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Welcome to the first Sail-World UK newsletter - A bumper edition to catch-up with all the Holiday action in the UK and around the World. established in 2000 in antipodean Australia has become the largest sailing news site in the world. Its growth has been fuelled by its detailed coverage of major sailing events, initially in the southern hemisphere but now its reach has been spreading north.

Sail-World Asia, Sail-World NZ, Sail-World USA and now Sail-World UK, a large world wide audience. Six editors round the world are able to post news from their own time zone, both world news and news which is definitely local. So we don’t have a week day morning flood, Sail-World news is posted around the clock.

As well posting news online, 60,000 Sail-World newsletters are dispatched each week. The subscriber configurable newsletter profile allows its audience to change the frequency of newsletters, from three times a week, daily or weekly, or to a monthly newsletter. You can change from html (graphics & pictures) newsletters to text only newsletter, (best for slow connections, mobile phones and PDA etc).

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Our UK editor is Portsmouth sailor and Sailing website pioneer Gerald New. It is now coming up ten years since Gerald launched one of the first serious sailing websites in the world. Back in 1995-1996 sailing on the web was almost a curiosity but now it’s the main delivery medium for sailing news world-wide.

He founded what was probably one of the first sailing websites of any significance, to keep in touch with the UK dinghy scene, by gathering and posting sailing results direct to the web. In those early days of the Internet, when few tools were available for the layman to build Internet websites, Gerald also developed and hosted many UK sailing club and class association web sites.

His became part of the Mad for Sailing website which pioneered the full-time reporting of sailing events via the Internet, rather than as an adjacent promotional activity to a magazine which then became The Daily Sail.

Sailweb was re-launched as a News Ticker service, initially running on the HISC website, but later taken up by over 200 sailing club and marine industry sites as a regular source of results and news. The growth of RSS news feeds technology led to an output in that format which is rapidly growing.

Meanwhile half way around the globe, Sail-World has established strong sites in the nether regions. The merger of Sailweb and opens a new chapter, bringing to the UK an independent, free source of sailing news and race reporting, covering everything from dinghies to the keelboat and offshore international events.

Sail-World’s Rob Kothe commented from Sydney today; ‘Sail-World’s world wide sailing news coverage is being strengthened considerably with Gerald’s UK and European news. We in turn trust that UK and European sailors will enjoy the interesting flow of world sailing news coming from Sail-World Australia, NZ, Asia and the United States.'

'In 2005, Sail-World has shared its news with 400,000 individual sailors from 186 countries, who have looked at close to 30 million pages. As sailors have voted with their mice, the Marine industry advertisers have followed in droves, so that the free Internet experience can continue.'

‘The news ticker service pioneered by Sailweb is already being expanded around the world, with Clubs and other marine sites able to take a news mix of their choice ranging from dinghy sailing, sport-boats, catamarans to big boats, taking news from any of the Sail-World regions.’

With this first UK Newsletter from Sail-World Gerald is keen to encourage more UK Clubs, Associations and Event organisers to harness the web to take there activities to a wider audience. If you’d like to provide us with news, reports and results from your Club’s events please contact Gerald at

Good sailing in the coming season
Gerald New

That was a crazy start - Paul Cayard
By Paul Cayard, Pirates of the Caribbean,
That was a crazy start. I haven't been on a boat without steerage for years. And it happened not just once but a few times in the first 2 hours of the race. Boat were backing down, gybing upwind, it was chaotic.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race begins to Melbourne
By Kirsty Nicholls,
Collisions, protests and frustration marked the start of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Coffs Fleet handicaps askew
By Rob Kothe,
The challenging sailing conditions overnight in the 2006 Pittwater Coffs race have turned the handicap leader board on its ear, with boats finding new and slower ways to navigate the windless holes on the mid-north coast.... [more]

Wilsonian SC – Chilly Willies New Year’s Day Race
By Roy Winnett,
Wilsonian Sailing Club’s New Year Day Race – The Chilly Willies – attracted an excellent entry of 25 boats, including five visitors and the entry fees raised £145 for the RNLI... [more]

Cardiff and Glasgow out of Clipper
By Clipper Media/GN,
It has certainly been an eventful 24 hours. Firstly one of the most dramatic starts so far in race saw the boats leave Fremantle in fine style, before Cardiff came limping back to port with rudder damage. Then about four hours later Race Control was informed of a medical problem aboard Glasgow... [more]

