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11 Feb 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Miss Geico - the world's fastest offshore racer
Bob Wonders,
Forty-footer officially timed on the Mississippi River at 302.98km/hr (188.26mph).Her helicopter turbine engines that saw services in the Gulf War power catamaran to record speed. See the YouTube movies here... [more]

Win Musto Snug - Competiton finishes TONIGHT!!
Media Services,
The popularity of the Musto brand was confirmed to us here at Sail-World and Powerboat-World when we launched the second annual Musto SNUG competition. As soon as the competition was posted we received a flood of entries from readers all keen to get their hands on the prize of an ever popular Musto Snug. Enter top right side of this page NOW this is the last day, competition finishes tonight... [more]

Three World launches - Riviera at Sanctuary Cove
Denby Browning,
Three world releases, emphasising growth powered by innovation, will highlight Riviera's display at the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Queensland's Gold Coast in May.... [more]

Rosehill Gardens set to bloom
Bob Wonders,
More than 40 exhibitors comprising the leading marine dealers from across Sydney will be showing boating's top marques. Consumers have recognised that the Rosehill Gardens boat show is the place to haggle a good deal on that new boat or engine.... [more]

Barry-Cotter blitzes the Bay
Sandman Media,
Eighteen-year-old Tom Barry-Cotter blitzed the field in yesterday's Hobson's Bay Offshore Powerboat Classic, steering Class One superboat Maritimo to victory at speeds in excess of 200km/h.... [more]

Unprecedented demand for new 70-foot Riviera
Denby Browning,
Riviera has taken orders for four new $4.7m flagship 70 Flybridges to be launched at Sydney Boat Show in late July... [more]

Marine Queensland names new General Manager.
Bob Wonders,
Marine Queensland president, Barry Jenkins, confident the organisation has found 'the right man' in Don Jones.Retiring GM Barry Hibberd to stay on in an advisory role for Marine Queensland until March 20.... [more]

Gold Coast facing shortage of marina berths
Bob Wonders,
Possibility that potential big boat buyers will turn more to four-wheel drive vehicles and big trailer boats. Price increases see some paying up to $2000 per calendar month for a big boat 'parking spot.'... [more]

Serious First Aid Kits for Offshore Adventures
OCEAN Media,
Two ex-SAS officers say they'd rather equip yachtsmen with medical supplies and emergency gear than stage a dramatic sea rescue... [more]

Qld technology trial to protect reef and help ship
Dept of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry,
A Queensland Government grant will fund the trial of a Queensland invention aimed at helping ships carry more cargo and navigate with greater certainty through the Torres Strait and on the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]

Pix from Thunder on Lake Karapiro Day One
Evan Pegden - Waikato Times and Powerboat World,
Power boat racing is booming in New Zealand if this weekend's Thunder on the Lake at Lake Karapiro is anything to go by. Here are some action pix from Day One of the Lake Karapiro event.... [more]

Feedback on changes to Broome waters sought
Department for Planning and Infrastructure,
The Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Port of Broome have outlined proposals to relocate areas set aside for water skiing and other aquatic activities off Broome.... [more]

Prince Charles Sailing to Save the Planet
Hello/ Des Ryan,
It's good to know that Prince Charles is seeking to coming up with solutions to limit his impact on the environment. With Greenness like this, you'd hardly need Al Gore, and, in fact, you could measure how Green your next holiday is by using the following story as a benchmark.... [more]

New Zealand Thunder on the Lake,
NZ's fastest powerboats, the Grand Prix hydroplanes are racing on the Big Lake,Lake Karapiro, Cambridge this weekend in the 83rd Running of the Masport Cup.... [more]

BoatU.S. Annual List Of Top Ten Boat Names
USA boat names can reveal much about the personality, lifestyle, passions or experiences of a boat owner. For 2007, the BoatU.S. list of Top Ten Most Popular Boat Names is particularly revealing:... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Confirms International Status
Kate Duryea,
The 20th anniversary Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be a celebratory event with numerous world launches. The stylish event is staged each May at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland's Gold Coast. More than 400 exhibitor applications have been received for the May 22-25 event since bookings opened in October.... [more]

2008 Ford Ranger Bream Series - Manning River
Manning River Times,
All competitors will fish over two days, while the top 10 placed boaters at the end of day two will qualify through to the third and final day where they will battle out for the $10,000 first prize, and their share of the $25,000 prize pool.... [more]

Marine Safety Conference 2008
National Marine Safety Committee,
Professor Bilal M Ayyub, a maritime risk analysis expert and professor of civil and environmental engineering from University of Maryland, USA has been confirmed as a key-note speaker at the Marine Safety Conference 2008, to be held in Adelaide from 27-29 May.... [more]

News from Class 1 World Powerboat Championship
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship media,
In the latest news from the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, Domenico Cirilli has confirmed he will unveil a new, all-Spanish team for 2008 and announced that Sergio Mora Carrasco will make his Class 1 debut as his driver... [more]

Powerboat P1 appoint Andy Hindley as Race Director
Powerboat P1 Press Office,
Powerboat P1 Management Ltd has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Andy Hindley as its Race and Technical Director. Currently Racing Director of the Volvo Ocean Race, Andy will take up his new position in early March with responsibility for the operational delivery of all P1 races which, in 2008, includes 14 World Championship rounds.... [more]

Sydney Fishing Festival Easter 2008
Sydney Fishing Festival,
2008 sees the launch of the Sydney Fishing Festival to be held on the Easter Weekend in Sydney NSW with the fishing competition starting midnight, Friday 21st to 4.00 pm Sunday 23rd March 2008.... [more]

New marketing executive for Marine Queensland
Bob Wonders,
Helen Kenniff brings more than 15-years hands-on marketing experience to Marine Queensland. Implementaton of an innovative marketing campaign to increase awareness of Queensland's recreational boating industry is aim of new MQ executive.... [more]

Gulf Craft goes international,
Gulf Craft Inc, the Middle East's largest boat and yacht manufacturer, rounded off last year by attending the Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) and delivering its first Majesty 50 yacht to Malaysia... [more]

Safety call for Murray River waterski race
Australian Associated Press,
NSW Maritime has called for participants in the Southern 80 to act safely and responsibly during the three-day waterski race.... [more]

Maui to use Oceanlinx power
Pacific Business News (Honolulu),
An Australian technology company, Oceanlinx Ltd, plans to build a system off the northeast coast of Maui that will use energy generated by ocean waves to create electricity.... [more]

Boating Warning for Georges River
AAP MediaNet,
Continuing rains are raising boating safety concerns on the Georges River, according to NSW Maritime Botany Bay/ Port Hacking Area Manager Graeme Dunlavie. People thinking of using the river need to be extremely cautious at the moment,... [more]

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