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01/04/2006




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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race

Bell Lawrie Scottish Series

Red Funnel Easter Challenge

2006 Raymarine Warsash Spring Series



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Volvo Ocean Race due to set sail from Brazil
By Sacha Oswald, Volvo Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 is ready to set sail on Sunday when the next stage of the race gets underway. Leg five will see the competitors sail 5000 nautical miles through the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, Maryland. Leg five promises to be a hard fought battle as the skippers and navigators face some difficult decisions due to the complicated currents and often fickle winds of the Western Atlantic.... [more]


Video of New M4 foiler in action
By Sail-World/GJN,
The M4 was exhibited at the Alexandra palace Dinghy Show for the first time this year. Designed and developed by Simon Maguire, the M4 Prototype is a new and exciting sailing dinghy that developes the new form of sailing, hydro foil sailing termed ‘foiling’... [more]


Sydney Heads Photo action
By Rob Kothe,
Andrea Francolini's camera was in overdrive as the Sydney to Gold Coast fleet hit the washing machine that was Sydney Heads today.... [more]


What's hidden under BMW Oracle skirt?
By Sail-World/GJN,
BMW Oracle Racing put America's Cup aficionados in uproar when they launched their new AC boat, USA87. The teams are now able to hide their hulls with a skirt and this allowed BMW Oracle Racing to reveal only the merest glimpse of their new boat - the new bowsprit... [more]


Images From a Wet n Wild Gold Coast Ride
By Crosbie Lorimer,
It’s just as well that the photographers on the media boat had motordrives for the start of the Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race today. If you’d blinked you’d have missed the action, as the fleet flew down the harbour, powered by 30-35 knot winds, mostly under headsails, crashed through the swell between the Heads and were gone in less than twenty minutes... [more]


How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)
By Sail-World Cruising/strategypage.com,
Now they haven’t mentioned a thing about parrots, eye patches, wooden legs or skull and crossbones. However, www.strategypage.com claim that merchant mariners plying pirate-infested waters, as well as naval personnel conducting anti-piracy patrols, seem to have developed some simple 'rules of thumb' to improve their chances of spotting pirates.... [more]


Volvo 70 luxury revealed
By Team ABN Amro,
In an unprecedented gesture of goodwill, Mike Sanderson treated the public of Rio de Janeiro to an exclusive insight into life at sea by revealing the never seen before, and highly secretive, interior of ABN Amro One - the leading boat in the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Ellen and crew heading for China
By Team Ellen,
Ellen and crew are nearly twenty-four hours into Leg 2 from Jeju Island, South Korea to their stop-over port of Dalian, in northern mainland China. They are on a north-westerly heading maintaining 20+ knots of boat speed in moderate south-easterly conditions.... [more]

Alan Rankin Sailing and cycling around Scotland
By Sue McKichan,
Catching 40 Winks is not easy when you’re sailing and cycling alone around Scotland. Usually Alan Rankin gets a good night’s sleep. But, being deprived of his usual eight hours is something he’ll have to get used to when he attempts to sail and cycle round Scotland alone for charity... [more]


Positions up for grabs in Clipper Race
By Fast Track,
Competition for places throughout the fleet has been high over the last 24 hours. Liverpool and Victoria lead but Qingdao Clipper and westernaustralia.com are out to the east, hoping to get a better wind angle later on... [more]

Dee gets on the conveyor belt to the corner
By Dee Caffari,
The Agulhas Current runs down the east coast of South Africa and reaches speeds between two and five knots. It is a warm water current and in parts the sea surface temperature reaches as high as 26 degrees. Therefore, if you get it right you can sit in a bath like conveyor belt to the corner... [more]

The China Boating Report
By Suntec Integrated Media,
It is an acknowledged fact that China has become a low cost manufacturing base for many companies, in many industries, from around the world. The accompanying economic boom has brought prosperity, and after more than two decades of sustained growth, the Chinese have turned their back on ascetic communism.... [more]

Ellen reaches Korea
By Offshore Challenges,
Ellen MacArthur and her three crew passed the finish gate off Jeju Island, South Korea today at 18:14:13 GMT to complete the first leg of the Asian Record Circuit to establish the first record in a time of 5 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes and 51 seconds.... [more]


Alinghi America's Cup boat SUI91 on the road
By Alinghi media,
The new Alinghi AC boat was shrouded in secrecy as it was wheeled out of the Swiss yard on the truck and trailer (in all 25m long), provided by Alinghi’s official supplier, the transport company Planzer, that is shipping it to Valencia, Spain... [more]

Etchells Boom in Ireland
By Dave Murnane,
It is just two years ago today that the first Etchells arrived in Ireland and now we see a fleet nearing 30 boats. This phenomenal success has drawn sailors from all classes with a strong emphasis on midweek and Saturday racing... [more]


