Synergy between Honda Marine and Gemini coming to the fore

Gemini's infamous 5.5m Waverider powered by twin Honda BF60's

Whenever Honda Marine, the fastest growing outboard engine brand in South Africa, and Gemini, the premier supplier of rescue, commercial, military and recreational inflatable boats and RIBS get together, then you know that a special boat package is going to be created. Whether it’s NSRI Rescue craft, DAFF Fisheries Protection vessels, passenger RIBS for Tourism operations or rapid Expedition transport, or just leisure craft to get on the water, Honda Marine and Gemini will have a boating solution for the application.

Smaller Honda-powered Gemini's make perfect tenders for one's yacht...

Established in 1979 and based in Cape Town, Gemini has over the years built up a globally loyal client base, mainly due to Gemini’s over-riding commitment to quality, safety and innovation. Gemini’s reputation for manufacturing RIBS that can handle the toughest sea conditions where others might falter has spread far and wide, that is why they are the first choice for the NSRI here in South Africa, as well as with coastguards throughout the world.

Honda-powered Tour Operator's Gemini in Australia

Equally important is to have a power supply that gives you the ultimate performance when you need it most, whilst at the same time providing you with ongoing reliability, market-leading fuel efficiency and smoothness of operation, as well as environmental benefits that set the standard for others to follow.

Whatever your need, there's a Honda-powered Gemini for you...

As you can see it’s a strong combination when you put the two together, an overall recipe which many are adopting to look after that ‘all too precious’ time on the water.

For more information on all the potential Honda-powered Gemini boating options, please contact your local Honda Marine dealer.



Honda unveils Castrol as its title WTCC sponsor

The new Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

Honda has just announced that Castrol, the world famous high-performance lubricant brand, will be the title sponsor of its factory team in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship. The sponsorship deal, unveiled at the FIA’s WTCC media presentation in Turin, Italy, heralds a new team name – Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team – as well as an exciting green, white and red livery for the Civic WTCC.

At the same presentation Honda also announced that international automotive supplier, the Brose Group, will join Castrol as co-sponsors.

The new team’s stylish 2013 livery aims to accentuate the lines of the new Civic, as well as reflect the corporate colors of Castrol – red and green on white. As a symbol of the strong spirit of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, the colour scheme also incorporates Honda’s own colours, as well as colours from the Italian and Portuguese flags to represent the nationality of J.A.S. Motorsport and drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro.

Alessandro Mariani, Team Principal of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, said, 
”We are delighted to have Castrol join us as our team’s title sponsor. Like Honda, Castrol has a long and proud history in the world of motorsport and their enthusiasm and passion for racing matches our own. I look forward to our partnership in 2013 and on achieving the success and results we are all aiming for.”

The new Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

Donald Smith, Castrol Global Marketing Manager, said, 
“For us, and I’m sure for racing fans around the world too, there is also something special about the coming together of two brands with such rich and successful racing pedigrees. Equally, it seems so fitting that the new livery works on so many levels too – from Castrol and Honda sharing the red and white, to the combined colours reflecting the nationalities of the team and drivers.”

Thomas Spangler, President of Brose Asia, said, “Brose has been a long term supporter of Tiago Monteiro, so we are really pleased with this announcement today that we are not only supporting his efforts in the WTCC campaign, but the entire Honda team. We saw a glimpse in the last three races of the 2012 season what the team is capable of and we can’t wait to see the team reach its full potential in 2013.”

Team driver and 2009 WTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini said, 
”The livery on the Civic looks absolutely fantastic and I’m sure it will wow the fans this season. I know a lot of thought and time has gone into its design and it’s the colours of the Italian flag too, so I couldn’t be more pleased!”

Gabriele Tarquini

Tiago Monteiro echoed his teammate’s thoughts, 
“Castrol is such an iconic brand and sponsor in the world of motorsport, so I feel very honoured to be flying their colours this season. I’m equally pleased that Brose, who has been a long term supporter of my career, is joining the team as co-sponsors. Like Gabriele, I will be looking to repay their support with results.”

Tiago Monteiro

The 2012 Civic WTCC exceeded expectations by achieving its first podium finish after only two races. However, to further improve the car’s competitiveness, Honda R&D and J.A.S. Motorsport have put the car through a winter development testing programme in Valencia, Aragon, Cremona and Monza.

The new car has been developed with the aim of enhancing drivability, with sharp engine pick-up and more linear cornering control ability. The resulting 2013 Civic WTCC is the culmination of all the experiences and data collected during this testing programme as well as the three races in 2012.

