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Editorial September 02 08

Another interest-packed edition of Powerboat-World primed to hit your screen.

With the opening round of the Australian Offshore titles, the Redcliffe 100, looming (September 21) we talk with Paul Gibbs, offshore racer extraordinaire and president of the Offshore Council of the Australian Power Boat Association.

Earthrace breaks Round the World Record, but not licensed for sandwiches in Torquay  Earthrace Media

On the other side of the world, we discover Kiwi World record holder, the 78 footer trimaran Earthrace, that Powerboat worked with as the spent 60 days circling the globe is not licensed for sandwiches. On the racing front, Jotun has taken out the Romanian Grand Prix and is set for the next round in Egypt.

A UIM meeting in Europe has also flagged changes to the Class I rules, while closer to home we bring an early preview of the legendary E.C.Griffith Cup, the unlimited, unrestricted Australasian powerboat championship.

There is an impressive ‘fleet' of his luxury cruisers north on the annual ‘Maritimo Muster', the Powerboat-World team spent a few days onboard onboard a Maritimo 48 with Greg Alyward this week, the Muster leader and we will have more news from that event and and we report on the forthcoming Tige' Boats Gold Coast Poker Run.

And that's only some of the first class reading in this week's Powerboat-World.

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Bob Wonders

The EC Griffith Cup is on Again on Lake Mulwala
John Thomas,
The E.C. Griffith Cup is an annual challenge between the fastest Hydroplanes of Australia and New Zealand. November 29th & 30th 2008 will be the 95th running of this event.... [more]

Earthrace sunk by red tape at Torquay,
Earthrace, a 540bhp speedboat which recently broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe, was told it did not have the correct licence to carry passengers around Tor Bay.... [more]

Maritimo Muster to head up Queensland coast
Geoff Middleton,
Sixteen big luxury cruisers will make an impressive sight heading north up the Queensland coast when the second annual Maritimo Muster gets underway on September 21.... [more]

Gibbs is the name, offshore is the game
Bob Wonders,
Gibbs is no slouch when it comes to offshore competition, either, with five Australian Super Cat Outboard Lite titles to his credit in his boats named ‘Hog's Breath', thanks to valuable sponsorship from the renowned restaurant chain.... [more]

Chinese racer joins 08 Phoenix TV in Spain
Powerboat P1 media,
The 08 Phoenix TV SuperSport class boat returned to the podium in Tunisia08 Phoenix TV team boss and throttleman Martin Lai will be joined by Michael Lieu. The 44 Conam Yachts crew scored another double SuperSport win and Event Director Andy Hindley has said the SuperSport class-leading 44 Conam Yachts team's race-winning pace is more a matter of consistency than outright top speed.... [more]

Students to guard the Great Barrier Reef
ARC Centre for Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Students at Mundingburra State School became the latest guardians of the reef on Wednesday August 27. Dr Bay said that she believed children want the Great Barrier Reef protected for the future. 'Education programs like the Reef Guardian Program will place children in a good position to understand how coral reefs work and what needs to be done to protect them.'... [more]

WPPA announces rule changes to Class 1 WPC
The World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA), has announced a raft of technical rule changes to the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship which will be brought into effect on January 1, 2009, following a meeting with IOTA, team owners, engine manufacturers, boat builders and the WPPA in Mamaia-Constanta... [more]

Gold Coast Poker Run set to fire
Bob Wonders,
Every boat entered will receive a hand of playing cards as part of the entry package, while there is the opportunity for each crew member to purchase a hand of cards for a small additional cost.... [more]

Victory 1 quickest - Romanian Exdon Pole position media,
Victory 1's Mohammed Al Marri and Nadir Bin Hendi will start tomorrow's Romanian Grand Prix and their final push for the European title from first place after qualifying fastest in today's Edox Pole Position.... [more]

Ambassadors announced for Variety Splash 2009
Sandman PR,
Variety, the children's charity, has announced a line-up of much-loved Australian Olympians, entertainers and high-profile marine industry leaders as celebrity ambassadors for the second annual Variety Splash.... [more]

Variety Splash '09 – Powered by Watters
Sandman PR,
The Variety Splash is a leisurely three-day / two-night boat rally circling Port Phillip Bay, interspersed with social events and a good dose of irreverent fun! The second annual Variety Splash will depart Docklands on 26 February 2009.... [more]

Victory's European Title Showdown media,
Qatar 96 and Jotun will spearhead the fight-back to overhaul Victory's lead in the World title race as Class 1 heads to the Black Sea resort of Mamaia-Constanta where teams will resume rivalries in the Romanian Grand Prix on Sunday, 31 August, round five of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the fourth and final round of the Class 1 European Championship.... [more]

Riviera's new sport yacht largest infusion project
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has taken another major technology step with the infusion of the hull on its new 5800 Sport Yacht – the largest such infusion project ever undertaken by Riviera.... [more]

Global Racing ready for Redcliffe
Bob Wonders,
A new boat, a new, though highly experienced crew pairing, and the Redcliffe 100, opening round of the Australian Offshore Powerboat championships has Mark Gilbert 'straining at the bit.'... [more]

Finally, an International Naval Pirate Mission
dw-world/Sail-World Cruising,
After months of talking, following the United Nations edict to allow foreign ships to pursue pirates in Somali waters, it seems likely there will be an EU headed deployment of ships sailing for Somalia in December - just in time for next year's raft of cruising yachts headed for the Red Sea. Climate dictates that yachts which want to transit the Red Sea normally begin their journey in February... [more]

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