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28 Oct 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Powerboat-world Editorial: Tuesday, October 28, 08

An important week in the Powerboating world, this coming weekend will see the Gold Coast stand unchallenged as power boating's world capital, playing host to hard-fought competition in a score of classes and welcoming more than 100 delegates from the Union Internationale Motonautique.

There's so much going on it's difficult to know where to start, but I am definitely taking up the invitation from APBA president Tony Walsh to be at the opening cocktail party on Thursday evening, 78 floors up in Q1, allegedly the world's tallest residential tower.

Racing starts on Friday with the big horsepower of the offshore racers and continues through Saturday and Sunday with Formula I and II, various displacement classes, mono hulls and jet skis.

Don't miss this one.

Its been an imporrtant month for Australian boat builders, Riviera and Maritimo, for whom exporting has sudden become much easier with the Australian dollar dropping from 97-98 to 60-61. That will no doubt increase the flow of new models over the coming year and increase their presence right across the Asia Pacific.

R Marine, the retail arm of boat builder Riviera, is staging its very own boat show shortly, at, would you believe, 13 locations in seven cities accross Australia New Zealand and in Asia!

In other news we briefly preview the approaching E.C.Griffith Cup, that fabulous piece of silver that Australia's and New Zealand's fastest hydros fight for.

We have the results for the China Grand Prix in Shenzhen and we report on offshore racing's Victory team triumph in the Egyptian Grand Prix.

Fair dinkum, as they say in the classics, it's all happening and it's all here on Powerboat-World.com

Read on, and drop back regularly for updates on the weekend action.

Bob Wonders

Let's get ready to rrrrumble
Bob Wonders,
Queenaland Gold Coast to become the world capital of powerboat racing this weekend. For competitors (and spectators) the action begins on Friday (October 31) when the Class I, Supercat Outboard, Supercat Outboard Lite and Production classes line up off Surfers Paradise for the second round of the Australian Offshore Superboat championships.... [more]

Reef Science is Call to Action
Queensland Premier's Office,
Premier Anna Bligh today (Friday 24th October) addressed a summit of scientists and stakeholders working to help save the one of the world's natural wonders – the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]

Riviera's on Show across the Asia Pacific
Bob Wonders,
R Marine, Riviera's dealer network, to stage pre-Christmas boat shows at 13 locations in seven cities.Designated as ‘The R Marine Summer Showcase', visitors will have the opportunity to inspect a fleet of new and used Riviera, Princess and Grand Banks vessels.... [more]

Scallop replenishment areas to be maintained
QLD Gov Primary Industries and Fisheries,
The existing six Scallop Replenishment Areas (SRAs) will continue following a review by the Bligh Government, Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin announced. 'The Queensland Government is well aware of the issues facing the trawl industry at this time and we are responding to them,' Mr Mulherin said.... [more]

Demand keeps props spinning at Riviera
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has completed the hull lay-up on the fourth of its flagship Riviera 70 models in the week that the first 70 left for its new home in Vanuatu. With order for five of these giant flagships, the company has also reported continuing strong demand for many of its models, including the 45 Open Flybridge and 4400 Sport Yacht out to June next year.... [more]

DeckHardware Clearance Sale!
Phil Yeomans,
After nearly two years of trading DeckHardware is clearing Initial Stock along with Discontinued Lines. Over the next few months we will be updating a Clearance page on our website www.deckhardware.com.au. To order please contact DeckHardware via email sales@deckhardware.com.au alternatively you can contact us on 02 9905 9400. Sale items are only shipped within Australia.... [more]

Selio wins in F1 Shenzhen China Grand Prix
Philippe Stiernon,
Defending World Champion Sami Selio finally put together a weekend he was hoping for by winning a thrilling 1.77 second victory over Jay Price of the Qatar Team.... [more]

Dream One-Two for Victory in Egypt
Class-1 media,
Championship leaders, Victory 1, took a giant step towards retaining the team's World title after leading home a dream one-two finish in today's Egyptian Grand Prix after seeing all three of their main title rivals falter, with Negotiator capping an impressive return to top-flight racing, finishing third.... [more]

Sami Selio grabs Grand Prix of China pole position
Steve Michael Reporting,
Defending World Champion Sami Selio of the Woodstock Red Devil Racing Team set a blistering pace of over 175.84 kph around the five turn 1.580 kilometer course on Lake Shenzhen to take pole position for tomorrow's Ninth Grand Prix of China along the edge of the South China Sea... [more]