33rd International Rolex Regatta Round Up
By Barby MacGowan,
The 33rd International Rolex Regatta was every sailor's best dream. The three-day event, hosted by the St Thomas YC from Friday, March 24, through Sunday, March 26, saw hundreds of sailors aboard 92 boats plying the shockingly blue waters of the Caribbean under color-matched skies, with winds cooperating perfectly... [more]

Larks at South Staffs Open Meeting
By Lark Assoc,
Twentysix Larks arrived at South Staffs SC for the second open in the Gill 2006 Belle Isle series. The wind was shifty and gusty throughout the day which allowed for an exciting game of snakes and ladders to be played out on the water... [more]


Pete Goss to Tri Round Britain Race
By Stuart Elford,
West country sailor and adventurer Pete Goss is to return to competitive sailing with an entry in the 2006 Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race. Pete and team mate Paul Larsen will be entering this unique two-handed sailing challenge in a small, lightweight trimaran that they hope will take the sailing world by storm – the Seacart 30... [more]

Southampton Sportsboat & RIB Show 2006
By IBI Media,
The 3rd annual Southampton Sportsboat & RIB Show is to run from April 29 to May 1 this year at Ocean Village Marina. More than 60 exhibitors are expected to attend the three-day event over the UK's bank holiday weekend, making it one of the most successful events ever... [more]

29er and 49er Open – Rutland Sailing Club
By Ovington,
Rutland SC held the first class event of the year for the 29ers and 49ers. It seemed spring had finally arrived as far as the air temperature went, however the water was still 4 degs and the forecast of 10 - 15 knots turned into 20 – 25 knots making for some challenging sailing... [more]


New Open 50 for Graham Dalton shipped
By Jo Gawith,
A new 50-foot yacht on which Graham Dalton will sail in this year’s single-handed around the world race, the VELUX 5 OCEANS today made its first sea voyage from Lyttelton, New Zealand to Auckland on a Pacifica Shipping coastal vessel... [more]


Fat Face Circuit visits RS400 club stronghold
By Paul Hilliar,
The RS400 Fat Face circuit continues this weekend with a visit to the stronghold of Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club. Racing kicks off at 13:00hrs... [more]

Young Guns win Waiwera Infinity Etchells Nationals
By Lindsay Kennedy,
Alastair Gair, Dave Ridley, Derek Scott and Carl Peters convincingly won the 2006 Waiwera Infinity Water Etchells Nationals sailed off Gulf Harbour last weekend. An encouraging fleet of 21 boats completed for the title with tight racing amongst the quality fleet.... [more]


505 Open the season at Burton SC
By 505media,
Burton Sailing Club hosted the first 505 Open Meeting of the year. And the first trophy went to Russell and Andrew Short from Rotheram SC after winning four of the five races... [more]

Rolex Commodores' Cup 2006
By Giles Pearman,
Three months out from the start of the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2006, regatta organiser Royal Ocean Racing Club, is predicting a strong line up. In 2004, 11 teams took to the water, with England Red overcoming the Irish on the last day to win this Solent-based international competition... [more]


Could you sell your Ship’s Log for $43,000?
By Sail-World Cruising,
Well you could, but you’d probably have to be very famous and very dead first. According to the Royal Gazette, a yacht’s sailing log signed by the late Beatle John Lennon after he made a 600-mile journey from Rhode Island to Bermuda in 1980 is expected to fetch up to $43,000 at auction next month – more than five times what it raised at auction six months ago.... [more]


BMW ORACLE hosts Base opening and more
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing celebrated three major milestones in Valencia, Spain, with the official naming of their first new generation yacht, the official opening of the team base and the launch of an extensive merchandise collection.... [more]


B&Q takes shelter
By Ellen MacArthur,
B&Q has been taking shelter from the gale force conditions in the lee of a Japanese island for the last six hours. The forecast shows another northwesterly storm on the horizon for tomorrow, so the crew will be meeting in the next few hours to discuss the options available. Read the latest phone-call from Ellen...... [more]


Team Holmatro - Interview with skipper Mitch Booth
By Team Holmatro / Diana Bogaards,
The second Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix series in the Guanabara Bay showed again some exciting races. The Britons predominated as Team Basilica won convincingly, followed by Motorola - CHR. Tommy Hilfiger (USA) took a third and Team Holmatro (NED) a fourth. Holmatro skipper and class' initiator Mitch Booth gave his retrospective view on last week's Grand Prix... [more]


Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Midland SC
By Mike Anslow,
After a hard Saturday’s sailing at Banbury followed, in a few cases, by some serious partying the crews of 33 boats entered the Silver Tiller event at Midland Sailing Club on 26 March – the best turnout there for over 20 years... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Circuit off to 61 boat start
By Pete Vincent,
The winter cobwebs were well and truly washed away at Bristol Corinthian YC when an awesome fleet of 61 RS200’s took part in the first Fat Face Racing Circuit of the year. In best RS style the result went all the way to the final race before David Giles and Kita Carpenter fully settled the argument by getting a pin end start to lead the final race all the way to the line... [more]

