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  05 Sep 2011

Dad's the word when it comes to boating passion

It's Father's Day as I write this. I'm full to the gunwales with bacon, eggs and orange juice, burping like a trooper but lookin' the business in my new T shirt.

Being a dad is the greatest job in the world but also an important one. Whether intentionally or by osmosis, you tend to ignite the passions that your kids will harbour for the rest of their lives.

By learning early, kids develop a naturally affinity for boats.  Creating Demand

It could be footy, motorbikes, camping or music. In my case, I was plonked in a boat when I was five years old, and not a day has since passed when I haven't silently thanked my father for his foresight.

Growing up, we'd spend hours together on the water. Every school holiday would find us in some coastal hamlet, boat bobbing at anchor, fishing rods and surfboards on the veranda.

I can recall it all – the rowing lessons, the moment I first started an outboard, the first time I got to steer. It created a bond with the sea that led, fortuitously, to a career.

It's Dad's legacy. The ‘thing' he gave me.

I'm now seeing it in my own children. They've both been aboard boats since they were newborns and taken to it like ducks to water. Steering a dinghy, rowing, skurfing – whatever – is second nature to them.

If there's anything better than being on the water yourself, it's seeing your flesh and blood enjoying the great outdoors as much as you do.

Mark Rothfield

Report of tangled whale ends with good news
Simon Denneen,
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P1 AquaX Championship victory for Marmon and Johnstone
At the P1 AquaX Championship 2011, Russell Marmon (Christchurch, Dorset) and Duncan Johnstone (Fareham, Hampshire) have clinched the Elite 300 class and AM 200 class titles respectively at Egypt Point in Cowes. In choppy conditions, albeit under reasonably pleasant skies for most of the day, Kawasaki 300 Ultra rider Marmon extended his unbeaten streak... [more]
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Crabby the endangered green sea turtle released to the wild
NSW Department of Primary Industry,
Crabby, the endangered green sea turtle rescued from a crab trap in June, has been released back into the wild. Crabby, is a sub adult female, and was found swimming in shallow water at Soldiers Point in Port Stephens in June.... [more]
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British Powerboat Festival at Cowes, Isle of Wight
The British Powerboat Festival 2011 witnessed around forty powerboat teams descend upon Cowes, Isle of Wight on the Bank Holiday of Sunday, 28 August. Seventeen teams took part in the gruelling 164nm race from Cowes to Torquay and back, that would test not only the boats capabilities but also the strength and stamina of the crews.... [more]
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Trout cod numbers bode well for recreational anglers
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Recreational anglers could be fishing for trout cod in two lakes near the historic town of Beechworth in the future thanks to a stocking program carried out by Fisheries Victoria.... [more]
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Ski F1 World title threatened by injury
In the Ski F1 World title event, Jeremy Poret's hopes of regaining his title now hang precariously in the balance after suffering damage to cruciate knee ligaments during a crash at the French Jet Ski Championships in Avignon. Poret, 23, who won the World title in 2009 now faces a desperate race to get fit in time for the final two races of the year at the ABP-UIM Aquabike Grand Prix of China... [more]
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How to mix business with pleasure? Ask Premier Marine
Bob Wonders,
Marine dealers exhibiting their product at major exhibitions such as the Sydney International Boat Show understandably take their involvement very seriously. Sydney's prominent dealership, Premier Marine, was no exception, but the team knew all work and no play could easily make for a rather dull outing.... [more]
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'The Mystery of the Grouper Moon' documentary premiers in Grand Cayman
John Bell,
Marine artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and award-winning filmmaker George Schellenger have a strong message in their new collaboration 'The Mystery of the Grouper Moon'— convince Cayman government officials to extend a ban on fishing at spawning aggregations for the endangered Nassau Grouper.... [more]
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A great ocean road for trailerboat travellers
Mark Rothfield,
They call it the 'Great Ocean Road' for good reason ... not only does this legendary Victorian carriageway provide one of life's great drives, it can also be a great place to take a trailerboat trip. From Torquay to Warrnambool, this slice of pristine coastline is awash with picturesque villages, beaches and rock formations... [more]
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Leisurefest celebrates RV and camping boom
Greg Shoemark,
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Catching Victoria's mini marlin
Jarrod Day,
Garfish are quite a unique species, swimming in large schools they are most likely to congregate around vast weed beds and over shallow water reefs. It isn't uncommon for anglers fishing in deep water to have garfish schools swim up their berley trails but for the most part, it is the shallower water where they can be consistently targeted.... [more]
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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2011 - Lots in store from the RYA
Emma Slater,
PSP Southampton Boat Show - From launches and awards, to workshops and the crowning of champions there's plenty in store from the RYA this year. Kick starting the week on Saturday 17 September we will be launching the first of the RYA's brand new eBooks. Join us at 14.00 on the RYA stand (EO37) to find out all about this great new app for your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®... [more]