Volvo start from Cape Town
By Volvo media,
Brasil 1 and ABN AMRO ONE penalised after the start this morning in light winds and flat water. Movistar was holding second with Pirates of the Caribbean and ING Real Estate Brunel all challenging as they beat along the coast... [more]

Solo dominate Crosby Annual Hangover Handicap
By Event Media,
Crosby Sailing Club held their Annual Hangover Handicap event on 1st January. To the relief of all who turned up the races were going to be held as this event has been blown off for the last three years! The large fleet comprised of mostly Solos, and a lone Topper... [more]

First Race for Notts County SC in 2006
By David Eberlin,
A light to moderate breeze and periods of sunshine along with relatively mild weather after the previous weeks big freeze greeted the fifty five competitors for the annual Notts County Sailing Club First of the Year Race. The Open meeting saw competitors from Burton, Carsington, Melton, Rotherham, and Lincoln taking part in a huge variety of dinghies and windsurfers... [more]

Dart 18 World Championship in South Africa
By Event media/G New,
A new leader after day two of the 2005 Harveys Composites Dart 18 World Championship at East London Yacht Club, South Africa. Matt Pullen and Deborah Rickard of Briton have moved into the overall lead after scoring a first and second... [more]

Aviva Challenge approaches Cape Horn
By Georgina Spring,
Dee Caffari on board Aviva has a really cold blast of gale force winds from the south, behind a tricky front that has passed east towards the Falkland Islands. These winds are pretty much direct from Antarctica hence a real wind chill on deck of Aviva today... [more]

O'Connor and Sign new Australian 29er Champions
By Event media/G New,
David O'Connor and Alain Sign made no mistake on the final day of the Australian 29er Nationals Championship, three second places were enough to take the title... [more]

Wild Oats X on pace, sked results available
By Al Constable,
David Dickson, navigator aboard Bob Oatley's Wild Oats X reported a few minutes ago, that they are holding on record pace.... [more]

Wild Oats X leads 25th Pittwater Coffs race start
By Rob Kothe,
Wild Oats X leads fleet away in the 25th Silver Anniversary Pittwater to Coffs race. Owner Bob Oatley standing at the shoulder of his Hobart winning skipper; the Oats X team looking for another treble.... [more]

Winner takes all for Wild Oats XI
By Rolex Media Centre,
Wild Oats XI, Mark Richards, commented that winning the race on handicap was the real prize. 'It's a bigger thrill for a boat to win on handicap than to get line honours,' he said.... [more] leads Clipper fleet from Freo
By Russ Jeffreys,, the Australian entry in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race surged over the start line this afternoon after a spectacular in-shore match race that signalled the start of the race north to Singapore.... [more]

Australian Laser Championships after 4 races
By Event media/GN,
After four races completed for the classes at the Australian Laser Championships being held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Brendan Casey (AUS) retains his overall lead in the full-rig Laser. Casey defending his title, has a one point lead over Tom Slingsby (AUS) and is four points ahead of New Zealander Andrew Murdock. Best placed British competitor is Mark Howard in eleventh place... [more]

Didn't get that special gift? Try a 29erXX
By Bethwaite media/GN,
The new uprated version of the popular 29er, the hot-hatch 29erXX, is getting closer to release. After further development in Australia and sailing trials in San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto with the new rig, the Bethwaite web site lists the gear requirements and cost to change to the double trapeze version... [more]

Final day at Palamos Christmas Race
By Event media/GN,
The last day of the Palamos Christmas Race has ended with no wind and only one race sailed by the 49ers. The Committee waited for the light North wind to change to a stable SW wind as forecast but that did not happen... [more]

Ellen MacArthur Trust together with Skandia
By Media/GN,
The Ellen MacArthur Trust has just been named the official charity for Skandia Cowes Week for the next three years. Giving the Trust the platform to raise its profile and increase fundraising activities, which ultimately will allow more children suffering from a serious illness to be introduced to the joys of sailing. 2005 has seen The Ellen MacArthur Trust take 45 children recovering from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illnesses sailing... [more]

