Drink boating blitz
This final weekend of Operation Go Easy on the Drink will see Roads and Maritime Services boating safety officers working with NSW police officers to conduct random breath tests of boat skippers. More than 14,000 tests were carried by the NSW Police Marine Area Command in 2012-13, resulting in 39 skippers being charged for being above the 0.05 alcohol limit. In the past two years, alcohol has been a contributing factor in six boating fatalities. Boating safety Officers are also taking a zero tolerance approach to people who do not wear a lifejacket where required by law. On-the-spot fines are being doled out.
The Boat Owners Association says the "invisibility" of kayakers is an issue that needs addressing. The advice for paddlers is to wear bright fluoro clothing and to carry a whistle and air horn. A bright flag on a stick that flutters well above water level is another useful device.
Clippers arrive in Sydney
The first boat in a fleet of a dozen 70-footers in the Clipper round-the-world race arrived into Sydney early on Friday morning after completing the exhausting 2150-mile race leg from Albany, WA. The fleet will berth at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay. The yachts will all compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, set to be a real spectacle this year. See clipperroundtheworld.com.
Sea-Doo super centre
Beaches Power Sports in Balgowlah is a new "Supa Centre" offering the full range of Bombardier recreational products. The Sea-Doo jet skis on show start with the new Spark priced from $6999 and top out with the 260 models boasting 110km/h-plus top speed. Beaches Power Sports also offers Sea-Doo storage and service to customers, as well as selling Evinrude outboards, and displaying ATV and side-by-side vehicles. Check out the new showroom at 200 Condamine Street, Balgowlah. See beachespowersports.com.au.