For all the (media) controversy about the new Medal Race format, it worked for Team GBR. With a total of eight medals, four of them Gold and strong performances throughout the team, it showed that the British dinghy sailors have lost none of their thirst for winning. It looks likely that the choice of venue for the next Games will have more effect on the results than the infamous Medal Race.
Earlier in the week British sailors also triumphed in the IFDS Worlds, scooping Gold and Silver.
In the Volvo Race, boat rebuilding and transporting is taking the headlines as the crews lick their wounds and get ready to go again.
While we continue to freeze in the UK some classes are escaping to the sun, February will see the OK class in Australia and the Enterprise will be in Sri Lanka, both for their Worlds.
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4 Gold - 2 Silver - 2 Bronze for Skandia Team GBR By Sail-World / Gerald New, Final day of the Rolex Miami OCR and after the final Medal races in the new Olympic format the medal positions have been decided. The British team sailing under the Skandia Team GBR banner have taken four gold, two silver and two bronze - winning medals in seven classes. Only the leading ten boats in each class raced in the Medal race on Friday. The USA won three gold, France two and Spain and Italy one each... [more]
Scotchmans Hill Div 1 Results IRC, AMS, YV and S38 By Rob Kothe, While Skandia Geelong Week’s Scotchmans Hill series started with fair winds on Wednesday and booming weather for the Passage race, the weather softened for the last two days. The first attempt at a race start this morning was abandoned, with rain falling vertically and two knots of wind. Just before the time cut off a race, conditions improved and the fleet ghosted around for a final race in the series. Given the terrible bushfires that have raged across the Victorian countryside this week, no one was complaining about the rain.... [more]
Barker and Pace in Final for Auckland MRC By Event media and SW NZL, The two finalists in the Auckland Match Racing Cup were decided today after a day of intensely close racing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Dean Barker of Emirates Team New Zealand will meet up with his former sparring partner, Bertrand Pacé of BMW Oracle Racing, in the finals tomorrow.... [more]
Rolex Miami OCR: Double Points Finals By Marlieke de Lange Eaton, ‘One race...double points...must count’--that was the last-day mantra for a select 90 sailors competing in US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR.... [more]
75th Anniversary Round the Island Race By Flavia Bateson, The first entry for the 2006 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race came in as soon as the on-line entry went live during the London Boat Show. So far 50 boats have entered, the first being Thierry Siraut from Breskens, Belgium... [more]
Historic road trip for Brasil 1 By Event media, Brasil 1 begun her historic road trip and race against time today as she started an epic journey - 4000km across Australia from Fremantle to the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Waterfront City, Melbourne. It will take approximately five days to drive the boat across Australia.... [more]
Clipper Challenge heads for Qingdao, China By Event Media, And they're off, or in Chinese chu fa te! The ten yachts in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race crossed the start line today at 1530 hrs (local time) towards chillier climes on Race 6 to Qingdao, China... [more]
Ericsson arrives in Melbourne By Annabel Merrison, Ericsson was offloaded from the towering Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship 'Tagus' and arrived into the Volvo Ocean Race village at Melbourne Docklands early this afternoon.... [more]
Two straight wins for Quantum Racing By Di Pearson, Ray Roberts and his ‘rock star’ crew on the DK46 Quantum Racing scored two straight wins in the Scotchmans Hill Series at Skandia Geelong Week today to consolidate their lead at Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]
Launch of innovative Paralympics yacht By Graeme Adam, The boat, the SKUD18, has been selected by the International Association of Disabled Sailing (IFDS) as the craft for the new Two Person Sailing Competition at the 2008 Paralympic Games, taking Australian innovation and technology to the world.... [more]
Day 4 - Winners and Losers for Final race By Sail-World / Gerald New, Day four of the US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR and make or break day for the competitors to get into the top ten. Friday's one-race finals (two in the Paralympic Sonar class), will have fleets pared down to simulate the newly adopted changes in the Olympic racing format. Winners in each class will be determined under a new format to be used in Beijing. The top ten after four days of racing will compete in a final race that will count double points... [more]
Brasil 1 in Fremantle By VOR media, Volvo Ocean racer, Brasil 1 arrived in Fremantle today and has been lifted out of the water so she can be loaded onto a truck and driven across the Australian continent to Melbourne, for repair in time for the in-port racing on February 4th.... [more]
Toshiba 2006 OK Dinghy World Championship By Robert Deaves, The Toshiba 2006 OK Dinghy World Championship will be sailed from 11th to the 17th February at the Belmont 16ft Club on Lake Macquarie, Australia, about 150 km north of Sydney. The line up of 80 sailors includes five former World Champions with competitors from New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, USA, Great Britain and of course Australia.... [more]
Dee and Aviva - latest update By Dee Caffari, All the excitement always happens at night. Daylight brought with it some sunny spells, which made the 30 knots easier to handle. The wind was blowing from the south that gave it an extra chill but allowed us to point west.... [more]
