12 Apr 2007














Powerboat news from the Asia-Pacific

Powerboat-World’s boating coverage ranges across a broad spectrum; from Powerboat Racing to Motor Cruising, Boat Shows, new products and industry news.

This week there is a healthy dose of Powerboat Racing.

Only two more days until the excitement begins in the Beachcomber F1 Superboat series at Toukley on the NSW Central Coast and in the NZ Armacup-Inex Metals Offshore Powerboat Championships in Napier, New Zealand.

Our reports from these events will run through an action packed weekend so you won’t have to wait a month to discover what has been happening. Make sure you look at the pix from our stories today, pretty amazing images and there will be plenty more over the weekend.

Bob Wonders  www.powerboat-world.com!Powerboat-world.com_-

As soon as I have pressed the SEND button on this newsletter and it wings off to 20,000 plus readers, I am off to Southport Yacht Club to meet with the Power Commodore Michael Callinan to talk about the more leisurely pace of the Gold Coast Motor Cruising scene. Over the coming months readers will discover lots about the cruising scene around Australia, New Zealand and in Asia.

Today you can read about a Panama Canal passage from our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen, and a glorious Superyacht holiday on the Orion.

While Powerboat-World.com has only been online for a couple of months, our Asia Pacific power boating audience is the largest online. How is that you might ask?

It is simple and not so simple. Our team, the Powerboat-World and Sail-World editors, post more than 50 stories each week. After seven years of breaking news on the sailing and boating scene, we are the only marine news group in the southern hemisphere on the Google News schedule.

That means that every five minutes the Google News ‘search robots’ look to see if we have posted more news.

Whether it is Earthrace, F1, Offshore racing, Powerboat Cruising, the latest Boat Show news or your local Motor Boat Club news, Google grabs our posted news and adds it to their indexes on the spot.

Over 10% of our daily traffic comes from Google News searches around the world so if you want to reach the world …. talk to Powerboat-World now. When visitors find us, we are book-marked and the audience just keeps growing.

This year there will be a big Powerboat-world news team at Sanctuary Cove and Sydney International Boat Show. In Sydney Powerboat-World will be working with the BIA NSW to deliver a bigger and better Better Boating Workshop.

Please send your Club News to me Bob@Powerboat-world.com and if you are a marine industry company interested in advertising on our sites, please call Liam Daly at Nautical Media Partners on 0405 497 423.


By Bob Wonders



Formula One Superboats return to Toukley
By Rob Kothe,
This weekend of April 14-15, the teams and drivers of the XLR8 Home Loans Australian F1 Superboat Series will return to Toukley's Lake Budgewoi, for Round Two of the 2007 Championship.... [more]


New Zealand Offshore Powerboats
By Peter Rolton,
Serious offshore racing at Napier this coming Saturday for round 6 of the NZ Armacup ‘Racing for Cure Kids, Inex Metals Offshore Powerboat Championship as the series heads towards an exciting conclusion with only three rounds remaining.... [more]


Australian Marine Awards in count down mode
By Bob Wonders,
The Australian Marine Industries Federation (AMIF) 2007 Australian Marine Awards, incorporating the Boats of the Year, is scheduled for announcement on May 24 at a gala function staged at the plush Marriott Resort and Spa on the Queensland Gold Coast.... [more]


Mariner Boating Holidays are good for everyone
By Helen Hopcroft,
Maggie and Trevor Joyce are the sort of people that it would be good to go on holiday with. They’re funny, knowledgeable and well organised. After running their specialised boating holiday business for more than twenty years, they have a huge amount of local knowledge and can troubleshoot problems before they occur.... [more]


Australian successes at 12th China Int. Boat Show
By Bob Wonders,
Australian exhibitors achieved strong sales and unearthed successful leads at Shanghai’s 12th China International Boat Show, which closed last Sunday (April 8).... [more]


Calling Boat Builders - Like to Live Downunder?
By Powerboat-World and Sail-World,
The BBC is on the search for families to take part in their second series of Wanted Down Under. In particular, the BBC is looking for boatbuilders hoping to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia, who would be happy to be filmed test-riding life Down Under.... [more]


