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Editorial, January 23, '09.

Here we go again, another edition of Powerboat-World bringing you the important news related to all things powerboats.

As usual we deliver news from across the world, from the P1 Powerboat competition in Europe to the New Zealand Offshore championships about to kick off the 2010 season.

Offshore news from Australia, too, and it's a case of fingers crossed as the Offshore Superboat Championships organisers work towards achieving an event on Australia's greatest waterway, Sydney Harbour.

Earlier this week I visited the stunning facilities of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, and before you think I've become a ‘sailboat man' let me tell you this prestigious club boasts a 50 percent powerboat membership.

It must surely rate as one of the finest maritime clubs in the land.

On the Queensland Gold Coast we joined a score of others to witness the first public showing of the latest from Mustang Marine, the very stylish 2850 Sports Cruiser.

Another new release that can be counted upon to create interest is Honda Marine's launch of the company's new generation V6 outboard engines.

Of course, it's not all sweet and light; up in northern Australia, tourism operators and scientists have clashed over claims that marine algae is over running that magnificent natural resource, the Great Barrier Reef.

The tourism industry claims the scientists are waging ‘scare tactics' in a bid to close more of the reef off to visitors and anglers. Who knows?

Environmental matters, new products, competition news, whatever, this is where you'll keep up to date with it all.

Enjoy the read and drop by regularly for updates.


Bob Wonders



RQYS – the jewel in the Moreton Bay crown
Bob Wonders,
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron makes excellent use of its stunning location. Dominating the Moreton Bay shoreline at Manly, only a short drive east of the state capital, Brisbane, the RQYS boasts a history dating back more than 120-years.... [more]
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Honda unleashes next generation V6 outboards
Sandman PR,
Honda's latest generation of large-displacement V6 four-stroke EFI outboards has been reworked and refined to deliver more torque, even greater fuel efficiency, incorporate NMEA 2000 compatibility (engine-to-electronics data communication) and other advantages. The new BF175/200/225 ‘AK1' has been driven by Honda's desire to 'continually achieve best-in-class performance'.... [more]
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Don't Miss The Boat! – Enter BoatGearDirect NOW!!
Jay Pettifer,
With hundreds of entries into our T-Shirt slogan competition from not just Australia, but from around the globe, the entries are rounding up fast. This online competition is a great opportunity for someone out there to become a ‘legend' at their local yacht or fishing club.... [more]
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50 days around Australia to Save Our Seas
SOS Ocean Racing,
Whitsunday Sailing Club Member and commercial skipper Ian 'Thommo' Thomson will set off in late April to break the world record for sailing non stop solo unassisted around Australia. The campaign is to raise awareness for the damage that plastic bags are doing to our environment.... [more]
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Enjoy Australia Day 2010 afloat on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
A busy schedule of boating activities and events is planned for NSW waterways on Tuesday, 26 January to celebrate Australia Day 2010 afloat.... [more]
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Ningaloo Coast (WA) is nominated for World Heritage listing
Australian Federal Government,
The announcement that the nomination is being sent to the World Heritage Centre in Paris was made today in Perth by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher.... [more]
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‘Exciting new era' for Mustang
Bob Wonders,
Mustang Marine incorporates the latest technology in its new 2850 Sports Cruiser. Based on the company's 2800 Sports Cruiser released last year, the new 2850, according to the manufacturer, takes the good points of the earlier model and adds a range of the latest features available.... [more]
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Call for Papers for National Marine Conference
Ursula Bishop,
The National Marine Safety Committee is calling for abstracts from those interested in addressing the Marine Safety Conference 2010 to be held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth from 22 – 24 August this year.... [more]
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Melb Int'l Boat Show: Coast Guard to bring safety message and training
Greg Shoemark,
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association will again be training and testing would-be boaties at the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival.... [more]
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Powerboat P1: Hat-trick of awards for P1 pilots
Powerboat P1,
Searex throttleman Gino Passchier completed a hat-trick of awards for Powerboat P1 pilots this week after winning the 2009 De Haan Sports Personality of the Year.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Colpin recognised for marathon effort
Powerboat P1,
Belgian pilot Pierre Colpin from 2B1 Furnibo has narrowly missed out on winning the title of Knokke-Heist Sportsman of the Year 2009.... [more]
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Rayglass-backed NZ Offshore Powerboat series fires up in Taupo
Kate Gordon,
On Sunday 31 January, the spectacular sights and sounds of a big field of offshore powerboats at full speed will delight the thousands of people visiting Lake Taupo during Auckland anniversary weekend. The offshore powerboat race is a traditional highlight of the Taupo summer holiday season, according to Cary Gleeson, president of the NZ Offshore Powerboat Association (NZOPA).... [more]
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Sydney venue for Offshore Superboat Championships?
Bob Wonders,
Offshore Superboat Championships reveal 2010 calendar and have 'fingers crossed' for a Sydney Harbour race. The three reigning titleholders, Maritimo (Class 1), SUV Dodge Ram (Supercat Outboard) and Team Tiger (Supercat Outboard Lite) have all confirmed their intention to defend their championships.... [more]
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Industry and scientists conflict over Reef weed
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Research Council says a new report shows half of the inshore reef has been overrun by marine algae, but tourism operators have accused scientists of scaremongering to lock out boats and visitors and add more fish to the list of no-take species.... [more]
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Anglers asked to help curb the spread of a marine pest
Fisheries Victoria,
Fisheries Victoria is asking anglers to minimise the use of a long established marine pest, the European shore crab. The pest, sometimes referred to as the green shore crab, is regarded nationally as highly invasive.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe endorses Raymarine products
Liza Sticpewich,
Six months after the departure of the three 20-metre (67-feet) yachts participating in the British Services Exercise Transglobe 2009-2010 expedition, they are now halfway round the world, heading for Auckland, New Zealand. After 16,000 nautical miles, the Navy, Army, and Air Force crews report 100 per cent reliability from the Raymarine equipment fitted on board.... [more]
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Lowrance HDS dominates Barra Tour
Sandman PR,
Using the revolutionary Lowrance HDS (High-Definition System) to maximum advantage, Lowrance Pro Team members filled three of the top 10 places in the 2009 ABT Barra Tour, which concluded late last year. All three anglers agreed the advanced technology of Lowrance HDS gave them the winning edge in the tour.... [more]
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Powerboat P1 strengthens presence in North America
Sam Feasey,
London-based Powerboat P1 Management Ltd. announced today that it plans to export its successful powerboat racing series to the United States with the formation of a North American subsidiary, Powerboat P1 USA. Powerboat P1 has successfully spent the last two years raising its awareness in the US market and communicating the unique opportunities it has to offer.... [more]
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Fun activities at Docklands Melbourne Int'l Boat & Lifestyle Festival
Greg Shoemark,
Fishing, kayaking, water ski demonstrations, live music and dance lessons are just some of the activities on offer at next month's Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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