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Anglers reminded to follow the rules from September 1
Sarah Wright,
NSW Department of Primary Industries is reminding anglers that fishing for Murray cod and Murray crayfish will close from September 1. NSW DPI Senior Fisheries Manager, Recreational and Indigenous Fishing, Cameron Westaway, said that fishing for Murray cod is closed every year from September 1 to November 30 to protect the species during breeding season.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot launches spectacular new Sanya 57
Kate Elkington,
Fountaine Pajot has launched a hallmark of elegance and innovation with the brand new Sanya 57 sailing catamaran.... [more]
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Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Offshore Powerboat Race overall honours to Cinzano
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes-Torquay-Cowes International Offshore Powerboat Race - Royal Southern Member, Markus Hendricks, with crew members Simon Wood-Power and Eric Smilie, took overall honours in Cinzano Bianco on Sunday, 28 August, covering the 164.2 n.mile Channel course in a time of two hours 53 minutes 44 seconds at an average speed of 56.71 knots (65.26mph)... [more]
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Redcliffe set to welcome offshore ‘thunder'
Bob Wonders,
The Redcliffe Offshore Grand Prix is the final event of the championships staged in Queensland, following on from Mackay and Townsville championship rounds. Up to 17 boats and crews will contest the event, spread over four engine classes; Class 1, Supercat Lite, Supercat Outboard and Supercat Outboard Lite.... [more]
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Darwin Boat Show 2011 - Put the Adventure Back Into Your Life!
The ever popular Darwin Boat Show has been changing and broadening, and each year crowds are increasing and exhibits growing in numbers and diversity. In line with this, in 2011 the Show has expanded its scope and its title to incorporate a broader focus on outdoor leisure and adventure. This has attracted a new raft of exhibitors and products.... [more]
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2011 Brisbane Boat Show showcases the Queensland Marine Industry
Marine Queensland,
The last boats have moved out of the 2011 Brisbane Boat Show as the focus on the Australian Boat Show circuit moves to Darwin this weekend.... [more]
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New Ocean Yachts 68 was worth its 'wait' in gold
Mark Rothfield,
It says something about the New Ocean Yachts 68 Enclosed Flybridge that well-heeled visitors were queuing up to inspect it at Sydney International Boat Show, where it made its debut. These are people used to going straight to the front of the line at airport check-ins and restaurants. They wait for no man, let alone a boat.... [more]
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Gold Coast Broadwater in the sights of 'Can Do' Campbell Newman
Jeni Bone,
The Queensland boating community has welcomed the commitment from LNP leader, Campbell Newman to return control of the Broadwater to the Gold Coast City Council if elected premier, but Marine Queensland has cautioned that analysis and broader explanation are necessary so that 'a new series of problems is not created'.... [more]
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Baptism of fire with rescue at sea at Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba
Ken McManus,
Iluka Yamba 30, the new offshore rescue vessel at Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba, had a baptism of fire when called to a burning trawler early this morning, 29 August. Unit Commander Barry Storey was contacted by NSW Police Marine Area Command (MAC) at 1am to rush to a trawler reported burning four nautical miles offshore from Broom Head.... [more]
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Turtle breeding season approaches - tourists urged to lend a hand
Media Services,
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is calling for volunteers to help during the turtle hatching season at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg.... [more]
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Canoe Fishing in Tasmania
Carl Hyland,
Going ahead in leaps and bounds are the sales of many ‘car toppers' within the Island state, mainly due to fact that the Island is classed as a ‘holiday' destination. Flat boats - or 'sit-on-top' style kayaks are based on an ancient pacific design.... [more]
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P1 SuperStock Championship honours for Peters & May
P1 SuperStock,
In the P1 SuperStock Championship's Cowes-Poole-Cowes offshore endurance, Darren Hook (Wadhurst, East Sussex) and David John Harwood (London) took the P1 250 Panther honours– the new Peters & May crew benefitting after points leading Pertemps hit troubles.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Welmax announce new driver
Welmax Offshore Racing, has announced that UK racer William Nocker has joined the team. Nocker, 46, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, steps-up into top-flight racing from competing in the Honda 225 UK championship and stints in P1, and has spent the last weeks testing extensively alongside Tandberg in Norway.... [more]
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P1 SuperStock Championship's inherited victory
P1 SuperStock,
At the P1 SuperStock Championship, Team Purple, runaway points leader in the P1 150 class, took its sixth win of the 2011 season in Cowes this afternoon – Stuart and Sara Cureton (Lindford, Hampshire) inheriting the victory post-race.... [more]
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Soft-riding hull helps soothe the Savage beast
Mark Rothfield,
Hands up if you like this sleek new fibreglass runabout from Savage? Called the 175 Bowrider, it's the sort of boat that's sure to have broad appeal with families because it's well priced, handily sized and versatile enough to be used for a variety of water sports.... [more]
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