AOPC announces Race in Whitsundays
By Powerboat-World.com,
The Australian Offshore Powerboat Series has announced the Whitsundays as a brand new location for round five of the 2007 calendar on June 16 & 17. Racing at Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays adds yet another picturesque location to the series and the opportunity to showcase 'Formula One on Water' to yet another audience.... [more]

Portugese drivers set for heavy test program
By Philippe Stiernon,
As Portugal’s Duarte Benavente starts his eighth full season on the tour at his home at the Grand Prix of Portugal at Portimao on the 13th of May, he realizes it’s time to make a real push for the title.... [more]

Volvo Penta restructures dealer network in Aust
By Auke Bruinsma,
With the aim of strengthening its presence in Australia and the entire Oceania region, Volvo Penta is now restructuring its service and dealer organization.... [more]


Riviera Syndication for busy boating enthusiasts
By Denby Browning,
John Russell has been active in the marine industry for nearly 30 years and has specialised in syndicated boat ownership since 1999. Together with wife Sharon he has pioneered this new section of the marine industry and, together with Riviera, will expand the concept of Syndicated Ownership Australia wide over the next years.... [more]


Globalstar boosts Sat Phone Network with 48 LEO's
By Helen Hopcroft,
LEO is not always a horoscope sign. It also means Low Earth Orbiting satellite. The telecommunications company Globalstar has just signed a contract to buy 48 of them. What this will mean for you is a likely increase in coverage for satellite phones and better call quality in the long term. It also means that future data transfer services will be much faster.... [more]


World Ski Race titles feature Junior Miss Universe
By Bob Wonders,
Lauren Eagle, not only a top class ski racer, but named recently Junior Miss Universe, is one of many fine tuning for the 2007 World Ski Race championships in New Zealand next month.... [more]


Earthrace on track for Hawaii
By Powerboat-World.com,
The wave piercing multihull is now 800 nautical miles off the coast of California en-route to Hawaii, the next refueling stop on her global circumnavigation. Her speed is still restricted to 15 knots because of drive train vibrations.... [more]


New Super Ship to be Ringside at Monaco Yacht Show
By Barby McGowan,
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) has released the schedule for its newly launched super ship, the 686-foot (209 meters)Yacht Express, and has plans to make a special visit in September to the Monaco Yacht Show.... [more]

Taree Easter Powerboat Classic
By Marshall Loadsman,
McCosker in Liberty dominated most of Saturday's major races including the Stuart Doyle Cup and the Eastway Shield. But it was McCosker's win in the Eastway Shield which had the entire crowd buzzing.... [more]


Sail-World's Blackwattle transits the Panama Canal
By Nancy Knudsen,
We've heard all the gory stories about the Canal – 'There are many mishaps - they don't really like yachts', 'If you're put against the wall, your mast can collide with the canal walls', 'You'll have to berth with large ships - Watch out for the huge thrust from the ship's engines in front!'... [more]


Largest Ever Wooden Boat under Construction
By IBI News/Mike Derrett,
Mumbai-based Classicraft Marine Works is well advanced in building what must be one of the largest wooden boats in the world, a 49.4m (162ft)-long replica of a 15th Century Chinese Junk. The boat has been ordered by a German client who will use it for charter business in the region.... [more]


A Symbol of Success
By Media Services,
For 25 years Jimmy Cheng’s Symbol Yachts has been producing 'semi custom' Trawlers and Pilot House motor yachts in Taiwan and Symbol and has earned a sound reputation for delivering quality products representing excellent value for money.... [more]


Next -Solar weather warnings
By Rob Kothe,
Last December 5th's solar flare caused an intense radio burst that affected GPS systems world wide the following day. Some receivers had a reduction in accuracy while others totally lost the ability to determine position.... [more]


Earthrace vibrates towards Hawaii
By Rob Kothe,
The six day delay is over. The bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace is tracking towards Hawaii at a steady 15 knots, the speed at which vibrations are minimised, not the 22-23 knots they had originally hoped for but 2150 nautical miles at 15 knots, its a six long days of vibration.... [more]


Simrad's Glass Bridge Navigation system
By Ben Sandman,
Based on a dual-processor black box, the unique GB60 is the most versatile navigation system on the market. Data from the black box can be displayed on multiple monitors and configured in different ways with any combination of applications. Vector charts, photos, radars, navigation information, raster charts, 3D, video inputs and much more can be displayed, all at an exceptionally high resolution.... [more]



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