News from the Boating and Boats scene

15 Oct 2007                              To reply to this email click here

News from the Boating and Boats scene

Wake riding - Australian Offshore Challenge 2007  Simon Milder
It’s been an interesting week for the Powerboat-World team, with heavy thunderstorms which hit on an almost daily basis across South-East Queensland. Our Lake Macquarie head office was blasted with a hail storm, not heavy enough to cause damage to boats on the water, but enough to take the power out; hence this newsletter missed its usual Friday slot.

The 2007 Offshore Challenge was a huge success and now it looks like the 2008 event will be much bigger again, with works teams and privateers doing battle. The navigational race/rally format takes competitors on a 700 nm boating marathon from Hobart on the Southern Ocean, across Bass Strait to the finish in Port Philip Bay, making the Australia Offshore Challenge truly Australia’s ultimate power boat adventure. It start of February 21st 2008

Powerboat-World will be bringing you more news on that over the coming weeks.

This week we have another great article from OCEAN Magazine, the Australian luxury marine journal on modern manufacturing materials.

We reveal that one of boating’s most respected names, Halvorsen, now has Queensland distributorship and we take a close up look at the recent Grafton Bridge to Bridge water ski race, which saw the first Australian appearance of a new Evinrude E-Tec engine.

And it’s only two weeks to the inaugural Gold Coast Boat Show. It’s not only Gold Coast marine businesses supporting the show; we note there are Brisbane and Tweed Heads dealerships making strong contributions.

While we’re checking out the Gold Coast show, for many of our colleagues all eyes will be on the 48th Fort Lauderdale (October 25-29) and we’ll bring you a full report on that massive show after its conclusion.

On the home front again, the industry has been alerted to an important conference scheduled for Adelaide in May, ’08. You’ll find a brief preview of the conference here together with more news from the recent Mercury Marine Expo ’07, an informative and enjoyable event that drew more than 500 Mercury dealers, suppliers and media.

We will have the story and lots of pix from yesterday’s F1 Superboat Round at the Penrith Sydney International Regatta Centre online later today.
It’s all here in

By Bob Wonders, Editor

2008 Australian Offshore Challenge entries open
By Event media,
Following the outstanding success of the inaugural 2007 Australian Offshore Challenge, the event organisers, Geographica, are now gearing up for the second edition of this unique Australian power boating event.... [more]

The Yard - Modern Boating Materials
By OCEAN Media,
Powerboat-world provides this modern boating materials feature, by Guy Waddilove, courtesy of OCEANMagazine, the luxury marine journal from Australia.... [more]

Marine dealers support Gold Coast Boat Show.
By Bob Wonders,
Marine dealers from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Tweed show support for inaugural show. 2007 Gold Coast Boat Show in count down mode.... [more]

Evinrude E-Tec shows its class in SMOC victory.
By Bob Wonders,
Minimal testing opportunities, but all-new Evinrude E-Tec 250hp HO races to a clear cut win in the highly competitive SMOC class in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge.... [more]

New US$11 billion Arabian canal planned for Dubai
By Des Ryan,
Dubai is to go ahead with an US$11 billion (€7.8bn, £5bn) project to create a 75km man-made waterway, which will flow inland from Dubai Waterfront, passing to the east of the new Dubai World Central International Airport before turning back towards Palm Jumeirah.... [more]

Important conference scheduled for Adelaide
By Bob Wonders,
Adelaide Hilton to host the Southern Hemisphere's pre-eminent marine industry event. Scores of government and industry representatives expected to attend from across Australia.... [more]

Sophomore Heroism Saves Captain
By George Brennan, Cape Cod Times/Sail-World Cruising,
When people talk about yachts and losing life in the one sentence, the image is of heavy weather, man-overboard, or the sinking of the yacht in turbulent seas. But a recent story of the life saving fast action of a marine sophomore in US town Sandwich is a lesson in just how easy it can be to end up in life threatening trouble when you're not even at sea. Would you imagine a very experienced seaman could almost drown while trying to refuel his yacht?... [more]

Launch of new Line 7 Marine Wet Weather Gear Range
By Media Services,
On Thursday night at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Line 7 held their official launch party to celebrate the re-introduction of Line 7 back into the wet weather gear market.... [more]

RFD Epirb - signal for Bass Strait rescue
By Media services,
Just five days after registering his RFD AquaFix Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), a helicopter pilot has had to activate his marine safety device following an emergency landing in the sea on Victoria’s South Gippsland coastline.... [more]

Line 7 launch at CYCA
By Helen Hopcroft,
Line 7 launched its new range of wet weather gear at the CYCA last night. Representatives of the marine industry were there to hear Line 7's New Zealand Marketing Manager Greg Flynn introduce the new range, with the able assistance of Australia's Pat Langley. There were presentations from high profile sailors Nev Wittey, Chris Way, Geoff Bonus and BMW Oracle's America's Cup rules advisor Richard Slater.... [more]

Melbourne Cup Rally
By Go Boating Victoria,
Luxury motor cruisers, waterfront living and the sport of king’s greatest carnival are ingredients for a recipe only Melbourne can offer. Yarra’s Edge will host this year’s Boating Victoria Melbourne Cup Rally and organisers are inviting everyone to join in the festivities.... [more]

Aeroscraft ML866: superyacht for the sky
By Gizmag,
It’s as big as a superyacht, and not quite as fast as a supercar but it does have a range of over 3000 miles and can do it over land, sea or snow, lingering anywhere you like the view.... [more]

YachtShare: pleasure without the pain of ownership
By Media services,
Summer is fast approaching and there’s a tin of anti-foul waiting for you in the garden shed. Your boat has spent the winter months on the mooring, but now the weather is starting to lighten and you want to spend balmy summer days cruising, racing or just mucking about on the water with family and friends. But before you get out there the boat needs to be slipped, anti-fouled, costly repairs and routine maintenance done, systems checked and the cabins cleaned. This is the least fun and most time consuming side of boat ownership. And the reason why increasing numbers of sailors and power boaters are choosing an easier way to get on the water.... [more]

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