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|February and early March has been a very busy period for the AB team with the warmer summer weather bringing fish-rich currents down the east coast (between the squalls, storms, and the odd cyclone or two) but happily for Brooke Frecklington, it also brought down this year’s black marlin season to her favourite fishing ground, east of the Gold Coast Seaway entrance.
She not only ended up in a titanic 2 hour struggle to subdue a marlin estimated at around 170kg on her spinning reel (always a challenge!), but was relieved to discover her husband Denis had captured most of the fight on film which they share with you this month. But her luck continued; a subsequent trip with her brother Nathan mid- week along the Brisbane River, right underneath this busy shipping port’s giant cranes, saw them getting into a school of daytime jewfish, leaving Brooke a very happy girl, with not one, but two features in March AB on different fishing styles.
AB Sailing Editor Di Pearson has also had an extraordinary month, with all the usual summer regattas and championships along the east coast, as well as the inaugural round of SAILGP. This event did live up to the hype, despite the disappointingly quiet conditions which prevented these amazingly fast foiling cats reaching their full potential. Di has completed the SailGP results in this terrific March issue.
In the boat test and review department, it's been a rich month, with the first details of the spectacular, South African built Voyage 590 cat, which costs serious money, but is probably the ultimate charter or live aboard multihull. With no less than six bedrooms and crew quarters, it's one hell of a charter boat!
Of particular note, PW finally had the opportunity to run one of the Beneteau Barracuda Walkarounds before it was delivered to its owner, and pleasingly, with the Barracuda 8 still with plastic wrapping, not only delivered the goods, but left Peter believing it was very definitely "best in class”. Praise indeed for a beautifully finished and superbly appointed fishing boat.
Another remarkable product was the release of the all-American, all-electric (yes!) AWD Rivian, an extraordinary vehicle that is destined to change the way the whole world thinks about off-road vehicles and 4WDs. This is not just some concept blowing in the wind – these cars are now on sale in America and are expected to be released in right-hand drive in Australia sometime in 2020.
And last, but not least by any means, we have published the second instalment of the historic "Krazy Kate” report – detailing the longest inland river voyage ever made in Australia, revealing a unique glimpse of the troubled Murray Darling Basin as it was in the 1930s. Reader reaction to this story’s first instalment was remarkable – and this is even more interesting, as it specifically relates to conditions (especially drought and fish kills) occurring on the Darling River to this very day.
All in all, another very good edition of Australian Boating magazine, where $69 buys you a Baker's dozen subscription – with 13 issues for the price of 12. Great value, and a busy, interesting magazine by Australia’s most experienced marine journalists.