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  21 Apr 2011
 
 



News from the Boats and Boating scene

On this Easter eve, we take this opportunity to extend our very vest wishes for a safe, peaceful and enjoyable Easter break.

When it comes to news, well, as usual we have plenty to keep you occupied.

On the meandering Murray River, venue for last weekend's water ski race, we bring good news and bad news; the bad news is that ‘Blazen', the 21' Force of Noel Griffin is no more.

‘Blazen' was engulfed in flames and virtually destroyed just six minutes into the race.

The good news, of course, is that Noel Griffin and his observer Dennis Kelly both survived and will make a full recovery after treatment for severe burns.

On the NSW north coast, the very active Taree Aquatic Club is gearing up for its Easter meeting with UIM Unlimited Displacement World champion, Troy Marland and GP 1 hydroplane ace Grant Harrison among the stars competing.

The club will also stage a new event, the Victory Memorial in honour of champion driver Brian McCosker who was killed there on the Manning River last year.

Across the blue Pacific, there's a team of anglers probably still enjoying a few cold ones after winning the World Sailfish Championships off Key West and pocketing a neat parcel of prize money.

Now July 28 may seem a fair way into the future for some of us, but for the hard-working team at the Boating Industry Association of NSW it remains a case of all hands on deck as preparations continue for the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show.

The Sydney International Boat Show is no small affair and more than 5500 people are involved in bringing it to life; it's an exhibition not to be missed.

Plenty of offshore racing news, too, both across the Tasman Sea, in New Zealand, over in the Middle East and further still in Europe.
NSW speed and safety checks  NSW Maritime .

Distance does not stop us here at Powerboat-World – we deliver the news from our worldwide sources.

Finally, don't forget, it is a five-day break and plenty of boats and people are likely to be out enjoying our waterways.

Take advice from NSW Maritime's Operation Safe Speed.

In conclusion, for our overseas readers who may be wondering why our four-day Easter break is a five-day break, I can explain; April 25 is ANZAC Day, the date on which we honour our fallen from all conflicts.

As it falls on Easter Monday, authorities in their wisdom gazetted an extra holiday.

For all those who have served and continue to do so, our thoughts are with you all.

Enjoy the read and above all enjoy your Easter.


