The Etchell World Championship taking place in Australia are off to a flying start with Jud Smith leading after two races. Best placed Brit is Andy Beadsworth in second overall.
The Kiwi pair Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams won the Star North American championship to add to their World title.
Tony Bullimore went missing for a week or so then phoned home to say they were all ok - creating a media scrum in Australia and some wry looks elsewhere.
Hugo Boss and Ecover are fighting for second place in the Velux 5 Oceans race while RNJ on Saga Insurance is taking a more relaxed view of the whole thing . . . and seems to be enjoying it all, lost whisky not withstanding.
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series, Week 7 By Peter Danby, Yet again, the weather conditions for the seventh weekend of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series proved to be ideal for late season racing. Although wind was in short supply at the scheduled starting time of 10 am, all the good signs were there, and a thirty minute postponement was all that was required... [more]
Audi Etchells World Day 2 - David Clark wins By Rob Kothe, Pittwater sailor Dave Clark opened a big margin on the 70 boat fleet in the second race of the 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds to record an 82 second win against the 70 boat fleet. In second place was overall series leader Jud Smith (AUS)and in third Rob Brown (AUS). Briton's Andy Beadsworth finished in fourth to consolidate his second place overall.... [more]
Liverpool YC Late Autumn Series By Richard Baldwin, Liverpool Yacht Club held the second race in the Late Autumn Series on Sunday 19 November. Twentythree yachts in the three IRC classes took part in the race under a blue sky with a light F3 SSW, despite an early start with the first yachts locking out into the Mersey at 07:50... [more]
Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Winter series By Simon Forbes, The sixth race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Winter series was held on Sunday 19th November in glorious sunshine. The Race Committee waited an hour for the breeze to arrive and set the fleets away in a westerly breeze averaging 8 knots with gusts up to 15 knots at the end of the race... [more]
Hamish Pepper reflects on rare Star Double By Hamish Pepper, Today we finished off what has been an awesome first year winning the Star North American’s in Miami USA. Within a strong fleet of 77 boats, plus or minus a few teams from the Worlds.... [more]
New talent joins Skandia Team GBR By RYA, Skandia Team GBR has welcomed seven young up and coming sailors and potential London 2012 talent to the team. These sailors will now make the switch from youth classes to senior level Olympic class racing and gain access to all the team has to offer from elite coaching to technical advice... [more]
Raja Muda 2006 - Under starter's orders By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia, The first race of the 17th Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta began yesterday at 13:00hrs as Race Officer Jerry Rollin sent off the Vintage Class of four boats. At completion of registration the regatta fleet stood at 44 entries – a new record for this deservedly popular event.... [more]
Audi Etchells Worlds Action Day One By Al Constable, Images from Race one of the 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds, a perfect 20 knot sea breeze day.... [more]
HUGO BOSS moves from fourth to second By Annabel Merrison, British solo skipper Alex Thomson, one of the favourites in the VELUX 5 Oceans race, has climbed from fourth to second place aboard his yacht HUGO BOSS. He passed Kojiro Shiraishi on Spirit of Yukoh (JPN) yesterday afternoon and Mike Golding’s Ecover (GBR) late last night... [more]
Bullimore phones home By Teambullimore, Tony Bullimore has made contact for the first time in 11 days. Barry Pickthall, who runs the Team Bullimore control centre said Bullimore only had a brief chat with his wife then switched his phone off to conserve its limited battery power... [more]
Never mind the battens - Where's the whisky gone? By RKJ, Robin Knox-Johnston has been chatting with Mike Golding (competitor in 2nd place) about his broken battens. The battens along with his auto pilot problems are causing RKJ to consider another pit stop, but even more pressing has been the realisation that he has mislayed four bottles of whiskey !... [more]
Stenhouse wins Musto Skiff Inlands By Gareth Davies, Despite an interesting weather forcast twenty eight Musto Skiff’s arrived for the 2006 inlands at Grafham Water SC. A sunny day greeted the fleet on Saturday with twenty knots of breeze and gusts of a bit more... [more]
Audi Etchell Worlds 2006 Race One - Jud Smith wins first race By Rob Kothe, Reporting live from the water, off Fremantle WA. The first race has been won by North American sailor Jud Smith ahead of Kiwi Alastair Gair. Best Brit was Andy Beadsworth in 4th, then Ante Razmilovic 10th.... [more]
Pepper and Williams win Star North Americans By Sail-World, The New Zealand crew of Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams have won the North American Star Championship with a race to spare. Williams and Pepper won the World Championship six weeks ago in San Francisco, having been sailing for just eight months in the class. They won today's race sailing against a very classy 79 boat fleet in Miami, Florida, and are in an unbeatable points position.... [more]
Final results 16th Aruba Heineken Regatta By Diana Bogaards, The Dutch Hobie Tiger team Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis won the 16th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. Although the Dutchmen Pols/Veenstra (F18 Nacra Infusion) took the bullet in the final race, Booth/Nieuwenhuis remained the best in a fleet of 35 bigger catamarans... [more]
