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27 May 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Sanctuary Cove and more...

No prizes for guessing where the Powerboat-World team was between Thursday and Sunday.

Spot on, Sanctuary Cove was the place to be and that wasn't just our thoughts – more than 50,000 joined us there, the second best attendance in the show's 20-years.

Prior to the show's opening Maritimo's CEO Bill Barry-Cotter played host to more than 400 at a black tie diner to launch two of his latest creations, while the Australian Marine Industries Federation staged its annual Marine Awards on the evening following the opening day.

For the second year running, Riviera claimed the top gong and we bring a full report on the awards. We will bring you many feature articles on Santuary Cove over the next couple of weeks.

Earthrace, the 78' Kiwi trimaran, is doing it a little tough battling towards the Marshall Islands on one engine – here's hoping the effective repairs can be carried out quickly.

We are quite proud that Powerboat-World's coverage of this round the world attempt is the most detailed any media is producing and its being re-run by mainstream media world-wide.

More in racing circles we've got the lot; exciting Formula I at Toukley, on the NSW Central Coast, Victory 1 claims the Montenegrin Grand Prix and Powerboat P1 delivers some great racing at Marseilles, France.

During our Sanctuary Cove ‘marathon' we did see some exciting new craft – innovative, stylish, spacious, attractive, any adjective you'd care to throw up.

Well, if you were not able to make it to ‘the cove', but you will be there at the Sydney International Boat Show (July 31-August 5) then don't despair, over the next few weeks we'll bring a brief review, accompanied by some first class images, of the boats to look for at Darling Harbour.

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The sun shone and people partied at Sanctuary Cove
Bob Wonders,
Those selling boats certainly reported good business, but those operating bars, restaurants, snack stands, coffee houses and any other facility offering beverages were run off their collective feet as the crowds negotiated the expanded show site.... [more]

Riviera wins Boat of the Year Award
Denby Browning,
Australia's most awarded luxury boat builder, Riviera, has added another major trophy to its collection, winning the Australian Boat of the Year at the marine industry national awards ceremony on Thursday night.... [more]

Images from F1 Superboats at Toukley,
Perfect weather for Round 2 of the Australian F1 Superboat series last weekend at Toukley NSW on Lake Budgewoi. Theo Spyker caught action aplenty. Here is a selection of his images.... [more]

Earthrace 15 hrs from Marshalls - with one engine
Powerboat-World & Scott Fratcher,
Having burst a 30,000 psi fuel line early in the 2200 nautical mile leg from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands, it's been a tough leg for the Earthrace crew as they are depending on just one of their two Cummins engines. They are now a tantalising 180 miles from Majuro where the Cummins engineers are waiting to fit the new fuel line.... [more]

Buy the Boat, Get the Free Course
BW Media,
If you're thinking of buying your first boat in the near future and you can make your way to the Melbourne Boat Show in July, buy it there and get a free boat handling course to go with it.... [more]

Shane Vella triumphant at Toukley
F1 Superboat media,
A sensational weekend for Shane Vella and the Lindenvel F1 Superboat team taking the win for the round with Jon Tsaccounis 12 (XLR8 Home loans) second and Rhys Coles 14(Byron Bay Premium Ale) third.... [more]

99 Fountain crew hail perfect Marseille weekend
Powerboat P1 media,
The reigning Evolution class champion crew of James Sheppard and Craig Wilson have hailed their double win in the 99 Fountain in this weekend's Grand Prix de Marseille as the perfect result of their team's hard work. The 69 team have been left rueing a Grand Prix de Marseille weekend of missed opportunities... [more]

Victory Team wins Montenegrin Grand Prix
Class-1 media,
Victory 1's Al Marri and Bin Hendi dominated the 23-lap, 93.83Nm race from start-to- finish too win comfortably from team-mates Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Jean-Marc Sanchez in Victory 7, with Middle East rivals, Abdullah Al Sulaiti and Matteo Nicolini taking third place in Qatar 95.... [more]

The First Solar-Powered Speed boat
C. S. Magor,
It is not too often that we associate solar-powered with anything fast and or furious, but perhaps it is time that we start. The Czeers MK1 is a 10-metre vessel covered in photovoltaic cells that is capable of hitting speeds of up to 30 knots (55.5 km/ph to you non-nautical folks out there). While there are certainly faster boats on the water, those tend to use obscene amounts of fuel.... [more]