Bob Wonders



Gold Coaster Troy Marland set for Taree
Bob Wonders,
Taree Aquatic Club to honour fallen friends at Easter meeting. Two additional races will be on the program at Taree, one listed as ‘The Liberty Cup' in memory of ace driver Brian McCosker, one of two drivers killed (the other was American Dave Bryant) at the meeting last year.... [more]
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British Powerboat festival 2011 quality entertainment
RB12.com,
British Powerboat Festival 2011 is taking place at Cowes, Isle of Wight, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The three day event is organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club and will feature a variety of high-class powerboat racing... [more]
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‘Blazen' was too aptly named
Bob Wonders,
Noel Griffin facing skin grafts, but expec ted to make a full recovery after on-board fire during Southern 80 ski race. The 21' Force with Noel driving, Bernie Simpson observing and skiers Chris Stout and Grant Turner ‘out the back' had the previous day won the Baker's Blitz and was a strong favourite to take out the main event on the Sunday.... [more]
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Operation Safe Speed on the water this Easter
Penny Robins,
Speed will be the focus of the NSW Maritime safety campaign over the Easter long weekend. NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said it was important boaters had an enjoyable and safe Easter and operated at a ‘safe speed for the conditions' which is a key part of every skipper's responsibility.... [more]
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Lakes prepared For Easter Influx
Bob Carter,
If the predictions of Gippsland Ports CEO Nick Murray come to fruition, over the coming Easter break the Gippsland Lakes could well see the most intense boating activity in years. For 2011, the Easter weekend is extended by an extra day as the Anzac Day public holiday brings the holiday ‘weekend' to five days.... [more]
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Planning well advanced for Sydney International Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
The 2011 Sydney International Boat Show could well emerge as one of the greatest in ther show's 44-year history. As usual, Australia's largest recreational boating extravaganza will make its home at its now traditional venue, Darling Harbour, which has played host to the show for the past 22-years.... [more]
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Offshore Powerboats: Final countdown to Capital Thunder
Cathy Vercoe,
The eighth and final round of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Series takes place on Saturday 23rd April on Wellington Harbour. Be prepared for some action packed racing, with plenty of spray and roaring engines with boats reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. This is a fantastic race for spectators as the boats race around the foreshore of Oriental Bay, skimming Poin... [more]
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Big marine parks 'save money and oceans'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Big marine protected areas (MPAs) are cheaper to manage per hectare than small ones, and no-fishing zones are cheaper to manage than multiple-use zones, a new study has found... [more]
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Local knowledge helps team to victory at World Sailfish Championships
Bob Wonders,
Organisers rate 2011 World Sailfish Championships as the best ever. During the tournament, 71 boats raised and released 335 sailfish over the three days of competition.... [more]
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Artist, Guy Harvey supports Circle Hook Symposium in Miami
John Bell,
Celebrated marine artist, scientist and conservationist Guy Harvey has offered his artistic talent and foundation sponsorship funding in support of the upcoming Circle Hook Symposium scheduled for May 4-6 in Miami.... [more]
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Scientists join forces to investigate marine ‘heatwave'
Department of Fisheries,
An unprecedented marine 'heatwave' being experienced along the Western Australian coastline will come under the spotlight at a meeting of scientists next month.... [more]
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Customer demand for digital surpasses print
Jeni Bone,
Your market is online - why aren't you? Advertisers are flocking to digital, aware their most active consumers are looking for news and researching before buying using the Internet as their preferred medium. And for the first time, figures show digital has surpassed print as the preferred medium for news.... [more]
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$US1m Q-Sub proves planing and portability are possible
Jeni Bone,
Visitors to the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will marvel at an Auckland inventor's ingenious creation, the Q-Sub, which will be unveiled for the first time at the show in mid-May.... [more]
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Warning to anglers - Do the right thing
Alan Everett,
Anglers are warned to obey fishing regulations during the coming holiday season. Inland waters recovering from drought are also attracting more anglers but significant numbers of anglers have been detected without licenses and there is also a worrying prevalence of opera house nets being set in rivers and streams. Opera House nets are prohibited for inland rivers, streams and impoundments.... [more]
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Luxury super-boat and super-car package wows Monaco
Adam Fiander,
With the intention that ownership of the car will encourage sales of the boat, and vice-versa, the Barracuda Yacht Design ‘Carreira C1' boat concept, together with Identity Cars new ‘Identity Y2' supercar prototype, were both officially unveiled at the prestigious ‘Top Marques Monaco' show, held last week at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.... [more]
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Historic Steam Tug Forceful docked at BSE Maritime Solutions
Jeni Bone,
They don't make them like they used to . . . the historic 86 year old steam tug 'Forceful' docked last week on the 2500 tonne slipway at BSE Maritime Solutions in Brisbane for hull inspection survey work and reapplication of a protective antifouling system.... [more]
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Boaters: Keep your butts out of the water!
BoatUS,
In the US, boaters are keeping their butts out of the water - and we're not talking about the kind in swim trunks. The BoatUS Foundation reports that the 43 marinas that participated in its 2010 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program saw an amazing 63% average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter - which ultimately would have ended up in the water.... [more]
