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28 Apr 2008                              To reply to this email click here

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Boating enthusiasts across the Asia Pacific are looking forward to the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, hardly surprising, of course, and we continue to preview some of the world releases scheduled for the May 22-25 boating bonanza for our 22,000 readers.

Today Jeni Bone sent our first ever Marine Business News e-letter to the Marine trade. If YOU are in the trade and YOU did not get that very interesting trade newletter, don't panic, You can subscribe here. You can read the latest breaking marine trade stories online now at

Earthrace the 78 foot bio-diesel powered trimarran left Spain yesterday. We will have dailiy updates, as she aims to break the 1998 Cable and Wirless Round the World record.

We are proud that Earthrace is using Powerboat-World's satellite audio reporting technology

There is another circumnavigation going on too, albiet at a more leisurely pace. We start our series on Ian Reynolds? He's 79-years-old and shows us age is no barrier to circumnavigating Australia aboard his Riviera 56.

Today we report on F1 Superboats in Geelong, over the weekend and we preview the European round of the Formula I boats in Portugal.

Fairline Boats, those luxury motor yachts out of the UK, has been honoured with the Queen's Award for excellence, they too will be at Sanctuary Cove, more on that next week.

The Powerboat-World team took the trip up to Brisbane for the Tinnie and Tackle Show, now a component of the National 4 X 4 and Outdoors Expo.

Needless to say, the full team will be attending the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and all the glamour and excitement of the event will be revealed here as it happens.

As a hint for what's coming up, stand by for some great water ski picture stories and a fabulous spread on the late and great Don Aronow, the legend of offshore racing.

Stick with – it's where all the news breaks and breaks first.

Bob Wonders

Day 2 of the F1 Superboat Series at Geelong
Greg Maunder,
Day 2 of the F1 Superboat Series at Geelong was in stark contrast to yesterday's wild conditions with near perfect conditions throughout the day. Action was fast and furious in all Classes, with Rhys Coles taking out the F1 Class and Darren Trask the F2 Class.... [more]

79 year old Ian Reynold heads Round Australia
Denby Browning,
Veteran Riviera owner Ian Reynold is well into his Australian circumnavigation aboard his Riviera 56. He started with a tuning cruise to Lord Howe Island now he is heading west.... [more]

F1 European season set to start at GP of Portugal
Steve Michael Reporting,
The U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating heads back to the lovely port city of Portimao on the Algarve coast for the 10th Annual Grand Prix of Portugal next weekend on the 3rd and 4th of May along the challenging Arade River... [more]

Vella Takes pole for F1 Superboats Round 1 Geelong
Dave Canole,
Qualifying times for the F1's resulted in Shane Vella leading with 26.23, followed by the 2006 champ, Rhys Coles in 26.5. Damien McKenzie headed Jon Tsaccounis by 8 one hundredths of a second with a 27.11 then Anthony McEnally and Dean Trickie, the local, rounded out the field.... [more]

Fairline Boats wins Queen's Award for enterprise.
Bob Wonders,
UK luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Boats, has won its second Queen's Award for Enterprise. Mark Chapman, CEO of Fairline Boats Sydney, a division of the Chapman Marine Group, believes the Queen's Award will enhance the consumer acceptance of the brand in Australia.... [more]

Transiting the Pirate Zone off Somalia
News Services,
News Services have kept the world abreast of some recent attacks in the 'Pirate Zone' of the Gulf of Aden. However, by the following account, these news sources only touch the surface. This low key email forwarded to us by a reader of the horrors of multiple piracy attacks on a recent passage through the danger zone by Sailing Yacht Dolphin is all the more telling for its graphic simplicity.... [more]

Wild Weather Delays F1 Superboats
Dave Conole,
Fi Superboat action set for Geelong's Corio Bay this Anzac day long weekend got off to a bumpy start on the water, with howling nor-westers building throughout the morning and causing a delay to proceedings.... [more]

Navico instruments selected for Earthrace
Navico, the world's leading manufacturer of marine electronics for the recreational market, will be supporting Earthrace in its 2008 attempt to set a new record for a powered circumnavigation of the globe... [more]

