Earthrace, Sanctuary Cove, F1's and more

20 May 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, May 20, '08.

Bob Wonders ©
Editorial: May 20, '08.

I don't really believe it, but here we are, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 20 staring us in the face.

For the four days, May 22-25, the venue will be the centre of attention for the boating industry and for anyone interested in recreational boating, under power or sail.

This is not only the 20th show, it's also my 20th, which I can only assume means I'm not getting any younger.

Not to worry, I'll be there along with the team from Sail-World and MarineBusinessNews and we'll jointly bring a full report on the show and all that's happening there over the next week or so.

Meanwhile, there's still plenty to read about.

Take a look at the alleged ‘drug boat', a giant inflatable powered by, wait for it, 2000hp in the form of eight 250hp Yamaha outboards! As our Hong Kong editor suggested, light the fuse and stand back!

Also, the NZ Earthrace continues on its merry way, we have daily updates on that and we're delighted to report on a strong defence of the Sydney Superboat Grand Prix written by respected boating writer David Toyer and published in Pacific Motor Yacht.

Another well-known journalist and television presenter, Steve Starling, shows what's needed to be a successful angler with his new rig up and running.

This coming weekend the F1 Superboats will be at Toukley on the NSW Central Coast and we will be there for that. Meanwhile we bring you a report on Bob Trask's result at the GP of Portugal and another outstanding result from Sleepyhead in Auckland.

So, to all our subscribers (all 22,000 of you every week), keep hanging in there and keep up with all the news on; if you spot us at Sanctuary Cove, come up and say g'day.

Bob Wonders

Australian F1 Superboat Series headed for Toukley
Kathy Briese,
Round 2 May 24 and 25 that is, for the XLR8 Home Loans Australian F1 Superboat Series. After braving the Antarctic conditions over the Anzac weekend at Geelong, fingers are crossed for better conditions for the Superboats' second hit-out in 2008... [more]

The Boat Shows are coming- ring Finlease!
Jardine Media,
Two of Australia's biggest boat shows are coming and so it's time to sort out your boat finance arrangements. Specialist boat finance provider Finlease will be an active presence at both the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show (Thursday 22nd May-Sunday 25th May) and Sydney International Boat Show (Thursday 31st July-Tuesday 5th August.)... [more]

Earthrace maintains lead over record
Scott Fratcher/Allison Thompson,
The ground teams have packed up their laptop computers, and are headed to the airport to meet Earthrace in Hawaii. Meanwhile Earthrace continues to lumber across the Pacific Ocean at 18 knots... [more]

Earthrace heads in the Pacific Ocean on Day 20
Bob Maxwell,
Earthrace is running a slightly slower pace of 18-20 knots on the San Diego to Hawaii leg. The 2300-mile passage is just at the limit of the Earthrace onboard fuel supply and by slowing down slightly Earthrace will achieve a greater range and less chance of mechanical breakdowns. The next three race legs should all be light downwind conditions with no pending threat of early hurricanes, as Eart... [more]

Earthrace heads for Hawaii
Bob Maxwell,
The New Zealand bio-fuelled trimaran powerboat Earthrace is now a third of the way through its second attempt to beat the round-the-world speed record of 75 days.... [more]

Emailbag: Tributes to Malcolm Tennant
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
One of New Zealand's leading powerboat and multihull designers, Malcolm Tennant, died last Saturday after an accident at his home in Titirangi, west of Auckland. If you knew Malcolm, and have a story or tribute you wish to share please forward to The following comes from Marie Dufour... [more]

Bitter sweet result at Portugal GP for Trask Bros
Trask event media,
After a stunning podium result at the opening round of the UIM F1 World Championship, Bob and David Trask went into the second round of the 2008 series with justified optimism.... [more]

Earthrace one third of the way round world
Bob Maxwell/Scott Fratcher,
The 78 foot (24 metres) biofuelled trimaran Earthrace is just a few hours away from San Diego California, which marks the one third point in her 24,000 mile round the world journey. But major problems are looming. Smooth seas up the Baja Peninsula, much lighter than forecast have allowed Earthrace to maintain a pace of more than 21 knots and she is expected to arrive in the next two hours.... [more]

