Top action this week has been the Volvo In-port race in Melbourne, won by ABN Amro One on Saturday. Still plenty of dinghy action to come in Australia with the OK Worlds about to start. In the USA the North American Championships are taking place with European teams competing in the 49er, Yngling, Radial and Finn events. And in the Tornado Championship the French pair, Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon took the overall title.
Here in Europe we are still pretty much ice-bound but in the warmer areas things are begining to unwrap. The America's Cup teams are moving back to Valencia, Spain and we will be featuring the latest developments over the coming weeks. In Monaco the Primo Cup gets underway this weekend with 13 classes racing, including Swan 45, Dragons, Etchells, Laser SB3 and Melges 24.
So, take a look at the weeks sailing action and log-in for all the latest on Sail-World.com/uk
French win Tornado North American Championship By Tornado media/GN, Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon of France won the Roland Smith Trophy at the Tornado North American Championship on Biscayne May, Miami, USA. The French duo edged out Olympic silver medallists John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree (USA) who took the North American Championship... [more]
Victory for ABN AMRO ONE on Port Phillip Bay By Sacha Oswald, Port Phillip Bay played host to the most dramatic in-port race the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 has staged to date. In the end it was New Zealander Mike Sanderson’s ABN AMRO ONE who took victory in front of a spectator fleet of almost 1,000 spectator boats. American Paul Cayard’s Pirates of the Caribbean finished second after working her way up through the fleet from fourth place.... [more]
Choices for Clipper Fleet approaching Qingdao By Clipper media, The Clipper fleet is being forced to make one of two choices at the moment – port tack towards the east, which takes them towards the island of Luzon, and towards potentially better wind direction later on, or starboard tack towards the north, which is closer in direction to where they want to go, but in to a less favourable wind direction... [more]
GBR competitors at North American Championships By Sail-World/Gerald New, Some of the British competitors in the Miami OCR stayed on for the North American Championships taking place at Miami and the Fort Lauderdale YC this week for the 49er, Yngling, Radial and Finn classes... [more]
Sail Auckland - Olympic Squad shine on Day 2 By Jodie Perkins, Yachting NZ, New Zealand’s top Olympic class sailors continued to show their strength on day two of Sail Auckland Regatta 2006. Yachting New Zealand Olympic Squad members still top the Laser, Laser Radial and Tornado fleets nearly halfway through the four day regatta. A lack of breeze hampered the start of racing again today however all eight of the Sail Auckland fleets have at least five races under the belt in the twelve race regatta. Junior Sail Auckland also started today. Racing resumes tomorrow at midday.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race Inport Race Melbourne Real Time By Rob Kothe, ABN Amro One has won, taking the cannon, they have not dropped a point since the first inshore race, taking the first leg, the inshore race in Cape Town the second leg and now the second inshore race.... [more]
Dee and Aviva still battling Southern Ocean storms By Dee Caffari/Event media, 'Waves would often pitch Aviva on her side so that the winches along the starboard side were awash with foaming water.' Aviva is currently battling to windward in horrendous Southern Ocean conditions with the prospect of even worse to come very soon.... [more]
Running the Gauntlet By Rob Kothe, Every February around 80-150 cruising yachts begin the migration from the Indian Ocean up the Red Sea to reach the Mediterranean. This year well known Australian racing sailor Ian (Buggsy) Potter and his partner Helen, in their cruising boat Sundancer II, will be among the number.... [more]
The San Francisco Speed Event 2006 By Michelle Slade, San Francisco Speed Sailing Management will launch a new annual sailing event on San Francisco Bay June 15-18, 2006, The San Francisco Speed Sailing Event. Expected to draw windsurfers, kite surfers, skiff sailors as well as mono and multi hull sailors from all over the US, the Event offers speed sailors a unique opportunity to officially record and document extreme sailing as it exists on a daily basis in one of the best international sailing venues, San Francisco Bay... [more]
RNZYS crew take Warren Jones hat-trick By John Roberson, Adam Minoprio of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron made it three in a row for the family when he won the Warren Jones Youth Regatta match racing, on Perth's Swan River, beating local skipper Keith Swinton 2 - 1 in the final. Adam's brother Simon won the two previous events, with Adam as mainsheet trimmer last year.... [more]
100 Years of the International Metre Rule By IMETA, The International Metre Association will Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International Metre Rule at Cowes 23 to 27 July 2007. The July 2007 event at Cowes, the birthplace of yachting, celebrates a century of the International Rule. This formula marked the beginning of international yacht racing and led to the creation of some of the world’s most beautiful and exciting racing yachts... [more]
Cruise Round the World with World ARC - Yes YOU Can. By World Cruising Club, World Cruising Club, recently involved in a management buyout from Challenge Business and Sir Chay Blyth, has announced World ARC 2007, a world circumnavigation cruising rally that is scheduled to commence in November 2007.... [more]
Multi Cup 2006 - six events and London launch By Event Media, The Multi Cup 60’ will get underway in London on 8 May this year with the start of the first of the season’s six events, covering four countries and three new venues.... [more]
John Merricks Tiger Trophy 4 and 5 February By Media/GN, This weekend, 4 and 5 February, the John Merricks Tiger Trophy will take place at Rutland SC. Open to all centreboard dinghies with a PY under 1160. First race Noon, Saturday with three races back to back. Fast and slow handicap starts with timed laps and a (non-discardable) pursuit race on Sunday at 11am... [more]
