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With all the main sailing, both yachts and dinghy, taking place in warmer climes, the London Boat Show opened its doors to provide a glimpse of the season to come.

Here in the warmth of the Excel centre you could see the latest products of the marine industry and in an atmosphere that seems to become more and more akin to the car supermarkets, barter a deal.

At one point on opening day I overheard a salesman reeling off his best price and extras - as more optional extras were thrown in to seal the deal I was disappointed the customer didn't demand the ubiquitous 'and a set of mud flaps'.

Meanwhile in the Southern Ocean the Volvo guys are past the halfway mark and breaking records and boats!

Sail Melbourne has just ended, with the new ISAF Medal Race format being used to sort out the medals on the final day - check the competitor's comments in the final report.

Lots of other sailing in Oz with the Contender and B14 Worlds concluding and the J24 just about to start - so plenty to browse through and more to come - so keep logging in to for all the latest wherever it's happening.

New ISAF Format sorts out the winners
By Di Pearson/GN,
Sail Melbourne’s Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta came to a conclusion today and winners announced following the trialed ISAF Medal Race finish. For the small British team it was a successful journey with Leigh McMillan and Will Howden taking the silver in the Tornado and Mark Howard the bronze in the Laser... [more]

Final Day of RS:X Oceanic Championships
By Ailsa Angus and David Bell (Belly),
The new Olympic format of the top 10 competitors in the Men's and Women's division going through to a double points scoring final race, was implemented at the final day of the RS:X Oceanic Championships.... [more]

Hot fleet in Audi Australian Etchells Championship
By Di Pearson/,
The Audi Australian Etchells Championship commencing on Monday 16th January at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, has attracted over 60 of the most talented sailors around.... [more]

Swan 45 Gold Cup preparations under way
By Jennifer Holl,
Racing is about to commence in the Swan 45 Gold Cup at Acura Key West (14-20 January), as 16 entrants battle for the title of World Champion.... [more]

VOR Boatmail - Nibbling away at the Kids
By Various on-board sea-scribes,
Not a lot to report in the last 24 hours, besides that movistar is the most southern boat of the fleet, and nibbling away some miles from the 'kids' in front of us. They are our target, of course it would be a nice bonus if the black boat parks up as well, but they still have handy lead. Capey (Andrew Cape), our navigator spends hours here in the nav station, looking into all the options. A crucial decision will have to get made soon, and that is when to start heading north towards Australia. We have to watch out that we don't stick for too long down south, as then your wind angle coming into Aus will get worse, and therefore at a slower boat speed. But computers are a great help for making these decisions.... [more]

When pulling back is going forward
By Andy Rice, Sailing Intelligence,
The keel problems aboard Pirates of the Caribbean are not only a cause of great concern for Paul Cayard and his men, but a salutary reminder of just how close to the edge these Volvo 70s are operating.... [more]

Andrea Bonezzi makes it six at Contender Worlds
By Sail-World/G New,
Andrea Bonezzi of Italy is the new Ronstan Contender World Champion. He did enough in the two Friday races to seal the title and does not need to sail the final race Saturday. The worst he could finish with is nine points and Hamilton cannot beat that even with a win in the final race... [more]

Searle and Ramus in tight B14 Worlds title win
By Event Media/GN,
The CST Composites B14 World Championships on Sydney Harbour went down to the wire, but in the end it was Briton's Matt Searle and Andy Ramus (Gutted Hedgehog) who won... [more]

New Leader in Heineken Cape to Bahia race
By Ronelda Visser,
Ten days after the start of the Heineken Cape to Bahia yacht race, a new leader on handicap. As weather conditions lighten, Rob Meek on Windsong has overtaken 80-year old Gawie Fagan on Suidoos 2... [more]

Clipper Challenge - Cardiff retires
By Fast Track/Catherine Green,
Overnight Conor Fogerty, skipper of the Welsh team Cardiff, made the decision for his team to retire from this race after becoming becalmed some 82 miles from the finish line... [more]

30 knots is good for Dee Caffari on Aviva
By Dee Caffari,
You cannot imagine how good it feels to see 30 knots on the B&G Instruments after spending a night looking at the numbers ranging between 45 and 55 knots of true wind. The weather certainly did come and rather quicker than we anticipated and not only did it arrive sooner but it had the cheek to stay longer... [more]

Sanderson on breakdowns in Volvo OR
By Lizzie Green, Volvo OR Media,
In his daily report to the Volvo Ocean Race headquarters, skipper of leading boat, Mike Sanderson (ABN AMRO ONE), discusses the breakages experienced among the seven-strong fleet so far.... [more]

Aussie J24 title to Wallace, Bruschetta still hot
By Di Pearson,
Wallace, the current Western Australian champion, was third overall in a strong international fleet of 31 boats, but collected the title as the highest-placed Australian boat.... [more]

