Powerboat-world.com aboard new Round World Record attempt

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  09 Apr 2011

Powerboat-World will be aboard a new Round the World record attempt

Come aboard, hope you've got plenty of spare time, because we have plenty here in the pages of Powerboat-World to keep you occupied.

Earthrace crosses the finishing line - Sagunto Spain - after breaking Round the World Record  Earthrace Media

When the 78 foot powerboat Earthrace broke the Round the World record in 2008, Powerboat-World.com was part of the technology team, bring dailiy sat phone reports on every one of the 60 day passage. Now a British group are starting on building a wave piercing 100 footer with a range of 5000 miles on a single tank of diesel. They are aiming for a 50 day passage and yes Powerboat-world.com will be there with daily audio reports from the skipper and photographs from the boat. We have some initial news today and will be bringing you exclusive reports on the build, the sea trials and of course the record attempt itself. Watch this space.

You may recently have lusted after a stunning Cigarette with its high-performance colleague, the awesome AMG Mercedes Gullwing coupe?

Well, there's no holding the Florida manufacturer back – this time there's a link with the super high-performance motorcycle range from Ducati.

On the boat scene, we also take a close up look at two of America's most famous brand names, Chris-Craft and Sea Ray.

And that man, Sir Richard Branson is at it again – this time it's Virgin Oceanic as the innovative and adventurous tycoon announces his latest venture, this time beneath the surface of the water.

Plenty happening in Class 1 offshore on the European and Middle East circuits, while on the home front Yamaha is maintaining its promotion on its popular Waverunner personal water craft range.

The WaveRunner Madness continues into April!  Yamaha WaveRunner

I'll be Brisbane bound this weekend for the annual Tinnie and Tackle and 4 x 4 show and you'll be among the first to read how it went in next week's issue of Powerboat-World.

Are there pirates out there?

‘Out there' in this case means the waters of South East Asia and the Asian Superyacht crowd is claiming reports of piracy in the region are a myth.

I guess that's easy to believe provided you have never been, well, pirated.

Personally, I would want suitable armament and perhaps a couple of SAS veterans in my crew were I to be cruising some Asian waters, particularly in Philippine and Burma regions.

Well, that's unlikely, so I'll totally ignore the pirate breed and assume it's all a myth.

So read on, good people, enjoy and don't forget, we update regularly so keep on stopping by.