The Championship will begin with the Race of Italy at Monza on 24 March 2013, finally ending in Macau on 17 November 2013 after twenty-four races.

About Castrol

Castrol manufactures and markets high performance lubricating oils and solutions to customers and consumers in over 60 countries. Castrol’s commercial success is underpinned by their continuous ability to deliver improved performance through leadership in technology and innovation. This has helped Castrol deliver superior performing lubricants for over 100 years including brands such as Castrol EDGE, Castrol Magnatec, Castrol Power 1 and Castrol Professional. Castrol also partners with its sponsored teams and projects sharing their expertise in order to improve overall performance.

About the Brose Group

The Brose Group is the fourth largest family-owned company in the automotive supply industry. Around 21,000 Brose employees develop and produce mechatronic systems and electric motors for car bodies and interiors at 53 locations in 23 countries. The company is the global market leader for window regulators, door systems, closure modules, and drives for electronic braking systems (EBS), drive train actuators and cooling fan modules. In Europe Brose is the market leader for power seat adjusters and the second largest supplier of closure systems.


IndyCar Series 2013 – Round 01: St.Petersburg – March 24, 2013

Dixon fights back to 5th place at St. Petersburg

Scott Dixon

After a troubled qualifying that left him starting from an uncharacteristic 20th on the grid, Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon charged through the field to run as high as fourth at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, then held on to finish fifth despite a broken exhaust wastegate in the closing laps, passing Simona de Silvestro in the run from the final corner to the checkered flag.

Dixon gained 10 positions in the first segment of the season-opening IZOD IndyCar Series event, and broke into the top five on Lap 75 of 110. Five laps later, he passed Marco Andretti for fourth. On Lap 85, Dixon began to feel the effects of the failed wastegate, and fell back behind Andretti and Tony Kanaan. But on the final lap, Dixon caught a slowing de Silvestro to claim fifth in a side-by-side finish.

Scott Dixon at the Honda GP

Takuma Sato started on the outside of the front row, second, and ran just behind early leader Will Power in the opening laps. But his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara received minor front wing damage that slowed his pace as Sato fell to 13th mid-race. A late-race change to a new nose and front-wing assembly restored the handling, and Sato recovered to finish eighth.

Takuma Sato

A promising debut from IndyCar rookie Tristan Vautier came to a halt on Lap 69 after he had run as high as fifth, when a broken exhaust ended his race. A similar problem also eliminated his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Simon Pagenaud, earlier in the contest.

The IZOD IndyCar Series now takes a week off for the upcoming Easter weekend, then resumes with the first permanent road course race of 2013, the April 7 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala.

IndyCar Series – Round 01: St. Petersburg

Rank Driver (Team)


James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)


Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)


Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)


Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)


Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)


Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)


E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport)


Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)


Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)


Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)


Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)


Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)


James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)


Tristan Vautier-R (Schmidt Peterson)


Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)


Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)


Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)


Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)


WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2013 – Round 01: Italy – March 24

Honda Civic takes first WTCC Podium at Monza

Gabriele Tarquini

The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team secured the season’s first podium in the WTCC with Gabriele Tarquini taking a fighting 3rd place in race 2 at a very wet Monza in Italy.

Starting from 5th position for the second race of the event, the experienced Italian made a stunning start to be in second place by the time the grid reached the first chicane. Using the road holding capabilities of the Honda Civic WTCC to the full Tarquini drove around the pole position driver Darryl O’Young to lead the field at the end of the first lap by 1.5 seconds. Race 1 winner Yvan Muller was already cutting through the field from 10th on the grid and he overhauled Gabriele on lap 4.

Gabriele Tarquini

Tiago Monteiro also made a storming start from 13th position on the grid to move up 4 places on lap 1 and also gain a place on each of the next two laps and to move into 8th place by lap 5 of the 10 lap race.

By lap 6 the number 3 Honda Civic WTCC was under pressure from Michael Nykjaer which took the position on lap 7. Tarquini bravely re-passed around the outside of the Lesmo Curve but Nykjaer squeezed past again at the Ascari complex. With rain still soaking the track Gabriele held on for a close 3rd place to the delight of the Castrol Honda team waving from the pit wall.

Tiago brought his Honda Civic WTCC home safely in 8th place after another strong drive in extremely difficult conditions. “I want to start higher up the grid in future and then we can look to collect more points in the Championship,” said a smiling Monteiro at the finish.

