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Editorial, January 27 '08

It's a packed edition this week with news from around the world, around Australia and across the Tasman Sea.

Don't miss Phillip Hoskyn's great shots of what could have been a tragic start to the New Zealand Offshore titles – we also preview the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships as they make ready for the Victorian legs at Williamstown and Geelong.

Off Surfers Paradise there was a sight never before seen – eight luxury motor yachts worth more than $60 million taking a quiet cruise for a promotional photo shoot.

Also on the Gold Coast, anglers will be keen to check out the recent Riviera Light Tackle Tournament which was conducted last weekend.

There's big news now and big news happening for two of the Gold Coast's top boat builders; Maritimo has released the first photographs of its stylish Aegean 60 and for Mustang Marine this Friday can't come quick enough when the company will unveil its Sport Coupe'.

We also bring the latest news from the European UIM and P1 offshore action and reveal the calendar for the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat championships.

And how about those lucky people visiting the Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Show next week; one of them will win a three-day live aboard fishing charter angling the reefs and wrecks off Darwin aboard the 46' ‘Reefmaster.'

You know, I reckon I could handle that.

Oh well, maybe next year.

Meanwhile, enjoy Powerboat-World and drop by regularly for the latest news on the powerboat front.

Bob Wonders

Spectacular racing in New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
Spectacular racing in the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championships and near tragedy as Skater goes close to a high speed flip. The two Skaters, the other one being ‘Fairview Windows and Doors' piloted by Scott and Warren Lewis, were at each other from the starter's gun before the Lewis boys went on to take the chequered flag.... [more]

Surfers Paradise plays host to a $60 million-plus parade
Bob Wonders,
Eight luxurious motor yachts in spectacular parade off Surfers Paradise. The fleet consisted of vessels ranging from 65' (19.81-metres) through to the sheer luxury of the 98' (29.87-metres) megayacht.... [more]

Top ski racer dead, another fighting for life
Bob Wonders,
David Morris dead, Dean Hanckle seriously injured. Tributes to both men have flowed thick and fast from stunned fellow competitors in Australia, the United States and Europe.... [more]

Bacterial pathogens and rising temperatures threaten Coral health
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Coral reefs around the world are in serious trouble from pollution, over-fishing, climate change and more. The last thing they need is an infection. Just as a doctor can diagnose a child with chicken pox by the small, round bumps on her skin, you can tell a coral with yellow band disease (YBD) by its own characteristic markings.... [more]

Need to protect unique marine ecosystems
Environment Tasmania,
The discovery of deep-sea coral reefs off Tasmania's north-east coast has highlighted the urgent need for Australia to radically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase protection of our unique marine ecosystems.... [more]

Powerboat P1 has new look for boat identification in 2009
Powerboat P1 media,
Powerboat P1 entries will have a stronger championship identity in 2009 as a more uniform approach for boat identification is set to be used... [more]

At Maritimo it's ‘A' versus ‘C' and the winner is......?
Robert Maxwell,
Maritimo unveils its latest, the innovative Aegean 60. For those not familiar with the Gold Coast yard's building program, the MaritimoA60 Aegean Flybridge is essentially the C60 Sports Cabriolet with a beautifully-styled, low profile flying bridge incorporated into the design.... [more]

Sensation sells up in Auckland
Jeni Bone,
The Auckland base of superyacht builder Sensation Yachts is up for sale by mortgagee sale.... [more]

High Modulus announces a new CEO
Sian Raynor,
Paul Goddard has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of High Modulus, a world leading supplier of composite materials, technology and structural engineering solutions.... [more]

Mustang Marine's ‘red letter' day
Bob Wonders,
Sleek Sports Coupe' an innovative addition to the Mustang Marine range. Volvo Penta's popular IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) with the dual 600 Series II engines each of 435hp, will give the Mustang Sports Coupe's brisk, yet economical performance.... [more]

Offshore action looming off Williamstown
Bob Wonders,
Round three of the Offshore Superboat Championships bound to feature close racing. Reigning Australian champions, Tom Barry-Cotter (driver) and the Norwegian ace Pal Virik Nilsen (throttles) aboard ‘Maritimo' will be out to put the disappointment of their DNF at the Gold Coast race well behind them.... [more]

Win a Top End fishing trip at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
Visitors to next week's Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show will have the chance to win a three-day liveaboard fishing charter in the Northern Territory. The ‘Bluewater Long Weekend' includes return airfares, transfers, three days' fishing onboard Darwin Reef 'n' Wrecks' 46' vessel Reefmaster, all meals, fishing tackle and more...... [more]

2009 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Calendar
Class 1 media,
The 2009 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is set for an outstanding year, with Championship Organiser, IOTA (International Offshore Team Association), confirming one of the strongest line-ups of recent years, two new venues on the calendar - Alicante, Spain and Stresa, Italy - with a possible third new venue to be confirmed in the coming weeks.... [more]

Global Promotion for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Kate Duryea,
Plans are forging ahead for this May's 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The world-class Show has confirmed world and Australian marine launches and is extending global market. The Show is staged May 21 to 24 at Sanctuary Cove in Australia. Sanctuary Cove's Barry Jenkins is attending shows at Mumbai, Dubai, Moscow and Shanghai in coming months.... [more]

Marine Qld moots manufacturers division
Jeni Bone,
Over 100 Queensland boat building companies have been invited to attend a Gold Coast meeting on February 2, called with the intention of forming a Manufacturers Division of Marine Queensland.... [more]

AIMEX publishes guide to Australian exporters
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has launched a significant publication to market the Australian marine export industry internationally.... [more]

Caribbean 24 Open and 47 Flybridge debut at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
St Kilda Boat Sales is eagerly anticipating the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show to showcase two models in the Caribbean range. The new 24 Open (Runabout) is making its Australian debut with boat build No.1 on display at the show, while the 47 Flybridge Cruiser will be on show for the first time in Melbourne.... [more]

Austal celebrates extensions and international orders
Jeni Bone,
Austal has commenced work on its US state-of-the-art modular manufacturing facility (MMF), which on completion will significantly boost the construction of the Alabama shipyard.... [more]

Bass & Flinders chosen for fast ferry to Manly
Jeni Bone,
Cruise company Bass and Flinders has been chosen to operate a fast ferry service to and from Manly, according to the announcement from the NSW government.... [more]

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