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08 Oct 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Powerboat-World Editorial, Oct 8 '08

Welcome to another edition of weekly news wrap.

We managed a sneak preview inside the Maritimo R and D department and have seen the massive plug being constructed, which will be used to produce the mould that will result in the Maritimo 73 Sky Lounge, a 50-tonne masterpiece boasting 3000hp and a top speed of 36-knots-plus.

We're also in the midst of the Australian Offshore Powerboat Club's Superboat Series and the club here provides a brief explanation of the competing classes.

On the Gold Coast, one of the major attractions at this time of the year is the whale watching cruises, affording a close up (not too close!) view of the magnificent creatures as they make their way north.

Whale watching has just become a little more high-tech as colleague Rob Mundle reveals one of the newest vessels to take to the tourist scene.

Our congratulations, together with our thanks, go to the recipients of Maritime Medals announced in Sydney earlier in the week; deserved recognition for a good bunch of blokes.

Bob Wonders

NSW Maritime Medals presented
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime recently hosted an event aboard the Tall Ship James Craig to launch the boating season and to recognise eight people with NSW Maritime Medals.... [more]

‘Fail Mark' for Gold Coast boaters
Bob Wonders,
Boaters twice as likely to be involved in a collision on Gold Coast waters than anywhere else in Queensland. The State Government report shows the number of reported marine accidents on the Gold Coast had been gradually increasing over the past five-years. Last year's the figures were the highest recorded and included 80 reported incidents involving recreational vessels... [more]

Controversy at 2008 Zapcat UK titles
Nikki Drummond,
Team Pegasus Vortex Racing pilot Mick Pritchard (Southampton) isn't having much luck when it comes to Zapcat Racing recently. The 2007 Zapcat Champion and King of Surf Injured himself in a freak accident at the penultimate round of the Zapcat Championship in Watergate Bay. He now faces an RYA appeal lodged by a fellow competitor against him winning the championship.... [more]

Maritimo on track with 73 footer
Bob Wonders,
At Maritimo's R& D facility on the Gold Coast, a plug is rapidly taking shape, a plug that will be utilised to produce the mould that will build the largest vessel over to carry the Barry-Cotter ‘fingerprint', the massive 50-tonne-plus Maritimo 73 Sky Lounge.... [more]

What is Offshore Powerboat Racing
Australian Offshore Powerboat Club,
Today's Offshore Powerboat Races are spectator friendly with close to shore racing on tight circuits. Most of the Australian races are held on the open ocean where the competitors have to battle the the open water swells and Mother Nature.... [more]

Spirit Embraces Composite Construction
Rob Mundle,
Whale watching vessel, Spirit of Hervey Bay is an example of high tech composite technology, the way of the future.... [more]

Evolution Teams aim to double up in 2009
Powerboat P1 media,
Two Powerboat P1's teams, Fountain Worldwide and OSG Racing, are considering adding more boats to their roster for 2009. The upside of multi-boat teams would be a further increase in the professionalism of the sport, and increased entries with lower running costs due to the shared overheads of running two boats.... [more]

Fishy Future written in the Genes
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The roadmap to the future of the gorgeously-decorated fish which throng Australia's coral reefs and help earn the nation $5 billion a year from tourism may well be written in their genes.... [more]

Operation Boat Safe this long weekend
NSW Government Media unit,
“More than 55 NSW Maritime Boating Officers will be out in force this weekend, ensuring the boating public complies with a state-wide lifejacket, licence and safety equipment campaign,” Mr Tripodi said. “The October long-weekend heralds the start of warmer weather and coincides with a marked increase in the number of boaters heading out on NSW waterways.... [more]

Sheppard: ‘2008 was toughest year at this level'
Powerboat P1 media,
99 Fountain Worldwide pilot James Sheppard has branded the 2008 Powerboat P1 season as the hardest he's ever had competing at offshore racing's top level. Plus the latest news from Powerboat P1 World.... [more]

Destination: The San Blas Islands of the Caribbean
Nancy Knudsen,
One of the most idyllic sailing destinations on earth is the San Blas Islands, as it is both a luxuriant cruising ground, and populated by one of the most fascinating people on earth, the Kuna Indians. So why aren't more sailors there? Because it is situated between Colombia and Panama in the Caribbean, and, lacking nearby charter bases, it has always been difficult to sail to - until now... [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]

Club Marine Goes Green with Coastcare
Jeni Bone,
Industry insurer, Club Marine is teaming up with Coastcare, Australia's largest coastal community volunteer network, to support a range of environmental programs aimed at restoring or protecting endangered species and vulnerable locations around Australia.... [more]

Servicing Superyachts supported in Wynard Quarter
Melanie McKay,
The company managing the redevelopment of Wynyard Quarter on the Auckland waterfront says there will be ample space and facilities for servicing superyachts up to 70 metres long, and the redevelopment plans will give the industry more space and water access than at present. Sea+City Projects Ltd is managing the redevelopment of most of the area for Auckland Regional Holdings (ARH).... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show steers New Course
Kate Duryea,
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2009. The leading Asia-Pacific show is staged on Australia's Gold Coast. Dates in 2009 will be Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24. A newly configured management team will lead this Australian marine event to its celebratory year.... [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]

Sealegs Premieres at Ft Lauderdale
Sealegs NZ,
A range of highly innovative amphibious boats are about to be unveiled for the first time in the United States at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.... [more]

Gore Eyes Qld Marinas
Jeni Bone,
Craig Gore's marina group, International Marina Development and Management, is in discussions with owners about buying Mariner's Cove and the Bowen Marina.... [more]

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