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17 Dec 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, Dec 17 '08

Powerboat news on the local scene has been scarce this week, no doubt due to the imminent arrival of the big fellow in the Santa suit. Nonetheless, for powerboat fans you have indeed come to the right place.

We've got all the hot racing news from the Middle East, we take a look at an astonishing production powerboat, the'XRS 48' which is capable of topping 75 knots (85.5mph). Hard to believe, but this amazing vessel defeated a Ferrari Daytona over a 250 mile course!

This week we have everything from the F1 circuit to Fish eyes.

Earthrace (Photo Peter Faretra)  Earthrace Media

Earthrace, that amazing 78' trimaran, is now making her way down the Queensland coast and I'll be on board for part of her trip and will bring an up close and personal look at this quite astonishing bio-diesel powered vessel and her equally amazing skipper Pete Bethune.

Earlier this week I was able to finish a book I have been reading and if ever a publication was an absolute must for the nautical library, this is it. It's titled ‘Iron Fist' and sub titled ‘The Lives of Carl Kiekhaefer, Industrial Caesar of a Marine Industry Empire.'

Written by best-selling US author Jeffrey L.Rodengen, ‘Iron Fist' joins other superb publications produced by the author, among them ‘The Legend of Chris-Craft' and ‘Johnson and Evinrude, the Legend of OMC.'

Do yourself a favour and grab this book, it's virtually the story of the marine industry as we know it today.

A good read, just like

Enjoy, drop by regularly and keep your finger on the pulse of all that's happening or likely to happen on the powerboat scene.

Bob Wonders

This ‘superboat' is faster than a Ferrari
Bob Wonders,
The world's first genuine 'superboat' built with the same technique as a Formula 1 car. Believe it or not, this incredible craft is theoretically capable of the ‘magic ton', 100mph (160km/hr) depending on engines chosen and set up.... [more]

Earthrace to visit Victoria
Sandman PR,
The world record-breaking, biodiesel-fuelled Earthrace vessel will visit Victoria this summer as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show.... [more]

Qatar 95 surprise winner of Dubai Grand Prix
Class 1 media,
Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Matteo Nicolini in Qatar 95 came from fourth place on the start grid to win the Dubai Grand Prix. Qatar 95, who had been fast all weekend, flew out of the blocks and was able to catch and overtake both Victory boats. The young Maritimo crew saw their race end in a dramatic fashion after a big spin in the latter stages of the race.... [more]

$11bn Arabian Canal underway
Jeni Bone,
The Arabian Canal, a US$11 billion project, is underway in Dubai, managed and designed by Limitless. When completed, it will be the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.... [more]

Victory 1 crowned Edox Pole Position Champions
Class 1 media,
Victory 1 - Mohammed Al Marri and Nadir Bin Hendi, completed the second part of their title treble bid, to win the Edox Pole Position Championship. In a winner-take all shoot out with Sheikh Hassan and Steve Curtis, the Victory 1 crew posted the fastest time of the session, just five one-hundredths of a second faster than Qatar 96.... [more]

Thani Al Qamzi wins on home waters in Sharjah
F1 Media,
Thani Al Qamzi of Team Abu Dhabi put together a marvelous run and led from the first lap to the 50th and final tour to take his first victory of the season and his second in three years on the Khalid Lagoon to win the Ninth Grand Prix of Sharjah.... [more]

Qatar 95 quickest in first Practice Race Dubai GP
Class-1 media,
Qatar 95's Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Matteo Nicolini set the fastest time of the afternoon session of the Emirates & Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix. Maritimo 11, Tom Barry-Cotter (AUS) and Pal Virik Nilsen (NOR) were seventh fastest.... [more]

WA to assess options for fishing finfish species
WA Government Media,
WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore today announced the appointment of two independent experts to assess the scientific advice and proposed options to manage recreational fishing of highly vulnerable finfish species. The Minister said the independent experts would begin immediately and he expected to be presented with their reports by April.... [more]

Class 1 hopeful differences can be resolved
Class 1 media,
The International Offshore Team Association (IOTA), the organiser and commercial rights holder of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is hopeful that the current issues facing the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and the UAE Federation can be resolved.... [more]

Sick Selio grabs magical pole position
Steve Michael/ F1,
Finnish driver Sami Selio steered his Italian designed BABA Woodstock Red Devil sponsored boat to pole position at the Ninth Annual Grand Prix of Sharjah. Chasing him in almost a 'fox and hounds' type of senario are the two Team Abu Dhabi drivers of Thani Al Qamzi and his teammate Ahmad Al Hameli with Thani doing a 49.54 second lap followed by Ahmad and a 49.78 time.... [more]

