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26 Mar 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Boats and Boating News - 25th March 2008

An interesting bag of boat and boating news this week..

Possibly the unluckiest boating event of the year, when a passenger on a powerboat motoring at speed is hit and killed by a leaping stingray.

This week Group Managing Editor Rob Kothe takes a sideways look at MerCruiser's Axius. Sideways? Read on, and all will be explained.

BRP Australia has released a new engine aimed at the adventurer in us all and we report on some excellent news from NSW where high school students can now undertake boating licence courses in class.

News from Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club's Easter Classic and the P1 circuit in Europe.

As the southern hemisphere moves into autumn, there is a curious spring sock burning tradition on the US boat scene.

Again from the US we bring the sad news of the passing of offshore racing identity Al Copeland. Like so many of his contemporaries, Copeland was a genuine character and the sport is the poorer for his passing.

It's nearly time for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and we're able to preview some of the offerings that will be on display by Australian's two boat building heavyweights, Riviera and Maritimo.

Finally, one for the go fast brigade; while in the US recently at the Miami International Boat Show I grabbed the opportunity to check out the latest from The Cigarette Racing Team.

It's all happening at the team's Miami HQ; don't miss this piece and the spectacular photographs.

Bob Wonders

Leaping 'ray' knocks over and kills woman on boat
The Times,
A holidaymaker was killed yesterday when a 75lb (34kg) stingray leapt from the water and struck her as she relaxed with her family on the deck of a private boat... [more]

She's the Culprit & Dean Barrys' victories - Taree
Manning River Times/Powerboat-World,
Sydney driver Dean Barry in She's the Culprit dominated the major events in Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club's Easter Classic.<... [more]

Back Cove 33 at Sanctuary Cove 2008
Helena Heidenreich,
E Marine Australia is proud to release the new Back Cove 33 to the Australian market at this year's Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. Also on display will be the Back Cove 26.... [more]

Cancer claims Chicken King Offshore Racer
Bob Wonders,
Cancer has claimed the life of one of offshore powerboating's most colourful characters, with news from Germany that chicken king Al Copeland, 62, had lost his battle with the disease.... [more]

Axius makes boating more fun
Rob Kothe,
Traditionally the most challenging part of owning a new powerboat has been docking. Lots of sweated brows, barked orders and spouses who swear they will never go out boating again. At the very least it's a tense time for skipper and crew, particularly if there is a serious breeze. Now a giant step sideways with the Mercruiser Axius system that will change the boating experience forever.... [more]

Maritimo predicts new design will be the sensation
Media Services,
Industry legend Bill Barry-Cotter and his award-winning marque Maritimo have both been renowned for flying bridge designs, with one industry observer noting that Barry-Cotter had 'written the book on flying bridge concepts.' 2008 Sanctuary Cove Show will see the company undertake a radical move as it displays the first of a planned three-model range of European-styled cabriolet sport boats.... [more]

Riviera world releases at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Denby Browning,
Three world releases will highlight Riviera's display at the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Queensland's Gold Coast in May.... [more]

NSW high school students sit for boat licences
Bob Wonders,
Under a unique agreement between NSW Maritime and the Marine Teachers' Association, more than 120 high schools can now offer safe boating courses and more than 8000 students annually are expected to participate.... [more]

Fabrizio Bocca announces his retirement
Steve Michael Reporting,
Fabrizio Bocca of Casalle, Italy announced his retirement as a driver immediately and will take over as owner/manager of the Rainbow Racing Team. Marit Stromoy of Norway who comes over full time as the first women back into the sport in over two decades.... [more]

Military engines available to civilians
Bob Wonders,
High-tech Evinrude engines previously only available to units like the US Marines and Navy Seals now available. These Evinrude outboards operate efficiently on kerosene, various aviation fuels and even standard gasoline.... [more]

New Boat Law: No Rainwater Runoff Allowed
Sail-World Cruising,
In the United States allowing rain to run off your boat into the sea, or allowing seawater from your diesel engine to escape into the sea could be against the law after September 30th this year. Unbelievable? Read on...... [more]

Rabbits to the rescue of the reef
ARC Centre of Excellence - Coral Reef Studies,
While rabbits continue to ravage Australia's native landscapes, rabbit fish may help save large areas of the Great Barrier Reef from destruction. Prof. Bellwood and fellow researcher Rebecca Fox have spent recent years running live experiments to see what happens when a reef turns to weed – and which fish, if any, are of help in restoring the coral.... [more]

SYC's Free Boat Safety Information Evening
Sarah Cann,
Come along to Southport Yacht Club's FREE Boat Safety Information Evening on Thursday 17th April from 6pm to 7pm, presentations by Volunteer Marine Rescue, Customs and the Australian Boating College will be given in the Compass Room of the Main Beach Clubhouse for the benefit of all local boaties.... [more] prepares for P1 Italian Grand Prix
Powerboat P1 Press Office,
British team,, has been working hard to get ready for the first race of the Powerboat P1 World Championship in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, from 9-11 May.... [more]

Burn your Socks Boys - Spring's Coming!
Sail-World Cruising/AP,
'Is that spring in the air - or an old gym sock on fire?' Across the USA, from Key West to Seattle, boaters celebrate the the arrival of spring with a ceremonial Burning of the Socks, signifying it will soon be warm enough to wear boat shoes without socks.... [more]

Beluga SkySails returns from maiden voyage
SkySails GmbH,
'We can once again actually ‘sail' with cargo ships, thus opening a new chapter in the history of commercial shipping,' was the verdict from Captain Lutz Heldt following his return from the nearly two-month maiden voyage of the multi-purpose heavy-lift project carrier 'Beluga SkySails', which sailed from Germany to Venezuela, the United States and Norway.... [more]

Cigarette Racing Team - the legend lives on.
Bob Wonders,
First Cigarette arrives in Australia for newly-appointed authorised dealer, the Chapman Marine Group.... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
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2008 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships

The Offshore Superboat Championships is Australia's ‘Formula One on water'....
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