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Editorial Friday 5th Feb, 2010

Good afternoon/morning/evening wherever you happen to be while eagerly devouring another edition of Powerboat-World.

I've had a week I don't want to experience too often. Interstate travel and a public holiday were bad enough, and then this week my desk top computer monitor reached its use-by date, relegating me to a laptop.

As you'll read, at crack of dawn Friday morning I boarded a shuttle bus for the 90 minute journey to Brisbane International Airport for a 15-hour (no, please, no!) flight to LA en route to the Miami International Boat Show.

My problems, what's yours? No, don't tell me, I've got enough.

Read on, we have plenty to keep your interest from a brief preview of round two of the Australian Formula Powerboat Association's 2010 championship to a very successful light tackle tournament staged by the Gold Coast Game Fishing Club in Queensland.

Just in case you have an interest in those other craft known as sailboats, our colleagues at Sail-World will bring all the highlights of the 33rd America's Cup via a massive newsletter destined to hit the screens of 85,000-plus people.

And I recommend a report from our Canadian news desk as vital reading for all who use a VHF radio offshore; don't miss it.

That's it for now, I really must throw a few things in a bag in preparation for my voyage across the Pacific.

I'm missing in action next week, but thanks to our worldwide network of skilled journalists all the news will be presented, with lots from Miami too.

I'll be at my usual post for the February 19 edition of Powerboat-World with lots of worthwhile news to report out of Miami.

