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  16 Apr 2011

Boating News from the Asia Pacific and beyond

Powerboat-World – hey, we got that right, for world is definitely the operative word.

This week we're bring you news from across Australia, the United States, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and even an item you may find of interest which had its beginnings in Antarctica.

Yep, we really are Powerboat-WORLD.

Down in the Florida Keys, the World Sailfish Championships are underway with crews admitting ‘tough times' due to flat seas and little or no wind.

Further north, but still in Florida, we reveal the US Superyacht Forum is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale while further north again, to Orlando, to be precise, we give you a look at something unusual – a boat manufacturer's very own on-site showroom.

It constitutes a very unique marketing method developed by respected boat manufacturer Regal Marine Industries.

UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship   UIM

Across in the Middle East, Class 1 Offshore is about to hit the throttles while already underway is the somewhat unusual Wooden Boat Championships.

Here in the land down under there's been a call to protect recreational fishing while some bad guys who call themselves fishermen have rightly been hit hard in the hip pocket or taking undersized fish.

Antarctica, the continent of snow and ice (lots of it!) may not be the desolate region we all think it is. In fact, British scientists have discovered grasses growing there than can adapt well to other climes.

One way to add colour to a boat show, invite the kayak crews to display their craft. - Tinnie and Tackle Show  Bob Wonders

Marine Queensland is pretty happy with itself after more than 35,600 people flocked to the RNA Exhibition Grounds last weekend for the ninth Tinnie and Tackle and Four-Wheel Drive Show.

Off the NSW Central Coast, scuba divers will find they have a brand new dive site with the former naval ship HMAS Adelaide being scuttled to form an artificial reef off the popular area.

It really is all happening and it comes to you from our worldwide sources.

Enjoy the read and keep us in mind when you have a few spare moments as we update the site regularly.

