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12 May 2008                              To reply to this email click here

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Nearly 400 boats on the marina at next weeks Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which, if placed end to end, would stretch for 5.1 kilometres. If you are into boating, the first big boat show of the year is a MUST see. Fly, train, bus, boat - but be there!!

We've been closely following the Earthrace Round the World speed attempt from the bio-fuelled New Zealand trimaran, which has just left Panama heading around Costa Rica. Our coverage is more detailed than that being delivered by any other media source world-wide. This is large part helped by our satellite phone audio recording technology.

There's a full report on the exciting Italian Powerboat P1 Grand Prix and something sure to interest everyone who has ever towed a water skier, Mercury Marine's high-tech Smart Tow and Smart Tow Pro.

Closer to home we talked to Ricky Howard who last weekend won his sixth Bridge to Bridge race.

We take a look at two new vessels, an innovative Queenslander and a very classy Chinese import, both of which will be introduced next week at Sanctuary Cove. Will will have lots more news this week.

A wonderful new family of safety products are coming down the pike from WA's Mobilarm. Their latest Man Over Boat alarm does not wait for satellite data going back to rescue authorities but broadcasts on VHF the position of the MOB.

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Gotta Be there!!! Sanctuary Cove
Bob Wonders,
Nearly 400 boats on the marina at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which, if placed end to end, would stretch for 5.1 kilometres.... [more]

Earthrace mid Canal on Round World Record attempt
Bob Maxwell,
The 78 foot New Zealand bio-fuelled trimaran Earthrace in now powering through the Panama Canal system heading for the Pacific Ocean.... [more]

Conam Yachts SuperSport wins SuperSport Evolution
Powerboat P1 media,
The crew of team owner and throttleman Angelo Tedeschi and his new pilot Aaron Ciantar onboard Conam Yachts SuperSport,dominated the SuperSport Evolution event at the opening round of the 2008 Powerboat P1 championship – the Italian Grand Prix of the Sea in San Benedetto del Tronto.... [more]

Sydney International Boat Show in count down mode
Bob Wonders,
Roy Privett (general manager) and Domenic Genua (marketing and event manager) of show organiser the Boating Industry Association of NSW, together with their hard-working staff, have been burning the proverbial ‘midnight oil' as the show nears.... [more]

Towing made easy – by Mercury MerCruiser
Bob Wonders,
Smart Tow, a unique marriage of technology makes ski boat drivers experts at the wheel.What sets Smart Tow apart is its Launch Control feature, which allows drivers to select the ideal ‘Tow Profile' for the person to be hauled from the water.... [more]

Southbeach Vacationer goes inboard
Bob Wonders,
Gold Coast boat builder, Southbeach Boats, has created a new inboard version of its popular Vacationer 240 and will unveil the new rig at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 22-25).... [more]

Chinese passage maker delivers pure class.
Bob Wonders,
The luxurious Selene 59 from the Zhuhai, China yard of Jet Tern Marine, will make its Australian debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 22-25).... [more]

Ricky Howard claims sixth Hawkesbury River classic
Bob Wonders,
Hydroplane racer Ricky Howard has again led a strong field home to win his sixth Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club Bridge to Bridge classic along the famous river.... [more]

Incident-packed Italian Grand Prix of the Sea
Powerboat P1 media,
James Shepperd and Craig Wilson have said that their win in the 99 Fountain Worldwide boat in today's Italian Grand Prix of the Sea Endurance race was probably one of the hardest of their career. They had to push themselves to the limit as they tried to catch the race-leading 77 Lucas Oil entry of Nigel Hook and Shelley Jory.... [more]

Earthrace gets the Green light in Panama
Bob Maxwell,
The Panama Canal Authority has just confirmed that the Round the World record powerboat racer Earthrace will be starting her Canal transit at eight thirty local time.... [more]

Earthrace - The Waiting Game
Bob Maxwell,
New Zealander Pete Bethune and his international crew aboard the biofuelled 78 foot trimaran Earthrace reached Shelter Bay, Colon at the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal 24 hours ago. They left Sagunto in Spain 12 days ago, aiming to break the Round the World circumnavigation record set in 1998 by the Cable & Wirleless team, a time of 74 days 23 hours and 53 minutes.... [more]

Sunseeker Challenger want strong P1 season start
Powerboat P1 media,
The crew of the 11 Sunseeker Challenger SuperSport entry are looking to make a strong start to the 2008 Powerboat P1 season... [more]

The fate of Coral Reefs - Online
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The fate of the world's coral reefs including Australia's Great Barrier Reef under climate change is going under the public microscope for the first time in the International Year of the Reef. For the first time, the public can ‘sit in' at their leisure as leading coral reef scientists explore and debate the impact of climate change and human activity on one of our greatest natural assets.... [more]

New licences for Fremantle Fishing Boat harbour
Western Australian Government,
65 new large boat pen licences at Fremantle Fishing Boat harbour will be allocated by public ballot in June. The new pens will range in size from 15 to 22 metres and the minimum length of vessel to be catered for is 12m in overall length.... [more]

Waterfront City Marina accredited a Clean Marina
Colin Bransgrove,
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) announced today Waterfront City Marina in Melbourne has been accredited as a Clean Marina. The Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore also recently gained Clean Marina accreditation... [more]

Quick MOB recovery with new MOBILARM technology
Tracey Johnstone,
Mobilarm has introduced the revolutionary VPIRB which successfully marries existing marine safety technologies to make the recovery of man overboard victims far quicker and more effective. Mobilarm's VPIRB is a fully-automated Marine Survivor Locating Device specifically designed for the marine environment. It is small, light-weight, easy to use, competitively priced safe alternative to a pers... [more]

Sydney Boat Accident Highlights Safety Issues
Ursula Bishop,
According to the National Marine Safety Committee CEO, the tragic incident involving a work boat and a fishing boat on Sydney Harbour in the early hours of Thursday morning (1 May), highlights the need to improve boating safety.... [more]

FLIR hot navigation tool turns night into day
Tracey Johnstone,
FLIR's new breed of cameras, designed specifically for the maritime market, use the simplicity of thermal imaging combined with versatile high-tech cameras to achieve exceptional results. FLIR's Navigator and Voyager cameras are becoming the product of choice for Australia's marine industry. Viewing distance, image clarity, intense zoom and wide view options are turning the jobs of maritime na... [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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