Tight lines,


Bob Wonders



Across the blue Pacific, Miami in my sights
Bob Wonders,
The Miami International Boat Show remains a vital cog in the marketing of the United States boating industry. From a journalist's point of view, what makes Miami a valuable source of material is simply the fact that the US boating industry views it as the 'must attend' show.... [more]
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The VHF Antenna - the weak link?
Canadian Yachting,
While at sea your contact by VHF radio is vital, and, while you may keep a hand-held VHF as a back up, it won't have the same range. When your VHF fails, where do you look first? The antenna of course, but is it really the weak point? and why? And if so should they be replaced as a matter of course? - and then, how often? We decided to ask around of people who should know...... [more]
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Enter the e-MarineWorld.com.au online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery e-MarineWorld.com.au is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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New theory could help save biodiversity
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australian scientists have announced a major new finding that helps explain how natural systems like coral reefs and forests maintain the richness of their mix of species. The research also may help to explain why, in habitats fragmented by human activity, the loss of species can be especially high – despite our best attempts at conservation.... [more]
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Barz Optics branches into women's range
Jeni Bone,
Burleigh Heads based optical specialist, Barz Optics has launched its website: www.barzoptics.com and has also added four new ladies styles of polarised sunglasses - the Tavaura, Bora Bora, Capri and Hayman models.... [more]
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Townsville marine industries enjoy $118m funding injection
Media Services,
The $118 million State Government funding package for a new Marine Precinct and recreational boating facilities for Townsville will secure hundreds of jobs in local marine industries and deliver 14 new boat ramp lanes for the recreational fishing and boating community.... [more]
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What's in a name? Plenty if it's your boat
BoatU.S,
Boat names can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. Or, they can also serve as signposts of the modern era. One thing is for sure, 'Bail Out' has made the list in number five position - a wry reflection of the times.... [more]
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Mercury Marine honours one of its own
Bob Wonders,
'Who's who' of the boating industry pays tribute to Mercury veteran Ken Evans. Numerous Mercury Marine employees, headed by John Pfeifer. President, International Mercury Marine and John Temple, general manager, Mercury Marine, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, turned out to pay tribute at the St.George Motor Boat Club in Sydney's south.... [more]
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Major development program ahead for Maritimo Offshore team
Bob Wonders,
New hull design boasts enormous potential, but needs further development. The team's 1 driver, Tom Barry-Cotter, has confirmed he will strive to defend his '08 and '09 championships, but no decision has been made as to which boat he will drive.... [more]
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Gold Coast GFC's light tackle tournament a winner
Bob Wonders,
No shortage of Black marlin for the Gold Coast Game Fishing Club tournament. Organisers reported 184 strikes and 145 hook ups during the three-day tournament, contested off the famed tourist strip on the sparkling waters of the south Pacific.... [more]
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Marine Discovery Centre WA to host underwater photography exhibit
Dept Fisheries WA,
The Marine Discovery Centre at Hillarys will come alive with reef life in February, at the beginning of an exhibition of the extraordinary camera work of Western Australia's Underwater Photographic Society (WAUPS).... [more]
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Gold Coast families lead boating boom
Marine Gold Coast,
Sales of family boats over the past 12 months have demonstrated that Queensland families' love of the water has been greater than the disastrous effects of the global financial crisis.... [more]
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Sail-World's America's Cup coverage - we're taking you to Valencia!
Sail-World Media,
Sail-World will again be producing a special newsletter for the 33rd America's Cup. The world's largest email newsletter will provide over 85,000 subscribers, worldwide with the latest information from the regatta venue, Valencia. New Zealand and US Editor, Richard Gladwell leaves for Valencia on Friday evening, and will remain until the end of the regatta or around the 13th February.... [more]
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Win for the fishos: Garrett retreats
Media Services,
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said today the Government would move to introduce legislative amendments to ensure that international changes to the status of mako sharks would not affect recreational fishing activities in Australia.... [more]
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All systems are go for Formula action at Grafton
Bob Wonders,
Australian Formula Powerboat Association action moves north to the Clarence River. Some exciting racing is expected in the Formula 1 class, with current series leader Damien McKenzie looking to extend his hold on the championship.... [more]
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Tracking Sydney Harbour sharks, it's no bull
Minister Steve Whan - Primary Industries,
New South Wales State Government scientists are another step closer to unlocking the mysterious underwater world of Sydney's sharks following the successful tagging of three bull sharks in Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Largest Marine online news network does major site upgrades
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Sites offline today - All the Sail-World.com.Powerboat-World.com and MarineBusiness-World.com sites were offline for 30 minutes for a major upgrade... [more]
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Powerboat P1 - Acanfora asserts arsenal on old adversary
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1. Such is his enthusiasm and eagerness to get back inside the Baia Attolini cockpit, Stefano Acanfora said he would race tomorrow if he could.... [more]
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New angler access on Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Dept of Primary Industries VIC,
Recreational anglers are enjoying safer and more convenient access to two popular fishing spots along the Great Ocean Road thanks to the installation of steps at Point Sturt and Grey River.... [more]
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Fairline Squadron 65 wins Motor Boat of the Year
Fairline UK,
Fairline Boats has been awarded the prestigious accolade of the 'Motor Boat of the Year' Award 2010 in the 'Flybridges over 50ft' category for the new Fairline Squadron 65. Hosted at a gala dinner at The Langham, London in January, winners of the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 were announced to an audience of marine industry VIPs and guests.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine passes muster by Minister
Jeni Bone,
Hon. Paul McLeay MP Minister for Ports and Waterways inspected the Sydney City Marine Site and was impressed with the innovation in corporate within the yard from the remote control boat transport equipment to water recycling plant.... [more]
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Mustang Qld celebrates the 2850 launch
Mustang Marine,
Carl and Debbie Kellett at Mustang Marine Queensland hosted the launch of the new 2850 Sports Cruiser in appropriate fashion.... [more]
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Offshore Powerboats - modified after Dubai tragedy
Bob Wonders,
Bill Barry-Cotter orders stringent safety upgrades to race boats following Dubai tragedy. The work involves comprehensive strengthening of the cockpit area, with unidirectional E-glass and bi-axial laminate used to build a framework over and around the crew seating.... [more]
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COGOW for passage planning - it's just been upgraded
Lee Bruce,
When passage planning, one needs all the help one can get to choose the right time to go, and the right winds to depart in. The good news is that the excellent Climatology of Global Ocean Winds (COGOW) website, which is of crucial assistance when planning a passage, has just been updated. Here Bruce Lee of Ocean Met, explains... [more]
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A boat to win the hearts and minds of the green vote
Bob Wonders,
Canada's Campion Boats set to revolutionise boat production with world's first 'bio boat' The company claims it is poised to launch the world's first bio-diesel powered boat built from Envirez resin, which is produced entirely from renewable resources.... [more]
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US Water Ski Association names its official 2010 tow boats
Bob Wonders,
Best of the best chosen for top line water ski tournaments. All four chosen boats for 2010 are highly-regarded worldwide and used in competition across the USA, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region.... [more]
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