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Editorial

Editorial, November 27, '09.


Step right this way; if you're interested in any and every form of powerboats and power boating, you've come to the right place.

We've got it all for you this week as the wickedly quick jet sprinters through to the equally quick Formula tunnel boats that went ‘to war' on the Manning River.

Compliments are due also to Sydney marine dealership Hunts Marine, which has supplied a Yamaha-powered Quintrex for high schools to conduct on-water boat driver training for students.

It has also won the full support of NSW Maritime and the Boating Industry Association of NSW.

Now if you're fortunate enough to live near Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, here's some news to immediately grab your attention – the ‘Big Reds', snapper, are on the move and the Department of Fisheries says you'd be mad if you don't go and nail on the top table fish around.

In Sydney town, while it might still be a few weeks away, things are warming up for the world's great blue water classic (sadly, it's for sailboats!), the annual Sydney-Hobart.

As usual, Sydney's magnificent harbour, ‘where 1000 ships of the line can ride safely at anchor' as someone (a Pommie migrant, I think) once said, will be awash with craft of every shape and size imaginable (and that's only the yachts!).

Seriously, NSW Maritime, which does an excellent job in managing the massive fleet which turns out to watch the start, is letting the boating public in on the establishment of the normal exclusion zones so as to give the yachties a clear run the heads.

Like I said, it's all here, we're even open minded enough to mention sailboats.

No wonder nearly 40,000 people every week log onto www.powerboat-world.com around the Asia Pacific.


