The Velux 5 Oceans race started with a bang and just as it seemed to be settling down, with Stamm away and Golding and Thomson trading second place. It was all high seas drama as Thomson's Hugo Boss suffered keel failure and Golding turned Ecover around to effect a rescue.
Only for the rig of Ecover to fail as Golding attempted to continue the race with his passenger. They are now headed for Cape Town to sortout the problems and prospects of rejoining the race again.
Meanwhile the Etchells Worlds was taken to the final day, with multi runner-up Jud Smith (USA) finally taking the elusive title.
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (the ARC) set off from Las Palmas - 232 boats and 1100 people - set off for one of the most famous cruising passages of all, the Atlantic Crossing.
Ecover finally sailing again By Coralie Rassinoux, Finally the mainsail is set and Mike Golding and Alex Thomson are seeing Ecover start to show what she is capable under triple reefed mainsail and staysail under the truncated, shortened rig. It has been a long and, at times, difficult task to recover the two pieces which had broken off the carbon mast, cutting and un-attaching some of the standing rigging, and lowering it to the deck... [more]
Loki squeaks home - Wins IRC Title By Rob Mundle, In what was a spectacular final day of racing in the Savills Short Ocean Racing Championship off Sydney, Stephen Ainsworth had to survive a frustrating final race before his 60-footer Loki was confirmed the winner of IRC Division One, and the outright winner of the championship.... [more]
Dean Barker takes NZ Matchracing Nationals By Sara Roberts, Barker won the first match by 55 seconds and Brady came back to win race two by 14 seconds. Brady then took race three by 29 seconds and Barker in a match break point that ended in a close luffing match, contact right on the finish line, two penalties to Brady – and Barker took the win to level it up!... [more]
Tornado South American Championship 2006 By Sail-World, Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckmann of Germany lead the Tornado South American Championship after three races completed in San Isidro, Argentina. Briton's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are in 17th overall in the event which is a warm-up for the Worlds starting 5 December... [more]
Stamm extends lead as others suffer By Tim Kelly, With less than 3,000 miles to go to Fremantle (Western Australia), Bernard Stamm (SUI) extends lead out in front as he battles strong winds and a tiring night of sail changes - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) moves into second as the temperature plunges with snow - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) continues to be plagued by auto pilot problems that are limiting his speed - Unai Basurko (ESP) maintains speed despite rudder problems as he chases down fleet... [more]
Update on Ecover shock mast break By Tim Kelly, After an emotional Thomson bid farewell to his trusted steed as he was forced to abandon ship deep in the Southern Ocean, Mike Golding suffered a shock mast break on ECOVER only hours after courageously rescuing fellow skipper Alex Thomson from his stricken yacht HUGO BOSS. Both shattered, Thomson now helps Golding get ECOVER the 1,000 miles to Cape Town... [more]
Images from final day at the Audi Etchells Worlds By Al Constable, Great weather, great venue and great sailing, what more could you ask of a World Championship? here are images from the final day of the Audi Etchells Worlds 2006, in Fremantle WA.... [more]
American Jud Smith wins Audi Etchells Worlds By Rob Kothe, Jud Smith, the three times North American Etchells champion and four times Worlds runner up took the gun in the eighth and final race to win the 2006 Audi Etchells World Championship off Fremantle West Australia today. New Zealand's Alastair Gair was second and Briton's Ante Razmilovic finished in third place overall... [more]
Raja Muda - the last passage race By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia, The last passage race of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, 55 nm from Penang to Langkawi, started with a whisper and ended with a shout.... [more]
Cruel blow to Golding after heroic rescue By Annabel Merrison, Mike Golding’s ECOVER was dealt cruel, punishing body blow just hours after he had completed the difficult rescue of fellow Velux 5 Oceans competitor Alex Thomson, when the mast of his Open 60 broke in two places.... [more]
Sydney 38's set for an excellent showcase series By Simon Reffold, With the Sydney 38 One Design Class outnumbering all the other divisions competing at this weekend's Savills Short Ocean Racing Championship there is a strong interest on the results for this showcase division.... [more]
Golding breaks mast after rescue By Tim Kelly, At 1150h GMT this morning ECOVER, skippered by Mike Golding (GBR), broke part of her mast while in the Southern Ocean, some 1,000 miles from Cape Town, South Africa. Only six hours earlier Mike Golding had completed the daring rescue of his fellow competitor and compatriot Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS) in the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world race.... [more]
The ARC Countdown... By Nancy Knudsen, It’s another white sky today. I will always remember Las Palmas for its white skies. In the shadowless light of the morning, the dock is humming. There’s a gangly man dangling above from his mast, calling out instructions. From the opposite boat drift wild curry cooking smells. Cartons of beer are being handed onto into an aft cockpit, and here on Blackwattle, I am feverishly sanding our gunwale ready for varnishing to protect it from the ravishes of the Atlantic Ocean.... [more]
