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Powerboating News June 3, '09

Welcome aboard another edition of Powerboat-World and if it's news you're after you've come to the right spot.

The scent of boat shows remains strong with Melbourne and Adelaide looming and the ‘big fellow', the Sydney International Boat Show coming closer by the day.

For those thinking of buying a boat, don't miss our brief preview of the Melbourne exhibition.

Plenty of fishing news this week, too, with NSW imposing zero bag limits on Australian bass and estuary perch, an international conference on fishing in Fremantle and an update on the NSW Fishers Habitat Forum with renowned commentator and angler Steve Starling.

Meanwhile, in Europe, we take a look back at 28-years of Formula 1 racing and see Honda celebrating 10-years of Formula Honda powerboat competition.

In New Zealand, there are fears that gulf anchorages are being out at risk and in NSW new regulations are about to come into force affecting those who sit for a general boating licence.

On a lighter side, we take review the recent wet weather that has put Queensland's South-East corner and the northern and far northern NSW coast awash and suggest, light heartedly, of course, that perhaps a name change is in order for the so-called ‘sunshine state.'

Incidentally, just a passing thought; as one who loves the sea, its traditions and its history I felt somewhat saddened this week when I learnt of the passing of an old lady in a London nursing home.

An old lady whom I never met, had never really heard of, who passed away at the age of 97. Her name was Millvina Dean and she was the last survivor from the most famous sinking in maritime history, that of the White Star liner, the ‘unsinkable' RMS Titanic. So there it is, there is no one left alive on earth that was there when this mighty ship set sail for the ‘New World' only to fall victim to an iceberg on April 14, 1912. More than 1500 souls went down with the ship; may Miss Dean and all those who went before her rest in peace.

Ok, no more sadness, none of us are here forever (except possibly me, I have no plans to go anywhere) so it's on with the show.

Enjoy the read, tell your ship mates it's all free and easy to subscribe and they too can be as knowledgeable as your good self.

