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Editorial, June 24, 08
Interest packed! That's the best way to describe this week's Powerboat-World news collection.
Whichever direction your boating interest takes you, we've got it covered, from offshore racing around Britain, round the World, to Melbourne Boat Show news and some early pictures of new boats scheduled for the Sydney International Boat Show.
This week stay with Powerboat-World as Kiwi Pete Bethune is set to smash the Round the World record on Earthrace- that's probably going to happen this weekend.
She is still 2,500 miles from the finish line and yesterday she lost port engine power, but news overnight from the boat, says they replaced a fuel lift pump, while in the middle of the Red Sea and they are back to full speed.
The bottom line? Simple, if it's about boating and boat you'll find it right here on Powerboat-World.com
Bob Wonders Powerboat-World Editor
Riviera launches new flagship the '70 Flybridge' Denby Browning, Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, launched its new flagship 70 Enclosed Flybridge on the weekend, preparing for its first sea trials on Queensland's Gold Coast Broadwater... [more]
Engine problems on Earthrace Earthrace, Skipper Pete Bethune reports that they are having problems with the port engine. There appears to be a fuel blockage and they cannot push the engine beyond 40% load.... [more]
Chart your way at the Melbourne Boat Show AAP MediaNet, Boat Books Australia has a wide range of new products on offer at the 48th Annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show. Memory Map Navigation Software heads the list of products available for purchase at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 3 to 7 July.... [more]
No Racing on Day 2 Round Britain Powerboat race Event media, With six to nine metre wave height in the Bristol Channel forecast, today's racing leg of the Round Britian Powerboat race has been cancelled.... [more]
Earthrace in the Red Sea Bob Maxwell, Earthrace, the bio-fuelled UIM powerboat is speeding up the Red Sea heading for Suez on Day 55 of her Round the World record run.... [more]
Boat owners survey with Musto Jacket prize draw Clive Bartlett, This survey is an effective way for us to assess and evaluate what our customers are thinking, and the incentive of winning a top quality ocean jacket worth $1500 we hope will encourage boaters to enter the draw.' If you are a boat owner you can be the prize draw. http://www.one.sail-world.com/sweepstakes_form_Mobilarm.cfm?SSid=28&CFID=1483017&CFTOKEN=58156856!Click_here_to_go_to_the_survey!new... [more]
Maritimo's 500 Offshore Convertible Bob Wonders, Now, scheduled for its NSW debut at the 2008 Sydney International Boat Show, the company is launching the compact Maritimo 500 Offshore Convertible, the ‘Son of a Gun', giving blue water sportsmen an additional choice when considering a hard-charging battlewagon.... [more]
Townsville turns out for Offshore Superboat final Sandman Media, Over 15,000 spectators turned out for the final round of the Offshore Superboat Championships in Townsville yesterday. Perfect conditions off The Strand saw Class One Superboat Simrad blitz the field and take out the 2008 Townsville Offshore Superboat Classic. Simrad's Luke Durman and co-driver Peter McGrath raced to victory, completing 15 laps of the 16.4km circuit.... [more]
Sydney Harbour's water taxis receive Yamaha boost Bob Wonders, Stepping up from its former dual F225 four-stroke installation, the H20 ‘WaterBus' is now powered by the twin 5.3 litre outboard engines producing a combined 700hp and the torque required to lift to the plane a 5-tonne vessel with up to 3-tonnes of weight on board.... [more]
Earthrace record run to continue through Suez Earthrace media, Earthrace, the world's fastest eco-boat, will thunder into Port Suez, Egypt on Monday 23 June at 8am local time for the final port stop of its world record attempt.... [more]
Silverline takes first leg of Round Britain race Event Media/Powerboat-World.com, The first leg of the 1,600 nautical mile Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race that headed from Portsmouth to Plymouth yesterday proved a very tough test for much of the 47 boat fleet.... [more]
Round Britain fleet set to blast out of Portsmouth Bob Maxwell, The 2008 Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race, billed as 'The Greatest Offshore Powerboat Race of the 21st Century', is set to start in Portsmouth later today.... [more]
Earthrace heads for the Red Sea Scott Fratcher & Powerboat-World, She thundered into Salalah Oman at 0500 GMT today, refueled in less than 90 minutes but the race crew was plainly exhausted and they took a shower and ate a meal before heading back to sea five hours later.... [more]
Illegal fishing activity detected, charges laid VIC Dept Primary Industries, Illegal fishing activity detected in Port Phillip Bay – 10 to be charged and boats and equipment seized.Two men caught illegally netting at Carrum Beach have been charged after being intercepted by Fisheries Victoria officers.... [more]
Panatta takes on Venice-Monte Carlo run Powerboat P1 media, Adriano Panatta is taking on one of offshore racing's most evocative and punishing endurance challenges by attempting to break the record for the Venice-Monte Carlo run.... [more]
'The Pirate' has his eye on Round Britain Race Polygon UK, Britain's Ed Williams-Hawkes aims to crown his extraordinary powerboating career with victory in the sport's longest and toughest race. He will be aboard the favourite boat, Wettpunkt.com, which is a 42ft, 1800hp, Isotta Fraschini-powered FB Design, in only the third running of the Round Britain event, starting in Portsmouth on Saturday 21st June... [more]
Wise words from oldest competitor - Round Britain Round Britain Race media, At 75 years of age legendary navigator, offshore powerboat racer and self-confessed speed freak Dag Pike will be the oldest competitor when 2008 Round Britain Offshore Power Boat Race starts on Saturday 21st June. Racing in Blue FPT, a boat Dag claims is a ‘gentleman's boat', he says this will definitely be the final time he competes in the Round Britain.... [more]
Volunteers to help improve Boating Safety Ursula Bishop, The National Marine Safety Committee is asking boaties from around the country to volunteer for its National Boating Usage Study, the first long term diary study of its kind in the world.... [more]
Silverline Buzzi Bullet for Round Britain Race Powerboat P1 media, The 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet team are leading a crop of Powerboat P1 entrants gearing up for a gruelling extra-curricular challenge – the Round Britain race – on June 21-30.... [more]
Korea Show Success Jeni Bone, In his capacity as President of AMIF, Barry Jenkins assesses the inaugural Korea Boat Show as a great result for the hosts and for Australian businesses.... [more]
Major reforms in place for NSW boaters NSW Government Media Dept, Major reforms to marine safety laws are on the way following the approval of the Marine Safety Amendment Bill 2008 in the NSW Legislative Assembly tonight... [more]
Vella Supreme in Newcastle Dave Canole, The time trials gave a taste of things to come when Shane Vella's yellow Lindenvel 61 craft carried over its speed from Toukley, with an astonishing 34.05. Vella proved that he is back with a faultless drive over the weekend, qualifying on pole and winning the three out of 3 heats... [more]
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