Official – Wild Oats XI takes triple
By Event Media/Peter Campbell,
The Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Geoff Lavis, this evening announced that there is now no boat at sea that can beat Wild Oats XI as Overall Winner of the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]

Your worst nightmare – big winds, no steering
By Jim Gale,
Hardys Secret Mens Business was fully powered up, sailing at the absolute limit in near gale force conditions where one mistake could spell disaster. Then the steering failed.... [more]

Sail-World wins trifecta too!!
By Al Constable,
Boxing Day, Tuesday and Wednesday have each delivered larger Sail-World audiences than any day in its six year history.... [more]

The Best Hobart Image?
By Sail-World,
We think this could be the best picture of the 2005 Hobart race. If you have seen a better one, please tell us. A dramatic morning for Wild Oats, with her goose neck broken, her runners and backstays caught the top battens. With those gone, the main had to come down to save it, she raced the last part of the race on handrails alone. Crosbie Lorimer caught her at Iron Pot... [more]

How Wild Oats XI won the race in record time
By Jim Gale/Sail-World,
Surrounded by about 50 spectator craft Wild Oats XI crossed the line in a fresh 15 knot north-westerly, in what amounted to a perfect day for sailing on the Derwent River. But there had been earlier dramas for the crew of the super maxi.... [more]

Plum Duff racing at Delph Sailing Club
By Delph SC,
On a cold day with force 2-3 NE wind off the moors, over 50 boats sailed the Plum Duff Handicap at Delph SC, twenty of them being visitors from as far a field as Scotland and Birmingham... [more]

Hayling Island SC Christmas Cracker
By Sail-World/G New,
And the North wind did blow... a cold 19 knot breeze from the NE with gusts into the mid-twenties greeted the 21 entries for the Hayling Island SC Christmas Cracker Pursuit race... [more]

Men in Black and more
By The Sail-World Team,
Crosbie Lorimer was on the harbour for the 2005 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Here are his impressions from the start of the 61st race.... [more]

Images from the Hobart start
By Guy Nowell,
Guy Nowell from Sail-World Asia was on Sydney Harbour today for the 61st Hobart start.... [more]

Sail-World expands at Christmas
By Al Constable,
Sail-World, the largest sailing news site in the world continues to grow with Sail-World Cruising and Sail-World UK coming on line today. We have just had a glass of virtual champagne and orange juice, with our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen, on a cold Christmas morning in Istanbul. It’s a good day to cruise by at Tonight, when the sun goes over the yard-arm in Portsmouth, we will have a quiet virtual ale with Gerald New, the Sail-World UK editor, who some say is the father of the sailing internet. You will be able to read all about Gerald on Sail-World tonight.... [more]

Golden Year for Enterprise class
By Enterprise Assoc,
2006 is going to be a very special year for the ever popular Enterprise dinghy as it celebrates its Golden birthday. The Class, which now numbers over 23,000 boats, will notch up 50 years of exciting family sailing on 9 January 2006 - the class will mark the occasion at the London Boat Show in Victoria Docks on 15 January when they take part in the London Boat Show Pursuit Race... [more]

HISC announce dates for Asymmetric Open series
By HISC media,
The dates for the Hayling Early Windward Leeward (HEWL) Open event have been set - 15 and 25 January and 12 and 26 February 2006. To coincide with high water this popular pre-season event is open to all Asymmetric classes (excluding 18' Skiffs) with ideally three races per day... [more]

Boxing Day action for Volvo Ocean Race fleet
By Volvo/Sacha Oswald,
Whilst most people will still be enjoying their leftover Christmas dinners, the seven Volvo Open 70’s that make up the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 will be out in Table Bay locked in battle - The in-port racing is an exciting new feature to the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

It's HELLO from Sail-World Cruising
By Nancy Knudsen,
It’s Hello from Sail-World’s Cruising Editor, Nancy Knudsen, and welcome to Sail-World’s Cruising Website and Newsletter. Every week we will be bringing you news and stories for the cruising sailor – everything NOT to do with racing.... [more]

Kiwis back on track in America's Cup
By ACM Media,
For Emirates Team New Zealand, the year 2005 is another step on the road to recovery following the disastrous 2003 campaign that saw the team lose the America's Cup to Alinghi. The new Kiwi team, under the leadership of Grant Dalton, has firmly put that disappointment behind it, and appears to be moving forward at full speed.... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week to address problems
By Michelle Warner / GN,
The Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC) who run Skandia Cowes Week have released reports of feedback that highlight the good and bad points of the event in 2005 and what they are doing to address problems raised... [more]