Agreed - Business as usual in Volvo Ocean Race By Event Media, Skippers, key crew members and designers were unanimous in their support of the Volvo Open 70 Rule at the conclusion of a landmark forum yesterday. The gathering was hosted by Glenn Bourke, CEO, Volvo Ocean Race. Each of the teams was represented and all three of the Volvo Open 70 designers attended.... [more]
Skandia breaks Passage Race record By Di Pearson, Grant Wharington, skippering his 98ft canting keeled super maxi Skandia broke his own race record in the Passage Race from Williamstown to Geelong at Skandia Geelong Week today.... [more]
Quadriplegic skipper finishes Heineken Cape race By Peridot Communications, Quadriplegic skipper Russell Vollmer completed the Heineken Cape to Bahia race on his catamaran Omnimed Seague today, to fulfil a longstanding dream.... [more]
US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors? By Nancy Knudsen, The presence of a more active US Navy and a new Somali contract for security could mean less danger for cruising sailors on their way through the Gulf of Aden this year.... [more]
Brunel to rejoin in Baltimore By Volvo Ocean Race Media, Grant Wharington is to skip the next long legs of the Volvo Ocean Race so that, in Formula One terms, he can supercharge his Australian boat with two goals in mind – to win a grand prix towards the end of the season and to set a speed record.... [more]
Asymmetric Open series at Hayling Island SC By HISC/GN, The second weekend of the Asymmetric Open series - HEWL - will take place this Sunday at Hayling Island SC. The first weekend had entries from RS700, RS800, International 14, Laser 4000 & 5000, 29er and RS Fevas taking part... [more]
Final of Royal Channel Islands Frostbite Series By Bill Harris, The sixth and final race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s Freeport Marine Frostbite Series was held in St Aubin’s Bay, Jersey, on Sunday 22 January. For the third time in succession the wind gods smiled on the event with a gentle easterly breeze ensuring superb tactical racing in strong sunshine for the seventeen boats. With just a few points separating the top three boats in the series there was all to play for... [more]
Gold and Silver for Brits at IFDS Worlds in Perth By RYA / Lindsey Bell, British Sonar sailors John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas secured their second consecutive world title for Skandia Team GBR and Helena Lucas also clinched silver for Britain in the single-handed 2.4mR class... [more]
Fresh faces and Familiar names By RYA / Myrrh Walker, This weekend, 28-29 January, eight match racing teams from five European countries will take to the water off Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines to compete for the pole position in the fifth qualifier of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series... [more]
Ram changes for Volvo racers By Edward Gorman, The prospect of all seven boats completing an offshore leg for the first time in the Volvo Ocean Race looked more likely last night after the teams met in Melbourne to hammer out solutions to the technical failures that have bedevilled the boats.... [more]
Louis Vuitton 2006 Acts Live on Television By www.americascup.com, Live television coverage of the three 2006 Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts will be made available to rights-holding broadcasters of the 32nd America's Cup.... [more]
2006 Winning European Boats Announced – See the PIX By Sail-World, If you’re thinking of acquiring a new sailing boat in the near future, it will be hard to ignore considering the winning European Boats of the Year for 2006. The boats are chosen by a jury of 10 European boating magazines from 10 countries, and announced on Day One of the Duesseldorf Boat Show.... [more]
Kiwis win 2006 Australian 49er Nationals By Sail-World NZ, In Melbourne, on Friday, the New Zealand crew of Jake Bartrom and Craig Prentice led the Australian 49er Nationals being sailed out of Macrae Yacht Club at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay. With six races sailed they had a handy lead, ahead of the top Australian 49er sailors who finished ahead of the Kiwi’s in the Sail Melbourne 49er event the previous week.... [more]
VanderCraft V3000 ready for 2006 season By Class media/Gerald New, The revamped Laser 3000 - now known as the VanderCraft V3000 - has a new website and has just published a list of events for 2006. VanderCraft, builders of the Phantom have taken over the old Laser 3000 and the hull is now constructed in vacuum-bagged epoxy/woven glass has an absolutely first class finish. Changes have been made to layout and rig... [more]
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 3 report By Australian 18 Footers League, Skipper Hugh Stodart and his crew of Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz sailing Asko Appliances, came from behind to take out a narrow victory in Race 3 of the SP Systems Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.... [more]
Winners are grinners ABN AMRO ONE By James Boyd - The Daily Sail for ABN Amro, What Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race lacked in the normal game of physical challenge - no freezing cold wind and water with boats disappearing deep into the Southern Ocean and hurricane strength winds this time – it made up for in psychological pressure.... [more]
2006 Melbourne Stopover 17/01/06 Volvo Ocean Race 2005 / 06, the world's premier ocean race, features nine offshore legs, starting in Vigo, Spain in November 2005 and finishing in Gothenburg - www.volvooceanrace.org.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=599
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