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30 Sep 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Powerboat-World Editorial, September 30, 2008

If fishing is your reason for living, you'll be preparing for the trip to the fabulous Meridien Marinas Horizon Shores facility at the northern end of the Gold Coast for the Grand Final of the National Bream Competition.

Why? How about the opportunity to drive home in a brand new Ford Ranger pick-up valued at $23,000!

Incidentally, that very same weekend (October 31/November 2) the Gold Coast will hear the roar of many thousands of horsepower as Offshore Superboats, Formula I and Formula 2 and Unlimited classes display their skills before UIM delegates from 62 nations.

We can also report that Formula I is returning to China and that venues for the remaining five rounds of the Australian Offshore Superboat Series have been confirmed.

And it's always good to see an Aussie company honoured, with Sydney-headquartered JW Marine named world's best dealer for Beneteau powerboats.

Lots of news today, will leave you to browse. Check with us every day for the latest boating news.

See you next week.


Bob Wonders

The Gold Coast – power boating capital
Bob Wonders,
For powerboat racing fans, the weekend will be a ‘smorgasbord' of competition with Offshore, Formula 1 and 2, Unlimited Displacement, Unlimited 6.0-litre, Jet Skis and Junior classes all competing.... [more]

A Ford Ranger for a fish
Bob Wonders,
Some lucky angler in the National Bream Grand Final is going to drive home in a Ford Ranger pick up valued at $23,000. The event will be contested on waterways throughout South East Queensland, from the canals off the Nerang River on the Gold Coast through to the expanse of Moreton Bay.... [more]

Beneteau honours Australian dealer
Bob Wonders,
Beneteau's Australian and New Zealand powerboats distributor, JW Marine, judged best in the world. Dealer principal Adam Waters was on hand in Bordeaux, France, to accept the award from Beneteau's director of sales and marketing, M. Henri Brissi, during the 2008 International Dealer Conference.... [more]

Offshore Superboat Series venues confirmed
Bob Wonders,
Five rounds remain for the 2008/09 Offshore Superboat Series as the event moves along the east coast.The only NSW event, round five, has been set for Newcastle, May 2/3.... [more]

Why join Bargain Boat Bits?
Jacqui Oakes,
When an Australian-based retail group sells in excess of $250 million worth of marine products annually, including $41 million worth of chandlery, it's instantly apparent you're dealing with a major player in the marine industry.... [more]

$10 million for boating infrastructure in C Qld
Paul Hoolihan MP - Member for Keppel,
Central Queensland boaties will benefit from a $10 million boating infrastructure boost from the State Government, Member for Keppel, Paul Hoolihan, announced today.... [more]

Independent Review for Queensland Fishery
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Arts,
Environment Minister Peter Garrett has commissioned an independent review of proposed new management arrangements for Queensland's East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery to assist in his upcoming assessment of the fishery under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).... [more]

2008 Powerboat P1 champions are crowned
Powerboat P1 media,
Nobody could damped the spirits of this year's Evolution and SuperSport title winners as they were officially crowned and awarded with their championship trophies at the final podium ceremony of the season.... [more]

Maltese Falcon enters San Francisco -
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson ( took these images of Maltese Falcon as it passed through San Francisco Bay yesterday (Saturday). Owned by American Tom Perkins, a legendary Silicon Valley figure, this is the first time that the yacht has entered a port in the USA. The 289-foot Maltese Falcon had to sail under the monstrous Golden Gate Bridge during low tide so the masts could squeeze under the bridge.... [more]

Australian study tracks Sydney's wobbegong sharks
NSW Dept Primary Industries,
The NSW Government is supporting an Australian first study to unlock the secret life of Sydney's resident wobbegong sharks with seven sharks born at the Sydney Aquarium released into the water off Manly.... [more]

99 Fountain Worldwide win Evolution class title
P1 media,
99 Fountain Worldwide's James Sheppard and throttleman Craig Wilson have expressed their delight at successfully defending their 2007 Evolution class title in this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea Sprint race.... [more]

UIM F1 goes back to China
Philippe Stiernon,
After the summer recess, it's back to full speed for the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating as the 2008 campaign heads to China for back to back races beginning with the Grand Prix at Liuzhou on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October.... [more]

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht 20 Years at Sanctuary Cove
Media Serices,
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht were proudly presented with a trophy and acknowledged at the opening of the 20th Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – in recognition of their continuous support as exhibitors over the past 20 years at the show.... [more]

Simpson Marine takes 'custom built' to new level
Simpson Marine,
With a history of over 25 years experience in the Asian markets and a number of regional network offices, Simpson Marine's new construction team, headquartered in Taipei, has the experience and awareness of regional business cultures to advise customers where to build, which designers to choose and how to achieve outstanding results.... [more]

New Zealand Jetboat flips one dead, five injured,
The Kawarau Jet, carrying 23 people flipped over at 2.45pm local time today, after hitting a sandbar at the mouth of the Shotover and Kawarau rivers, near Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island.... [more]

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