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Powerboat-World Editorial, October 21, 2008.

Welcome to another edition of weekly newsletter.

Last week the Formula 1 Superboats roared at Penrith and we here at Powerboat-World are wondering what can be done to beat Shane Vella?

At Penrith he claimed three from three to open up a huge lead in the points tally. It would be a brave man (or a foolish punter?) who would bet against him in the grand final on the Gold Coast weekend after next.

We also give you the first look at the boat destined to breathe new life into Class I offshore racing, the innovative catamaran which was the subject of major rule changes engineered by Bill Barry-Cotter.

This classy looking rig with its dual 790hp naturally aspirated V8 engines will be on a ship bound for Dubai and its first outing before week's end.

A big weekend coming up for the Gold Coast powerboat racers, David and Bob Trask. David is currently third on the world F1 circuit ahead of the Shenzhen Grand Prix. Powerboat-World will bring you the news as it happens from China.

On the recreational side of boating, how about this – buy a new Mustang before Christmas and if you're among the first eight people to do so you will receive a 1/8th share in a Mustang 41 which resides in the Whitsundays.

Alan Barnett, the Tasmanian who took over Perry Catamarans has been busy, now life is a beach with a new 63 footer.

If you want recreation, but still want eye-watering performance just like a racer, check out the magic of Cigarette, this time sporting dual high-performance diesel engines.

More Moreton Bay fishing restrictions, but on the otherside improving fishing is expected in Lake Macquarie.

It's all here, all the powerboat news worth reporting on your weekly edition of

Enjoy, and don't forget to drop by during the week.

Bob Wonders

Shenzhen key in determining F1 World title
Philippe Stiernon F1 Press Officer,
Three races remain which means 60 total points are up for the taking as the 2008 U.I.M. F1 World Championship rolls into the dynamic Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen the weekend of October 25-26 on a very challenging five-turn 1.75 kilometer circuit that will go a long way in determining this seasons world drivers champion.... [more]

Vella reigns at Penrith
Bob Wonders,
Shane Vella's three wins from three races at Penrith on the weekend takes him to a near unbeatable lead in the Formula 1 Superboat Series. Vella's ‘triple' earned him the maximum 104 points, and takes him to a 406 point total for the series, well ahead of second-placed Craig Truslove (277 points) and Anthony McEnally back in third on 235.... [more]

16% of Moreton Bay Off Limits to Fishers
Jeni Bone,
It's official, announced today by Qld Pemier Anna Bligh, 16% of Moreton Bay – from Caloundra to the Gold Coast Seaway – will be protected from fishing under a new zoning plan starting next year, much to the concern of commercial and recreational fishers.... [more]

Cigarette goes diesel
Bob Wonders,
Cigarette Racing Team, combined with Mercury Racing and Cummins MerCruiser spent 18 months developing and testing the engines for the 49 Grand Sport Diesel.... [more]

First of the new breed
Bob Wonders,
First of a new breed of offshore racers aimed at attracting more competitors to the sport, has been launched. Maritimo Offshore Racing team owner, Bill Barry-Cotter, successfully negotiated major technical rule changes which could lead the sport into a new era world-wide.... [more]

High Seas 63 - its on the beach!
Rob Mundle,
The High Seas 63 luxury motor yacht brings a new meaning to ‘go anywhere' when it comes to the world of extended cruising. This supremely comfortable offshore passagemaker affords the owner the opportunity to escape crowded anchorages because this vessel can literally be put where the owner often wants to be – right on the beach!... [more]

Solar powered circumnavigation planned
PlanetSolar SA,
PlanetSolar has a goal: to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a 'solar' boat, i.e. one powered by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine, driven exclusively by solar energy... [more]

Phuket Marine Guide - 6th edition launched
Ensign Media,
The sixth edition of the annual Phuket Marine Guide was launched early October by publishers Ensign Media Co. Ltd.... [more]

Cash back on new Honda BF40/50 and BF75/90 engines
Sandman PR,
Honda is offering a substantial ‘cash back' incentive on its new, leading-technology BF40/50 and BF75/90 EFI four-stroke outboard engines in the lead up to summer.... [more]

Buy a Mustang, receive part share in another
Bob Wonders,
Mustang Marine's Whitsunday dealership will manage the boat, which the company believes will offer new owners a walk-on, walk-off Whitsunday boating life style experience.... [more]

More artificial reefs planned for Lake Macquarie
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald,
The NSW Government is looking to expand its artificial reefs program in Lake Macquarie, following the success of six reefs which were placed in the lake three years ago. Lake Macquarie was the first recreational fishing haven in NSW to trial the artificial reefs in 2005.... [more]

Lai wants to open China to Powerboat P1
Powerboat P1 media,
08 Phoenix team boss and throttleman Martin Lai has said he'd love to open China to Powerboat P1 if the series heads there in the new future. And >46 Spirit of Portomaso team boss Benjamin van Riet says the team is aiming to come back stronger and faster in 2009.... [more]

Jotun chases Hat Trick in Porto Marina
Class-1 media,
With three races remaining, the teams find themselves facing the business-end in the race for the world title, as they head to the highly-fashionable resort of Porto Marina on Egypt's Northern Mediterranean coast.... [more]

Leaping Dolphin Lands in Boat
Lisa Mylchreest,
A young dolphin in the USA's Intracoastal Waterway is today recovering from the shock of an unscheduled landing into a humans's boat when practising its leaps yesterday... [more]

Bellingham Marina Builder Declared 'Green'
BW Media,
One of Australia's foremost marina builders, Bellingham Marine Australia, has been awarded certification as a 'low carbon marina industries business' by the Queensland government. Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry Desley Boyle congratulated the company on becoming the first marina industries company to gain certification under the initiative.... [more]

David Trask Career Best Result in China F1 GP
Trask media,
Australian Formula 1 driver David Trask has posted a career best result, finishing a highly impressive second outright at the GP of China staged at Liuzhou.... [more]

Bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef launched
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
A bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is now possible, thanks to innovative online mapping technology officially launched on Wednesday 1 October. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Russell Reichelt welcomed the addition of the new map data and satellite imagery of the world's largest coral reef system to Google Maps.... [more]

Unique Lowrance LVR-880 on its way!
Sandman PR,
Lowrance's unique LVR-880 fixed-mount VHF radio will shortly be available for purchase through marine retail outlets in Australia and New Zealand.... [more]

Gov Funding for NSW Boating
Office of the Hon Joe Tripodi MP,
Seventy applications have been received for new recreational boating infrastructure projects across NSW, as announced by Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi.... [more]

Bellingham Recognised for Low Carbon Initiative
Bellingham Media,
The certification of Bellingham Marine Australia as a low carbon marina industries business was recognised at a recent Ministerial presentation at the Queensland Parliament.... [more]

SEQld Marine Highway One Step Closer
Jeni Bone,
The dream of a boating corridor from Southport to Brisbane is beginning to take shape after more than 30 developers met with the State Government to flesh out plans for a 'marine highway'.... [more]

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