Day 1 of F1 Superboat Series at Geelong blown out
Greg Maunder,
Day 1 of the much awaited start of the Australian F1 Superboat Series at Geelong was abandoned with only the Jet Skis making it onto the water.... [more]

World and Australian Releases at Sanctuary Cove
Media Services,
The 20th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has 445 confirmed exhibitors booked for on-water, pavilion and open air displays. There are more than 390 boats on water alone, stretching 5.1km (end to end).... [more]

World Record Attempt - Earthrace ready to Go!!
Bob Maxwell,
Pete Bethune, the Kiwi skipper of the 78 foot biodiesel powered trimaran Earthrace has confirmed the 2008 World Record attempt will start between 1-2pm on Sunday April 27th 2008 from Sagunto in Spain.... [more]

Ethanol, Fibreglass, and Biodiesel-Check your Boat
Nancy Knudsen,
This week a Los Angeles firm has filed a class-action law suit against US oil companies on behalf of Californian boaters with fibreglass fuel tanks. The presence of ethanol in gasoline or methanol in diesel (biodiesel) is a hot and lasting issue for boat owners, be they sailing boats or powerboats.... [more]

Austal secures order for Fast Patrol Craft Fleet
Austal Media Services,
Austal announces the contract to build six 30 metre aluminium fast patrol craft for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Each vessel will have a small 12 man crew, a maximum speed of 40 knots and will be armed with three General Purpose Machine Guns and a 20mm Cannon. All six vessels will be constructed at Austal's facilities in Henderson, Western Australia... [more]

Southport Yacht Club - more than a yacht club
Bob Wonders,
It may just be that Southport Yacht Club is more powerboat club than sailboat club. A new international executive chef has confirmed the status of the Southport Yacht Club's restaurant as one of the Gold Coast's favourite destinations.... [more]

Hope Island Resort Marina berths to top $250,000
Bob Wonders,
Berth availability on the Gold Coast limited and rentals increasing annually. Hope Island Resort Marina has 210 berths and all are taken with a lengthy waiting list of people keen to secure a 'parking spot' for their boat.... [more]

Top 100 Secondhand Trailerboats Magazine
Jeff Webster,
Boating journalist, Jeff Webster, has released a new edition of his Top 100 Secondhand Trailerboats magazine. Available from leading newsagents (and online at, the new, third edition of Secondhand Trailerboats is a 116 page price guide to more than 100 of Australia's best used boat buys. Accompanying each boat listing is a review, colour photograph, and specifications.... [more]

Simrad NX powerful nav solutions for vessels 7m+
Sandman Media,
The new Simrad NX40 and NX45 NavStations have been specifically designed for power and sail boats greater than 7m in length. Engineered to lead boating's growing trend towards powerful ‘information machines', the systems are capable of providing advanced chart plotting, radar, echosounder, camera images, instrument data, engine data, fuel data and more, in one user-friendly display.... [more]

Marina berths named as 'blue chip' investments
Bob Wonders,
Private marina berths are 'hot property', not only among well-heeled individuals, but also to corporations attracted by the strong retunrs. Expert says existing marinas already boast high occupancy rates and that demand wil only intensify.... [more]

$14 Million Riviera Export Order heads to Europe
Denby Browning,
With the ever strengthening Australia dollar, you'd think exporting luxuty powever boats would be very hard, but plainly Auistralia's Riviera, the largest largest luxury boat builder in the southern hemisphere is buiding very attractivee boats. It has recently completed a significant overseas shipment of 11 boats valued at more than $14 million.... [more]

Sydney Harbour and the Cigarette Racing Team
Helena Heidenreich,
Built on a straight our performance hull similar to the fabulous ‘muscle boat', the 39' Top Gun, the Top Fish makes waves courtesy of a triple 300hp Mercury Verado outboard rig. This power arrangement is ‘standard' for the Top Fish, with Mercury Marine's latest 350hp Verado as an option (if you're really determined to lead the pack offshore, the Top Gun 39 can handle four engines!).... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

2008 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships

The Offshore Superboat Championships is Australia's ‘Formula One on water'....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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