Stay ship shape,


Bob Wonders



Qatar Team welcomes English veteran Andy Elliott
F! Powerboat media,
English veteran Andy Elliott will join Jay Price as a number two driver for the Qatar Team. Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari Head of Formula and Pleasure Boats and Board Member of Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) made the announcement today.... [more]
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Maritimo's presence in the Americas ‘secure'
Bob Wonders,
Maritimo USA president Dave Northrop looks confidently towards the future despite the global financial crisis. Northrop heads the wholly-owned Maritimo subsidiary, which now boasts 14 authorised dealers and 20 distribution points across the USA's east and west coasts and through the Great Lakes.... [more]
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Melbourne – a boat show for boat buyers
Bob Wonders,
Fuel prices and interest rates low, there's never been a better time to buy that boat. This year's Melbourne Boat Show also presents an innovative new floor plan, comprising ‘Accessory Alley', along the north wall of the exhibition hall and three separate precincts for Fishing, Wake and Ski and Marine Tourism.... [more]
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AIMEX/AMIF Brisbane seminar for marine businesses
AIMEX,
AIMEX and AMIF will be holding a seminar in Brisbane on Tuesday 16 June aimed at equipping businesses to manage during the economic downturn. This will be the last seminar that is held in Queensland and available free to members of the marine industry.... [more]
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TetraMedia Marine Internet sites growing rapidly
Brendan Maxwell,
Sail-World.com, Powerboat-World.com and Marine Business News.com experienced a big jump in audience last month with almost 144,000 unique visitors, and 305,500 visitors to the websites. Along the way we set a number of records.... [more]
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Queensland – is it due for a new nickname?
Bob Wonders,
Is it time for the 'sunshine state' to be re-named the 'soggy state'? Rainfall figures for May released by the Weather Bureau inform us that the State's South-East corner, basically from the Sunshine Coast down to the NSW-Queensland border, was subjected to triple the normal rainfall expected in May.... [more]
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Gold Coast Spit development one step closer
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast's $2.5 billion superyacht terminal and marine precinct on The Spit is one step closer, a project that will capitalise on the potential of the area's most scenic waterway and attract international events and investment.... [more]
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OriginOil teams up with Desmet Ballestra in algae to fuel technology
Jeni Bone,
In the US, the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae into a true competitor to petroleum, OriginOil Inc has announced a partnership with Desmet Ballestra, an international pioneer in oil and fats technologies.... [more]
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NSW Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum
NSW DPI,
Join renowned fishing writer and presenter Steve 'Starlo' Starling and other recreational fishers at the Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum. There will also be an opportunity to visit local sites where fish habitat has been improved and of course time to wet a line!... [more]
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Knotika announces second Emirates Boat Show International
Knotika Holding,
Knotika Holding, the multimedia and multi-faceted marine lifestyle company based in Dubai, is inviting exhibitors for the 2nd Emirates Boat Show International, 24-28 November in Abu Dhabi.... [more]
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U.I.M F1 Racing – Finland's circuit makes heroes of brave drivers
Phillipe Stiernon,
The history of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship dates all the way back 28 years ago. During this time, the series has been known for its many challenging and difficult race circuits that make these Grand Prix events the most daring in all of water sports.... [more]
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Fisheries experts flood into Fremantle for International conference
Department of Fisheries WA,
Researchers from 36 countries will next week take part in the most significant international forum for fisheries researchers and biologists ever held in Western Australia. 'Understanding marine biodiversity hot spots, what supports them and the broader role they play, will help us to better manage our fisheries.' Fisheries Minister Norman Moore.... [more]
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BIA updates Victorian Marine Industry Awards
BIA VIC,
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has updated the categories and criteria for this year's Victorian Marine Industry Awards to recognise Victoria's brightest and best.... [more]
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Licence logbooks for safer boating in NSW
Brad Schmidtt,
NSW Boaters applying for a power boat licence will have to show they have practical ‘on-water' boating experience under new licence regulations which come into force next week.... [more]
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NSW Zero Bag Limit on Australian bass and estuary perch from June 1
Dept Primary Industries,
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding anglers a ban on taking Australian bass and estuary perch from all rivers and estuaries is in place from June 1, for three months, to protect these important recreational species, Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald, said today.... [more]
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Arendal Class 1 competitors face very different course from Qatar
Class 1 media,
After the sweeping open course they faced in Doha Bay at the season-opener in Qatar, teams now start to prepare for arguably the most spectacular, challenging and demanding course on the Class 1 calendar – Arendal.... [more]
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Boatsmart launched to increase teenage recreational boating awareness
Jennifer Milligan,
Boatsmart - Taking Young Boaters Beyond the Basics program was launched on May 21 by Martin Foley MP. The program aims to provide secondary school students with the knowledge and practical skills they need for safe recreational boating.... [more]
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Crewbook the shortcut for top crew
Jeni Bone,
An enquiring mind and interest in politics drew Kate Crulci to uni, but one fateful three month holiday break spent working aboard a cruise ship changed her career path forever, and she says, for the better. Now director of Crewbook Yacht Crew Recruitment, Kate is using her experience from all facets of the industry to place crew on yachts around the world, deckhand to Captain.... [more]
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Muir Anchoring Systems – Aussie made quality, recognised worldwide
Mike Thompson,
For more than 40 years the Muir name is synonymous with quality, reliability and performance in Anchoring System technology and fitted by many of the finest boat builders in Australia and Overseas.... [more]
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R Electronics buoyant
Denby Browning,
Gold Coast-based marine electronics business R Electronics has announced that it is not affected by the appointment of Receivers at iconic boat-builder Riviera, says Managing Director Errol Cain.... [more]
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Team Adrenalin 'Glowfast' in the Tybee 500
Brita Fowler,
Glowfast Marine recently sponsored Team Adrenalin in the Tybee 500. Here's what Todd Riccardi, Helm of Team Adrenalin had to say about Glowfast Luminous Draft Stripes. 'Last August, I bought a new spinnaker. I knew a black sail would look great on my boat and I went to a great effort to obtain this color. A few months later, once all our plans were finalized to sail the Tybee, I realized the... [more]
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Stacer Gun joins Wynnum Marine
Bob Carter,
Highly respected Stacer boat salesman Michael McErlean has joined the sales team at Wynnum Marine. As a Stacer specialist who has worked with the Stacer aluminium brand since 2003, Michael is a welcome addition to the Wynnum team.... [more]
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Riviera Syndication's record sales at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Denby Browning,
Riviera Syndication CEO John Russell has described the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show as 'our best boat show ever'.... [more]
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d'Albora steals the scene on soaps
Jeni Bone,
Over the past six months, some familiar TV faces have been adding some drama, scandal and (fake) homicide to the smooth operations at d'Albora Marinas Akuna Bay and in Melbourne, Pier 35.... [more]
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d'Albora Marinas Victoria Harbour recognised for excellence
Jeni Bone,
The 2009 Marina of the Year winners have been decided, and d'Albora Marinas at Victoria Harbour was recognized for its consistent high quality as an Award of Excellence Finalist in the under 85 berths category.... [more]
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Marinas 2009 – winners and new ratings system
Jeni Bone,
As the biennial Marinas conference wrapped up in considerably nicer weather than the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show just days before, the 340 delegates were inspired, challenged and replete with initiatives that will have global impact.... [more]
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Honda Powerboat Series celebrates Ten Years of racing
Honda Powerboat media,
The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Race Series, the largest offshore powerboat event in the World, this June 20th and 21st, hosts its 10th Birthday and 100th race day in Plymouth.... [more]
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Mandurah crab catches up
Department of Fisheries WA,
The first 12 months of a three-year research program on Mandurah's crabs have found increased catches by both recreational and commercial fishers and a significant change in the methods that recreational crabbers use to catch them.... [more]
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Mooring mire stirs up a storm in the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
An application to lay a mooring in picturesque Woody Bay on the western side of Rakino in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, is generating a storm of protest and action from boaties of all types. Submissions close on 12 June, and some interesting process in an earlier hearing has galvanised a response on the latest action. The application gave the holder rights over 3500sq metres of anchorage.... [more]
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Manson - making anchoring safer for you
Richard Gladwell,
Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]
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Yacht & Boat Korea seeks international exhibitors
Jeni Bone,
There is another boat show in South Korea, this one known as Yacht & Boat Korea, scheduled for October/November and around since 2007, hoping to attract more than 200,000 people to experience the south eastern coastal region known as 'Namhaean'.... [more]
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Cannes Boat Show refocuses on innovation and excellence
Cannes Boat Show,
The 2009 Cannes Boat Show, 9-14 September, is positioning its event as 'the exceptional showcase for yachting', emphasizing that in restrictive financial conditions, boat builders strive harder to create innovation and advances to meet new challenges and changing times.... [more]
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