Sanctuary Cove, Offshore racing and more boating news

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  06 May 2011

Offshore action and news from across the boating scene

I bid you good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on what part of our wonderful world you're in at this time.

If you need some reading matter, you're definitely at the right place because we have plenty to hold your interest.

I guess the ‘headline act' this week has been the sensational opening to the 2011 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships staged off Newcastle.

With 2005 Class 1 champions aboard, 'Maritimo' looked the goods as it claimed ownership of the chequered flag for Luke Durman and Ross Willaton. - Newcastle offshore  Reg Blunt

Don't miss the fabulous photographs of some of the spectacular action courtesy of our skilled cameramen Andrew Gricks and Reg Blunt.

While we're on the subject of offshore racing, we can also reveal the future plans of the race outfit ‘Team 3'.

Those with a good memory may recall ‘Team 3' being destroyed by a rogue wave off Redcliffe a coupled of years back.

Team owner Adam Gilbert (also president of the Offshore Superboat Championships) has acquired a new boat from the famous Dubai-based Victory team and designed by the legendary Michael Peters.

In other news, we take a close-up look at the fabulous Yamaha V8, the F350 and reveal the company has a brand new Sydney-based dealer for its famous personal watercraft.

On the fishing front, there's to be another Fishing Forum this year, scheduled for a rural setting where members of the public (I'm sure they mean ‘the fishing public') will be able to table their thoughts on all matters related to inland angling.

A reminder, too, that the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 19 – 22) is right on our doorstep and let me tell you, we will be there, and how! (You will find us in the Pavilion Booth 40 - Yes that's our own Marine Industry publication)

Enjoy the browse through the news and drop back regularly to catch our updates and keep up with all matters of interest.

Bob Wonders

Sanctuary Cove Show promotes easy transport options
Kate Duryea,
Visitors to the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will have an additional easy transport option this year when the event opens in less than two weeks on Thursday, May 19.... [more]
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The ‘jewel' in the Yamaha offshore crown
Bob Wonders,
Yamaha F350 V8 outboard was designed for the marine environment right from its inception. Producing 350hp at the propshaft, the F350 is designed to provide massive thrust for even the heaviest blue water powerboats... [more]
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Sensational opener for Offshore Superboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
Big seas, close racing, thrills spectators at Newcastle. There was no shortage of exciting competition in the smaller classes, but as usual, it proved to be a tough affair for boats and engines with five boats failing to finish the race.... [more]
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Yamaha WaveRunners find a new home at Sydney Watercraft
Bob Carter,
Sydney's western metropolitan corridor has a new Yamaha dealer appointed. Joe Boyagi at Sydney Watercraft has been appointed as a fully authorised WaveRunner dealer trading from main road premises at Ermington.... [more]
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The resurrection of ‘Team 3'
Bob Wonders,
Shot in the arm for Supercat Lite with a new 'Team 3' gunning for points. At present, the new boat, designed by the legendary Michael Peters, is undergoing cockpit strengthening to meet the stringent safety standards demanded by the Offshore Superboat Championships.... [more]
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NSW Maritime issues weather warning
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast for the next few days.... [more]
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For a safer Sydney Harbour - look to New Zealand
Simon Murphy,
In an unfortunate incident this weekend a young female passenger and an older male passenger on board a commercial Sydney Harbour jet boat ended up in hospital with back injuries (in the case of the women this turned out to be a fractured spine).... [more]
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Outback Marine will launch Argus E35 at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Market Focus,
Outback Marine Australia Pty Ltd will launch its eagerly awaited Argus E35 displacement power catamaran at the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The vessel is beleived to be the most significant ground up development.... [more]
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Offshore Superboat Championships Newcastle win to Maritimo
Offshore Superboat Championships,
Offshore Superboat Championships team Maritimo Offshore battled the wild ocean to take first place at the first round of the Championships at Newcastle, with Jaeger Group retireing after two laps followed by Mustang on lap 11, It was a battle to finish the race on the shorted storm course.... [more]
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Marine Action Group: Tipplers is worth saving
Jeni Bone,
The Marine Action Group, led by Keith Douglas, will be taking their message to the media and public on Tuesday 3 May at Tipplers Resort, at the northern end of South Stradbroke Island, where they will host a press conference announcing the engineer's report which proves the Tavern there is structurally sound – contradicting Council opinion... [more]
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Vicem concentrates on Antalya and signs with Fraser Yachts
Poerio Sand People,
The Turkish shipyard Vicem Yachts, leader in the construction of completely custom hand crafted down-east style lobster boats and innovative and prestigious open and megayachts, continues its march towards excellence concentrating all production in their Antalya facilities on the Turkish south-east Mediterranean coast.... [more]
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Offshore Superboats racing in Newcastle - images,
Heavy swell offshore, but smooth waters in Newcastle Harbour today.'s John Curnow was on the seawall to bring you these images.... [more]
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Long life assured for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Despite rumours in the media, from esteemed mastheads that should know better than to publish industry gossip, and from quarters of the industry who should also be above the 'scuttlebutt' as it was described, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is alive and well and fully supported by its owners, Mulpha Developments.... [more]
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Fishing writers needed – now - freelance opportunity
Rob Kothe, Publisher, TetraMedia,
A ground floor opportunity, for specialist fishing writers in the Asia Pacific, who want to increase their profile into today's media. The largest online marine publication in the world, with a monthly readership of 220,000 is launching its first venture into the sport of fishing.... [more]
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