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Editorial, July 8, 08.

The Sydney International Boat Show is just a month away.

Darling Harbour will have other people walking on water over the coming week, but then the Boat Show teams will be setting up for the 41st annual show. Today we reveal the Boating stage program.

We share some adventures with an Australian exploring couple aboard their Maritimo 60.

On the racing front however, there's news 'a plenty', with the almost unbeatable Victory team claiming the Russian Grand Prix and the equally dominant Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilson in Maritimo II confirming their status as Australian Class I Offshore champions.

We take another look at the positively awesome Miss Geico and we have some great pix from the Australian V8 Jetsprint circuit.

As usual we have lots more news - if it has an engine, if it floats, goes fast or slow and merits a mention this is where you'll find it, on

Bob Wonders Powerboat-World Editor

Sydney International Boat Show - Boating Stage
Each year the Sydney International Boat Show Sailing and Boating Stage hosts larger than life personalities, passionate about marine sports and the boating lifestyle. These presentations are enthusiastically received by equally keen audiences, who gather at the venue for shows between 10.30am and 7.30pm.... [more]

Life's short, keep exploring
Jeni Bone,
Steve and Larelle McPherson have owned large boats for just over a decade. Their most recent acquisition is their Maritimo 60, named The Beach House, which they picked up from the Gold Coast in August last year and ran it in 'taking a couple of weeks, wandering, whale watching, exploring The Whitsundays' on their way back to their home town, Townsville.... [more]

Miss Geico: The Fastest Powerboat in the World
Nick Walter -,
Spectators cluttered Lido Beach on Sunday, decorating the nearshore waters with their numerous rafts and swimsuits or, in the case of V.I.P viewers, sprinkling The Sandollar Rooftop Restaurant. They didn't just come to watch the 24th annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix powerboat races, bob around in the Gulf or toast in the sun. They also came to witness two boats - Bud Light and Miss Geico.... [more]

Victory 1 shines to win Russian Grand Prix media,
Mohammed Al Marri and Nadir bin Hendi produced the perfect performance to win a dramatic and incident filled Russian Grand Prix. After a red flag and an aborted first start, Victory 1's scratch-pairing and Championship leaders' showed their superiority and dominated the race to lead from start-to-finish and win by over a minute.... [more]

Queensland Release teams prepare for whale migrati
QLD Government,
Preparations have been stepped up for this year's whale migration season with Queensland's Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries officers undertaking annual training in marine animal release techniques in Mackay this week.... [more]

Recfish Australia has a new Executive Officer
Recfish Australia media,
The peak national body for recreational fishers, Recfish Australia in June, appointed Len Olyott as their new Executive Officer.... [more]

Australian F1 Superboat - Port Macquarie cancelled
Bob Maxwell,
A very successful round of the 2008 Australia XLR8 Home Loans F1 Superboat series was completed in Newcastle on June 15th but this has been followed by a disappointing cancellation of Round 4 in Port Macquarie.... [more]

Wild Action - Australian V8 Jetboat Championships
Rob Kothe,
Round 8 of the Australian V8 Jetboat Championships and the Group A speedster Tunn-a-Guts came unstuck. Look at the pix. This incident could have turned really ugly, had it not been for the superb efforts of the safety crew. Lots more pix too. from the May 11th 2008 Round... [more]

Victory 1 quickest in Russian qualifying
Class-1 media,
Victory 1's Mohammed Al Marri and Nadir Bin Hendi will line up for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix in Pole Position, after setting the fastest time in today's official qualifying session.... [more]

Maritimo 11 takes Offshore Superboat titles
Sandman PR,
Maritimo 11's Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilson have officially been announced Australia's 2008 Class One Offshore Superboat Champions and awarded The Mark Lee Trophy, despite being unable to finish in the final round of the Offshore Superboat Championships held in Townsville.... [more]

One for the ‘happy angler.'
Bob Wonders,
A huge percentage of new powerboats sold will at some stage be used for fishing. Melbourne's Savage Boats is obviously not intending to miss out on meeting the demands of anglers and its latest release, the all-new 440 Savage Angler, is aimed squarely at that large market segment.... [more]

Sunseeker crew plot Tunisian return
Powerboat P1 media,
The 11 Sunseeker crew plot their Tunisian return, Pennesi says their results prove diesel still works and Shelley Jory tops The Round Britain P1 finishers - the latest news from Powerboat P1 racing.... [more]

One ‘out of the box' from Quicksilver Boats.
Bob Wonders,
Built to carry up to four people, the 350 Amanzi boasts a centre console, forward steering and a superb console with speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and voltage meter built in.... [more]

Draft US EPA Permit opens pandora's box
BoatU.S. News,
In response to a federal court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a draft permit for millions of recreational vessels for 'normal operational discharges' that could open a Pandora's box of compliance problems and unfairly subject recreational boaters - including those who own canoes and kayaks - to potential nuisance lawsuits.... [more]

Marine Marketing – needs to be online
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]

Rayglass NZ recovering from Fire
Jeni Bone,
The Rayglass facility in Pakuranga was destroyed by fire Friday 20 June, 6km from the company's head office and showroom.... [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]

Meridien invests $500m to realise 20 year vision
Jeni Bone,
A vision first held by 80s tycoon, Christopher Skase more than two decades ago is finally being realised thanks to a cohesive partnership between an environmentalist, an architect and an award winning developer.... [more]

Marine Qld leads industry in accreditation
Jeni Bone,
Marine Queensland has formed a retailer steering committee to develop and implement an accreditation program for the Retailers Division of Marine Queensland.... [more]

Marine Careers in focus at BIBS
Jeni Bone,
Marine Queensland is addressing the industry skills shortage with a new boat show feature dedicated to promoting careers in the marine industry at the Brisbane International Boat Show.... [more]

Haines Hunter Reveals New Patriot
Media Services,
Haines Hunter has unveiled its revolutionary new game fishing boat, the 760 Patriot, at its new Derrimut factory in Melbourne.... [more]

RNLI innovation saves first lives
The lives of three fishermen have been saved thanks to the RNLI's new and unique MOB Guardian man overboard and vessel locater alert system. This is the first time that the system has demonstrated its full effectiveness in helping to save lives in a real emergency situation. The crew of the Guyona were found safe in a liferaft that had deployed as their vessel sank... [more]

ASIA: the promise of boating bounty
Jeni Bone,
China may not be the golden goose the boating world had predicted, and those on the ground say it is unlikely to mature for more than a decade, but there is a growing appetite for luxury consumer goods as China becomes more affluent, and boats are inching their way on to the wish list of the affluent.... [more]

AIMEX members make an impression in Korea
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Marine Export Group had strong representation at the first Korea Boat show held in Gyeonggi Province Korea. According to AIMEX CEO, Mary-Anne Edwards, the show was strongly supported by the local province and attracted over 200,000 visitors, 22 countries and 230 companies. The market in Korea is in its infancy and whilst visitor numbers were excellent, actual serious buyers were lim... [more]

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