Douglas Reeman, Master maritime story teller is ill and needs help






It is with deep regret that we hear of the plight of master story teller Douglas Reeman (also writing as Alexander Kent) who has given so much pleasure to so man readers down the years. It is a reminder that even best selling authors can need help. Please go to and those with facebook accounts can help without even donating money. Please read the continuation.

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IMPORTANT – FIRE Project forthcoming changes


During the coming weeks a number of changes will be made to the FIRE Project portals that are open to public access. These changes will include some changes to portal addresses and some changes to editorial addresses. We would appreciate it if our readers would make a note or bookmark of This portal will list any new addresses and any deleted addresses. For those of you who send us your news and information, please make a note of our main editorial address which is This email address will always be available. Email address changes will also appear at Some portals may suddenly vanish and reappear in a new form but, during these outages, information will be copied to sister portals

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Last Chance – Win a great book – enter now – closes 24:00 hrs Zulu December 31 2015



Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.


Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

New FIRE Project News Portal Opens


A new FIRE Project news portal opened today.

Broadly Boats News is dedicated to Commercial and Leisure Maritime news.

Part of the 2011 development program for the FIRE Project, the new portal introduces new functionality which will be progressively switched as other elements in the FIRE Project on-line intelligent information resource complete their upgrades and enhancements.

Broadly Boats News

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F1 Superboats To Heat Up Round 3 at Newcastle


Blowy, overcast and air temperatures that would make a penguin freeze; that’s what greeted the XlLR8 Home Loans Australian F1 Superboat Series at Newcastle for Round 3 of the Series.
Held in Newcastle’s inner harbour, this area, right opposite a drydocked Australian Navy ship, was at least sheltered from the gales battering NSW’s Central Coast region.
Friday the 13th of June was certainly a black Friday for Tim Smith in the XLR8 Home Loans Number 13 F2000 entry. Whilst doing some running in, Tim crossed the path of a black fish (well, cat’s shouldn’t be in the harbour) and proceeded to show why the series should be renamed the Australian F1 Flying Boats.
This coming after a number of boats going airborne at Round 2 at Toukley has certainly put the wind up the series pilots.
Practice got under way just after 11am, with cloud thickening to the east, just offshore. Anthony McEnally in the Watersports Marine #5 entry had starter problems at Toukley, as did team mate Dean Trickey in the #7 craft.Thankfully the issues were easily rectified and Anthony was confident that the fresh engines would not pose a problem over the weekend at Newcastle.