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ABN AMRO ONE arrived first in Melbourne at the end of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and was quickly followed by ABN AMRO TWO for another Dutch double.

The past week has been focused again on the sailing in the South - The J24 Worlds, the Australian Etchells Nationals both having UK teams doing well - Ian Southworth in the J24 and Nils Razmilovic in the Etchells.

The IFDS Worlds have just started in Perth and Brits are fighting for the lead in both the Sonar and 2.4mR.

Over in the the States, Acura Key West has just finished with Italian crews winning two of the top titles. Massimo Ferragamo, an Italian native who now lives in New York, captured the Swan 45 World Championship and Vincenzo Onorato, who hails from Napoli, took top honors in the talent-laden Farr 40 class.

Plenty more to come with the Rolex Miami Olympic classes starting this weekend.

Dutch One-Two in Volvo in Melbourne
By Volvo / GN,
ABN AMRO ONE pulled into Melbourne’s Waterfront City at 10:50 GMT to a cacophony of horns, sirens and cheers from the thousands lining the dock, each seemingly armed with their own camera or mobile phone to record a historic day for this city and a historic day for the crew aboard and behind ABN AMRO ONE - They were followed 12 minutes and 43 seconds later by ABN AMRO TWO... [more]

Bellicosa takes Swan 45 Gold Cup - World Champion
By Jennifer Holl,
Massimo Ferragamo’s Bellicosa (USA) is crowned Swan 45 Class World Champion and is awarded the coveted Gold Cup. Bellicosa’s performance also earned Ferragamo one of American sailing’s highest accolades and the ultimate prize at Key West – the Acura Trophy for Boat of the Week.... [more]

Italians shine at Acura Key West 2006
By Bill Wagner,
Italy is a small country that produces a remarkable number of world-class sailors. That fact was proven this week at Acura Key West 2006, presented by Nautica. A pair of Italian skippers captured the two most prestigious classes in the five-day regatta, organized by Premiere Racing.... [more]

Bell Lawrie Scottish Series 2006
By Sue McKichan,
Plans for this year’s Bell Lawrie Scottish Series are well under way with a number of new initiatives both on the water and ashore. This year’s event takes place from Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2006... [more]

IFDS Statement on Jeff Milligan declassification
By IFDS/Serge Jorgensen,
Following on from the declassification of Jeff Milligan (AUS), at the Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Perth, Australia, IFDS President Serge Jorgensen (USA) has released a statement explaining the details of the classification system.... [more]

Mistakes let Germany lead at IFDS Worlds
By John Roberson,
Silly mistakes by Skandia Team GBR, have let Germany take the lead in the Sonar and 2.4mR at the 2006 Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, after a tough day on the Swan River. A penalty for Helena Lucas, and getting trapped on the wrong side of the course for John Robertson's Oyster Marine team, gave them both a one bad result, that let the Germans through in this highly competitive fleet... [more]

2006 Audi Etchells Australian Images
By Al Constable,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds was on the water during the 2006 Audi Etchells Australian titles, limbering up her trigger finger ahead of Skandia Geelong Week. Here are some of her images. Plenty more at [more]

Rob Brown new Audi Etchells Australian champion
By Di Pearson/Sail-World,
Sydney sailor Rob Brown and his crew of Bruce Wookey and Garry Gudmunson on Steam Packet VI have been crowned the 2006 Audi Etchells Australian champions today at Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria.... [more]

Brazilians new J24 World Champions
By Di Pearson,
The Brazilian crew of Bruschetta, skippered by former two-time Tornado Olympian, Mauricio Santa Cruz, have been announced winners of the J24 World Championship in Melbourne today. Huge 30-40 knot winds swept Port Phillip this morning and Race Officials at Sandringham Yacht Club in Australia felt it prudent to abandon the final two races of the 12-race series this afternoon.... [more]

Less than a day away from Melbourne, Volvo Race
By Kirsty Nicholls,
ABN AMRO 1, is less than 300 nautical miles away from Melbourne and preparing for a nail-biting finish as notoriously fickle weather looks set to play into the hands of their rivals.... [more]

'Enterprising' Sri Lankans run World Championship
By Richard Dwight,
Sri Lanka’s visitor statistics are about to be given a real boost by the Enterprise World Championships in Negombo, sponsored by Sri Lanka Insurance, 11-19 February.... [more]

