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  27 Aug 2010
 
 


Editorial

Well, here we are again, a full day out of the office has made us a little late, but spending a day at the Brisbane Boat Show is always a pleasure, perhaps even more so in that we are currently at boat show number 50.

The good news for show owner/organiser Marine Queensland stems from the apparently promising attendance for the opening day. Needless to say, we'll deliver a complete update on the show next week.

Plenty more to keep you reading, from the wickedly-quick Formula powerboats engaging in their final round on the Nepean River, in Sydney's west and the wrap up of the USA Super Boats International foray onto the Space Coast at Cocoa Beach.

We can also reveal that Steve Curtis, MBE, offshore powerboat racing's most celebrated throttleman will be back for another tilt at an Australian title in the final two rounds of the Offshore Superboat Championships.

If you want some absolutely incredible news, how about this; China will activate more than 3000 marina berths by the close of 2011!

And take a look at ‘Primadonna', 127-feet (38.70-metres) of sheer luxury launched recently at Fort Lauderdale.

At the other end of the scale, check out the latest from Bar Crusher; some time ago I labelled these tough craft as being 'built like a street fighter' and I can see that nothing has changed (except for the better).

So read on, and check back with us regularly, for right here is where you'll be kept right up to date with all the news that matters (and is fit to print).


Bob Wonders



Curtis back on the Australian offshore circuit
Bob Wonders,
Final two rounds of Offshore Superboat Championships to welcome the sport's legendary champion. Curtis, with Qatar's Sheik Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani at the wheel of the Maritimo-prepared Class 1 catamaran, Qatar 96, has two wins from two starts in his only two visits to Australia as a competitor.... [more]
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Construction Racing for P1 SuperStock debut in Southampton
Powerboat P1,
Construction Racing will finally make its P1 SuperStock debut in Southampton on September 12 when Marcus Bradshaw and Paul Wilkins launch their 2010 UK powerboat racing campaign.... [more]
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Variety set to make the biggest Splash yet!
LeisureCorp,
Victorian Boaters are getting ready to steer a steady course around Port Phillip to raise money for special needs and disadvantaged children as part of the fourth annual Variety Splash.... [more]
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Warming waters send tropical fish species south
Media Services,
Scientists from various research organisations report that climate change is turning the environment upside-down, with fish species from Queensland waters migrating south to escape the ever warmer waters.... [more]
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Promising start for Brisbane's 50th
Bob Wonders,
Good crowds on opening day suggests success for Brisbane, 2010. Show organiser and owner, Marine Queensland, certainly had the show ‘looking the part', with many exhibitors pulling out all stops with some spectacular displays.... [more]
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Super Boat International conquers the Space Coast
Bob Wonders,
Cocoa Beach wins hearts and minds and is set to become a permanent race venue for the Super Boats. It was the inaugural Super Boats International (SBI) Grand Prix for the area and according to all involved it proved a success beyond all expectations.... [more]
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Penrith's Nepean River plays host to the Formula final
Bob Wonders,
Australia's fastest tunnel boats go head to head in Sydney's west. Damian McKenzie (McKenzie Racing) would appear to have the 2010 Formula 1 title in his grasp, with only Shane Vella (Shane Vella Racing) in with a ‘rough chance' to cause an upset.... [more]
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Australia's first boating usage study reveals new statistics
NMSC,
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released two final reports on the first study of its kind in Australia – the 18-month-long National Boating Usage Study (NBUS) – at their national Marine Safety Conference 2010 in Perth.... [more]
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Presentation Ceremony of IAG127' 'PRIMADONNA'
IAG Yachts,
Our first launching, the beautiful ‘Primadonna', just completed and ready to enchant the world yachting community. Immediately after sea trials are completed, ‘Primadonna' will be shipped to the USA where she will be presented to the world at the next International Yacht Show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.... [more]
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Pakistan floods devastate families: Give to Plan
Jeni Bone,
Aid agencies have again pleaded to the world community, which has been slow to donate, to give much-needed funds to the various charities aiding flood-ravaged Pakistan.... [more]
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Bar Crusher's maximum-strength 620HT
Sandman PR,
As the smallest model in Bar Crusher's Hard Top range, the new 620HT has been built with maximum strength to take bigger boats to task in the toughest of conditions. Constructed from heavy duty, pre-stressed marine grade plate aluminium, this super-tough trailerable rig follows in the footsteps of every Bar Crusher to deliver the smoothest ride of any aluminium boat on the market.... [more]
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Tianjin to build 3,000 berths by the end of 2011
www.china.org.cn and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The municipal government of Tianjin said it plans to build 3,000 permanent berths by the end of 2011. The coastal city in northeastern China said it would help meet the demands of the region's fast-developing yachting industry.... [more]
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Chris Murray departs Sanctuary Cove
Jeni Bone,
Sanctuary Cove is seeking a replacement for recent recruit, Chris Murray, who replaced Barry Jenkins in May and now departs after just three months in the job.... [more]
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Moreton Bay Fishing Classic: Competitors bring big business to locals
Gabrielle O'Halloran,
Moreton Bay Fishing Classic 2010 was a massive success with nearly double the number of competitors to the 2009 Tournament, sharing in over $200,000 in cash and prizes.... [more]
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British Powerboat Festival secures Worldwide TV deal!
Polygon Marketing,
UIM BPRC Marathon World Cup races at next weekend's British Powerboat Festival, powered by RB12.com, will be available to over 500 million households following a landmark agreement between the event organisers, the BPRC (British Powerboat Racing Club) and Isle of Man-based production company, Greenlight Television.... [more]
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Boat names forever
Sail-World Cruising,
There's always some wag who can come up with a name to set you chuckling - have you seen these on the water?...... [more]
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Jet skiers raising money for ‘Help for Heroes' at Wight Stuff event
Emma Slater,
Solent Skiers Association Wight Stuff - On Saturday 04 September some 60 personal watercraft (PWC) and up to 120 riders will be heading to Lee on Solent, Hampshire to take part in the annual event, supported by the RYA.... [more]
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Brisbane Boat Show celebrating the big 5 0
Bob Wonders,
Show visitors vying for 50 prizes to mark 50-years of the Brisbane Boat Show. All the attractions which have helped make the show a hit with boaters in Brisbane and as far afield as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts return, including the popular Kids Zone and the Fishing Expo.... [more]
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Luke Durman returns to offshore circuit
Bob Wonders,
Class 1 2005 champion 'ready to race' following the birth of his son. Durman has not raced since round one off Newcastle, where he and throttleman Ross Willaton, aboard ‘Maritimo' finished in second place behind team mate ‘Aegean' crewed by Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilsen.... [more]
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