New Zealanders set Round World Record, Offshore Challenge

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Editorial, July 1. 08

Welcome to this week's edition of where, if it is of interest and if it is powerboat related, you'll find it right here.

Earthrace  Jim Burkett
During the week Powerboat-World interviewed New Zealand skipper Pete Bethune by satellite phone, as his 24 metre bio-diesel powered trimaran thundered toward a stunning round the world record. Bethune was keen to talk and he has enjoyed using the Powerboat-World system for the last 60 days. It's certainly worth reading about bio-diesel as it looks like the way boating will be heading in the future.

Entries are rolling in for the Offshore Challenge in September. Check out the course and all the details here.

This week we take a look at what makes Mercury Marine's Dealer of the Year, ‘tick'.

Have a squiz at the images from the latest Lowrance Broad-band fish-finder, now that is a break through!!

We have the latest update on the Quintrex Offshore Challenge, we unveil a new rig from Melbourne's Streaker Boats and we remind you, as from today (July 1) you must carry the latest digital 406 MHz distress beacon.

Read about Andrew Shorts plans for the third annual Sea Ray AquaPalooza showcasing Fergusons Boatshed Marina.

The Melbourne Boat Show is about to start, details are below.

And we have all the news from the 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race.

There is plenty more to keep you informed and entertained every day on

Bob Wonders Powerboat-World Editor

Earthrace - New Record Round the World in 60 days
Rob Kothe,
In just 60 days Earthrace has powered almost 24,000 nautical miles around the world. ‘Sustainability is the key. We cannot cut down rainforests to plant palm trees for palm oil that is not renewable at all...' Pete Bethune.... [more]

Enter the Australian Offshore Challenge NOW!!
Geographica media,
The 2008 Australian Offshore Challenge is shaping up to be a real contest, not just for the adventure of taking part, but as a true competition amongst boat manufacturers, as well as boating enthusiasts.... [more]

Earthrace - a vehicle for fuel change
Scott Fratcher,
Team Earthrace, led by New Zealand Skipper Pete Bethune, has smashed the world circumnavigation record for a speedboat by almost 14 days. Almost five years of preparation, planning and two record attempts have paid off leaving the bio-diesel powered Earthrace team to claim the round the world speedboat record.... [more]

48th annual Melbourne Boat Show starts on Thursday,
The 48 th annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show runs from Thursday July 3 to Monday 7th July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and features hundreds of beautiful boats plus all the latest in boating and fishing gear.... [more]

Blue FPT wins Round Britain Powerboat Race
Event Media,
The overall elapsed time winner of The 2008 Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race was third at Portsmouth after averaging 67.94 mph. This was the Greek entered Blue FPT driven by Vassilis Pateras and navigated by Britain's Dag Pike, at 75 years of age the oldest competitor in the event.... [more]

Sea Ray and Andrew Short Marine Sydney AquaPalooza
Tracey Johnstone,
The third annual Sea Ray AquaPalooza will be a major celebration for dealer Andrew Short Marine, as they showcase Fergusons Boatshed Marina to their powerboat customers. AquaPalooza is about having serious fun on the water. Held concurrently around the world in 150 different locations with the biggest event held on July 19, it is simply the world's biggest boating bash, all courtesy of Sea Ray... [more]

Lowrance's Broadband Sounder-1 put to test
Sandman PR,
Navico Asia Pacific's Dave Silva and Lance Smith teamed up with Haines Hunter's John Haber and – with the help of Lowrance's sonar optimiser technology – did very well in the competition, with Dave winning the title of Champion Visiting Angler. 'If you thought Lowrance sounders were good, you haven't seen anything until you pair one with the Broadband Sounder-1 module,'... [more]

Free Stormy PFDs with every Honda purchase!
Sandman PR,
Honda, in conjunction with Stormy Australia, is running a ‘safe boating' retail promotion during the winter boat show season. Customers who purchase any new Honda outboard engine – from the lightweight BF2 through to the powerful BF225 – between 1 July and 31 August 2008 will receive two FREE Honda-branded Stormy PFDs (each valued at around $150).... [more]

Riviera 70 heads for world debut Sydney Boat Show
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has launched its new flagship 70 Flybridge in preparation for a world release at the Sydney International Boat Show at the end of July.... [more]

Switch now to a 406 EPIRB. Its the Law!
Bob Wonders,
New laws come into effect today (July 1) requiring that all vessels of 8.0-metres or longer must carry the new 406MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).... [more]

Maritimo takes firm foothold in Asian market.
Bob Wonders,
The company involved is Jebsen and Co Limited, established in Hong Kong in 1895 and now widely recognised as a force in general trading with a presence in China, Macau, Taiwan and South Korea as well as Hong Kong.... [more]

Streaker Boats out to attract anglers
Bob Wonders,
Melbourne-based Streaker Boats has upgraded its proven 5.02-metre Sports Cuddy Walk-Thru giving the craft strong appeal to inshore and coastal anglers. A key feature of the design is the forward walk-through deck that allows simple access via the flip-up windscreen to the large forward hatch.... [more]

Worldwide Rights to Seabrake For Sale - No Reserve
Stephen Bennett,
Seabrake, which has been described as being 'One of the Greatest Safety Devices ever invented' and which has received numerous sea safety and design awards is up for sale!! This presents as an outstanding business opportunity in the global multi billion dollar marine industry.... [more]

Wettpunkt.Com shows the way in Round Britain
Event media, covered the 240 statute mile course between Inverness and Edinburgh in a little under three hours representing an average speed of approximately 70mph.... [more]

Sunseeker stars in ‘Quantum of Solace'
Sunseeker International has announced that its world leading luxury motoryachts will feature in a James Bond film for the fourth consecutive time.... [more]

Norwegian Rib Lionhead leads Round Britain race
Round Britain Offshore Powerboat media,
The Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Raceis is headed overall by the Norwegian Rib (Rigid Hull Inflatable) Lionhead.... [more]

The Mo - playing auctioneer - Melbourne Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Australian sport's most famous moustache, that belonging to former Test cricketer and Australian selector, Merv Hughes, will be among the guests at the Melbourne Boat Show (July 3 – 7).... [more]

Maritime Award for Noakes apprentice
Lisa Ratcliff,
Lake Macquarie sailor and one of the standouts of the Noakes Boat and Shipyards apprenticeship program, Prudence Harper, was last week awarded the 2008 TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute Maritime Award for attaining the highest average marks for all assessable modules in the preceding year... [more]

Cunard bypasses Brisbane for Cairns
Jeni Bone,
Cunard will take Brisbane off its schedule for 2009 after a visit in February during which its passengers were forced to wade through muddy ankle-deep water at temporary facilities.... [more]

Whittley Cruiser 2600 set to stun at Boat Show
AAP MediaNet,
Whittley Marine Group is set to stun boat lovers when its brand new Cruiser 2600 breaks cover at the BIA Melbourne Boat Show from 3 to 7 July... [more]

Marine Marketing – deciding your online Budget?
Online marketing is now an essential part of marine advertising. The heaviest Internet adult users are now the 18-35 and 50-65 age groups – two very important age groups. Now the online marine audience is much larger than traditional print media and it's much cheaper to reach audiences online. The Marine industry around the world is finding more and more consumers have done their on-line hom... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
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