Life… at the extreme
By Volvo OR Media Centre,
Racing the fastest monohull yachts around the planet was never going to be easy. Unlike ‘normal’ sporting events which last for a few hours or sometimes a few days, the Volvo Ocean Race takes months. Months of preparation and months of applying a competitive instinct to produce the best performance from the boat by extracting the best performance from the team who sails her. It's a high level grand prix and associated with that goes the stress and demand of competition.... [more]

J-24 Action at 2006 Worlds in Melbourne
By Al Constable,
Melbourne’s Port Phillip hosted the J- 24 Worlds and our friends from the country of the rising sun were well present with eight entries, our Kiwi neighbours from across the Tasman where racing along with American, British, Brazilian, Italian and Canadian participants.... [more]

Marlow Ropes Ltd sold by Receiver
By IBI Magazine,
The UK company Marlow Ropes Ltd, which made ropes and cordage products for use in naval, marine, industrial, leisure, yachting and climbing applications, employed around 270 people at three sites across Britain... [more]

Grandstand Finish for Volvo in Melbourne
By Volvo media,
Currently ABN AMRO ONE is sailing at 13 knots in 12 knots of wind which is blowing from a very advantageous 311 degrees, but there is a front coming their way from astern so the wind will first help them on their way, then desert them altogether, before coming back right on the nose. Add that to a huge tide flowing in or out of the heads – the entrance to Port Phillip Bay - and you can understand Mike’s anxiety... [more]

Apprentice leads his Master at Audi Etchells Nats
By Di Pearson,
Sydney sailor Rob Brown and his crew of Bruce Wookey and Garry Gudmunson on Steam Packet VI have taken the lead from John Bertrand/Ian Johnson/Tim Ede (Triad), at the Audi Etchells Nationals today. Today’s winners though, were Rob Bird/Graeme Johnson/Nic Gray, winners of Heat 5 and the lone GBR entry, Nils Razmilovic/Brian Hammersley/Adam Turk, winners of Heat 6... [more]

Strong first day for Australia
By John Roberson,
Australian teams put in a strong performance on the first day of the 2006 Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, with three teams in top ten positions after two races of the eleven race series.... [more]

Dee Caffari and Aviva pass 10,000 miles
By Dee Caffari,
As you know yesterday I was quite down on life. I was feeling a little emotional which I put down to tiredness and also feeling a little beaten at the relentless pounding upwind. The endless fronts that have daily given me 40 - 50 knot gusts were taking their toll. Which is understandable but pretty much tough luck when sailing in a westerly direction in the Southern Ocean... [more]

British Day on Swan River
By John Roberson,
Although the waves on Perth's Swan River are only small, Britannia definitely ruled them today on the opening day of the 2006 Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, winning three of the four races sailed.... [more]

Dubai Match Race on course for big world stage
By Khaleej Times,
Sailing in the Gulf region is on course to receive a major boost with the launch next week of the Dubai Match Race which is designed to develop quickly into a top level world ranking event.... [more]

Canting Keel failures
By Don Jones,
Don Jones, as an engineer and as the designer of the Volvo Open 70 ING Real Estate Brunel, the only Volvo Open 70 yacht so far not to have required structural repair or alteration during its life, and the canting keel yacht Skandia Wild Thing, which provided him with a serious wake up call at the time of the 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race writes on the subject of Canting Keel failures..... [more]

Enterprises back at the London Boat Show
By Enterprise/Lesley DiFonzo,
This year two Enterprises took part in the Yachts & Yachting London Boat Show Pursuit Race, at the Royal Victoria Dock, outside ExCel. It was clear from looking at the water that the wind was going to be more difficult than last year. The wind was coming across the tall buildings in chunks making the conditions at water level varied in direction and strength... [more]

It blew 'stink' at Acura Key West 2006
By Bill Wagner,
Howling 20-25 knot winds and heavy seas challenged the fleet of 286 boats competing in Acura Key West 2006, presented by Nautica. The tough conditions left skippers and crews exhausted, excited and hoping for more of the same on Wednesday. Michael Brennan, owner of the Transpac 52 Sjambok, saw 21 knots of speed while screaming downwind under asymmetrical spinnaker. Boats in other high-performance classes such as Farr 40 and Melges 24 were also going incredibly fast... [more]

