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03 Mar 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, March 3, '09

Welcome to another edition of Powerboat-World and this week we have lots of great images.

From the thunder of V12 Lamborghini engines to the howl of race-tuned outboards, we've got it all, from the Offshore Superboat Championships off Williamstown to the NZ Offshore Championships across the ditch.

Catamarans reign supreme both sides of the Tasman with ‘Maritimo' surging to the top of the leader board in the Offshore Superboats and the Douglas Skater ‘Fairview Windows and Doors' flexing its muscles in the Rayglass NZ titles.

We also get up close and personal with ski racer Lauryn Eagle, now making a stunning comeback after battling to cope with the death of her father, Peter.

A former Miss Teen International, Lauryn is also acknowledged as prime ‘eye candy', but what would I know about that sort of thing, I'm only an old powerboat man.

In the sunshine state of Queensland, that is, sunshine in between heavy rainfall, there's an election looming and, surprise, surprise, politicians are making promises.

One promise we'd love to see kept; leader of the opposition, the Liberal National Party's Lawrence Springborg, says if elected he will tip $15 million into recreational boating facilities across the state.

Needless to say, Queensland industry leaders have heartily welcomed the proposal.

So, welcome aboard, as usual offers a good read and as you all know it's THE place top log on when keeping one's finger on the pulse of all powerboat happenings.

Enjoy the read and call by often.

Bob Wonders

Lauryn Eagle's courageous comeback
Bob Wonders,
Champion ski racer chasing another world title. In May, about the middle of the month depending on a suitable weather window, Lauryn is going to attempt something no woman has ever done – ski Sydney to Newcastle....and back again!... [more]

‘Maritimo' ‘takes the cake' at Williamstown
Bob Wonders,
Lamborghini power wins out in third round of Offshore Superboat Championships. Seven boats started in Class I – only three were on hand to greet the chequered flag.... [more]

Marina berths in Rushcutters? Call d'Albora
Colin Patterson,
It's perhaps fitting that a marina on the most beautiful harbour in the world, in one of the most exclusive locations, should be firmly committed to the annual Clean up Australia Day on Sunday 1st March. Along with thousands of Australians, d'Albora Marinas staff at Rushcutters Bay spent extra time yesterday removing rubbish around the marina and waterways, with posters on display that encouraged... [more]

Offshore powerboats ready to thunder in Napier
Kate Gordon,
After an action-packed race along the Napier foreshore last year, competitors in the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Championship are preparing themselves for another intense battle in the Hawke's Bay on Saturday 7 March.... [more]

Queensland Elections - Marine Queensland welcome promises, more wanted
Bob Wonders,
LNP promises $15 million boost for recreational boating. Don Jones, general manager of Marine Queensland, said the industry was 'wholly supportive' of the LNP proposal.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

Images from Offshore Racing at Williamstown,
Melbourne sports photographer Greg Maunder, just back from the Louis Vuitton Pacific series in Auckland was on the water catching the action on the weekend.... [more]

'Fairview' claims its second 100-miler in NZ
Bob Wonders,
NZ offshore racers encounter ideal conditions for second championship round. New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Association spokesman Greg Brinck described the meet as having 'good, close racing in all classes.'... [more]

Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece.!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]

Autopilot steers couture gown down runway
Jane Arakawa,
Presented with a brief to create an ‘industrial' couture gown without using typical evening fabrics and themed to ‘Night of the Witches' would have daunted most students; however, Louise Maniscalco, a recent graduate of East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, found inspiration in sensor covers and superseded analogue compass gaskets at marine manufacturer Coursemaster Autopilots.... [more]

Variety Splash sets sail on fundraising rally
Event media,
The 2009 Variety Splash fleet of over 200, including Sydney to Hobart maxi yacht Skandia Wild Thing, travelled a course from Docklands to Mornington yesterday. Today they will head across the bay to Geelong and back up the coast to Waterfront City on Saturday... with plenty of irreverent fun along the way!... [more]

Leading the charge – Bar Crusher's new 760HT
Sandman PR,
Bar Crusher's new 760HT (Hard Top) is designed and built for one purpose – long-range offshore sportfishing! At a massive 8.00m LOA, beam 2.47m, with an engine rating up to 300hp and a standard 300L or optional 500L fuel capacity, the 760HT has the ocean-going capability of a flybridge gameboat with the manoeuvrability and versatility offered only by trailerable vessels.... [more]

White Bay Development could be a boon for marine industry
Jeni Bone,
While media reports painted a picture of 'chaotic scenes' at Sydney's White Bay last week when 2000 passengers attempted to disembark from the Dawn Princess, many proponents assure us that plans are in the pipeline for sophisticated marine infrastructure which will prove of benefit to the broader maritime industry.... [more]

Cruising couple arrested after two year scam
Nick Britten, Telegraph/Sail-World,
For two years, Jeffrey Coles and his partner Shashi Bacheta sailed on their yacht, sun-kissed and living the carefree life of the cruising sailor. Able to indulge in a passion for scuba diving, Bacheta and Coles occasionally docked their 66ft yacht the Kismet, meeting other cruising yachties and drawing admiring glances from passers-by. That was until they reached the Canary Isl... [more]


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