Go Strait to Singapore...
By Event Media/RSYS,
There’s a full 29 boats lining up for next week’s Singapore Straits Regatta, including Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi, the Burns/Kinmonth combo Mandrake, and Drumstick with owner Robbie Knight back on the helm.... [more]

2006 China Cup -, London to Shanghai postponed
By Al constable,
The IMOCA Class Open 60 fleet anticipated for the 2006 Race from London, Brest, Quindao and Shanghai has not committed and with only four entries, the decision to postpone was inevitable.... [more]

Phuket Invitational 2005: exclusive and excellent
By Event Media,
The Phuket Invitational Superyacht Rendezvous 2005 is proud to announce the results for this Asia’s most exclusive annual yachting event... [more]

Access Class Aust and International Championships
By Graeme Adam,
Sailors with and without disabilities prepare to do battle in international championship at Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, at the inaugural Access Class 2006 Australian and International Championships will be sailed on Victoria Harbour, Melbourne Docklands from the 26 to 29 January.... [more]

2007 World Skiff Regatta for Geelong, AUS
By Di Pearson,
The inaugural World Skiff Regatta is the brainchild of Stewart Vickery from the 14ft skiff class who has worked for several years to make this event a reality. The event will bring together 12ft, 14ft, 16ft and 18ft skiffs for one spectacular regatta, in what will be a big month at Geelong, with Skandia Geelong Week to follow over the Australia Day long weekend and will act as the Interdominion Championship (akin to a world championship) for the 12 footers and as such, will attract a strong contingent from New Zealand. The regatta will also be the Australian Championship for both 14ft and 16ft skiffs; guaranteeing a strong fleet in Geelong.... [more]

Five nations represented in Hardy Cup 2006
By Peter Campbell,
The Hardy Cup, donated by eminent Australian yachtsman Sir James Hardy to promote match-racing skills between sailors under the age of 25, will be sailed on the magnificent waters of Sydney Harbour between 5-9 February.... [more]

ISAF and Swedish Match Tour merge
By Stuart Streuli,
It wasn't so long ago that Scott MacLeod's professional match racing tour—the Swedish Match Tour until just recently—and the International Sailing Federation seemed like two sharks hunting a dwindling supply of seals.... [more]

‘It’s electric’ ABN Amro 1 - Volvo OR
By Lizzie Green,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has had an action packed night with movistar (Bouwe Bekking) overtaking Pirates of the Caribbean (Paul Cayard), to sail into third place. Paul Cayard and his team are disappointed by this loss, but have had the greater problem of finding a crack in the keel support structure. Water was coming into the boat from the cracks but the situation was and still is manageable.... [more]

HEWL Asymmetric Event starts at HISC
By Media/G New,
The first event of the season at Hayling Island SC starts this weekend - The HEWL series - and will take place on 15 and 25 January and 12 and 26 February. This popular pre-season event is open to all Asymmetric classes (excluding 18' Skiffs) with a target of three races per day... [more]

Solo at 50 - Anniversary of Jack Holt Dinghy
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
Hanging over the Purple Marine Chandlery stand at the London Boat Show is a state-of-the-Art Solo class dinghy. The surprising thing is when you realise that it is 50 years since Jack Holt penned this nippy little singlehander. Still as popular as ever and available in wood or FRP or a combination from a builder of your choice - this is dinghy sailing as it was in the golden age!... [more]

Pullen and Rickard win Dart18 World Championship
By Media/Gerald New,
The Harveys Composites Dart 18 World Championship held at the East London YC in Buffalo City, South Africa, was finally concluded with the minimum number of races to qualify as a championship being completed on the final day in very light conditions... [more]

Round 4 of the JPMorgan Match Racing Series
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
This weekend (January 14-15) nine teams from six European nations will descend on Queen Mary Sailing Club Staines for the fourth round of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Match Racing Series... [more]

Dee Caffari battles 50 knot winds
By Dee Caffari,
I got well and truly beaten up last night! 50 knots true. The barometer dropped like a stone from 989 to 980 in 4 hours. I had my heart in my throat. I didn't battle that hard with anything or so I thought, however I ache today. It is also so cold. Once the sea abates tonight I might be using up those heater hours I have spare... [more]

Serious problems for Pirates of the Caribbean
By Lizzie Green,
Overnight, Pirates of the Caribbean (Paul Cayard) was overtaken by movistar when the crew noticed cracks in the area of its keel support structure. Water was coming into the boat from those cracks and still is. The rate of water flow is manageable at this time. Paul Cayard has sent this report:... [more]

Batten hatches it’s the Cyclone Season - or is it?
By Jonathan Crowe,
The last place you want to be with your sailing boat is in a cyclone. Yet though the seasonal threat of cyclones is a fact of life in Queensland, the sailing industry continues to thrive... [more]

