize pool. Thousands are expected to attend the star-studded event with the five-day contest based in Key West's famous Mallory Square.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Manuzzi teams up with 'Pal'
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Chris Parsonage Racing based in Plymouth, has confirmed its line-up for 2011, which has Giorgio Manuzzi teaming-up with Pål Virik Nilsen.... [more]
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Coastal council meets to help protect the Great Barrier Reef
Both mayors and senior staff from councils along the Great Barrier Reef coastline will meet in Cairns over the next two days to help shape the direction of the GBRMPA's Reef Guardian Council program.... [more]
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Commercial fishers working towards a healthier Great Barrier Reef
A brand new environmental program to be officially launched in Gladstone sees commercial fishers teaming up with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to help protect the Great Barrier Reef for the future.... [more]
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R Marine Perth gets a buzz out of the Variety Splash
Stephen Milne,
Buzz Lightyear & Sheriff Woody, on board a new 43 Open Flybridge aptly named ‘Bullseye', led the fleet of 28 Rivieras as they completed the formal sail past, which marked the beginning of the annual R Marine Perth Variety Splash. In its second year, R Marine Perth's Variety Splash has grown significantly with 131 adults and 30 children participating in this year's event, raising about $150,000.... [more]
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Macquarie Marshes NSW Carp Muster
Industry & Investment NSW,
Carp in the precious waterways around Warren (NSW) will be under attack in April as part of the second annual Macquarie Marshes Carp Muster. With $3,000 in prizes on offer, the weekend is a fun way to learn more about the devastating impact the pest fish has on our rivers and native fish.... [more]
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Calling all NSW lovers of angling and catfish
Industry & Investment NSW,
I&I NSW Research Scientist Dr Karina Hall said she needs 30 volunteer anglers to help catch and release (eel-tailed) catfish between Friday April 1 and Sunday April 3. The event is part of an ongoing study funded by Industry & Investment NSW and the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts to investigate the post-release survival of key freshwater native fish in NSW.... [more]
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Dubai to host final Class One Grand Prix of 2011
Class One,
Class 1 Promotion has announced that the Emirate of Dubai will host the final Grand Prix of the 2011 calendar. Dubai first hosted a round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship in 1992 and this year will host its 34th Grand Prix to close out a second decade of staging rounds of the championship.... [more]
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NSW Maritime has - Safe boating for fishing competition
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has issued a safety reminder to the 500 skippers who are expected to converge on Nelson Bay for a Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament this weekend (April 1-3).... [more]
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Hayman Great Barrier Reef - own your own piece of paradise
Jeni Bone,
Long the enclave of discerning couples, families and its fair share of celebrities – among them Nicole Kidman, Chris Isaak, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch – Hayman can be yours, for investment or forever. Hayman has introduced beautiful new Beach Villas in the resort and is also offering a selection of exclusive properties for purchase for the first time on the island.... [more]
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Honda Over The Top Expedition to fight prostate cancer
Sandman PR,
Honda Over The Top Expedition - A first for Australia will be attempted by two brothers who will be travelling around Australia's harsh coastline in a ‘rubber ducky' for more than 9500km to go ‘over the top' to raise funds and awareness to fight the growing incidence of prostate cancer.... [more]
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Special event exclusion zone for ITU World Championship Sydney Swim
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has declared a special event exclusion zone will apply for the ITU World Championship Sydney Swim, to be held on the 9-10 April at Farm Cove Sydney Harbour. Skippers need to be aware the special event exclusion zone will be in place on Saturday 9 April between 1.45pm and 3.15pm and Sunday 10 April between 6am and 9am and again from 11am to 2.45pm when swimmers are in the water.... [more]
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Ferretti CEO Salvatore Basile dies
Ferretti Group,
In a statement, Ferretti said: 'He will always be remembered for the great love he had for his work, his strategic vision and strong, sensitive personality, qualities he managed to convey instantly to all Group employees, with enthusiasm, motivation and strength.... [more]
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Woman captains Marine Queensland for second year
Marine Qld,
Boating may still be largely a male domain but for the second year running the peak state recreational marine industry body Marine Queensland has a female - Sharon Russell - as the president of the board of directors... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Ferry fire investigation report prompts safety warning
