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Editorial - Mar 5, 2008.

This Saturday and Sunday history will be made on Sydney Harbour  Ray Schembri
History will be made this weekend on Sydney Harbour. If you can get down there...20 thundering offshore powerboats in the middle of the Harbour will be a show stopper.

If I were to tell you that this week's Powerboat-World was interest-packed, it would have to be more than a mild understatement.

We have the news of the Qatar offshore Grand Prix and this week we will be covering the Superboats action on Sydney Harbour?

We also bring you the wash up on the Miami International Boat Show.

Delving back in history we discover ice cream was a trigger in the development of the first outboard motor. At the other end of the scale, there is the latest addition to the awesome range produced by Mercury Racing?

A group of Australia's marine exporters (very important people) will be attending the China International Boat Show in Shanghai next month.

This week we reveal how the Royal Navy is helping (and earning an honest quid!) to train Superyacht crews.

There's also the disturbing news that some boaters fear a tragedy in the making at the entrance of the Mooloolah River on the Sunshine Coast, while NSW Maritime CEO has called for skippers to “act safely and responsibly.”

And last week we brought you the news about Club Marine Insurance's prompt action in attending to claims following the cyclonic conditions which devastated vessels in the Whitsundays, recently. This was well received up north and we are running the story again in case you missed it.

It's all here and it's all news and it's Powerboat-World where boaters can keep the finger on the proverbial pulse. Check back on the weekend for the offshore powerboat action.


Bob Wonders



Superboats set to supercharge Harbour
Sandman Media,
Marking round five in the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships, the event is the first ever powerboat race to compete on a closed circuit inside Sydney Harbour and will provide an awesome spectacle for the conclusion of Sydney Harbour Week.... [more]

Sydney Superboat Grand Prix Race
NSW Maritime,
2.00 - 3.00pm Saturday 8 March 2008 Pole Positioning 3.30 - 4.30pm Sunday 9 March 2008 Racing NSW Maritime has issued the Australian Power Boat Association Offshore Council (APBA) with an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to conduct the events associated with the Sydney Superboat Grand Prix. Exclusion Zone details below.... [more]


Mercury Racing leads from the front....again!
Bob Wonders,
Mercury Racing's skilled engineers show their abilities with this new engine boasting numerous enhancements resulting in an outboard with the toughness, durability and performance boaters demand.... [more]


Miami International Boat Show-the latest update.
Bob Wonders,
NMMA chief remains positive despite fall in Miami International Boat Show attendance. Dammrich forecasts innovative manufacturers will be in the prime position to record sales when the market improves.... [more]


Boaties splash out thousands for Variety
Sandman Media,
The inaugural Variety Splash, which concluded at the weekend, was a huge success with participants and sponsors raising around $140,000 for the children's charity.... [more]


Boaties fear Tragedy at Mooloolah River entrance
Mark Furler, thedaily.com.au,
Sunshine Coast boaties are calling for the Mooloolah River mouth to be dredged again, saying a build-up of sand has left it extremely dangerous to cross. Maritime Safety Queensland issued a shoal warning on the river entrance on Tuesday, saying it had put in new buoys to mark a safer entrance and exit to the river.... [more]


Victory 1 wins Qatar Grand Prix
Class-1.com media,
The Victory 1 duo, reigning Class 1 World Powerboat Champion Arif Saif Al Zafeen and throttleman Nadir bin Hendi, led for the majority of the 20-lap, 95.60Nm race to win by more than 26 seconds from Qatar's Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Britain's Steve Curtis in Qatar 96. Third home, some two minutes further adrift were Victory Team's Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Jean Marc-Sanchez in Victory 7.... [more]


Got a Superyacht? Royal Navy can train your crew
Michael Evans, Times,
You've got the superyacht with pool, helipad, minisub and missiles. Now get the Royal Navy to train the crew. The craze for vast “superyachts” – the ultimate status symbols of the billionaire set – has become an unlooked-for money-spinner for the Royal Navy.... [more]


Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 8th, & 9th March
Bob Appleton,
The 2008 Whyte Just & Moore, Geelong Wooden Boat Festival this weekend 8th, & 9th March. Over 50 entries have been received promising to make this year's event bigger and better than ever before... [more]


Richmond River opened to fishing
NSW DPI - Fishing and aquaculture,
The Richmond River has been re-opened to fishing on 28 February 2008. This is a result of a series of fish surveys conducted by NSW DPI scientists. Some of these surveys were made possible with the assistance of the local fishing industry.... [more]


Free ice cream at the Miami International........
Bob Wonders,
in 1909 that Bess and Ole Evinrude went on a picnic with friends that called for a row out to an island three kilometres offshore. It was a hot day, with the temperature above 30 deg C and Bess Evinrude rightly figured a dish of ice cream would go down very well indeed.... [more]


Hydrogen and Clean Diesel Win the Day at Monaco
Sail-World Cruising,
In the search for green solutions for the fuel for your powerboat, yacht, tinny or powerboat, many companies are making inroads. Hydrogen as fuel and clean diesel solutions were the key attributes which have enabled two companies to win The CleanEquity Monaco 2008 Award for Excellence at CleanEquity Monaco 2008, Europe's international cleantech investor conference.... [more]


