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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race

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As the Volvo fleet prepare to set off on Leg 3 to New Zealand the Clipper fleet are confined to port after keel bolts were found to be loose.

In Australia the OK class have completed the Australian nationals and will start sailing for the World title in the coming week. Also taking place next week are the Enterprise Worlds in Sri Lanka.

In Europe two big winter events the Solo winter championship and the John Merrick's Tiger Trophy were held in typical light wind winter conditions.

In the USA the North American titles for the 49er, Finn, Radial and Yngling were decided with Europeans doing well in all events

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VOR Leg 3 Start and Crew lists
By VOR media,
Right off the Melbourne waterfront at Station Pier, the start line for Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race will allow the six remaining boats to line up in front of a huge spectator fleet as well as thousands on shore.... [more]

Weather forecast, Leg 3 to Wellington New Zealand
By Jennifer Lilley,
The warmer waters of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Wellington, New Zealand, still holds plenty of challenges to keep the competition hot and the sailors on their toes.... [more]

Dee and Aviva creeping towards the date line
By Dee Caffari,
Sunset was a really stunning sight as on one side of Aviva we had a beautiful sunset and on the other side of her we had the moon rising really brightly in the sky.... [more]

Mark Sadler joins Shosholoza as Skipper
By Kolja Drewitz,
World champion SA yachtsman Geoff Meek, who has been plagued by knee and shoulder injuries since yacht Shosholoza hit a whale in Table Bay early last year, has stepped down as skipper of Team Shosholoza... [more]

Canada to host Youth ISAF World Championship
Due to financial constraints on behalf of the Organising Committee, which would have increased the entry fee for competitors, the San Diego Yacht Club in California, USA withdrew from hosting the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007. It has now been confirmed that the 2007 Championship will stay in North America and take place in Kingston, Ontario, Canada... [more]

Battle for second goes to Russell Wood (NZL)
By Robert Deaves,
The final race of the 2006 TOSHIBA OK Dinghy Australian and Interdominion Championships was sailed in the lightest winds of the week, with large shifts coming through from both sides of the course. Roger Blasse had already won the titles but the battle for second went all the way to the line... [more]

Clipper fleet stop Philippines stop
By Guy Nowell,
The Clipper fleet is quietly laid up at Subic Bay Yacht Club, Subic Bay, Philippines until further notice, and Clipper Ventures is footing the bill for crews to fly home for the interim.... [more]

Belgian crew ahead in NZ Tornados
By Sail-World NZL,
The Belgian crew of Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Godefroid have a commanding lead after the second day of racing in the NZ Tornado National Championships. Race Officer, Janet Watkins reports that the six crews had a great day’s racing with very good conditions for the three races sailed.... [more]

Break out the Red flags!!
By Sail-World/Ericsson Racing Team,
It seems that racing boats called OCS will need to hoist a red flag in future, to allow them to protest if later evidence shows the race committee might have been in error. It seems this will the outcome, after the VOR independent Jury invalidated Ericsson Racing Team’s request for redress after the Melbourne In port race on Saturday.... [more]

Royal Thames trophy for National Twelves
By Frances Gifford,
The Royal Thames trophy sailed for by National Twelves at Ranelagh Sailing Club was, once again, fiercely contested. Victory went to Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne... [more]

New ISAF Rankings - Great Britain team to beat
By ISAF media/G N,
Whilst New Zealand have a great month picking up two number one spots in the Rankings, Great Britain remain the team to beat. Along with new RS:X leader Bryony Shaw, Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks (GBR) in the 49er and Ben Ainslie (GBR) hold on to their number one spots and Britain have six other sailors in the top three positions... [more]

Volvo Skippers give a hand to Melbourne!
By Volvo/Sacha Oswald,
The hands of the seven skippers that steered the Volvo Ocean Race fleet into Melbourne are to be immortalised in bronze at Waterfront City. After three weeks in Melbourne, the Volvo Ocean Race competitors are gearing up for the next leg, but not before leaving a lasting impression on Melbourne and in particular Waterfront City, Docklands... [more]

IRM Class join Red Funnel Easter Challenge
This year’s popular season opener for offshore yachts, the Red Funnel Easter Challenge, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will include a new feature designed to meet the demand from owners of high performance yachts for the opportunity to race as a class under virtual level rating terms... [more]

Lightning strikes Volvo 70
By Annabel Merrison,
This wasn’t quite another day in the office for Ericsson Racing Team rig manager Tim Dean. Tim was working on Ericsson’s rig when the mast got struck by lightning.... [more]