Stephanie Field,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today called upon commercial vessel owners to ensure their safety management system (SMS) is up-to-date and covers all foreseeable risks including fire hazards. The safety warning follows the release of the Ferry Safety Investigation report into the fire on board rocket ferry Jillian on the evening of 28 April 2010.... [more]
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Australia and New Zealand Dealer of the Year 2010
Mercury Marine,
Mercury Marine is very proud to announce that Nowra Marine, on the south coast of NSW, has been named Australia and New Zealand 'Dealer of the Year' for 2010.... [more]
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Nauticat chooses Raymarine for exclusive electronics contract
Liza Sticpewich,
Finnish boat manufacturer Nauticat Yachts Oy has agreed an exclusive contract which will see Raymarine equipment being installed into its full range of pilothouse sailing yachts and motorsailers. All Nauticat Yachts will now be fitted as standard with Raymarine autopilots, ST70 instruments and choice of C and E series Multi Function Displays.... [more]
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Catch and release angling put to the test
Industry & Investment NSW,
Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) scientists have put popular catch and release angling methods to the test. 'As catch-and-release angling continues to gain popularity in NSW, the big question for both fisheries scientists and anglers is: do the fish actually survive once released?' said Dr Butcher.... [more]
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WHOI-Led Report Links Sonar to Whale Strandings
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Scientists have long been aware of a link between naval sonar exercises and unusual mass strandings of beaked whales. The knowledge most critical to protecting these whales from risk of sonar involves measuring the threshold between safe and risky exposure levels, but until now it has not been known how beaked whales respond to sonar, much less the levels that pose a problem.... [more]
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105ft Horizon superyacht heads for Hainan Rendezvous
Horizon has announced it will attend the Hainan Rendezvous, the ultimate luxury lifestyle show in Chinese Riviera-Hainan, to be held 1-4 April 2011.... [more]
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Mercury Marine: Training breeds success
Jonathan Revitt,
As part of Mercury Marine's drive for excellence in every aspect of its business, a range of employees from across the ANZP region (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific) have been selected for additional training to further improve their management skills.... [more]
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Early bird prize for Marinas 2011 delegate: Register NOW!
Organizers of the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition being held in Melbourne 20 – 22 June 2011 are pleased to offer three nights' free accommodation to one lucky delegate.... [more]
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Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure?
Des Ryan,
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by Australian researchers.... [more]
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Thunder at the Cove: Mayhem at Marsden Cove
Cathy Vercoe,
Racing was cut short today, at the Thunder at the Cove, Marsden Cove, with the intrusion of not one, but two large cement ships heading through the course and, despite being asked by race officials, refusing to wait for the race to finish. This was disappointing for everyone as the organisers go to a lot of trouble several weeks before the race to ensure the waterway is closed to traffic and offi... [more]
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UIM XCat Middle East Series - The fourth and final race
Sharon Allison,
UIM XCat Middle East Series - Fazza's Arif Al Zafain and Nadir Bin Hendi stormed through the finish line in to a convincing win ahead of Rashid Al Marri and Salem Fadhel Al Hamli in Extreme Marine. Abu Dhabi Racing Team with Ahmed Ali Jaber Al Hamli and Rashid Jaber Al Hamli came third.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - where are the superyachts?
Rebecca Bundhun, The National,
Only a handful of yachts over 30 metres in length made it to the show, which started yesterday at Yas Marina. Last year, there were 34 of these extravagant vessels, with the most expensive valued at US$100 million (Dh367.2m). 'Piracy and regional unrest are both massive influences on the show this year,' said Andy Treadwell, the managing director of Informa Yacht Group... [more]
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Class One World Powerboat Championship - What's all the torque about?
Class One World Powerboat Championship. After a boost from the previous days' testing results in Dubai, Nicolò di San Germano, and race officials are quite confident that the introduction of the torque sensor will herald a new era of transparency and control in the sport.... [more]
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Full moon sparks remarkable mass coral spawning
Department of Environment and Conservation,
One of the most spectacular natural events in Western Australia, the annual mass autumn spawning of corals, is predicted to occur off parts of the coast next week, between 27 and 30 March.... [more]
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