Thunderboats set to roar
Bob Wonders,
Lake Mulwala set for the 95th running of the E.C.Griffith Cup the Australasian championship for the fastest boats afloat. Recognised as the oldest international motor sport trophy in the Southern Hemisphere, the E.C.Griffith Cup is essentially the Australasian Unlimited Inboard championship and attracts competitors from across Australia and New Zealand.... [more]

Qatar 96 takes Pole for Egyptian Grand Prix
Sheikh Hassan and Steve Curtis needed just one lap to demonstrate their superiority in rough conditions, by going quickest in today's qualifying session and will start the Egyptian Grand Prix from Pole Position.... [more]

Rare Corals Breed Their Way Out of Trouble
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Rare corals may be smarter than we thought. Faced with a dire shortage of mates of their own kind, new research suggests they may be able to cross-breed with certain other coral species to breed themselves out of a one-way trip to extinction.... [more]

Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Guidelines for sailors writing articles for publication on Sail-World.com Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamans... [more]

Qatar 95 sets the pace in First Practice Race
Class-1 media,
Teams faced strong winds and rough seas in today's first practice, with Qatar 95 posting the fastest time of the session, ahead of Victory 1 and Qatar 96.... [more]

It's not all doom and gloom - Barry Cotter
Bob Wonders,
Barry-Cotter, CEO of the award-winning Gold Coast yard Maritimo, returned last week from Italy's Genoa International Boat Show. 'It was excellent for our company, with both boats on display, a 48 and a 52, sold at the show and we're confident of another three following them.... [more]

Mallacoota local wins Savage/Mercury package
Mercury Marine PR,
Local fishing fan Vanessa Fellows has walked away from the big event with a Savage 385 Jabiru Pro, a Mercury 15hp outboard, a registered trailer and full safety gear.... [more]

Aussie Boat Sales Buoyant for Spring
Jeni Bone,
Thanks to a burst of warm spring weather and consumer optimism, Aussie Boat Sales is enjoying a spike in enquiry and 'better than expected' sales.... [more]

DIY Superyachts
NZ Marine,
Urban Voyage has launched its ‘Visual Solutions Services' to the Superyacht Industry, drawing on technologies developed within the Aerospace and Defence Industries, enabling clients to have input in projects from the start.... [more]

Exide Explains Batteries
Jeni Bone,
Aiming to equip trade with all the ins and outs of marine batteries, Exide Marine is publishing a brochure that illustrates the depth and applications of its range.... [more]

Jackson's Marine, Joins Bargain Boat Bits
Jacqui Oakes,
Bargain Boat Bits has appointed Jackson's Marine in Geraldton, Western Australia, as its new representative. Servicing the Midwest of Western Australia and surrounding areas for over 27 years, Jackson's Marine has gone from strength to strength, growing considerably and buoyed by the support and custom of the community.... [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]

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]

Northstar M-series – complete navigation
Sandman PR,
Northstar's M-series (M84 and M121) multi-function units excel as complete navigation packages for boats of all sizes. Northstar High Definition Digital radar combined with C-Map cartography (further to the 32MB embedded background chart as standard) also provides a comprehensive array of navigational aids, including chart overlay.... [more]

Lewmar Flush Hatch dominates new boat launches
Media Services,
It's been three years since the world's leading name in marine equipment, Lewmar launched the Flush Hatch. Originally launched in August of 2006, Lewmar's Flush Hatch has developed in the international sailing and power boating communities as an industry standard, and the only serious choice when building or refitting a world-class power or sailing yacht.... [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]

A Five Star Resort Under Sail and Power
Rob Mundle,
Twenty knots upwind while relaxing in a spa bath on the foredeck of an 18-metre long yacht . . . It sounds too good to be true, but it is one of the many luxuries to be enjoyed aboard the first of the new Perry MS-59 catamaran motor-sailers when it is launched next month.... [more]

Qld Hit with Rego Rises
Jeni Bone,
Queensland boaties have been hit with rises of up to 80-100% for boat registration, explained away by the government as being a result of 'increased demand in boating infrastructure'.... [more]

Shun Tak-Turbojet purchase two Austal fast cats
Austal PR,
Austal welcomes the recent acquisition of its two 47.5 metre passenger ferries built for New World First Ferry (NWFF) by fellow Hong Kong operator Shun Tak-Turbojet, the main operator on the Hong Kong to Macau route, a route which attracted close to 17 million passengers in 2007.... [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]

Financial Health Check required?
Jardine Media,
With the global share market bucking like an out of control bronco, it's a good time to sit down and work out where you can save a few pennies. Call it a financial health check, or call it a re-evaluation of your credit providers, it all boils down to taking a hard look at your own financial portrait: and be honest, do you see the monetary equivalent of Dorian Gray in the mirror?... [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]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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