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Editorial, July 15, 08.

Some big weeks ahead for the boating community.

Riviera launches its 70 footer ahead of the Sydney Boat Show. And I bet you thought Beneteau only made sailboats, right? Wrong! Take a look at the Beneteau Swift Trawler 52, a decidedly class act destined to impress at the Sydney International Boat Show (July 31-August 5).

Speaking of the show don't stand in line for your tickets, book on-line. We have the Boating stage program list online now.

A great power boat racing week. From the Tunisian Grand Prix to the awesome hydroplanes at the Detroit Gold Cup, you'll find all the action right here on Powerboat-World.

Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilson, the reigning Australian Class I Offshore Champions have gained a wild card entry into the Norwegian Grand Prix, while Italy's ace throttleman Matteo Nicolini forsakes Class I to contest the popular Powerboat P1 in Tunisia.

Over the last few weeks our sister publication Sail-World has been reporting on the green algae which has been causing havoc in Qingdao China, with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of the stuff on the Olympic sailing course. But algae is something boaters may get to love not hate, as it converts carbon dioxide to bio-diesel fuel. Worth a read.

As our online traffic continues to expand, we've been investing in larger and faster computer servers and by Christmas we will be sending out 30,000 Powerboat-World newsletters each week.

You may notice loading our site is faster than before and you will notice also we have 33 stories on our home page, so you can see the week's news at a glance.

BTW - If you are in the market for serious boating clothing and you are in Sydney you need to go to Sturrock's Boatique in Mosman, they are having their first ever sale.

Note too ... There are boating restrictions on Sydney Harbour for the Pope's aquatic excursions.

Bob Wonders Powerboat-World editor

Sturrock's Boatique Stocktake Sale
Boating Media Services,
For the first time since opening in 2004 Sturrock's Boatique in Mosman on the Northshore of Sydney is having a SALE! All the biggest names are on sale, including Line 7, Slam, Helly Hansen, Musto, Henri Lloyd and Marina Yachting.... [more]

Simrad expands Award-winning autopilot range
Sandman PR,
The award-winning range of Simrad autopilots is set to expand with the introduction of two new models, the AP24 and AP28.... [more]

Buy tickets online for Sydney Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
The Sydney International Boat Show stands unchallenged as the most recognised boating event in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting the largest ‘gate' of any boat show staged in the region.... [more]

Corals deliver Acid Shock
AARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The world's oceans may be acidifying far more rapidly than scientists expected, with serious implications for the future of corals, reef algae, shell fish and some ocean food chains.... [more]

Restrictions for World Youth Day on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
The NSW Government is working closely with World Youth Day (14 – 20 July) organisers and other agencies to provide the necessary support for the first Australian visit of Pope Benedict XVI.... [more]

Tunisian Grand Prix joy for 60 GFN Gibellato
Angharad Gibbs,
Marco Pennesi, pilot of the 60 GFN Gibellato Evolution class boat wins Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea. The Evolution Sprint race round of the Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea proved as much of a test of stamina of man and machine as Saturday's Endurance race. The Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea weekend proved to be an overseas trip to forget for the two leading boats in the Evolution title chase... [more]

Riviera says thank you- to quality staff
Denby Browning,
The staff at Gold Coast luxury boat builder Riviera came together today for a barbecue and a beer to celebrate the launch of the company's new 70-foot luxury cruiser.... [more]

Qingdao algae points to a green future
Bob Maxwell,
The Beijing Olympics sailing venue in Qingdao has hit the world headlines for all wrong reasons, with tens of thousands of Army and local citizens racing to remove a reputed 300,000 tonnes of green algae from the sailing course and the beaches, ahead of the start of the Olympic sailing regatta on August 9th.... [more]

Top throttleman Nicolini joins P1 for Tunisia
Angharad Gibbs,
Italian Matteo Nicolini – is making a transfer from the Class 1 championship to Powerboat P1 for this weekend's Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea. Nicolini has been a veteran of the offshore racing scene for the last 15 years, winning 60 races and scoring numerous championship successes.... [more]