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world's busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit' spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit' commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous).... [more]
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Korean International Boat Show 2011 - all sold out
Event Media,
The Korean International Boat Show held at Jeongok Harbour and Marina close to capital city Seoul is sold out. With seven weeks to the opening on 08 June, a total of just under 230 exhibiting companies will participate with 100 organisations from overseas.... [more]
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14th 'Mauro Ravenna' Karujet win to Teddy Pons
Aquabike.net,
Teddy Pons from France was crowned the winner of the 14th edition of the Karujet run in memory of the late Mauro Ravenna after finishing in eighth place in the fifth and final stage.... [more]
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Action packed activities at 23rd Sanctuary Cove Show
Kate Duryea,
More than 70 world and Australian marine product launches are confirmed with a month to go before the four-day Show starts on Thursday, May 19. On-water stars include the world release of the Alaska 60ft Pilothouse Yacht-Fisher and the Alaska 46 Flybridge mid-cabin; the world release of Coral Sea Marine's new 55ft power catamaran; and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia's world launch of the Horizon Q7... [more]
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Ocean warming detrimental to inshore fish species
CSIRO,
The findings of a study published today in Nature Climate Change indicate negative effects on the growth of a long-lived south-east Australian and New Zealand inshore species – the banded morwong... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Victory scores their second win
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi produced an emphatic performance to make it two wins out of two, storming to victory in race two of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.... [more]
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Anglers help DPI Victoria reel in coastal award
Alan Everett,
The 300 passionate anglers who collect data for fisheries researchers have helped the Department of Primary Industries land a coveted award... [more]
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Boat syndication team offers new options Boat syndication team offer
Imprint Media,
Sydney boating industry identity, Andy Young has launched Boating Syndication Australia (BSA), a new concept in boat syndication based at The Spit in Mosman.... [more]
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Vessel accommodation and arrangements standard out now
NMSC,
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a draft standard on the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.... [more]
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Technology to be showcased at Melbourne International Boat Show
BIA VIC,
The recreational and commercial boating industry in Australia has certainly come a long way since it was first showcased on a mass public level at the inaugural Melbourne Boat Show in the 1960s. This year, all the high-tech gadgets, gear and onboard instruments will be the stars of the show.... [more]
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HMB Endeavour sets sail for circumnavigation
Jeni Bone,
The replica of Captain James Cook's HM Bark Endeavour begins an epic circumnavigation of Australia today, bound for Brisbane, where she is scheduled to arrive 26 April.... [more]
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Class 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Dramatic race one
Nigel Quilter,
Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi made the perfect start to the defence of their World title, winning race one of a dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Relekta crash out on lap four and the race red-flagged.... [more]
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Alan Priddy prepares for Round the World Powerboat Record attempt
Joe Mairns, Circumnavigation Record,
Alan Priddy and his team have started preparations for a global powerboat circumnavigation record attempt on their revolutionary new boat... [more]
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Marine Queensland's ‘fantastic showcase'
Bob Wonders,
Tinnie and Tackle Show wins hearts and minds of family groups. As usual, fishing tackle exhibitors did a ‘roaring trade' and it was common to see visitors departing the show loaded with rods, reels and assorted angling equipment.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Team Abu Dhabi snatches pole
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Team Abu Dhabi will line up for race 1 of their home Grand Prix on pole after going quickest in this morning's Edox Pole Position qualifying session.... [more]
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New Harbour Master for Yamba NSW
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has appointed Captain Simon McEvoy as the new Yamba Harbour Master, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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Calm seas and no wind greets World Sailfish Championship teams
Bob Wonders,
Two boats lead World Sailfish Championships, but there's plenty of pressure closing in on them. Alex Adler, skipper of the Islamorada boat ‘De-Bait-Able', described conditions as 'tough.'... [more]
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Regal Marine Industries developing a new marketing technique
Bob Wonders,
A spectacular showroom is hardly the norm for a major boat manufacturer. It has now been 12 months since this most innovative (there's that word again) feature of the Regal plant was officially opened.... [more]
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Report calls for national campaign to protect recreational fishing
Boating and Fishing Council of Australia,
A detailed report titled 'Keep Australia Fishing' has been released today, recommending a national campaign to challenge the many threats facing Australia's most popular recreational pursuit.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - A new era
Class 1,
Today's first official practice of the 2011 season heralded the beginning of an exciting new era for the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship under new promoter, Nicolo di San Germano, president of H2O Racing.... [more]
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