Success for Southern Ocean rescue - Velux 5 Ocean By Tim Kelly, At approximately 0635 GMT this morning, Mike Golding completed the successful rescue of Alex Thomson. Both the British skippers are now safe and well onboard ECOVER following a tense two hour rescue at first light this morning, close to 850 miles south of South Africa. The dramatic rescue was a text book operation, especially given the harsh and challenging conditions present in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
J/105s Race 6 Garmin Hamble Winter Series By Kirsty Apthorp, Sunday 19 November saw the J/105 fleet eager to compete in the sixth race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. More breeze was forecast than had been seen over recent weeks and the discard kicked in... [more]
Sir Robin comments on the Hugo Boss capsize By Sophy Williams, The news that Alex Thomson has had to abandon his boat Hugo Boss in the Southern Ocean is only relieved by the fact that he is safe. His boat was one of the best prepared for the 2006 Velux 5 Oceans race, and the fact that he has suffered a mechanical failure is a tragedy... [more]
Now rudder problems for Spain's Unai Basurko By Kate Fairclough, Spain's Unai Basurko, sailing the new Open 60 PAKEA in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, this morning reported into the race organisers that he has a problem with his port rudder. He is not in any immediate danger and is continuing to race, safe and well... [more]
Mike Golding turns back to rescue Alex Thomson By Kate Fairclough, At 11:00 GMT this morning, Alex Thomson (GBR) officially informed the VELUX 5 OCEANS race organisers that he will abandon ship as a result of the severe structural failure to the keel onboard HUGO BOSS. Fellow British skipper Mike Golding (ECOVER), the nearest competitor in second place, immediately responded to the request for assistance and turned back upwind to assist his compatriot and fellow competitor... [more]
Simrad Glass Bridge system, GB60 By Saul Trewern, The Simrad Glass Bridge system, GB60, the latest integrated navigation system for large yachts and smaller high-end vessels has been wowing crowds on the boat show circuit since its launch in July this year... [more]
One month into the Velux 5 Oceans race By Kate Fairclough, Alex Thomson (GBR) falls into third place as he is overtaken by Mike Golding (GBR) - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) stuck in wind hole overnight - Graham Dalton (NZL) ‘flying blind’ due to communications problems - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) cracks open the fruit cake... [more]
New European circuit for Extreme 40 class By TornadoSport, Sailing event management company, OC Events, and creators of the Extreme 40 Class, TornadoSport, have today officially joined forces to take this new and exciting Class forward in to 2007 and beyond. Existing Extreme 40 teams have already confirmed their participation in the series, including Holmatro, Team Basilica and Conrad Humphreys Racing... [more]
Fair or Not - Luck plays its part in ocean racing By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, The Velux 5 Oceans race started a month ago. It does not seem like it, and to have progressed only halfway down the South Atlantic is particularly disappointing. Still since crossing the equator, even if the wind has not done what it is usually expected to do and has obstinately stayed South East edging towards East, we have made better progress... [more]
Images from Day 5 Audi Etchells Worlds By Al Constable, Another awesome day at the Audi Etchells Worlds. Fabulous blue sky, great water and the sight of seventy Etchells all in a row at the start line gets the blood pumping.... [more]
Lipton Racing Regatta is covered in video By Simon Grain, A total of 17 videos have been put on line at www.sailcam.tv giving full coverage of the very successful Lipton Racing Regatta.... [more]
RKJ's worst nightmare, autopilots fail again By RKJ, Worst nightmare, the autopilots have failed again! I am genuinely puzzled. I have used these units for about 30 years and never had a problem before and cannot believe I should suddenly get two bad units. Its got to be a connecting problem and that is not my strength... [more]
Bullimore hits Australia – Hard By Rob Kothe, British around-the world yachtsman Tony Bullimore arrived in Albany in Western Australia today. He stopped when he hit Australia, literally.... [more]
Alinghi starts winter training in Dubai By Alinghi Media, 'We are here to continue developing the boats, so we’ll be doing more testing, but also to train as a race crew, so there will be more racing too' said Brad Butterworth, team skipper, at a press conference at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).... [more]
A revolution in boat transport By Bernard Schopfer, When they started designing the RC 44, Andrej Justin and Russell Coutts immediately included the cost of transportation and storage in their thoughts. As a consequence, the beam of the boat was carefully chosen and the stern of the boat is removable to allow the transportation length to be less than 40 feet. The keel fin attachment was also designed to be easily removable whilst the carbon mast is assembled in two parts.... [more]
Sailrocket emerges with new solid wing sail By Paul Larsen, The Sailrocket project has recommenced sailing activities with its new solid wing sail. The wing is the culmination of an 18 month design, build and finance program. The aim of the project remains the same, to set the Outright world speed sailing record and break through the 50 knot mark... [more]
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]
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]
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 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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