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20 May 2009                              To reply to this email click here

















Editorial

Welcome aboard and keep your umbrella, spray jacket, raincoat, weatherweather pants and rubber boots or deck boots handy.

I hate introducing you to bad news, but the rain is bucketing down across the Gold Coast and that means bucketing down on our destination for the next few days, the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Well, it won't be the first time the Cove has copped a drenching and Mother Nature being the unpredictable lady she is it won't be the last. Exhibitors, visitors and the Powerboat-World team will simply grin and bear it.

Our Conservation Minister and part-time rock and roll singer Peter Garrett is on the go again, this time informing us of the new ‘East Marine Region' being sold to us as the Coral Sea Zone. Be warned – it's much more than that! From the Great Barrier Reef down into NSW waters this has the potential to inflict a major impact on recreational fishing.

Lauryn Eagle ready to depart Manly on her recording breaking ski run  Christophe Launay

On a more pleasant note, we can only offer congratulations (and a degree of amazement!) to water skiing ace (and top sort!) Lauryn Eagle. The Australian ski race team member and former Miss Teen International, just to mention two of her achievements, earlier this week became the first female to ski Sydney and Newcastle return!

On the powerboat racing front, the P1 teams are counting down to the Scandinavian Grand Prix and we reveal news of an artificial reef taking place off that very popular NSW south coast town of Merimbula.

Now, don't forget, if you keep waiting for perfect days you're going to miss and awful lot of good days......see you at Sanctuary Cove (you and 40,000-plus others).

Stay dry (Just kidding, of course).

PS. We voted in the Powerboat-world office, whether we should have a picture of me, Lauryn Eagles or Peter Garrett in this editorial - not surprisingly all the votes went one way.