Bob Wonders

Alan Priddy prepares for Round the World Powerboat Record attempt
Joe Mairns, Circumnavigation Record,
Alan Priddy and his team have started preparations for a global powerboat circumnavigation record attempt on their revolutionary new boat... [more]
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Regal Marine Industries developing a new marketing technique
Bob Wonders,
A spectacular showroom is hardly the norm for a major boat manufacturer. It has now been 12 months since this most innovative (there's that word again) feature of the Regal plant was officially opened.... [more]
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Anglers help DPI Victoria reel in coastal award
Alan Everett,
The 300 passionate anglers who collect data for fisheries researchers have helped the Department of Primary Industries land a coveted award... [more]
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Boat syndication team offers new options Boat syndication team offer
Imprint Media,
Sydney boating industry identity, Andy Young has launched Boating Syndication Australia (BSA), a new concept in boat syndication based at The Spit in Mosman.... [more]
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Vessel accommodation and arrangements standard out now
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a draft standard on the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.... [more]
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Technology to be showcased at Melbourne International Boat Show
The recreational and commercial boating industry in Australia has certainly come a long way since it was first showcased on a mass public level at the inaugural Melbourne Boat Show in the 1960s. This year, all the high-tech gadgets, gear and onboard instruments will be the stars of the show.... [more]
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HMB Endeavour sets sail for circumnavigation
Jeni Bone,
The replica of Captain James Cook's HM Bark Endeavour begins an epic circumnavigation of Australia today, bound for Brisbane, where she is scheduled to arrive 26 April.... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Dramatic race one
Nigel Quilter,
Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi made the perfect start to the defence of their World title, winning race one of a dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Relekta crash out on lap four and the race red-flagged.... [more]
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Marine Queensland's ‘fantastic showcase'
Bob Wonders,
Tinnie and Tackle Show wins hearts and minds of family groups. As usual, fishing tackle exhibitors did a ‘roaring trade' and it was common to see visitors departing the show loaded with rods, reels and assorted angling equipment.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Team Abu Dhabi snatches pole
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Team Abu Dhabi will line up for race 1 of their home Grand Prix on pole after going quickest in this morning's Edox Pole Position qualifying session.... [more]
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New Harbour Master for Yamba NSW
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has appointed Captain Simon McEvoy as the new Yamba Harbour Master, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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Calm seas and no wind greets World Sailfish Championship teams
Bob Wonders,
Two boats lead World Sailfish Championships, but there's plenty of pressure closing in on them. Alex Adler, skipper of the Islamorada boat ‘De-Bait-Able', described conditions as 'tough.'... [more]
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Report calls for national campaign to protect recreational fishing
Boating and Fishing Council of Australia,
A detailed report titled 'Keep Australia Fishing' has been released today, recommending a national campaign to challenge the many threats facing Australia's most popular recreational pursuit.... [more]
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Macquarie perch bred in captivity successfully
Alan Everett,
Victorian Government scientists have successfully bred large numbers of Macquarie perch in captivity for the first time.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O 'Hall Of Fame' third class nominees set
For the third straight year since its inception the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating will honor two of its four nominees for its ring of honor.... [more]
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Victoria angles for scientific snapshot of bluefin tuna
Department of Primary Industries Victoria,
Fisheries Victoria is undertaking research to provide the first scientific snapshot of recreational fishing of southern bluefin tuna in Victoria.... [more]
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F1H20 World Powerboat Championship racing calendar revision
Philippe Stiernon,
F1H20 World Powerboat Championship calendar revision has been announced by Idea Marketing... [more]
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New office in Manly: Ensign responds to Brisbane appetite for boating
Jeni Bone,
Times have been tough for the broader marine industry but Ensign Ship Brokers are forging ahead with the opening of another office in Manly, Brisbane, in response to increasing interest in new boats and brokerage services.... [more]
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Ready reckoner finds trout 'hang outs'
Department of Primary Industries Victoria,
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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American Superyacht Forum returns to Fort Lauderdale in 2011
Media Services,
Billed as the largest conference for the American superyacht industry, the American Superyacht Forum will return to Fort Lauderdale after a six-year hiatus.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine in receivership
McGrathNicol has been appointed receivers to boat maintenance facility Sydney City Marine, Rozelle Bay.... [more]
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Williams jet tenders touch down in Australia
Harbourside Marine,
The Williams range of jet propelled inflatable tenders needs little introduction within European motoryacht circles, but here in Australia the brand may be a little less familiar. Williams Performance Tenders are now being distributed nationwide by Sirocco Marine, so you can expect to see more of these surface to air missiles rocketing across the water and slipping snugly into motoryacht garages.... [more]
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Baileys Marine Fuel – open for business in Sydney Harbour
Jeni Bone,
Guy Bailey and his cousin, Scott, have hit the water running. The opening of their $7 million Baileys Marine Fuels at Sydney's White Bay 6 last week triggered an avalanche of business from boats and boaties of all descriptions, all welcoming a much-needed facility on the Harbour.... [more]
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Antarctic grass thrives in a changing climate
British Antarctic Survey,
One plant species that grows in Antarctica appears to be thriving according to a team of UK scientists. Antarctic Hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica) is more effective at absorbing organic nitrogen from the soil than the mosses that it lives alongside.... [more]
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Illegal snapper catch costs $800
Alan Everett,
A man who swore at Vic Fisheries Officers and demanded they arrest him had his wish granted and has ended up being fined $800 in the Sunshine Magistrates' Court... [more]
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UAE Wooden Powerboat Championships
Sharon Allison,
Extreme Marine's Salim Fadhel Al Hamli and Ahmed Mohd Hassan Al Suwaidi scored a comfortable win in the fourth heat of the UAE Wooden Powerboat Championships held in Mina Seyahi on Saturday.... [more]
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Powerboats Thunder Under the Bridge
Cathy Vercoe,
The penultimate race of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series took place on Auckland Harbour today with everyone keen to get out on the course and show the Auckland crowds what they were made of. With so many teams racing on home turf there was a great turnout with crowds lining the foreshore, cheering for their favourite team.... [more]
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Radiation and the Oceans
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake—one of the largest ever recorded, occurred 80 miles off the coast of Japan. The earthquake created a series of tsunamis, the largest estimated to be over 30-feet, that swept ashore along the northeast coast of the main island, Honshu.... [more]
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