Tiago Monteiro

Following the traditional champagne podium Tarquini attended the post-race press conference and was very optimistic for the prospects of further results for the Civic this season. “As we are today some tracks will suit us more than others but for sure we have a lot of development opportunities to come which can see us gaining in performance all the time. It is my first event in the Civic and my first podium which is great. This result is my present to the team, our Japanese Italian team who have worked so hard to get the Civic on the track and competitive. This is for all the team, all the engineers and all the Honda people,” said Tarquini. “ We will go to Marrakesh for a new challenge, every year that track seems to have something different, changed kerbs, changed surfaces in paces so it is always difficult but I think the Honda will be good there.”

Gabriele Tarquini

Tarquini is 3rd in the WTCC Drivers Championship with 28 points, Monteiro is 6th with14 points and Honda leads the WTCC Manufacturers Championship with 94 points.

WTCC World Touring Car Championship – 
Round 01: Italy

Provisional Results Race 1 Monza

Rank Drivers (Team)


Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T )


Tom Chilton (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Alex Macdowall (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC)


Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC )


Rob Huff (SEAT Leon WTCC)


James Nash (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)


Tom Coronel (BMW 320 TC)


Freddy Barth (BMW 320 TC)

Provisional Results Race 2 Monza

Gabriele Tarquini gets Castrol Honda's first podium finish

Rank Drivers (Team)


Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Michel Nykjaer (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC)


Marc Basseng (SEAT Leon WTCC)


Tom Chilton (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Pepe Oriola (SEAT Leon WTCC)


James Nash (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T )


Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)


Stefano D’Aste (BMW 320 TC)


Ron Huff (SEAT Leon WTCC)







Chaparral 284 Sunesta – A Premium Bowrider (courtesy of

Chaparral 284 Sunesta

Chaparral is widely known for building high-end boats that also add great looks to the overall package. We think Chaparral does a fine job of boat building, they are more expensive than many similar boats, but it is easy to see where the money goes, and certainly owning one carries along with it a hefty dose of pride of ownership, so let’s see how she handles…

To read the review click on the link below:


Infanta 6.7 SRi with twin Honda BF90HP outboards put through her paces

Infanta 6.7 SRi powered by twin Honda BF90HP outboards

Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine, recently reviewed the following Honda powered boat package, namely the Infanta 6.7 SRi powered by twin Honda BF90HP outboard engines.

To read the review click on the link below:









‘Catching the next Big One’ must never be at the expense of Boating Safety

Honda Marine SA sponsored Barry Devenish and Chad Anassis

With the phenomenal growth of Bass Fishing as a recreational sport both worldwide and here in South Africa, one needs to ensure that boating safety comes first and foremost, particularly when it comes to competition day when skippers both experienced and novice, might find themselves gunning along the same piece of water at high speed looking for that perfect casting spot.

But whether you’re that Bass Boat skipper or a parent taking the family for a weekend spin, the standard requirements in terms of competence and safety as determined by the South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) are just as equally applicable.

Chad Anassis and Barry Devenish getting ready for some BASS fishing action

You must have a Certificate of Competency (COC) or Skipper’s Licence issued by SAMSA covering your specific requirement as a Bass Fisherman, at least a Category ‘R’ for Restricted Tidal Waters for Lagoons, Estuaries, Harbours and all inland waters. At all times you must carry the original COC or a certified copy on board your boat for inspection at all times. Furthermore the vessel’s category will form part of the vessel’s licence/registration number and must be clearly marked on each side of the vessel.

Second up you’ll then need to ensure that you have all the relevant safety equipment on board for a Category R rating. This must be checked on any new vessel before launching and then re-checked on an annual basis by an authorized SAMSA official who will then issue you with a Certificate of Fitness (COF). All the safety equipment must be permanently marked with the vessel’s name or registration number.

For Category R you must have the following on board:

  • PFD – Personal Flotation Device/SABS approved Life Jacket – 1 per person on board
  • Waterproof Torch with spare batteries and globe (vessels operating after sunset only)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Approved Fire Extinguisher
  • Capsize Rope (for use should your vessel become inverted in the water)
  • A suitable Bailing Device
  • Anchor + Chain + 30m Rope (or 3 times the depth that you’re anchoring in)
  • Toolkit and spare parts
  • 2 Oars or Paddles

Now you’re ready to go fishing, but remember everything that you have learnt from the books and experienced out on the water. Always adhere to the basic rules of the road, passing right at all times. With a heavier, high horsepower outboard rigged up to your boat (be sure not to exceed the motor rating for your boat), the higher speeds and bigger wake can potentially swamp or capsize other boats in your vicinity and endanger lives, so be sure to be responsible and considerate whenever you do get underway.