Qatar 9's new design given thumbs up by Nicolini,
The much talked about new Class 1 raceboat, built by Italian Boat Builder, Nicolini Offshore, the NO C1CAT - the first new design in Class 1 for five years - was unveiled at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. Qatar 9 was given the immediate ‘thumbs up' by the man behind the project, Matteo Nicolini.... [more]

Tom Barry-Cotter returns to Class 1 action
Class-1 media,
Australia's Tom Barry-Cotter and Norway's Pal Virik Nilsen will make a long overdue, but welcome return to Class 1 action. Granted a ‘wild card' entry by the Championship Organiser's, Tom and Pal will step back into the Mercury-Class 1, V8-powered Tencara that they raced last year, this time flying the colours of Australia's premier Luxury Yacht Builder, Maritimo.... [more]

Tunisian Grand Prix joy for 60 GFN Gibellato
Angharad Gibbs,
Marco Pennesi, pilot of the 60 GFN Gibellato Evolution class boat wins Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea. The Evolution Sprint race round of the Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea proved as much of a test of stamina of man and machine as Saturday's Endurance race. The Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea weekend proved to be an overseas trip to forget for the two leading boats in the Evolution title chase... [more]

Cowes-Torquay-Cowes deadline fast approaching
powerboatp1 Media,
Powerboat racers looking to compete in one of British offshore racing's most unique, challenging and celebrated events are reminded that the deadline for entry for this years revived CTC race is this Friday... [more]

Evo crews brand Tunisian Endurance race tough
Angharad Gibbs,
The 60 GFN Gibellato crew of Marco Pennesi and Giampaolo Montavoci continued their impressive 2008 form in this weekend's Tunisian Grand Prix of the Sea Evolution Endurance race. The 38 Baia High Performance OSG team pulled off an absolute miracle to take a well-deserved podium in today's SuperSport Endurance round and the latest P1 news!... [more]

Beneteau ‘flagship', the Swift Trawler
Bob Wonders,
The Swift Trawler is part of a four series range from Beneteau, which also builds and markets the outboard-powered runabouts designated ‘Flyer', the ‘Monte Carlo' line up of open and enclosed sport boats and the ‘Antare's', a range of versatile craft with and without flying bridges and aimed at cruising and fishing enthusiasts.... [more]

Detroit Gold Cup: Bernard hoping for biggest win
Paul Beitler -,
After his first unlimited hydroplane victory last Sunday at the Madison Regatta, U-5 driver Jeff Bernard is back in his old stomping grounds preparing for this weekend's 100th running of the Detroit Gold Cup.... [more]

B&G Gimballed Rate Compass showing the way
Sandman PR,
The new B&G Gimballed Rate Compass (GRC) offers a competitively-priced solution to the problem of eliminating the effects of heel and pitch from the compass read-out.... [more]

Safety call for Evans Head Fishing Classic
APP MediaNet,
Boaters on the Evans River are reminded to observe maritime regulations and avoid blocking navigation channels during the week-long Evans Head Fishing Classic beginning tomorrow, NSW Maritime Boating Officer Darren Watson said.... [more]

Yamaha on the move and that's always good news
Bob Wonders,
The second-generation four-stroke F250hpB outboard has been released by the famous Japanese manufacturer. Based on the proven 3.3-litre V6 engine from the innovative F250A, the new F250B offers an array of technological advances for smooth throttle operation, responsive performance and silky smooth and reliable gear shifting.... [more]

Fishy goings on with Riviera Fiji Islands Classic,

BoatU.S. Cooperating Marinas National Marina Day
Scott Croft,
BoatU.S. (Boat Owners Association of The United States) and its 885 BoatU.S. Cooperating Marinas are co-sponsors of this grass-roots effort designed to bring local community attention to the valuable role marinas play in providing access to our waterways. National Marina Day, is Saturday, August 9, 2008... [more]

Bass, bream or barra, Savage says the 420 Angler..
Bob Wonders,
Savage Aluminium Boats' all-new Angler Pro will "make people sit up and take notice."The fit out displays excellent attention to detail; there are swivel pro fishing seats, helm with windscreen, a customised dash and beverage holder and Savage even offers a second console for added passenger comfort.... [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]

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