Velux 5 Oceans host Skippers and Sponsors By Tim Kelly, Clipper Ventures, organisers of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the prestigious single-handed round the world yacht race, is to host the event’s first ever sponsors and skippers conference on 6-7 February, in conjunction with race start and finish port, Bilbao... [more]
Snowflake Series at Chichester Yacht Club By David Brecknell, This winter’s Snowflake Series at Chichester Yacht Club finished on Sunday January 29. Because of temporary shoreside facilities the organisation of the Series was carefully re-thought, with Risk Assessment Forms, a Beach Safety Officer on duty, fleets released by signal, and a high ratio of safety boats to competitors... [more]
Ericsson returns to the water By Ericsson Racing Media, After three difficult weeks, the Ericsson boys are delighted to finally have their boat back and to work hard on their passion: sailing and racing. With four days to go to the next in-port race, it is definitely time to focus on the future.... [more]
A fish out of water as Brasil 1 arrives in town By Sacha Oswald, Volvo OR Event Media, Melburnians had quite a surprise today as they looked out of their city office blocks to see a 70 foot, high performance ocean racing yacht glide past their windows on a truck. After an epic 4000km journey from Fremantle to Melbourne via the arid Nullabor Plain, the first Brazilian entry in the Volvo Ocean Race finally arrived to take up her berth at the Waterfront City Race Village, Docklands.... [more]
Sail Auckland attracts 350 entries By Jodie Perkins, Yachting NZ, Over 350 sailors are expected on Auckland harbour over Waitangi weekend for the annual Sail Auckland Regatta. The four day regatta which starts this Friday is supported by Ports of Auckland and will host top New Zealand Olympic class sailors as well as some internationals that have travelled to Auckland for this event.... [more]
Coming to a City near you By Event media, The City of Portsmouth is preparing a huge welcome and events programme for the seven teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, the 31,000 mile round the world yacht race that attracts the world’s best sailors and is considered to be the most challenging round the world race ever staged... [more]
Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy results By Mike Shaw, The Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy hosted by Northampton SC attracted a total of 89 competitors. The event was split into single handed, Double handed, and asymmetric fleets, the single handed fleet was dominated by the 'Big Boys who ate all the pie's' (Phantom Class) 13 Phantoms took part and secured the first five positions with 1st Nick Beloe, 2nd Brett Cokayne and 3rd Allen Burrell... [more]
Lone Star wins 18 foot skiffs By Glen Stanaway, Sydney Star Accommodation skipper Michael Boyd was feeling lonely and a little worried in the Sydney Flying Squadron’s rigging park on Saturday afternoon. Every single other competitor chose the smaller rig expecting a stiff north easterly breeze, all except Boyd.... [more]
Ben Ainslie goes live on the Web By Jo Grindley / GN, Triple Olympic sailing medallist Ben Ainslie has a new and informative website. The website includes Ben’s sailing calendar, news, profile, CV and Q&A along with information about all his current and prospect campaigns... [more]
Musto Skiff tops 35th Hoo Freezer By Roy Winnett, The 35th Hoo Freezer opened with cloudless skies, a steady force 5 to 6 northeasterly and a heavy overnight frost that greeted the 57 entries on Sunday morning. Richard Stenhouse sailing a Musto Skiff won ahead of an RS800, International Canoe and the new 29erXX... [more]
Exotic sailing holiday? What about Tonga? By Cruising Editor, Following the successful Kalia Cup of 2005, the tiny Kingdom of Tonga will once again welcome the 2006 rally in October this year. The quaintly named Vava’u Islands are the cruising grounds chosen by the organiser, Mariner Boating.... [more]
Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Frostbite series By Simon Forbes, The third race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Frostbite series was held on Sunday 29 January and saw a north-easterly breeze averaging 10-16 knots, gusting up to 22 knots... [more]
Guide to Flying Fifteen European Championship By HISC/GN, The 2006 Flying Fifteen European Championship will take place at Hayling Island SC on the south coast of England between the 8 and 14 July. The first time the event has been held in the UK... [more]
Impressive Team GBR form at Rolex Miami OCR By RYA/Lindsey Bell/GN, Skandia Team GBR bagged an impressive haul of eight medals from their first major event of the year – the 2006 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta – including four golds from the men’s and women’s windsurf events, the 470 men’s fleet and the Laser class. This was extended by a further two silver and two bronze - winning medals in seven classes.... [more]
Dean Barker wins Auckland Match Racing Cup By Event Media, New Zealand skipper Dean Barker today fulfilled a long-held ambition to win New Zealand’s premier match racing title by taking out the Auckland Match Racing Cup in a convincing 3-0 whitewash over his opponent and one-time sparring partner Bertrand Pacé. Organisers are also celebrating the success of the five-day inaugural event, which replaces the former Steinlager-Line 7 regattas.... [more]
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - Race 5 By Frank Quealey, Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz became the new Australian 18ft Skiff champions when they brought Asko Appliances home in second place behind defending champion Michael Coxon in Casio Seapathfinder, in Race 5 of the SP Systems sponsored Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
Photos from US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR By Sail-World/GN, Shots from the camera of Walter Cooper and Dan Nerney during US Sailing's Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta - a great event and some great action... [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]
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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