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The second edition of the UK Sail-World Newsletter is issued just as the London Boat Show opens. Opening Friday is the Media day and day for those who would like to get an early view before the crowds of later in the week. Sail-World UK and the Cruising were there and will be featuring some of the boats, products and events over the next week, so log onto to see the latest without the hassle.

The Australian and New Zealand summer season is in full swing, so while we watch the hardy (mad!) frostbite sailors breaking the ice to launch here in the UK, Sail-World will be keeping you informed with the best of the International sailing events taking place in the sun.

The Dart, Contender and B14 classes are holding World championships over the next weeks and early reports are included here.

The Volvo ocean race has restarted and has continued to throw up incidents as they head into the Southern Ocean - two teams have already been forced to make stops for repairs. The other RTW event, the Clipper Challenge, has also restarted and you can follow their rather less stressed progress here.

Gerald New, UK Editor

London Boat Show opened Friday
By Sail-World/G New,
The London Boat Show opened Friday with the traditional press day and chance to enjoy a less crowded visit. One of the first of the many media events was that of Olympic Gold medalist, Sarah Ayton, presenting and signing a 2006 calendar featuring Sarah with the Opal Marine brands - Bavaria, Legend and Island Packet - and the other sponsors of her Yngling Olympic campaign, Sobstad and Tacktick... [more]

Brasil 1 to restart Volvo race Tuesday
By Volvo media,
Brasil 1 have issued the following statement concerning their plans for the repaired boat - Brasil 1 should be ready on Tuesday and we can return to the leg and gain some points in the race. But the most important thing is to get to Melbourne sailing and keeping the team’s spirit as high as possible... [more]

Heineken Cape to Bahia race - Wild and Wet
By Peridot media,
80-year old Gawie Fagan, a Cape Town architect and veteran of the South Atlantic Race, maintains his handicap lead in the Heineken Cape to Bahia yacht race which started in Cape Town on 4 January - Fagan and his crew of three on board the 29-foot Suidoos2 continues to astound with their speed averaging just under 10 knots the past 24-hours... [more]

Matt Searle and Andy Ramus win open B14 Nationals
By Mark Barnes/Matt Searle,
Superb conditions greeted the fleet at the Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney for the start of the B14 Worlds pre-event, the Australian B14 National Championships, with a 15 -18 knot SE breeze and blue skies just as the brochure advertised... [more]

Boat Mail - Day 5 - Pirates; ABN Amro 2; movistar
By Various,
We have had a great array of wild life flipping by. Today we have had two close ‘fly by’ whale moments. Close calls each time brings home the reality that this is a real threat to both us and them, yet a real treat to have them around. Vigilance is a priority. Second whale was big, didn't recognize him , couldn't see his face, but his back had a nice dorsal type fin and he looked well fed, he must have been 25ft/7+Mtrs long. He was heading west at about 4kts, against our East-ish heading at `twenny`, makes a collision at 25 most uncomfortable for us both!!... [more]

Worlds pre-event, Australian J24 titles
By Di Pearson,
Sandringham Yacht Club is a hive of activity today, as hundreds of competitors arrive ready to register for Sail Melbourne’s Olympic & Invited Classes, J24 Australian Championship and J24 Worlds, all to be sailed on Port Phillip Bay from Monday January 9th through to January 20.... [more]

Hamilton wins Australian Contender Championships
By Sebastien Destremau,
With a temperature soaring to 37 plus degrees, the legendary Fremantle Doctor stayed in bed yesterday for the third day of the Australian Contender Championships. The 61 competitors representing nine nations battled all day in light and very tricky wind conditions... [more]

Blind Match Racing Champ in Italy
By David Staley,
The 2006 Homerus International Autonomous Blind Match Racing Championship will take place in Imperia, Italy (near the French border) from 22nd to 27th May, 2006.... [more]

Dee Caffari encounters bad weather
By Dee Caffari,
The boat felt as if she was on her ear. The leeward deck was constantly under water, more from the wave action than anything else.... [more]

Volvo OR leaders throttling back?
By Lizzie Green, Volvo OR Media,
With two boats already damaged, there has been much talk of the need to throttle back when the breeze is up, although this is hard to do when all around you are pushing hard. ‘We kept to our promise and changed down to our smaller spinnaker. A hard feeling when you see one of your competition (Pirates of the Caribbean/Paul Cayard) still toughing it out on their full size masthead sail,’ reported Mike Sanderson from ABN AMRO ONE tonight. Sanderson concluded his report, ‘The speed hits 27 knots…. masthead spinnaker, full mainsail, big staysail… pitch black… oh yeah, we know all about backing off..!’... [more]

Brasil1 reports on damage situation
By Torben Grael, Brasil 1,
Unfortunately, during the second night we faced not so strong wind but really tricky waves, coming right into our faces. Brasil 1 got some really strong hits, changing directions every time a big wave got near. One of these waves was especially hard but in the dark we couldn’t find anything wrong with the boat. As the sun appeared and the wind slowed down, Kiko found a big depression on the deck with a fissure next to the cabin. We lowered the headsail and reduced the main, to get some pressure off the mast.... [more]

Dee Caffari reports from Cape Horn
By Georgina Spring,
At 09:40 UTC I became a member of an elite group of people, single handed 'Cape Horners', east to west. The grey mist lifted and the radio was busy with shipping calling into Cape Horn Radio. The 35 knots of wind from last night had left and we were sat with 5 knots of breeze and Isla Hornos on our starboard side... [more]

Heineken Cape to Bahia - HiFidelity out
By Ronelda Visser,
Less than 24 hours after the sizzling start of the Heineken Cape to Bahia yacht race in Cape Town on Wednesday, 4 January, the yacht HiFidelity is heading back to shore with reported rudder problems... [more]

London Boat Show opens Friday 6 January
By Media,
With a spectacular collection of world-class boats and related equipment, the London Boat Show is a must attend event for everyone with a passion for the water. Located in the heart of London’s Docklands at ExCeL... [more]

Harveys Composites Dart 18 World Championship
By Event media/G New,
Matt Pullen and Deborah Rickard of Briton have extended their lead at the 2005 Harveys Composites Dart 18 World Championship in South Africa... [more]

The South Ocean
By Nick Moloney,
The Southern Ocean breaks people, even strong people and every sailor heading south in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Melbourne. No one is immune and each crewmember is different. Those who have been there before cannot be completely certain how they will cope as their situations are forever changing, both physically and emotionally.... [more]

Brasil 1 has structural problems with the deck
By Event media,
Just after 0700GMT this morning, 4 January, Volvo Ocean racer Brasil 1 reported to Race Headquarters that the boat had suffered a crack in its structure and was returning to South Africa... [more]

Australian Laser Championships Fizz
By Ian Grant,
The cooler South East change which dramatically disrupted the Olympic Laser class Australian championship regatta on Waterloo Bay yesterday proved to be a fizzer leaving the 250 sailors representing 15 nations to face another test of character today... [more]

Contender Class National and World Championships
By Sebastien Destremau & Aust,
The Ronstan Contender Australian Open Championship starts today in Fremantle and will end Saturday 7 January 2006. Monday, 9 January sees the start of The World Championship.... [more]

Bloody Mary will be held on Saturday 7 January
By Event media,
This year the list of those boats eligible to win the event has been widened to include those with Primary, Secondary, Recorded and Trial Numbers, though a number of boats which were eligible last year are no longer eligible to win the whole event - they may still compete and may win class prizes if 6 or more attend the event... [more]

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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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
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