03 Aug 2007


















Sydney International Boat Show, 40. at Darling Harbour

Offshore Power Boats to race on Sydney Harbour  Australian Offshore Powerboat Series
Above average temperatures and clear skies were the order of the day when the 40th Sydney International Boat Show opened its doors at Darling Harbour on Thursday (August 2).

This morning at a Sydney International Boat Show function NSW Minister Joe Tripodi announced that in 2009 the World Offshore Power Boat Championships will be held on Sydney Harbour.

We spoke to Maritimo’s Ann-Marie Cook about the upcoming championship. ‘In terms of boosting the profile of the sport: you couldn’t ask for anything more spectacular than that. Sydney Harbour will be showcased all round the world. Every venue we go to we will continue to show footage of Sydney Harbour and promote it.’ Powerboat-World will have a detailed story later today.

More than 330 exhibitors packed the six halls of the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre, while a record number of luxury craft, power and sail, made their home on the specially built marina in Cockle Bay.

The spectacular display on the floating marina attracted strong attendance, with hundreds queuing to gain access to the more than one-kilometre of walkways.

Australia’s premiere big boat manufacturers, The Riviera Group and Maritimo were prominent, while the top names from around the world presented the best of the best from Sunseeker, Azimut, Fairline, Princess, Chris-Craft, Bavaria, Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter, Cobalt, Cheoy Lee, Offshore and Regal to name but a few.

As usual, many chose the Sydney International Boat Show to unveil new models for the first time, with Maritimo’s spectacular 550 sportfishing battlewagon already a show highlight, while The Riviera Group proudly displayed its 4700 Sport Yacht recently named Australia’s Boat of the Year. We feature an interview with Stephen Milne of Riviera who is presenting a Motor Boat Cruising segment on the Boating Stage in this newsletter.

Within the six vast halls of the exhibition centre, every metre of the 28,000 square metres of space was occupied.

Yamaha unveiled its awesome 350hp V8 outboard; MerCruiser displayed its latest stern drive race engines, there were new boats at every turn, the latest in marine electronics and all manner of general boating accessories to tempt the buyer.

Powerboat-World,and Sail-World Media Partners with show organiser the Boating Industry Association of NSW, are involved with the presentations on the Better Boating Workshop stage.

Guest speakers covered a range of topics, from offshore powerboat racing to yachting safety, water ski competition and equipment to man overboard procedures.

Attendances on the opening day at the Boating Stage were as good as weekend attendances last year, and with light rain this morning, the crowds within the Exhibition centre are even larger.

Other show attractions, including the always-popular Yamaha Fishing Clinic and the daily Musto Fashion Parades added to the excitement generated on the opening day.

The show is on for six days (August 2-7), with a 10am opening and an 8pm closing in the halls, 6pm on the marina.


By Bob Wonders



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By State Government of Victoria,
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By Denby Browning,
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By Media Services,
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By Media Services,
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Boost for Offshore Powerboat Racing in Australasia
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By Event media,
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