Earthrace on Edge half way round World
Bob Maxwell,
Tension is rising aboard the 78 foot bio-fuelled trimaran Earthrace as she staggers across the eastern Pacific on just one engine. This is the third day since she blew a 30,000 psi fuel line, not long after leaving Hawaii on the 2,200 nautical mile leg to Majuro in the Marshall Islands.... [more]

Powerboat P1 serves up great racing in Marseille
Powerboat P1 media,
99 Fountain crew of James Sheppard and Craig Wilson took a dominant win in today's Evolution class Sprint race, while in the SuperSport race, reigning champion 44 Conam Yachts crew continued their dominance.... [more]

Qatar 96 takes pole for Montenegrin Grand Prix
Class-1 media,
Sheikh Hassan and Curtis needed just one lap in their Skema, V12-powered Qatar 96 to set the day's best time of 2m 19.78s around the 4.06Nm lap at an average speed of 120.35mph/193.65 kmh, to win pole for the Hypo Group Montenegrin Grand Prix.... [more]

Earthrace crew set for Marshall Island repairs
Scott Fratcher and Powerboat-World,
Earthrace, the 24 meter biodiesel powered speedboat attempting to break the round the world speedboat record continues to limp toward Majuro the capital of the Marshall Islands on one engine, but maintaining 16 knots... [more]

Sunseeker XS drama as Challenger sinks
Martin Allerton,
Drama struck Dorset-based Team Sunseeker during this morning's practice session for the Powerboat P1 Grand Prix de Marseille in southern France. The XS Challenger pitched pled and sank. Driver Andy Wilby and Throttleman Pete Little were both thrown clear of the boat.... [more]

Earthrace limping towards the Marshall Islands
Rob Kothe,
The 78 foot biodiesel fuelled trimaran Earthrace is struggling to hold her world record lead as she heads from Hawaii to Majuro in the Marshall Islands.... [more]

Earthrace left Hawaii within 2 hours
Scott Fratcher/Allison Thompson,
Earthrace has blazed through Hawaii and now has her sights set on the Marshall Island chain over 2,200 miles away... [more]

Free consumer advice at Victorian Boat Show
AAP MediaNet,
The Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Victoria is again offering free, independent advice on boat selection for patrons at the 2008 BIA Melbourne Boat Show.On hand at this year's show will be two experienced consultants ensuring everybody has the opportunity to take advantage of this BIA initiative.... [more]

Panatta returns for Inrizzardi Racing Team
Powerboat P1 media,
2004 Powerboat P1 champion and former international tennis star Adriano Panatta has confirmed that he'll be returning to the series from this weekend's Grand Prix de Marseille in France. He will be returning to action in a new entry run by the Italian-based Inrizzardi Racing Team, with the 76 Italcraft boat carrying the number 76 that has proved so important in Panatta's career.... [more]

Gold Coast Ferries by Spring 09
Jeni Bone,
Gold Coast commuters now have a proposed date for the start of the long-awaited ferry service from hybrid-power specialist, SolarSailor and local business Solar Coast Cats.... [more]

Marine Ad. Budgets? What percentage online?
Rob Kothe,
Major yachting and power boating companies are reporting up to 80% of their walk in the door clientele have done significant online research and that process continues to accelerate. The online marine audience is much larger than traditional print media, so when setting your marine budget, you need to consider having at least 50% of your ad spend is online media.... [more]

2nd Kuwait Boat Show Breaks 12,000 mark
Jeni Bone,
The second Kuwait Boat Show International, organised by Knotika Holding took place at the Fahaheel Waterfront, Al Kout, from 29 April to 3 May 2008 and attracted a record breaking 12,000 visitors, achieving more than US$50 million of sales.... [more]

WA invests in massive marine infrastructure
Jeni Bone,
The WA marine industry is powering, with massive investment in infrastructure and upgrades to the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, just south of Fremantle.... [more]

Full throttle for Super, Mega and Giga Yachts
Jeni Bone,
The super, mega and gigayacht industry shows no signs of abating, with Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich the latest to lay plans for a behemoth. Reports say his testament to affluence, influence and aesthetic could be up to 530 feet long.... [more]

Aqualuma Lights up the World
Jeni Bone,
Brothers, Carl and Grant Amor founded Aqualuma Underwater Lighting when they couldn't find suitable lights for their own boats. Four years on, their brand is the source of innovative LED lighting for boats all over the world.... [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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