Fish have sexy ears
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
The researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University have solved one of the major problems confronting fisheries biologists in determining the sustainability of fish populations – not knowing exactly when fish undergo a sex change.... [more]

Who will win F1 Rookie-of-the-Year?
F1 media,
It all comes down to the final laps of the season but two drivers know they are chasing one of the most prestigious awards of the season with the claiming of Rookie-of-the-Year honors.... [more]

Earthrace is coming to 1770 on Sat 13, Sun 14 Dec
The Observer - Gladstone,
The world-record breaking enviro-vessel Earthrace, begins its Australian environmental awareness tour right here in 1770 this week.... [more]

Statement regarding UAE's suspension F1 UIM events
F1 Media/Steve Michael Reporting,
Statement from Nicolo Di San Germano - UIM World F1 Promoter regarding the UAE's decision to suspend events.... [more]

Amalgamation of Volunteer Marine Rescue
Volunteer Coast Guard Media,
The NSW members of the AVCGA welcome the Ministers' response to the Price Discussion Paper on Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) and looks forward to working with Diane Beamer and her Facilitation Group towards the formation of a new Volunteer Marine Rescue Service in NSW in a form that will cater to the needs and expectations of all volunteers and the community they serve.... [more]

New World Honda Marine relocates
Sandman PR,
New World Honda Marine has relocated to massive, state-of-the-art premises in Melbourne's southeast. Located at the corner of Westernport Freeway and Monash Drive, Lyndhurst / Dandenong South, the marine superstore is built on a huge two-acre site, which comprises an impressive 2000sqm fully air-conditioned showroom housing 40+ boats, 1700sqm outdoor display area, 420sqm service facility and ample... [more]

Chennai welcomes luxury afloat
Aarohan Communications,
The Super-rich in Chennai, India are gearing up to splurge on yachts and cruisers and four of them have already found their way into the city.... [more]

Riviera honours its best
Denby Browning,
Luxury boat builder Riviera is ending 2008 on a high note with a ceremony to honour high achieving staff over the year.... [more]

Dream realised - Riviera owner's circumnavigation
Denby Browning,
With a graceful turn to starboard, Ian Reynolds fulfilled a dream to circumnavigate Australia. At the age of 80 years young, he and his Riviera 56, Investigator IV, entered the Gold Coast Seaway after a year exploring the sometimes exotic, sometimes fierce and always awesome coast in a 9,000 nautical mile adventure.... [more]

Auckland's Wynyard Quarter gets go-ahead
Jeni Bone,
The Marine Industry Association of New Zealand is welcoming the decision of the Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council to provide a secure, long term, base for the marine industry in the new Wynyard Quarter development and adjacent Westhaven precinct.... [more]

Austal ferries hit the water in Saudi Arabia
Austal has celebrated the handover of its 88 metre high-speed vehicle passenger catamarans, 'Riyadh' and 'Cairo' at a ceremony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia attended by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak.... [more]

Anti-fouling reduced with Polycraft innovation
Bob Wonders,
This innovative technology is normally added to anti-foulants, but in Polycraft's case it is incorporated into the raw material form which the boats are moulded.... [more]

Marine Replicas for boaties who have everything!
Sophie Cross,
There are model boats and then there are Classic Maritime Replicas. The new range of hand crafted, beautiful replicas of classic powerboats, yachts and tall ships are the finest museum quality model boats available anywhere today at an affordable price.... [more]

US$11bn Canal project in Dubai
Jeni Bone,
Limitless, a global master development arm of Dubai World, will manage the design and construction of the Arabian Canal – the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.... [more]

Pontoon heralds start of $60m project in WA
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson has received an early Christmas present with the arrival of a massive pontoon that will form part of a new $60million floating dock.... [more]

Amazing little Electric Boat - Coming Soon
Scuttlebutt Europe/Sail-World Cruising,
The world's marine scientists, inventors and naval architects are struggling with alternative power sources for boats. Electric outboards are a coming thing, hydrogen power is being experimented with, with one hydrogen powered sailing boat already using fuel cell technology, and E10 diesel is part of today's landscape. Now Scuttlebutt Europe reports: Aequus and Finot-Conq are due to com... [more]

Letter from the Indies:Barbuda and St Kitts
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Long range cruisers Andrea and Ian Treleaven are this season cruising in the Caribbean in their yacht Cape Finnistere. Here they continue their cruising tales, including a most unexpected clash with the local police... [more]

Aground in Antarctia - Pollution Fear
AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
Only the brave and bold visit Antarctica in a sailing boat, but how hazardous it is was demonstrated again when the cruise ship Ciudad de Ushuaiai had to evacuate all 89 passengers of various nationalities from the Argentine registered ship which had run aground, an official in charge of the rescue operation said on Friday.... [more]

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