RS Vareos at Bristol Corinthian YC
By RS media,
The 2006 Fat Face circuit started on March 25/26 in a similar fashion to the way 2005 finished, cold breezy weather and a Tim Greenwood port end flyer. The course was shared with a large fleet of RS200’s creating an interesting game of downwind chicken... [more]


Merlin Rockets Open the Season at Banbury
By Richard Turner,
The first Silver Tiller Open of 2006 held at Banbury Sailing Club, welcomed 38 boats from all over the country to a reservoir full of water, a brisk south westerly wind and all the latest fliers on display along with a good sprinkling of older boats... [more]

Perfect conditions for Lark Youth Championships
By Lark Media,
Fifteen Larks took part in the Youth Championships at South Staffs SC on the 25 March. Ed Bradburn and Lucy Evans were the eventual winners after a final race were any of five teams could have won... [more]

National Twelve Open at Burghfield SC
By Steve Middleton,
Tight racing in blustery conditions kept the National Twelve sailors at Burghfield’s open meeting on their toes and, for the first race, extremely hot as everyone was overdressed for the remarkably mild day... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Open at Queen Mary SC
By Paul Hilliar,
Queen Mary SC hosted the opening event of the RS400 Fat Face racing circuit for 2006. A cold and windy forecast greeted the competitors and many left boats on their trailers. However those who braved the conditions on Saturday were treated to some classic racing - In the final race it was Chris Jennings and Andrew Bonsey who recovered best from a final mark situation with Tom Halhead and Chris Bishop... [more]


BMW Oracle Racing unveil USA-87 and bowsprit
By BMWOR Media and Sail-World,
BMW ORACLE Racing’s new America’s Cup Class yacht was named USA 87 in a spectacular christening ceremony tonight during the team’s new base opening festivities in Valencia. Sue Dickson, wife of BMW ORACLE Racing CEO and skipper Chris Dickson, smashed a magnum bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne across the bow of USA 87 to christen the team’s new racing yacht.... [more]

470 International Spring Cup in Bandol
By Media,
The XXXIst International Spring Cup in Bandol (France) started two days ago. Thirty four 470s from six nations have entered the regatta in Bandol, France. Gideon Kliger and Udi Gal (ISR) lead ahead of the French pair Ben and Ramain Bonnard... [more]


Final day at Expert Olympic Garda
By Media/ISAF,
The final day of racing in the Expert Olympic Garda featured the new Olympic Format had light winds across the lake. However, the conditions were sufficient for one double-weighted Medal Race across the fleets, featuring the top ten competitors in a battle for the final honours... [more]

Sébastien Col wins Marseille Match Race
By Emilie Audoly,
Sébastien Col is the first Frenchman to win the Marseille International Match Race (the previous winners were the American Ed Baird in 2005 and the Pole Karol Jablonski in 2004 and 2003).... [more]


Raymarine Warsash Spring Series - Week 3
By Flavia Bateson,
There were no sunny blue skies to greet competitors for Week 3 of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series. Instead, there were leaden clouds with a persistent drizzle which obscured large parts of the Solent and penetrated everywhere. On the positive side, the temperature was considerably less Arctic, in a lower than forecast breeze coming from the south-west which was due to move southerly and rise by the afternoon... [more]


VX40 Rio Series - Basilica comeback complete
By Chris Leigh/GJN,
Sunday’s final day of racing for the Volvo Extreme 40 series in Rio de Janeiro saw the all-British entry Team Basilica claim its seventh race win while taking overall victory for the Rio stage of the series, which also moves Team Basilica into second overall... [more]


ABN AMRO ONE wins Rio in-port race
By Volvo media,
At 18:30 GMT ABN AMRO ONE wins from movistar while Brasil 1 makes a last minute charge towards the line, overtaking ABN AMRO TWO and Pirates. Apart from the leader, who held the place virtually from the off, every other boat had its turn as second, with mistakes usually being the cause of place changes... [more]


Basilica ahead going into final day
By Sacha Oswald,
Testing times for both the competitors and the race committee on day four of the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series. With light winds never exceeding ten knots and dropping to five at times, the competitors had a tough time as the sea breeze never settled in. Basilica, helmed by Alister Richardson, managed the best day in the testing conditions, scoring a second and a race win to maintain first place overall... [more]

2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show
Alexandra Palace 04/03/06
Exhibitors are set to include almost all the UK dinghy class associations, major sailing clubs, sailing schools, sailing holiday companies, the RYA, chandlers and boat builders....
For more details and news for this event, go to:
http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=751




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