Pacific Motor Yacht defends Sydney Power boats
Bob Wonders,
Writing in the May/June issue of Pacific Motor Yacht, Toyer, who has been known to enjoy a ride or seven aboard a quick boat, pointed out that the March staging of the Sydney Offshore Superboat Grand Prix attracted what was “by far the largest spectator fleet seen for a powerboat event in Australia.”... [more]

Earthrace heads for San Diego
Bob Maxwell,
Earthrace, the world's fastest eco-boat is now heading for San Diego from Manzanillo Mexico The 78 foot (24m) New Zealand tri-hull wavepiercer that is currently attempting to smash the world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe, stopped for just three and a quarter hours in Manzanillo, arriving at 21:45 GMT on Wednesday and leaving at 0100 GMT on Thursday morning, which was 6am l... [more]

Pest Sea Squirt found at Marsden Cove, New Zealand
The unwanted marine sea squirt ‘Styela clava' has been discovered during a routine sweep of the new Marsden Cove Marina by a dive team contracted to Biosecurity New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) advised the Northland Regional Council yesterday that about 40 Styela clava (or clubbed tunicate sea squirt) had been found during the 29 April survey.... [more]

2,000hp RIB- Light blue touch paper and stand back
Sail-World Asia,
Eight, outboard motors , yes thats eight Yamaha 250hp 4 stroke engines - on a RIB.... [more]

‘Starlo' upgrades his rig
Bob Wonders,
Prominent fishing writer and television presenter, Steve Starling, has upgraded his personal fishing equipment with the acquisition of a 17' flats skiff fishing boat powered by a 115 four-stroke Yamaha outboard.... [more]

F1 Race Winners are part of a Worldwide Family
Steve Michael Reporting,
From its very beginnings on Lake Como in northern Italy in 1981, these F1 power boats which happen to be the fastest turning race vehicles on water, have always attracted large fields of international drivers that are like a rainbow of colors streaking across the water reaching speeds of 225 kph (140 mph) in their quest for fame and glory.... [more]

Earthrace maintains World Record record pace
Bob Maxwell,
Earthrace is powering up the western coast of Mexico. At 12:35GMT skipper Pete Bethune and his crew were 513 nautical miles ahead of the pace set by Cable and Wireless, in 1998. Bethune reported by sat phone 'Good sea conditions have allowed us to cover 556 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, our second best one day distance during this Round the World speed attempt '... [more]

Great Ocean Road and Otways Plan comments welcome
VR Fish - Victorian Government,
The draft Recreation and Tourism Action Plan clearly states that a number of coastal recreational fishing access points traditionally in use will be reviewed as to their suitability for fishing. This has caused a great deal of concern amongst fishers.... [more]

Fish diet to avoid fights
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Fish diet to avoid being beaten up, thrown out of their social group - and getting eaten as a result. That is the fascinating conclusion of the latest research into fish behavior by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, described in the journal Current Biology.... [more]

Fountain Worldwide team handed 100 point penalty
Powerboat P1 media,
The Evolution class reigning champion 99 Fountain Worldwide team – which won both the Endurance and Sprint race of the 2008 Powerboat P1 season-opener in San Benedetto del Tronto – has been docked its Sprint race win from Italy after a post-race protest by the 88 Kiton Outerlimits OSG Racing team.... [more]

Sleepyhead wins Auckland Offshore Race
Event PR,
Although they had the 2008 New Zealand Offshore Power Boat Championship in the bag after winning the penultimate round sponsored series in Napier of the Cougar Marine/Inex Metals, Peter Turner and Craig Archer driving Sleepyhead again stamped their dominance on the Superboat Class with an emphatic win at Auckland.... [more]

Bakewell-White Yacht Design scores a HAT TRICK!!!
Bakewell-White Yacht Design,
This weekend saw the conclusion of the 2008 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championships and for the third straight year the points table was dominated by a Bakewell-White design... [more]

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]

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'....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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