Welcome, and thanks for stopping by for another edition of Powerboat-World.com
When we ran the report early in the week about the new No Wash penalties in NSW now being as much as $5,500, we were asked by readers, was that a story, we meant to run on April 1st. Sadly no.
Everyone needs to read this story carefully. These laws may apply to you, or may turn up in your State or region soon!
But all is not bad in NSW, the long overdue rationalisation of the Volunteer Rescue Association, the Australian Volunteer Coastguard and the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol into Marine Rescue NSW is gathering pace.
They might get called rag-tops but the other half are living quite fast. Top speed under sail, not diesel or petrol powered hit two impressive new world records this week. A land sailor reached 109.57 knots in the American desert and an Australian sailing boat off Wilsons Prom set a new record of 50.08 knots.
While we are talking speed, we're indebted to Class 1.com for a most interesting, make that fascinating, glance back at the history of offshore racing's modern era.
On the other side of the Tasman, those Kiwis are up and running again with a Festival of Speed which will involve ‘planes, trains and automobiles! No, hold that. That was a movie. In Whitianga it will be ‘planes boats and cars; there's even a match race planned between an offshore racer and a helicopter!
On the Powerboat P1 front, a new team, Team 26, is ready to rock and roll in a tilt at the World championship aboard a new Donzi powered by Sterling V8 engines and with the '09 season opening in a few weeks, Powerboat-World is right where you'll keep up with results and feature stories on some of the colourful competitors.
Closer to home, a matter which has detrimental effect on the boating industry as a whole is the urgent need for a major dredging operation on Queensland's Southport Broadwater.
This is a natural resource which a succession of governments have ignored and this week I spoke with one man who understand the problem more than most, Gold Coast City Marina general manager, Dean Leigh-Smith.
Both the trade and consumers are likely to be seriously interested in the Marine Auction in Brisbane next month there'll be six near-new Sunseeker cruisers going under the hammer at the direction of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the whisper is.......bargain!. Read all about it.
Before I go, one of the funniest stories of the week, definitely in the 'Ya Gotta Laugh' category comes from Nancy Knudsen our cruising editor brings us news on the boat that did not see the bridge.
Class 1 news: Victory team wait to reveal second boat line-up Class 1 media, The first crew is decided with Arif (Al Zafeen) and Nadir (bin Hendi) back together in the winning boat of last year, but we are still looking closely at our options for the second boat,' said Victory's Team and General Manager, Gianfranco Venturelli. 'Right now we are running a clinic for three drivers, all of who come from the historical wooden powerboat racing series.... [more]
NOT April 1st Story- 'No wash' zone penalty now $5,500 Sail-World Cruising, The rules for boating speed and safety are about to be enforced with stiff new penalities in New South Wales, including an increase in the penalty for violating a 'no wash' zone from $40 to a staggering $5,500, with the 'on-the-spot' fine for creating a wash set at $250.... [more]
Festival of Speed in Whitianga Kate Gordon, Kiwis at wide open throttle at Whitianga. Boats, cars and ‘planes will be there, including the contestants in the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore championships.... [more]
Have you got the BRIDGE? What? Where? Des Ryan, Have you got THE FISHING BOAT? What? Where? Port side under the genny. Fine okay right yes thanks, got it now. Have you got THE BRIDGE? What? Where?...oops... [more]
New volunteer marine rescue group goes on-line NSW Maritime, Preparations for the State's new volunteer marine rescue organisation, Marine Rescue NSW, are well underway with the launch of the group's website.... [more]
Honda equips Outlaw Charters Jeni Bone, John Gooding, owner and skipper of Outlaw Fishing Charters, is used to all conditions, setting off from Manly around the confines of Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island. He recently upgraded his Haines Hunter 680 Patriot with twin BF150s to a Haines Hunter 760 Patriot with twin BF225s.... [more]
The era of the ‘gentlemen racers' Bob Wonders, We take a look at the fascinating history of offshore racing. It's worth remembering that many boats competing in offshore races were in fact recreational boats; you go fishing one weekend, belt the tripe out of it the following weekend in an offshore race!... [more]
Perth man apprehended following Rock Lobster surveillance operation WA Dept of Fisheries media, A 39-year-old man is facing potential charges, under the Fish Resources Management Act (FRMA), for allegedly selling recreationally caught rock lobsters to a suburban Perth hotel.... [more]