Team Germany plans next campaign By Oliver Laskowsky, There are still 137 days left until the start of Act 13 in the context of the 32nd America's Cup off the Spanish coast. While the United Internet Team Germany around skipper Jesper Bank is preparing day and night for the next challenge off Valencia, preparations for another possible campaign are made in the background.... [more]
B&G H3000 instrument system Launched at METS By Saul Trewern, Launched at METS 2006, the B&G H3000 instrument system is set to take the sailing world by storm with an exciting combination of unique functionality, superb flexibility and unmatched accuracy... [more]
Channel Islands Frostbite report By William Harris, A near record number of boats turned out for the first race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s annual Freeport Marine Frostbite Series on Sunday morning... [more]
Team Shirley Robertson move to Palma By Shirley Robertson, It’s been two years since I stood on the Podium in Athens and It feels fantastic to be back in the throws of another Olympic campaign. I now have two (that was a surprise) beautiful healthy sleeping babies, a supergranny, a fantastic crew, great sponsors and a very understanding husband... [more]
J/105s Garmin Hamble Winter Series By Kirsty Apthorp, On Sunday 12 November ten J/105s set out for to the Solent to participate in the fifth race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. With gales over the previous two days, Sunday morning dawned with a gentle 10 knots... [more]
Sharp takes victory in Class 40 of Route du Rhum By Rivacom, His average for the crossing is: 8.01 knots. Sharp steps indeed into Dame Ellen MacArthur's tracks as she was the first English entry to win the famous Transatlantic race in 1998 on an Open 50 – she was 22 years old.... [more]
Andrea Francolini at the 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds By Salt Water Media, Andrea Francolini is in Perth to capture all the excitement in the Audi Etchells Worlds, which starts off Fremantle tomorrow morning.... [more]
A little breeze for Golding - Velux 5 Oceans By Coralie Rassinoux, Frustrations vented perhaps, or maybe it is just that there is now light at the end of the tunnel, but Mike Golding's mood has lifted with the arrival of a slightly more useful breeze.... [more]
Thomson climbs mast, ready for Southern Ocean By Annabel Merrison, The mast has been beckoning me for ages now, and finally there was no more avoiding it. So with a quick call to the shore crew, I strapped on my helmet, dug out the harness and faced the job I have been dreading.... [more]
2007 ISAF Conference - key decisions summarised By ISAF and sail-World, Summary of the key decisions and highlights of the recently concluded annual ISAF Conference in Finland. On the contentious issue of the Olympic classes for 2012, note that the ISAF Council deferred a decision on Proposal 79 (which called for the dropping of the published class list from which Olympic classes must be selected) on the basis that the effect on the Regional games (which come from the same list) must also be assessed.... [more]
Bullimore: They seek him here, they seek him . . . . By Team Bullimore/Sail-World, While news of Tony Bullimore’s ‘local difficulty’ with the communications equipment on his 102ft catamaran Doha 2006 spread like wildfire around Australia and beyond yesterday, the crew by contrast have probably made very little progress towards port... [more]
Bartercard Twelve Foot Skiffs at Draycote By Alan Atterbury, Last weekend saw the 12ft skiffs make the trip to their first inland venue - Draycote Water, near Rugby, Warwickshire. With 12ft fixed bowsprits and unlimited sail area these boats certainly need a decent piece of water and Draycote did not disappoint... [more]
Skippers prepare for the Southern Ocean By Kate Fairclough, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo round-the-world in 1968/9, crossed the Equator at 1208 UTC today in the classic VELUX 5 OCEANS race. This is Sir Robin’s eighth Equator crossing aboard a sailing yacht, and only his second solo crossing in 38 years.... [more]
New EPIRB range added to Simrad safety family By Saul Trewern, The sophisticated new range of Simrad EPIRBS, on show at METS 2006 will offer a choice of manual and automatic release versions for professional SOLAS and recreational users. Simrad offers a robust and reliable family of GMDSS electronics, which includes the SA50 SART (Search and Rescue Transponder), the AXIS series of VHF handheld radios and now, the new EPIRB range... [more]
Crew wanted for Sydney 38 Hobart campaign By Claire Kennard, You can be onboard a fully equipped race yacht with a crew of eight racing in the most demanding yacht race in the world – This year’s Rolex Sydney to Hobart. This year the Global Yacht Racing team are taking on the famous Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race again. Global Yacht Racing offer crew places to individuals of varying sailing and racing experience to take part in offshore racing.... [more]
2007 ISAF Worlds Qualification System Updated By ISAF, The qualification system for the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal has been updated. The Championships, taking place from 28 June-13 July, will be the pinnacle event for the Olympic Classes in 2007 with 75% of all the national places for the 2008 Olympic Games to be decided.... [more]