It's a patience game with quick bursts of speed...

It’s the Skipper’s responsibility to ensure that all aboard are wearing their life jackets whenever the boat is moving, and that he or she has the ‘kill switch’ (emergency engine ‘cut-off’ switch) firmly attached to his or her body when underway. He or she must also ensure that they have the maximum possible visibility at all times, especially when travelling at speed, so any pedestal seats should be lowered and at no time should anyone be sitting on these seats when the boat is moving.

The securing of all loose items, from fishing gear to well-packed cooler boxes (it’s going to be a long day) is also critical, as the waters can become choppy and wake-riddled, especially if there are several boats trying to occupy one particular spot, and being struck by flying objects when travelling at high speed can have disastrous consequences.

Above all when you are out there chasing the bass, it’s about common sense, so don’t overpower your boat, stick to the rules and always be responsible and considerate, get to know your boat’s capabilities as well as your own as a skipper. Talk to your competitors, listen to their experiences and insights, and constantly strive to develop and improve upon your own skills every time you go out on the water.

For 2013, Honda Marine SA’s Bass fishing team of Chad Anassis and Barry Devenish will be running an all-new rig, featuring a completely new boat powered by Honda’s flagship BF250HP outboard engine. They’re both very excited about their prospects and certainly we’ll be keeping you posted on how they get on…

For any advice on SAMSA requirements, Skipper courses, boat power ratings and more, consult your nearest Honda Marine dealer. Happy Fishing!




Benefits of the South African Beach Driving Ban to coastal ecology

The Beach driving ban is showing many benefits

In 2002, the Government’s decision to regulate and ban beach driving around the South African coast caused a huge outcry from 4×4 enthusiasts and fishermen. Now, with a decade having passed, it is clear that this ban was the correct one to make. There is now overwhelming evidence that this was the best decision for the environment and more broadly for sustainable development and tourism growth. While there may have been an initial negative economic impact, it is clear that this trend has reversed and the stage is set for further eco-tourism opportunities to be developed.

  1. Pristine beaches, clear of vehicle tracks allow the recovery of all coastal organisms that benefit from the lack of disturbance and compacting of the substrate by the heavy vehicles.
  2. Populations of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher have benefited greatly from the ban. In the mid 1980’s, their population was at an all time low of around 4500 birds. These birds lay their eggs on sandy beaches and irresponsible beach driving destroyed many nests. Their population is recovering and now stands at around 6500 birds.

    African black oystercatcher incubating eggs on nest

  3. White Fronted Plovers and Damara Terns are two other bird species that build their nests above the high water mark. Their eggs and chicks are extremely well camouflaged and as a result vehicles driving on the beaches destroyed many nests and chicks. The White-Fronted Plover populations are recovering but Damara Tern numbers in South Africa continue to be on the decline.

    White fronted plover chick

  4. With the lack of disturbance on the beaches, many migrant wading species such as this Sanderling, are now able to re-colonize summer feeding grounds, where their invertebrate prey items are also increasing in numbers and diversity.


  5. Driving on the beaches by heavy vehicles compacted the sandy substrate and crushed many of the invertebrates that make this environment their home. These invertebrates are a crucial link in the ecological food chain.
  6. Ghost crabs populations that feed largely at night on beach detritus and burrow into the sand during the day have increased considerably since the ban. They can now be seen in good numbers feeding in the inter-tidal zone and are a good indicator of a healthy beach environment.

    Ghost Crab feeding in the surf zone

  7. 4×4 vehicles caused extensive damage to dune systems and coastal vegetation. This vegetation is crucial to stabilizing the coastal zone and helps protect the interior from storm surges.

    Umlalazi beach dunes

  8. Since the beach-driving ban has been implemented, a number of line-fish monitoring projects have been implemented to track the recovery of surf and coastal fish species, many of which are threatened through over-exploitation.

    A Blacktail is pulled to shore after being caught on line and sinker. Goukamma Marine Protected Area, Western Cape, South Africa

  9. These fish monitoring projects have clearly shown that species densities, size ranges and species diversity has increased since the beach-driving ban and this is providing improved benefits to fisheries around the South African coastline.

    Fishtagging inserting tag on Dusky Kob

  10. One of the only negative consequences of the beach-driving ban, is that it has now placed increased fishing pressure within estuaries, These estuaries are critical nursery areas for many line fish species and conservation efforts will need to ensure that over-exploitation does not occur in these areas.

    Heuningnes Estuary