Proof that Marine Parks work ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, New evidence that networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) can play a big role in protecting threatened coral reef fish and other marine species from local extinction has been found by an international research team. The research was carried out in Kimbe Bay, New Britain in Papua New Guinea, a region of relatively pristine coral reefs where it is proposed to set up a network of marine reserves.... [more]
NSW Shark Meshing Program review placed on public exhibition NSW Media Services, The New South Wales State Government's draft review of its shark meshing program has gone on display today with Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald urging interested members of the public to make submissions.... [more]
Henri Lloyd opens in Chatswood Chase Burke Marine, Renowned international marine lifestyle brand, Henri Lloyd, opened its doors this month to its second Australian concept store.... [more]
Southport Broadwater – the never-ending story Bob Wonders, It has been said before and it will be said again - the Southport Broadwater must be dredged and dredged NOW. Sand banks seem to breed throughout the Broadwater; not only do they breed, they move around!... [more]
Six near new luxury Sunseekers for May auction by Marine Auctions Media Services, Under instructions from Ian Hall and Paul Kirk of PricewaterhouseCoopers on Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 10.00 a.m at the Rivergate Marina Complex, 7 Rivergate Place, off Paringa Road, Murarrie, Queensland, Australia (next to the Gateway Bridge) Marine Auctions and Valuations will have six near new luxury Sunseekers for auction.... [more]
NSW Maritime investigates capsize off Shellharbour NSW Maritime, NSW Maritime is investigating a boating incident that occurred off Shellharbour yesterday. All four occupants were able to swim to nearby rocks suffering only minor grazes and lacerations. The two children were wearing lifejackets at the time of the incident.... [more]
109.57 knots makes Richard the fastest sailor on earth Claire Bates, Mailonline/Sail-World, While on water Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo have just broken the speed barrier of 50 knots in their sailing boat Macquarie Innovation, a British engineer has become the fastest human on earth powered by the wind alone, in a land sailing boat.... [more]
New World Speed Record: Macquarie Innovation breaks 50 - hits 54 knots Sail-World.com, Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday night when Macquarie Innovation powered down the Sandy Point speed course, near Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, at an average speed of 50.43 knots... [more]
Holiday hell as pirates attack couple, kill husband Jeni Bone, A British couple has endured a harrowing and fatal encounter with pirates who ransacked their boat, named Mr Bean, off the coast of Thailand.... [more]
Burmese 'fishermen' murder British sailor in Thailand BW Roundup, A British sailor who had been cruising the world for nine years has been allegedly murdered by three Burmese migrant fishermen aboard his yacht off southern Thailand. They locked his wife in a cabin. The area where he was killed is regarded as safe and usually very busy with cruising yachts. There have been no attacks on yachts in the area for at least the last fourteen years... [more]
New Abu Dhabi marque aims for 400 boats per year Jeni Bone, Investors in Abu Dhabi have launched a new marine company with a target of manufacturing 400 leisure boats a year despite the current economic slowdown, where active companies are cutting costs by holding or cancelling their projects and cutting manpower.... [more]
Tinnie & Tackle Show - Record attendance at the ‘Ekka' Bob Wonders, Tinnie and Tackle Show establishes new gate records. Jason Plant, Marine Queensland's event manager, rated the Tinnie and Tackle Show component as a ‘huge success.'... [more]
NMSC seeks comment on commercial vessels NMSC, The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment an Issues Paper on the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.... [more]
Henry Lloyd now open in Chatswood Chase Sydney BW Media, Better known in the world of cold water sailing for their legendary wet weather gear, Henry Lloyd has opened its doors this month to their second Australian concept store. Chatswood Chase, on Sydney's thriving north shore, is a long way from any association with the sea, but it is right at home in the quality stakes to make Henry Lloyd's garments feel at home.... [more]
Melbourne's Variety Splash sails to victory Bianca Garo, Around 200 people onboard a fleet of around 24 power and sail boats – among them Sydney-to-Hobart maxi yacht Skandia Wild Thing – recently travelled a three-day course from Melbourne's Docklands to Mornington, across the bay to Geelong and back up the coast to Waterfront City – with plenty of fun along the way!... [more]
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