Brasil Dismasted!
By Lizzie Green, Volvo OR Media,
At 06.30 UTC Brasil 1 dismasted she is currently 1200 miles from Fremantle and 1300 miles from Albany, south western Australia. Skipper, Torben Grael, sent the following statement:‘At the time Brasil 1 was sailing downwind in a west north westerly breeze of about 18 knots under clear sunny skies.‘The mast broke in three pieces after what seems to be a fitting failure at the lower end of the port V1 (vertical shroud).... [more]

2006 IPC Marine Awards-Best Sailors Boats Products
By Sail-World,
The inaugural IPC Marine Media Awards ceremony took place last week at Old Billingsgate in London. The stars of boating, HRH Princess Anne (pictured) and several heroes of the marine industry filled the East London venue.... [more]

Dinghies at the London Boat Show
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
The London Boat Show is big yachts and powerboats, lots of clothing and equipment suppliers and the major dinghy manufacturers. Now these manufacturers produce only a small number of the multitude of dinghy classes sailed and raced in the UK, but the majority of the dinghies sold. Laser, Topper and RS had their latest designs on show... [more]

Skandia Team GBR at IFDS World Championships
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
The 2008 Paralympic Games may still be over two years away, but Skandia Team GBR’s sailors are making their first moves towards qualification for the Games this week, as the IFDS (International Foundation for Disabled Sailing) World Championships get underway in Perth, Australia... [more]

Victory for Swedish at JPMorgan Winter Challenge
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen secured a place in the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Match Race Challenge and became the first non-British national to earn a slot in the final - Other finalists are Ian Williams, Mark Campbell-James, Andrew Cornah and Iain Percy... [more]

Asher and Willis win 470 North American Champs
By Event media/G New,
Nic Asher and Elliot Willis of Britain won the 470 North American Championship sailed at Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida, USA over the 13-16 January. second were Mike Anderson and Dave Hughes (USA) and third Gabrio Zadonna and Andrea Trani (ITA)... [more]

Win a brand new Ferretti 76 yacht
By Positive Buoyancy,
A new initiative designed to raise more than £2 million for AIDS-related charities has been launched by Will Hardy of Positive Buoyancy Ltd in the UK. The concept, labelled the 128:1 project, is a competition whereby the winner gets to walk away with a brand new Ferretti 76 yacht and a two-year all-inclusive management package valued at around £3.4 million... [more]

An interview with Nick Gill
By Julie Sharpe,
‘My sport and passion was sailing. We had no sailing gear,' relates Nick Gill. He continues on to explain the start and expansion of Gill, the innovative Marine Technical Clothing company. Over the last 30 years, British dinghy sailor Nick Gill, who founded one of the most innovative of the Marine Technical Clothing companies Gill, has continually delivered major improvements in technical gear... [more]

Royal Southampton YC Frostbite series
By Simon Forbes,
The second race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Frostbite series was held on Sunday 15 January with a southerly breeze averaging 15-19 knots, gusting up to 27 knots at one stage... [more]

Team Basilica prepare for Volvo Extreme 40 in Rio
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
The opening round of the Volvo Extreme 40 series took place just before the start of the first leg of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race. For the all-British boat, Basilica, it was something of a baptism of fire. After returning the boat to the UK a refit and a rigorous tuning and training programme they are for preparing to leave for the next round in Rio... [more]

First Asymmetric weekend at HISC
By Sail-World/G New,
The first weekend of the HEWL series for asymmetric classes at Hayling Island SC was held in a force 3-4 Southerly, which made for reasonably warm conditions for the time of the year. Three races were completed for the 21 entries... [more]

Adrenalina Pura shatters Cape to Bahia record
By Peridot/Ronelda Visser,
The Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura crossed the finish line in Salvador at approximately 18h00 local time (23h00 SA time) on Saturday evening to take line honours in the multi-hull class of the Heineken Cape to Bahia yacht race. With her awe-inspiring performance and crossing time of 10 days 8 hours and 1 minute, Adrenalina shattered the previous crossing record by just over to five days... [more]

Singapore Slings all round for Durban Clipper
By Fast Track,
The Durban Clipper arrived in Keppel Bay, Singapore today at 1100 hrs (0300 hrs GMT), after winning race five and the first stage of leg four from Fremantle, WA.... [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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