Motor yachts, Earthrace,boats and boating news

01 Jun 2007

News from the World of Boating

Earthrace stops in Spain  David Perez
Powerboat-World last night broke the news world-wide that New Zealand’s bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace had suffered damage as she powered towards the Straits of Gibraltar and had returned to Malaga in Spain.

John Allen, the Operations Manager advised Powerboat-World the damage was not too great, but that the World record attempt was over. Aucklander Pete Bethune and his crew will now head for Valencia hoping to see Emirates Team New Zealand sailing against Alinghi for the America’s Cup.

The Powerboat-World Team has been busy over the last week, firstly at Sanctuary Cove and since, talking to the boating industry about the Better Boating workshop at the Sydney International Boat Show. Expect to see an exciting mix of boating activities showcased this year. If your company is exhibiting at 2007 SIBS and you have a boating champion who could help us add excitement to the Better Boating stage, please contact us now.

It is 'boat watching season' for the humpback whales as they move north along the Australian Coast line and up through New Zealand waters from Antarctica. A timely reminder that we need to give them plenty of space and to keep our distance.

Dubai might not be the only place where new island and marina developments are rising from the sea. The founder of the Royal Phuket Marina has some interesting plans, as Guy Nowell explains.

Next week Powerboat-World will have lots more news from Sanctuary Cove where we saw an amazing mix of boats and bits.

Have a great and safe weekend.

By Bob Wonders

Earthrace abandons Round World record race
By Rob Kothe,
The biodiesel powered trimaran Earthrace has abandoned her round the world record attempt for now. John Allen from Earthrace has confirmed the news. He said a few minutes ago 'The race is over. We gave it our best but came up short. Pretty devastating but we are regrouping today and working on where we go from here.... [more]

Creating the World's Superyacht Capital
Yesterday morning, Bob Harvey, Mayor of Waitakere City announced the expansion of the sailing and motor superyacht facility at Hobsonville with the acquisition of a further 15 hectares of land, which will be leased to superyacht builders on a commercial basis. Worldwide, the superyacht industry has some 700 yachts currently in production, with a further 700 on backorder. In New Zealand there are just 16 of those yachts being built. That’s just 2.3% of the current production.... [more]

Large family takes in Fraser Island Experience
By Denby Browning,
It was the fourth day of an incredible seven-day adventure for more than 100 boating enthusiasts that began at a rendezvous on the Gold Coast Broadwater on a gleaming Saturday morning in mid May. The R Marine Fraser Island Experience would take them through Moreton Bay to Mooloolaba, then north, through the Wide Bay Bar to the quiet village of Tin Can Bay and through the Great Sandy Straits to bustling Hervey Bay and the eco-tourism resort at Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island.... [more]

Fairline appoint Australian distributor
By Media Services,
The Chapman Marine Group, headquartered at Sydney's Rose Bay and headed by industry veteran Mark Chapman, has been appointed authorised Australian key distributor for the British-built motor yacht range, Fairline.... [more]

'Aquaminiums' and Private Islands
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Gulu Lalvani, founder and developer of the Royal Phuket Marina, was in Hong Kong recently to share his vision of developing Phuket as a world-class yachting hub. Following on from the successful sale of all 66 condominiums and penthouse apartments in phase 1 of the RPM, the next phase will involve ‘aquaminiums’ – condominiums with drive-in boat berths in the ‘basement’. Also launched are eight Royal Villas with private swimming pools and doorstep moorings.... [more]

Warning: Extra care needed when boating alone
By Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has issued a warning calling on skippers to take extra care when boating alone, after a spate of solo boat operators falling overboard. NSW Maritime is asking all boaters to take extra precautions and be responsible when boating single-handedly.... [more]

Earthrace encounters storms - speed slows
By Devann Yata,
Storms stalled Earthrace’s speed from 22 knots to 10 knots as they battled head seas of 15 feet and 50 knot wind gusts as she made her way across the Mediterranean Sea from Port Said, Egypt to Malaga, Spain, a distance of 1950 nautical miles.... [more]

New partnership to further QLD Fisheries research
By BIA Queensland,
A new partnership has formed between the Boating Industry Association of Queensland and Australian National Sportfishing Association. Both groups worked together to tag the fish caught in the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show's catch and release competition to assist fisheries research.... [more]

Boaters warned be responsible in whale season
By NSW Maritime,
Boaters are encouraged to be responsible near whales this whale watching season, or face stiff penalties.... [more]

2007 World Disabled Water Ski Championships
By VIS and Sail-World,
The 2007 World Disabled Water Ski Championships were held on Thuringowa Riverway, Townsville from the 14th to the 20th May.... [more]

Maritimo world dealer network continues expansion
Australia's marine industry exports continue to expand in big jumps, as the luxury boat builders lead the charge. Bill Barry-Cotter’s award winning Maritimo yard, has named another dealer as it expands its international network, with Capetown-based Leisure Extreme Marine named to handle the Maritimo name in South Africa.... [more]

David Trask arrives on F1 Powerboat World Stage
By Special media services,
Fresh from a solid performance the weekend prior at Portugal the Trask Development Corporation / Sea Quest Boats teamed were confident of a good showing at the French round of the 2007 UIM F1 World Championship for powerboat racing.... [more]

Record visitor numbers - Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
By Sail-World & Powerboat-World,
The 2007 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show smashed records across the board with a record 456 exhibitors, a record 53,156 visitors and huge sales actually confirmed at the event. The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show visitor tally was 7.04% above 2006 figures.... [more]

Tight at the top -IGFA Offshore World Championship
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
The Western Australian Team, Perth Game Fishing Club Vodafone WA Open, have a total of five marlin in the IGFA Offshore World Championship. A log jam has been created among seven teams from seven countries for the top position going into the fourth and final day of the tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.... [more]

Aussies dominate 2007 World Water Ski Titles
By Jonathan Revitt,
By claiming the F1 Women’s title, Ann Procter became the most accomplished ski racer ever (man or woman) - while Jason Walmsley claimed the F1 Men’s crown in a thriller. In the F2 competition Australians Chris Stout and Tania Teelow took the honours. The fifth Australian world champion was Trudi Stout, who claimed the Junior Girls title.... [more]

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