Bob Wonders



Australia's Lauryn Eagle flies to historic Water Ski record
Powerboat-world.com,
21 year old Lauryn Eagle an Australian water ski champion, Fox8 TV presenter, Miss Teen Australia 2004, Miss Teen International 2005, model and Formula II Women's world water ski race champion in 2005 added an historic record to her trophy cabinet today.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2009 – 40,000 plus visitors
Bob Wonders,
Weather forecast does not favour Sanctuary Cove International BOat Show. Sanctuary Cove's Marine Village offers ample shelter and I'm sure the many restaurants and bars will be well geared up to handle those taking shelter from any downpour than may occur.... [more]
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East Marine Region - Coral Sea Conservation Zone established
Powerboat-world.com,
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett today announced the establishment of the Coral Sea Conservation Zone under national environmental law, protecting the unique characteristics of the Coral Sea while an assessment process is undertaken.... [more]
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Artificial reef takes shape at Merimbula
NSW Dept Primary Industries,
New South Wales fifth artificial reef will be installed this week providing enhanced recreational fishing experiences for keen fishers, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald announced.... [more]
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Have your say - Marine Rescue NSW
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime is helping in the establishment of Marine Rescue NSW, a new volunteer-based organisation to provide search and rescue services for the boating community of this State.... [more]
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Yamaha Powers Eagle to New Ski Record
Bob Carter,
A new record was set when Lauryn Eagle skied into Manly at 4.02 pm on the 17th of May 2009 having water skied continuously from Sydney to Newcastle and back. Lauryn is the first person to attempt this record and she can now add this achievement to her national and world champion titles.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show is BIG
KIBS Media,
In 2008 the show received over 350,000 visitors, making it instantly one of the world's most highly attended boat shows (compare this to 112,000 for this year's London Boat Show or even 238,000 for Dusseldorf, Europe's biggest boat show). This is hardly surprising, with a local population of over 22 million living within 50 miles of the boat show site hungry for new leisure activities.... [more]
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Extra hands help out at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show welcomes support from the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Class One Spanish Grand Prix cancelled
Class One media,
IOTA has confirmed it has been forced to cancel the Spanish Grand Prix. 'Despite all our efforts and numerous attempts to maintain the running of the 2009 Class 1 Spanish Grand Prix, which was due to be held in Alicante on 7 June, we have, regrettably, been forced to cancel the race.'... [more]
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WHOI Team aids Center Coastal Studies in Whale disentanglement
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was working in the Great South Channel 40 miles east-southeast of Chatham, Mass., when they sighted a humpback whale severely entangled in fishing gear. They alerted a rescue team from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.... [more]
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Dunbier glides out another new trailer range
Sandman PR,
Dunbier Marine Products' new Glider Series trailers offer superior support for boats ranging 5.3m to 7.5m. Built on fully-rolled and galvanised frames, the Glider Series is available in a roller version and a skid pad version. Each version of the Glider Series features a unique central keel support system, comprising strong durable polyurethane rollers which provide superior support for boat hulls... [more]
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Australian Marinas Guide - Comprehensive guide to local marinas
Media Services,
With over 300 marinas, as well as a few safe harbours where conventional marinas don't exist, the Australian Marinas Guide is the only marina directory to include every marina in Australia. It's the definitive guide for boat owners who require accurate, up to date information on every Australian marina.... [more]
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Storms pause for Trailer Boat Fisho's
Tony Poole,
Heading up to Port Stephens for the 2009 Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament the rain was so heavy I was half expecting to be passed by a few boats towing cars up the Pacific Hwy. However, the Gods smiled and almost 1100 competitors enjoyed good weather for a top weekend of fishing and entertainment at d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Farewell Malta, next stop Turkey!
Sam Feasey,
Well what a start to the season. Bags of controversy, protests, some freakishly aggressive driving, not to mention a dry-pit full of P1 babes, the best pilots in the business and a visit from Malta's Prime Minister... [more]
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Sound waves help bring back the black bream in the Murray River
NSW Dept Primary Industries media,
About 30 black bream are being implanted with acoustic tags (pingers) to monitor their movements and improve fish migration along the Murray River. Black bream are an important commercial and recreational species in the Coorong, but scientists have rarely detected them migrating through the newly-constructed fishways.... [more]
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Lauryn Eagle breaks Sydney - Newcastle Ski Record
Powerboat-world.com,
Former World champion speed skier and Australian champion Lauryn Eagle rounded the Newcastle Mark an hour 32 minutes after her 12:02 Manly wharf start and she is powering herself into the record books as she continues launches her assault on the Sydney to Newcastle and return water ski record.... [more]
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Don't throw away your paper charts! - GPS failings to come
Blackwattle Studios,
A report just out by the Government Accountability Office of the USA has revealed significant issues with the future of the GPS world wide system, currently provided free by the USA. The report is entitled 'Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities' and was released last week.... [more]
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Protection for a significant piece of Wartime history
NT Government media,
The WWII shipwreck Florence D is now protected under the Commonwealth's Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 after its discovery was confirmed in waters off Bathurst Island, following important work by a Territory Government department.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 starts Scandinavian Grand Prix countdown
Sam Feasey,
Powerboat P1 officially launched the countdown to August's Scandinavian Grand Prix of the Sea in Gothenburg on Thursday.... [more]
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Industry gathers on the GC pre-SCIBS
Jeni Bone,
Must have been the perfect Gold Coast Autumn weather, or the very suave Wild Oats Merlot at the Southport Yacht Club marine industry luncheon today, but this Gold Coaster feels compelled to say that, one week prior SCIBS, the Gold Coast is ready, waiting and easily the best boat show venue there is.... [more]
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WA Government provides funding for 'tagged' white pointer programme
Department of Fisheries WA,
The Western Australian Government has provided additional funding for monitoring the occurrence of 'tagged' white (pointer) sharks off metropolitan Perth beaches. This $120,000 allocation will be used to support a collaborative research project between the WA Department of Fisheries and CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship, to collect information on the movements and behaviour of white sharks.... [more]
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Avoiding 'catastrophe' for world's coral heartland
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
A region harbouring more than half the world's coral reefs is at risk of 'a major environmental and human catastrophe' a report released by the WWF at the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia, has warned. Its release coincides with the decision of the six Coral Triangle nations to move ahead with the world's largest transboundary network of marine protected areas.... [more]
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Honda releases brand new BF60 four-stroke EFI outboard engine
Sandman PR,
Honda's brand new BF60 four-stroke EFI outboard engine expands the premium product range available to Australian boaters. Slotting in between the widely-acclaimed BF40/50 and BF75/90, the new BF60 combines exclusive Honda technologies in a lightest-weight-in-class package that delivers best-in-class performance...... [more]
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Volunteers get on board Marine Rescue NSW
Penny Robbins,
In the true spirit of the volunteer movement, more than 600 people have put up their hand to join the State's new volunteer marine rescue organisation.... [more]
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Spinning Props a ‘Hazard Zone'
NSW Maritime,
Boat propellers pose a risk that can be too easily ignored because they are ‘out of sight and out of mind', according to NSW Maritime Recreational Boating General Manager Brett Moore.... [more]
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