Rolex Miami OCR latest news
By Barby MacGowan,
With more than 260 boats already registered, including the reigning world champions in six classes, the Rolex Miami OCR entry list already looks very impressive while registrations are still being accepted through January 22 (discounted fees until January 16).... [more]

Opal Marine host Children's Party
By Fast Track/Cailah Leask,
Opal Marine, the UK's largest yacht distributor joined forces with the British and International Sailors' Society to host the 2006 Children's Party at this year's London Boat Show. Opal Marine provided free cake, face painting and creative activities with prize draws for all children attending the show... [more]

Volvo OR - World 24hr record falls again
By Lizzie Green, Volvo OR Media + Sail-World NZL,
As predicted earlier by Sail-World, ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) has pushed aside the GANT TIME 24-hour run record of 546 nautical miles, previously held by their senior brethren on ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) during leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Clipper Race shortened due to lack of wind
By Fast Track/ Catherine Green,
In an unusual twist yesterday the decision was made to shorten the course for the race to Singapore to just south west of the Sunda Straits, shifting the finish line some 700 miles south of the destination of Singapore... [more]

London Boat Show - Big Stars and Better Products.
By Nancy Knudsen,
By the closing day of 15th January over 160,000 visitors are expected to have visited the London Boat Show. Arriving on a bleak and drizzly day at the show by Docklands Light Rail, it felt like 159,000 were arriving at the same time as we were... [more]

How did they get the Volvo boats there?
By David Pitman/Peters & May,
Following the recent problems that some of the yachts in the Volvo Ocean race have suffered, Peters & May shipping specialists for competitors in round the world yacht racing events were called in to carry out the huge operation to keep the boats racing - by air and sea... [more]

Injury hits Tornado leader at Sail Melbourne
By Di Pearson/G New,
Disaster struck on the Tornado course during day two of the Sail Melbourne regatta. Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) won both their races, but on the way back to Sandringham Yacht Club, Ashby got his right foot caught in the foot strap and barely hobbled ashore - an ambulance was called he was whisked off to hospital... [more]

'Winkle of the Harbour' at Mengeham Rythe SC
By Carol Carter,
Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club helped 27 skippers and their crews start the New Year off in style as they braved the elements crossing the start line for the annual 'Winkle of the Harbour' handicap race held in Chichester Harbour on 1 January 2006... [more]

Flying Dutchman National Championship
By Event Media,
Norman Rydge and Richard Scarr are this year’s Australian National Flying Dutchman Champions, after winning the last race in a tight series from incumbent champions Ian McCrossin and James Cook... [more]

Mumm 30 sailors warm and dry in Hobart race
By Julie Sharpe,
The Mumm 30 Tow Truck was the first, and probably the last, of her breed to sail the 628 nautical miles to Hobart in the 2005 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.... [more]

Steve Cockerill - the Boat Whisperer
By Sail-World/G New,
Steve Cockerill of Rooster Sailing certainly knows how to get the attention of the media. Typically, 'Boat Whisperer' Steve added the extra edge to wet the jaded appetite of the hard pressed journalists. Calling in some favours from his Navy time - it was standing room only in a packed Wardroom of the Type 23 Frigate, HMS Grafton, for his presentation of what is needed to get and keep youngsters in sailing and more particularly dinghy racing... [more]

18 Ft Skiff Australian Championship
By Event media,
Hugh Stodart and his crew of Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz totally dominated the fleet in Asko Appliances to easily take out Race One of the SP Systems Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.... [more]

Laser Vago looks the business at London Boat Show
By Sail-World/G New,
The major dinghy manufacturers were out in force at the London Boat Show, they represent a small percentage of the diverse UK dinghy racing scene in class terms but now produce the majority of new boats sold. The Vago is Lasers new small dinghy blaster that looks fun and fast... [more]

Ashby defends Australian A Class
By Di Pearson,
Bendigo’s Glenn Ashby scored a second place and a win today on Port Phillip to successfully defend his 2005 A Class Australian title at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.... [more]

Royal Southampton YC Frostbite opening race
By Simon Forbes,
The first race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Frostbite series was held on Sunday 8 January and saw a north-easterly breeze averaging 8-10 knots, gusting up to 16 knots, with some significant calm patches... [more]

Mike Golding is FICO World Champion
By Coralie Rassinoux,
Mike Golding was officially ‘crowned’ as FICO World Champion at a presentation at the Schroders London Boat Show. Golding was presented his World title by FICO President, John Lewis... [more]

Bloody Mary is light wind affair
By QM media,
In the depths of the British Winter, the Bloody Mary regatta is staged by the Queen Mary Sailing Club, on the largest of London's reservoir's in the Staines/Sunbury area, in West London. The Bloody Mary was won today by a Thames A Rater helmed by Martin Hunter crewed by Jeremy Kearns and Ted Cocker from Thames SC... [more]

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]

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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