AIMEX Attends China International boat Show
Kate Duryea,
A group of Australian marine exporters is attending the China International Boat Show 2008 in Shanghai next month. Led by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), the Australian manufacturers and marine service providers view the 13th China International Boat Show as an important marketing opportunity. The event is held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre April 10 to 13, 2008.... [more]


Powerboat P1 World Championship Annual Awards
Martin Allerton,
The most moving moment of the evening was the presentation of a new trophy, the 'Spirit of P1', awarded in memory of Sergio Carpentieri and accompanied by a minutes applause.... [more]


West Marine looking for a SVP of Marketing
West Marine,
West Marine, the world's largest boating equipment retailer wholesaler, with 372 Stores, Catalog, Online, and Business to- Business channels, is seeking a Senior Vice-President of Marketing.... [more]


Why Boats Sink (and how to keep yours afloat)
BoatU.S./Sail-World Cruising/Powerboat-World,
Who better than an insurance company to give the answers? So the insurance arm of BoatU.S., the Boat Owners Association of the United States, tells here - statistically from their records - why they sink, and how to to best make sure they stay afloat. Daring boaties will be pleased to know that according to their records, for every boat that sinks underway, four boats sink in their slips.... [more]


Austal trials World's fastest diesel ferry
Media Services,
Austal's 65 metre Auto Express catamaran ferry “Shinas”, built for the Sultanate of Oman,achieved a record service speed of 52 knots during sea trials, making it the fastest diesel-powered vehicle-passenger ferry currently in commercial service. “Shinas” is the first of two identical vessels being built for the Sultanate of Oman at Austal's facilities in Henderson, Western Australia.... [more]


Auckland International Boat Show 2008
Anna Jobsz,
Held over four days from 6th to 9th March 2008, this on-the-water exhibition will display the best of New Zealand's marine technology , engineering and innovation. Located at the beautiful Viaduct Harbour, the boat show will make use of the floating marina first developed as the base for the 2000 and 2003 America's Cups which joins Te Wero Island and the Viaduct Harbour Marine Village.... [more]


Spectacular crash for Qatar 96 in qualifier
Class-1.com media,
The crash, which destroyed their raceboat, happened halfway through an official qualifying session for Saturday's Qatar Grand Prix, with Sheikh Hassan and Curtis' on the final turn on their second run and pushing to try to regain the provisional pole from main rivals Victory 1.... [more]


North West Passage: Open for Boats - and Business
Scott G. Borgerson/Sail-World /Powerboat-World,
The news that the North West Passage is fast melting might be glad news for the pleasure boating community, but is potentially bad news for the wildlife of the region, and sad news for the ordinary guy who wants to keep the planet's remaining natural regions safe from the onslaught of the Western World.... [more]


Call for skippers to act safely and responsibly
AAP MediaNet,
Skippers are being asked to be safe and responsible to avoid a repeat of the three tragic boating accidents this week, NSW Maritime CEO Chris Oxenbould said.... [more]


Size does matter to Aaron Ciantar
U.I.M. P1 media,
Aaron Ciantar will be joining the 2007 Powerboat P1 World Champions, Racing Project, for the 2008 season. Ciantar, voted P1's 'Rookie of the Year' in 2005 and one of the most highly respected pilots in P1, will race the Mercruiser-powered Chaudron 41 alongside Italian team owner and world champion throttleman, Angelo Tedeschi.... [more]


Qatar 96 sets the pace - Qatar Grand Prix
Nigel Quilter,
Sheikh Hassan and Curtis' first competitive outing together in Qatar 96 – the ex Spirit of Norway 10 – in which Curtis raced last season and won four of his eight world titles was an impressive opening gambit by the new partnership, setting fastest times on both their laps, the best, 2m 40.40secs on their opening run.... [more]

iDirect + SeaTel + Intelsat
Business Wire,
Intelsat Ltd (commercial satellite services), Sea Tel Inc (marine stabilized antenna systems) and iDirect Inc (satellite-based IP communications technology) today jointly announced a product enhancement of Intelsat's Network Broadband Global Maritime service... [more]


Butterfly fish 'may face extinction'
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark example of how human pressure on the world's coral reefs is confronting certain species with ‘blind alleys' from which they may be unable to escape, says Dr Morgan Pratchett of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.... [more]


Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2008, Coming Soon
Sail-World Cruising & Powerboat-World.com,
With a fleet of more than 150 wonderful boats, craft demonstrations and displays, a variety of food stalls and a non-stop program of live entertainment, this year's Classic & Wooden Boat Festival at Darling Harbour in Sydney on 8th 9th March promises to be the brightest ever.... [more]


Club Marine team to the rescue
Jeff Megahan,
“Club Marine came to the rescue,” says Stephen Pyke. At Airlie Beach, the monsoon's “ground zero”, boat parts, fibreglass and timber lay scattered amidst debris that covered the expanse of the foreshore. Phil Johnson, Club Marine's National Claims Manager, arrived at Airlie Beach on February 14.... [more]


West Marine looking for a SVP of Marketing
West Marine,
West Marine, the world's largest boating equipment retailer wholesaler, with 372 Stores, Catalog, Online, and Business to- Business channels, is seeking a Senior Vice-President of Marketing.... [more]


2008 Sydney Harbour Week Award winners announced
Australian Associated Press,
Professor Frank Talbot, the man behind Sydney's first marine biology institute was honoured for his long commitment and contribution to Sydney Harbour tonight... [more]





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