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Powerboat-World Editorial

Welcome to another edition of our Powerboat-World newsletter

We spent last weekend on the shore of Moreton Bay at Scarborough and Redcliffe, for the running of the Redcliffe 100, opening round of the Australian Offshore Powerboat Club's ‘08/'09 Superboat Series.

Team Maritimo made the best possible start to the series with a convincing Class I victory while for others, the race will be remembered for the wrong reasons, including DNFs (Did Not Finish) and DNSs (Did Not Start).

We've also scored an interview with Maritimo's Norwegian ace, Pal Virik Nilson and report on that legendary name, Donzi, releasing a range of new models to the US market.

Ken Warby and Spirit of Australia  
In a few weeks time Australian Ken Warby will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of setting what is still the current world record. His speech at Sydney Maritime Museum will certainly be worth hearing. Amazing when you look at the 'canopy' on Ken's boat, you'd think that his record would have been blown away by now. Just a one of a kind guy and a one of a kind boat. Details below.

More things to boating that racing, of course and Denby Browning from Riviera reports on the Lady Musgave experience. And some good news from the R-Marine network who been putting runs on the board.

This week we reveal that finally Sydney's Rozelle Bay has been backed long term, something that will only aid recreational boating in the harbour city.

Lots more news, have a browse below and check on line every day to see the latest news from the Powerboat World.

Bob Wonders

The Fastest Man on Water
Shirani Aththas,
Australian speedster Ken Warby will give a special illustrated talk at the National Maritime Museum on Wednesday, 8 October, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his amazing and still unbeaten 511.11 km/hr world water speed record.... [more]

Galveston - Salvaging after Ike
Rhiannon Meyers, Daily News/Sail-World,
Technically, Cliff Rodrigue's offshore boat is still tied to the same dock where he left it before Hurricane Ike roared ashore. But now, the dock and Rodrigue's boat, Hot Sauce, are resting on the shoulder of Interstate 45, yards away from the marina.... [more]

Sail in Style with Sunsail's luxury crewed boats
Naomi McNamara,
Do you dream about sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday islands but don't have the experience to charter a yacht? Australia's leading sailing holiday company, Sunsail Yacht Charters, offers an exciting package especially designed for people who just want to sit back, relax and take in the stunning scenery of the Whitsunday islands.... [more]

Giga-Yacht A - attracts A Lot of Interest
Power Boat World,
With a name like 'A', this boat, the sixth largest superyacht in the world was always going to attract 'A Lot of Interest'. One lighthearted example was recently published on Gizmodo, unfortunately the author Jesus Diaz mixed up one of the Get Smart villian groups with a popular marine synthetic rope material... [more]

$40m Investment and 450 Jobs at Rozelle
Jeni Bone,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said Sydney's largest boat repair facility is on track to lift its first vessel from the water in November.... [more]

Rozelle Bay: Sydney's Newest Maritime Precinct
Jeni Bone,
Planning approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina, securing its long term future as one of Australia's premier superyacht venues.... [more]

Maritimo's Redcliffe triumph
Bob Wonders,
Maritimo Offshore Race Team takes first and second place in Class I at the Redcliffe 100. The team's 1 boat, ‘Maritimo' (Pal Virik Nilsen and Tom Barry-Cotter), thundered over the Moreton Bay course covering the maximum 14 laps in just 60 minutes and 39 seconds.... [more]

Maritimo's Norwegian ‘Ace'
Bob Wonders,
Norway's Pal Virik Nilsen makes a perfect pairing in offshore powerboats with young star Tom Barry-Cotter. Despite his comparative youth (he's 33), Nilsen can look back on a highly successful 15-year career in powerboat racing, with one season, 1988, culminating in a Formula II World Championship.... [more]

Possible return for Al Zafeen in Egypt?
Class-1 media,
Gianfranco Venturelli, has hinted of a possible return to race action for World and European Champion, Arif Saif Al Zafeen. He said it all hinged on Al Zafeen receiving full medical clearances.... [more]

10 Fantastic 1 plans Vigo penalty appeal
Powerboat P1 media,
The 10 Fantastic 1 Cigarette Evolution team are appealing their time penalty from VigoEugenio Voltolina. The 10 Fantastic 1 crew lost their on-track victory after receiving a pair of four-minute penalties for missing the penultimate buoy of the course in the closing laps of the event.... [more]

Boat Owners are joining Dockside for fuel discount
Julie Preston,
As crude oil reaches its biggest gain ever, more and more boat owners are turning to Dockside to save money.... [more]

Camaraderie by boaters at Lady Musgrave experience
Denby Browning,
'Camaraderie' was the one word on everyone's lips after a recent 10-day R Marine Experience voyage from the Gold Coast to Lady Musgrave Island.... [more]

Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina to Grow
Nancy Knudsen,
Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina, built for the 2000 Olympic Games, has received planning approval for redevelopment, securing its long term future as one of Australia's premier superyacht venues, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi announced today.... [more]

Voice Your Opinion on Boating Usage
The National Marine Safety Committee is seeking your opinions for its National Boating Usage Study, hoping to reach the 4000 mark.... [more]

Get Ready for a Summer of Extremes
Jeni Bone,
After the coldest winter in a decade, we can expect an erratic summer, filled with warmer than warm days and plenty of rain.... [more]

Pirates Murder French Cruising Sailor in Venezuela
The Daily Herald/Sail-World Cruising,
A French cruising sailor - a charter boat skipper who was well known in St. Martin where he operated his business for most of the year - has been murdered by pirates while cruising with his family in the province of La Guaraia, Venezuela, close to the capital of Caracas, Venezuelan authorities have reported.... [more]

Pirates of the Gulf of Aden- Growing World Crisis, The National/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors may find it challenging and dangerous, even in escorted convoys, to transit the Gulf of Aden on their way to the Red Sea this year. However, this is merely a small inconvenience compared with the international crisis caused by more and more daring and demanding pirates. It has long been suspected that, far from being criminals in their own country, 'pirates' are hailed as heroes... [more]

Scientists Call for World's Largest Marine Park
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Scientists call for the World's Largest Marine Park in Coral Sea. Australia's most eminent tropical marine scientists have strongly backed calls by the Pew Environment Group and partners to secure world-class, no-take marine reserves at key locations around the world.... [more]

Invaded by Sealions!
The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you have problems with seagulls nesting on your boat? Come back to find it covered in uncommercial quantities of phosphate? Think yourself lucky. Last week we reported a black bear invading the marinas on Vancouver Island, but how would you like to come back and find your boat like THIS?... [more]

Team Konrad plans for future
Powerboat P1 media,
The latest news from the world of Powerboat P1. 26 Team Konrad plans for future. Post-weekend boost for 46 Spirit of Portomaso and Deputy Mayor hails success of Vigo event.... [more]

Australian Products in demand in Europe
Kate Duryea,
Australia's marine industry is out in force at METS Amsterdam in November with close to 30 exporters showcasing the latest cutting-edge innovations.... [more]

Donzi Debuts Limited Edition “009” Models
Josh Stickles,
Donzi Marine has unveiled two ultra-high performance, commemorative “009” models, the Sarasota, Florida-based powerboat builder announced today. Available in 22-foot and 35-foot versions, the new 009s have been designed to commemorate Donzi's pioneering contributions to offshore racing in the 1960s, including the triumphs of its founder, racing legend Don Aronow. According to Donzi's vice presi... [more]

Riviera's R Marine records 33 sales in 33 days
Denby Browning,
R Marine, the Australasian retail network for boat builder Riviera, has reported sales of 33 boats over 33 days since the close of the Sydney International Boat Show on August 5 this year.... [more]

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