British Open Team Racing Championships
By Event media,
The Notice of Race and Online entry form for the 2006 British Open Team Racing Championships for the Wilson Trophy is now available on the Wilson Trophy website... [more]

Open Winter Series at Wilsonian Sailing Club
By Roy Winnett,
It was the concluding race of the Open Winter Series at Wilsonian Sailing Club on Sunday morning. A steady force 2 westerly was a pleasant change from the light airs of the past three Sundays... [more]

Final weekend of HISC Autumn Dinghy series
By GN,
For a while the final Sunday was in doubt but with staff (and family) and members pitching in, after a one hour postponement, and a very cold start, 30 boats took to the water... [more]

SIRs wraps up for another year
By Sam Crichton and,
2005 Sydney International Regatta (SIR) has seen 220 competitors, from 13 countries and all Australian states, racing for four days, on Sydney Harbour.... [more]

OK's announce Ranking list
By Robert Deaves,
The first release of an International ranking list for the International OK Dinghy includes some 287 sailors from 10 nations. The new ranking list is the first indicator of form for the upcoming Toshiba World Championships in Belmont, Australia in February. This new innovation for the International OK Dinghy Class has highlighted the recent worldwide growth in numbers as the class approaches its 50th year.... [more]

New Rick Tomlinson Gallery opens in Cowes
By Media PR,
Top yachting photographer, Rick Tomlinson has opened a new Gallery in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Gallery officially opened with an exhibition of pictures from his 2005 assignments with the Superyacht Adele. Pictures include dramatic glaciers, wildlife and sailing photographs of Adele in Norway and the Arctic... [more]

Corum Melges 24 Worlds - Wrap-Up
By Keith Taylor,
It was the battle of the Italians and the Not-so-Italians, the Corinthians and the professionals, the newcomers and the old salts. After six intense days of demanding racing in the 2005 Corum Melges 24 World Championship, James Spithill's Italian Luna Rossa team held on to a diminished margin to take the top trophies... [more]

Images from David Bell- Formula Windsurfing Worlds
By Sail-world,
David Bell was around for the last day of the Formula Windsurfing World Championship at Sail Melbourne…when it blew... [more]

Images and Results - Formula Windsurfing Worlds
By Sail-world,
Jeff Crow was covering the action at the Formula Windsurfing World Championship, Sail Melbourne... [more]

Supermaxi images Hot off the water
By Andrea Francolini,
Once upon a time, you had to wait for months to see pictures of yacht racing. Now images can come straight off the water. Here are images from the first race of the Rolex trophy series, shot only a few minutes ago and uploaded three miles off Sydney Heads.... [more]

World record still on the cards despite speed hump
By Event Media,
A spectacular structural failure isn’t deterring the team from Macquarie Innovation pursuing its dream of smashing the elusive 50-knot mark and sailing’s world speed record. The team’s latest bid ended prematurely when the aerofoil rig of its asymmetrical trimaran disintegrated during a fast-paced run at Sandy Point, near Wilsons Promontory, in Victoria, on December 10... [more]

Georgia one of the world’s largest sloops in Oz
By Jonathan Crowe,
If you’re lucky enough to be anywhere nearly Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach in the next couple of days, take a look at one of the largest sailing sloops in the world, just arrived. A whopping 48.5 metres long, the SY Georgia was... [more]

Phuket Parties
By Suzy Rayment,
Phuket King’s Cup Parties are legendary, and this week’s action packed programme tested even the fittest of sailing party animals. With over 800 crew from 85 boats to be entertained, the major resorts of Phuket took up the challenge and provided an action packed week of social events.... [more]

Couto and Railey are new Radial World Champions
By Laser / GN,
Brazilian, Eduardo Couto, and American, Paige Railey, needed only one race to become world champions at the Laser Radial Open and Womens championships. Couto beat American, Brad Funk - by winning that race he won his country's first title at Radial. For Paige Railey, the fifteenth place was more than enough to get her hands on the trophy... [more]

2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
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2006 Melbourne Stopover

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 -
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