Bob Wonders



Riviera rallies to Papua New Guinea
Riviera Group,
The elder statesman of long range cruising and loyal Riviera owner, Ian Reynolds has returned from another incredible voyage, a month-long sojourn aboard ‘Investigator V' in Papua New Guinea.... [more]
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F1 Powerboat - Qatar Team in Limbo waiting for their Race Boats
F1 media,
The defending World Championship and host Qatar Team continues to hope for the best as their pair of race boats for tomorrow's 6th Grand Prix of Qatar continue to be on the high sea's.... [more]
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F1 Grand Prix of Qatar - Pressure on Middle East Teams this weekend
F1 media,
This weekend's Grand Prix of Qatar is rounds 11 and 12 of the UIM F1 World Championship.... [more]
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Future of Superyachts Conference in Spain 2010
Quaynote,
5th Annual Future of Superyachts Conference is taking place on the 21st and 22nd June 2010 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.... [more]
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Legislation changes aim to protect Great Barrier Reef
Office of the Minister for the Environment,
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett has announced that legislative changes that come into effect today 'will strengthen the long-term protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park while cutting red tape'.... [more]
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Stanley reigns supreme in International Group A Superboat Championship
Sean Henshelwood,
Slade Stanley came into the 2009 UIM Superboat World Championships as the hot favourite to take out the tightly restricted International Group A category, the Wagga-based builder ranked as one of the best drivers in drivers in the world and fresh from claiming the coveted Australian title during September, he didn't disappoint.... [more]
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Caughey in fine form at World Jetsprint Championships
Sean Henshelwood,
New Zealand's Peter Caughey showed at the opening round of the 2009 UIM World Jetsprint Championships just why he's a five time world title holder, after taking a relatively comfortable victory over reigning Group A world champion Nathan Pretty in the final. Pretty made the graduation to the elite class of Superboats just days out from the Temora event, replacing for Australian champion Phil Di... [more]
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Scorching temperatures greet Formula powerboats
Bob Wonders,
Despite heat wave conditons, opening round of Australian Formula One Powerboat Association meeting hailed a success. In fact, association president (and third place getter) Craig Truslove, suggested that drivers in their enclosed cockpits awaiting a start were subjected to 50 deg C heat.... [more]
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U,I.M Team Qatar's boats and spares stuck at sea
UIM F1 Media,
Team Qatar's preparations for this weekend's Grand Prix of Qatar suffered a minor set-back when the ship containing the race boats and many of the spares was delayed between Khor Fakkan and Qatar... [more]
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Hunts Marine supports school program
Bob Wonders,
NSW Maritime and boating industry enthusiastically support the innovative scheme. Hunts Mariner has donated a 4.7-metre Quintrex Escape powered by a 60hp Yamaha outboard engine, with the vessel scheduled for a five-year span as a training craft for the students.... [more]
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Spring into Port Phillip Bay Snapper
Dept Primary Industries VIC,
Recreational fishers once again have the opportunity to catch a large snapper, known as ‘big reds', which have arrived in Port Phillip Bay in spring on their annual spawning run. Fisheries Victoria monitoring programs indicate show that most of the large snapper caught recently result come from the highly successful spawnings in the spring/summer of 1994/95, 1995/96 and 1997/98.... [more]
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Special exclusion zones Sydney Harbour: Boxing Day and New Year's Eve
NSW Maritime Media,
To make sure these outings are unforgettable for all the right reasons and to ensure safe and enjoyable boating for all, NSW Maritime has again authorised special exclusion zones on the harbour and will be in enforcing the associated special restrictions, as well as the standard boating safety requirements and rules of the road... [more]
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Navico scores again at METS
Sandman PR,
Adding to its impressive list of global accolades, Navico's BR24 Broadband Radar received the DAME award honourable mention for best product in marine electronics at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam last week...... [more]
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Haines Hunter – you can't beat a classic!
Sandman PR,
Haines Hunter's Classic Series is a true ‘Aussie all-rounder', comprising models that are suitable for fishing or cruising. Combining the perfect balance of performance and stability, and designed to accept single or twin engine applications, the Classic Series 21° hull designs are the result of extensive research and development based on an intimate understanding of Australian water conditions.... [more]
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2010 World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championship on Lake Mulwala VIC
Lake Mulwala Power festival media,
In a major coup for Australia, and most importantly for the rural tourist destination towns of Yarrawonga - Mulwala a World Championship boating event has been confirmed.... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: World Class 1 title for Victory Team
Class 1,
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi completed the hat-trick by winning race 2 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, to add to their Pole Position and race wins yesterday.... [more]
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Mysteriously warm times in Antarctica
British Antarctic Survey Press Office,
A new study of Antarctica's past climate reveals that temperatures during the warm periods between ice ages (interglacials) may have been higher than previously thought... [more]
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World Super Boat Offshore Champions crowned at Key West plus video
Super Boat International media,
Super Boat International World Champions; Miss Geico the Top Cat and Seminole Hard Rock Casino Top Vee Bottom. Spirit of Qatar 96 wins Superboat 850 Extreme World Title.... [more]
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Politicians urged to save the Great Barrier Reef
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) contributes $5.4 billion annually to the Australian economy - $5.1 billion from the tourism industry; $153 million from recreational activity; and $139 million from commercial fishing. To have even a chance of saving the world's coral reefs from extensive damage caused by global warming, carbon emissions in industrialised countries need to be cut by 25% below their yea... [more]
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Marine Queensland takes urgent action for Gold Coast boat owners
GC Division Marine Qld,
Following discussions with Mayor Ron Clark, Cr Grant Pforr and Gold Coast council officers last Friday, Marine Queensland announced that it will press ahead with existing plans to establish a Marine Queensland Boat Club to represent the interests of the State's 230,000 registered boat owners, their families and watersport enthusiasts in general. This includes over 26,500 registered boat owne... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Fazza tops World Championship rankings
Class 1 media,
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi completed the double by claiming their sixth win of the season in race 1 of the Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after qualifying in Pole Position earlier in the day.... [more]
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Jet Skis – the knives have been blunted
Bob Wonders,
Queensland Government pours cold water on plans to ban jet skis and PWCs from boat ramp. ‘Bad apples' are the reason many people are critical of jet ski behaviour, there's no doubt the ‘hoons' are out there, as they are on our roads when their antics completely ignore the rights of others.... [more]
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Coral Sea – No Consultation and No Debate. Now What?
Marine Qld,
Marine Queensland has expressed dismay at the Government response to Senator Boswell's disallowance motion on the Coral Sea Conservation Zone in the Senate.... [more]
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UIM WPPA Class 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi - Fazza takes pole
Class 1,
Fazza will start the Abu Dhabi UIM WPPA Class 1 Grand Prix, race 1, on pole. Victory 1's Mohammad Al Mehairi and Jean-Marc Sanchez, who lead the World Championship standings, found themselves down in fourth place after being unable to match the pace of the top three.... [more]
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Hon. Paul McLeay, MP appointed as Minister for NSW Ports and Waterways
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has a new Minister for Ports and Waterways, the Hon. Paul McLeay, MP.... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice session
Class 1 media,
Class 1 took to the waters of Abu Dhabi for the first time in today's first official practice session for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,... [more]
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Sydney's Hawkesbury River ready to rumble
Bob Wonders,
The 48th staging of the famous Bridge to Bridge water ski race set for this weekend. Twelve boats and crews have confirmed entry to the awesome Super Class, which sees skiers regularly reaching speeds in the 160km/hr (100mph) range.... [more]
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