Ericsson Racing Team appoints Kostecki skipper By Ola Rembe, The Ericsson Racing Team will participate for the second consecutive time in the world premiere Ocean Race. The last edition, concluded in fifth place, has been thoroughly debriefed, and with the appointment of skipper John Kostecki and designer Juan Kouyoumdjian the team believes they have a potent mix for building a strong and competitive team.... [more]
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston muses on progress or not By Robin Knox-Johnston, My average speed since the start is pretty close to Suhaili's, - Suhaili had a reach from Portugal to the ITCZ, poor Saga Insurance has had a beat all the way, and still has - but let's be positive and assume it will improve. At 200 miles a day, 8 knots, I'll arrive in Freo (Fremantle, Australia) on the 23 December... [more]
Whale stranding brings out the best in humans By Jane Pares, International Marine Brokers, New Zealander Jane Pares was on her way to the Bay of Islands to help solo sailor, Donna Lange when she got involved in the pilot whale stranding at Uretiti Beach. Her's her story and photos... [more]
Second Cup piece said to have been returned By Sail-World, Sail-World understands that the second missing piece of the America’s Cup has been returned. The two missing pieces of the America’s Cup damaged in the sledge hammer attack almost ten years ago are now in the possession of the current holder of the America’s Cup - the Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG).... [more]
B14 Inland championships and season finale By Mark Watts, The B14 Inland championships and season finale hosted by Grafham Water SC, greeted 16 teams to do battle, including a number of new teams at their first circuit event. With the chase for the B14 TT series overall title still tied between Team Pocket Elephant and Readycrest Racing Team, the scene was set for a great weekend... [more]
29er and 49er Inland championships By Ovington media, The 29er and 49er Inland championships were held over the weekend of the 11/12th November at Grafham Water SC. For many it was the first taste of winter. A gusty lively breeze greeted the sixtyone 29ers and twentysix 49ers for their annual last season event at Grafham... [more]
Craftinsure Firefly Inland Championships By Fiona Coates, 29 Fireflies made it up to Rutland on the 11/12 November to compete in their Craftinsure Inland Championships, the last event of an action packed and extremely successful 60th Anniversary year. This year the National Firefly Association combined the event with the Ladies and Youth National titles... [more]
Lewmar wins prestigious Design Award METS 2006 By Sail-World, The One Touch Winch Handle was selected from five category winners. The Dame Jury said ‘Elegant in concept, aesthetically pleasing, strong on detail design, well executed, effective and a great step forward - Lewmar’s One Touch Winch Handle ticked all of the essential DAME boxes and is therefore a very worthy winner.'... [more]
CHN 95 meets the Press By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia, There were no firecrackers and no lion dances, but the AC China Team today reached another marker on their collective journey to Valencia and the 32nd America’s Cup when they officially ‘rolled out’ their new boat – CHN95 – for the press at McConaghy’s China yard in Dong Guan.... [more]
Three supermaxis for 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race By Lisa Ratcliff, This year Wild Oats is preparing to defend her turf against Grant Wharington’s turbo charged Skandia, a former line honours winner, and New Zealand based Charles St Clair Brown and Bill Buckley’s Maximus, making its Hobart debut, and become the first yacht since Astor in 1964 to achieve consecutive wins over the line.... [more]
I-14 Hayling Hull won by Andy and Tom Partington By Mike Lennon, Father and son team, Andy and Tom Partington won the International 14 Hayling Hull on the weekend of the 11 & 12 November at HISC. The first open meeting since the GBR fleet had returned from the recent World Championships in Los Angeles, and with sailors itching to get on the water, this was always going to be a hard fought open... [more]
Percy wins Winter Challenge Match racing Series By RYA, The JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Match racing Series kicked off this weekend (11-12 November) at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines. Some of Britain’s top match racers were showing off their match racing skills, including +39 Americas Cup helmsman and Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy... [more]
Garmin Hamble Winter Series, Week 6 By Peter Danby, The thirteen classes of yachts competing in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series enjoyed yet another day of very good racing when the main series resumed after last week's Charity Pursuit Race... [more]
2006 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 26/11/06 This annual transatlantic rally starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has now become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=629
2006 Audi Etchells Worlds Media Centre 11/11/06 One of the strongest international fleets for many years is expected to assemble for the 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds in Fremantle West Australia, sailing on the legendary Cockburn Sound, in November.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm/2006AudiEtchellsMedia
2006 Garmin Hamble Series Hamble River SC 07/10/06 Level racing for 45 foot BB1 class, last year five Farr 40’s and one Ker 11.7 fought it out in the Level Racing BB2 Class. Plus IRC/IRM in the Hamble Big Boat Series... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=878
Keelboat Events 01/10/06 Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=886
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