Bob Wonders, Powerboat-World Editor

Sea Ray's latest creation, the 450 Sedan Bridge shows its style
Bob Wonders,
All the way from Tennessee, another class act from Sea Ray. Sea Ray claims this represents a 'new and exciting outlook' in ‘bridge boats, offering panoramic seascapes and wide-open spaces the company believes will inspire thoughts of comfortable cruising and luxury living.... [more]
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Tinnies, tackle and 4 x 4s for a bonus
Bob Wonders,
More than 100 exhibitors on site for the annual Tinnie and Tackle and Four-Wheel Drive Show. This exhibition has proved a winner for both the boating/fishing and four-wheel drive industry segments, regularly attracting in excess of 35,000 visitors over its three days.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship season opener excitement builds
Nigel Quilter,
Ten boats will line up off Lulu Island for next week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 13-15 April, round one of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, for what promises to be an intriguing season-opener.... [more]
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Chris-Craft. More than 100 years of recreational boating
Bob Wonders,
Here's a company that celebrated its 100th birthday nearly 40 years ago! Chris-Craft produces a broad range of models, from the smallest, the 20' (6.09-metres) Silver Bullet to its largest craft the 36' (10.97 metres) Corsair.... [more]
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New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series 'Thunder under the Bridge'
Cathy Vercoe,
Round Seven of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Series is taking place this Saturday 9th April on Auckland Harbour. The race starts at 11am... [more]
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Superyacht Industry experts dispel myths about piracy in Asia
Fulford PR,
To help promote Asia as the next playground for superyachts, the third Asia Superyacht Conference set the tone by dispelling the myth about piracy in the region, while arming superyacht captains and industry players with some useful tips on how to mitigate the risks.... [more]
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Yamaha WaveRunners - 'The Madness Continues'
Yamaha Motor Australia,
Yamaha WaveRunners have announced they will extend their 'March Madness' promotion into April with Iain MacLeod, National sales and Marketing Manager for Yamaha WaveRunners, proclaiming that the 'madness will continue'.... [more]
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Going Deep! Steve Fossett's Legacy Lives On!
Graham Hawkes of Hawkes Ocean Technologies in Richmond CA is known for providing Maltese Falcon with ' Super Falcon' Has teamed up with Chris Welsh of the Spencer 65' Ragtime fame, who recently purchased the late great Steve Fossetts maxi Catamaran, Cheyenne (Formerly Play Station) and Richard Branson to complete the mission Steve Fossett set out to achieve in 2005.... [more]
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Sir Richard Branson sets sights deep
Jeni Bone,
Sir Richard Branson will revive the spirit and ambitions of his friend and fellow adventurer, Steve Fossett with exploration of the deepest points of the world's oceans, in the high-tech submersible 'Deep Flight Challenger'.... [more]
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Two wheels or four, its performance that matters to Cigarette
Bob Wonders,
From the fabulous AMG Gullwing to the Ducati Monster, there's no holding Cigarette back. Cigarette marketing of the Ducati Edition is based simply on the dedication to performance and perfection the two marques strive for.... [more]
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Port Stephens Boating Safety Campaign results
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers carried out a safety compliance and education campaign at Port Stephens last weekend.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Zabo Racing revises line-up
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - Ugur Isik will climb back into the cockpit of a Class 1 raceboat in next week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 13-15 April, to take the wheel in Relekta alongside Norwegian throttleman, Christian Zaborowski.... [more]
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Powerboat Global Circumnavigation Record attempt
Rachel Keeling,
Global Circumnavigation Record. On Monday April 4th, global adventurer Alan Priddy and the team he has selected for an attempt on the world powerboat circumnavigation record, took their first steps in the build of their revolutionary new boat.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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AIMEX announces 2011 Export Awards Judging Panel
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has announced the judging panel for the 2011 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards.... [more]
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Shock & Oar clothing on the up and up
Shock & Oar,
Australian clothing brand Shock and Oar has recorded a 113% month over month sales increase for February 2011 compared to February 2010.... [more]
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Dealing with the ‘evil twin' of climate change: ocean acidification
Jeni Bone,
Ocean acidification (where the water becomes more acidic) is often called 'the evil twin of climate change' and is considered by many to be as great a problem as increasing temperatures. Global experts have gathered in Cairns, Queensland - just a short boatride from the Great Barrier Reef - to bring the world's attention to the science of Climate Change at 'Greenhouse 2011', 4-8 April.... [more]
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Major fuel facility in Sydney for recreational and commercial boaters
Peter Pembroke,
Baileys Marine, Australia's leading independent supplier of fuel services for the marine industry, will this week open its brand new state of the art fuel facility at White Bay 6 on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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BLA launches new Humminbird website
BLA has flicked live its new Humminbird website www.humminbird.com.au – complete with intuitive and informative product video footage and online Humminbird member community.... [more]
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Dubai International Boat Show sales top AED 1 Billion
Dubai International Boat Show rounded off a week of records with exhibitors' sales expected to reach AED 1 billion as a direct result of the show.... [more]
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Princess offers bespoke experience at 2011 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Creating Demand,
Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia will be offering their owners and invited guests a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience during the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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Study sheds light on how heat is transported to Greenland glaciers
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Warmer air is only part of the story when it comes to Greenland's rapidly melting ice sheet. New research by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) highlights the role ocean circulation plays in transporting heat to glaciers.... [more]
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Sydney's bull shark heads north for the winter
Industry & Investment NSW,
A 2.5 metre bull shark tagged by Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) researchers in Sydney Harbour has travelled over 5000 kilometres to locations as far as Lady Elliot Island and Townsville... [more]
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