Dunstan wins third Hardy Cup in dramatic final
By Peter Campbell,
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Michael Dunstan today won the prestigious Hardy Cup Match Racing Regatta for the third time in four years, a record unsurpassed in Australian sailing.... [more]

Keels cause chaos for Clipper
By Anna Wardley, Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Ventures PLC has announced that it will cover the costs for crew taking part in its Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race to be flown home whilst keel problems are being assessed and repaired on its fleet of ten Clipper 68's.... [more]

Brunel wants to start Volvo with a clean sheet
By Volvo/Bruce Montgomery,
Brunel is expected to announce tomorrow (Thursday) that it is prepared to ditch all current points and pay a second entry fee for the Volvo Ocean Race in order to race from Baltimore under a new configuration... [more]

Moquini positively identified
By Richard Crockett,
The yacht Moquini which went missing with all her six crew in September last year has been found floating upside down 500 nautical miles off the notorious South African Wild Coast.... [more]

VOR: A look back at the Melbourne In Port Race
By John Kostecki, Ericsson Racing Team,
After traveling back to the US and taking some distance from the Volvo Ocean Race In Port Race in Melbourne last Saturday, tactician John Kostecki (US) looks back at the event and shares his analysis... [more]

Golding and Stamm sign for Velux 5 Oceans
By Tim Kelly,
Legendary solo sailors, Mike Golding and Bernard Stamm, today, both confirmed their entry in the 2006/7 VELUX 5 OCEANS. The joint announcements were made at the inaugural skipper conference in Bilbao. The commitments from Golding and Stamm follow announcements in 2005 from Alex Thomson, Conrad Humphreys and many international skippers from the Americas, Europe and Asia... [more]

Wilson Trophy draw announced in London
By Wilson Tr/ PJ,
The draw has been completed and the 32 teams who will compete at the 2006 Wilson Trophy on 6 and 7 May. With five teams from the USA, three from Ireland, and one coming all the way from Australia, plus the top club and university teams from the UK... [more]

The Week in Brief – 7th Feb, 2005
By Sail-world Cruising,
Larry Ellison's Boat Budget...New Boat 'limits' in New Hampshire...Harken in Oz... Boat happy Americans...Taking a slant...... [more]

Solo Winter Championships at Oxford SC
By Solo media/Claire Clark,
The first championship event in the 50th anniversary year for the Solo Class was held at Oxford SC on 4 February. The Winter Championships sponsored by Edge Sails attracted 73 entrants despite a poor forecast of grey skies and very little wind... [more]

Charity Solo Circumnavigation of Scotland
By Sue McKichan,
Alan Rankin, Chairman of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, has announced the launch of the Solo Round Scotland Charity Challenge. If successful Alan will be the first person to single-handedly circumnavigate Scotland by sail and pedal power. The challenge will raise money for the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS) and the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS)... [more]

Old IOR Halftonners get new event
By Half Ton Class/Bert Janssen,
The Half Ton Class Europe, picking up an idea from their Finnish counterparts, has decided to take over the sailing agendas of its North Sea based members by creating a series of regattas for the ‘old’ IOR halftonners from the 70s/80s... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge
In the fifth JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series (28-29 January), last minute entry Damien Lehl and his team went straight to the top, earning a place in the JPMorgan Winter Challenge Final 10-12 March... [more]

Paul Brotherton wins Tiger Trophy
By Media/GN,
Paul Brotherton and Mari Shepherd sailing a 29er won the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water SC over the weekend. Light winds dictated the racing but Brotherton with a first and third, discarding a 45, took the overall event from an entry of 200.... [more]

49er and Yngling North American Championships
By Sail-World/GN,
Some of the British competitors in the Miami OCR stayed on for the North American Championships for the 49er and the Yngling taking place at Miami. On the final Sunday the USA and Spain were the final winners, Dalton Bergean and Zach Maxam of the USA won the 49er series... [more]

Loose keel bolts cause Clipper fleet divert
By Clipper media,
Further to yesterday’s decision to divert the fleet to Subic Bay in the Philippines after the discovery of loose keel bolts on three of the vessels, Durban and Victoria have now arrived at the Subic Bay Yacht Club. The rest of the fleet are making their way in and will arrive over the next 12-18 hours... [more]

Finn and Radial North American Championships
By Sail-World/G New,
Final day of the 2006 North American Championships for Finns and Laser Radials at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Racing cut short by threatening skies, followed by frontal squalls and drenching rain. Wins for Paige Railey of the USA and Christensen Hoegh of Denmark... [more]

Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse in Monaco
By G New,
Around 200 competing vessels and 1000 crew members are gathered in Monaco for the 13th running of the Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The event is for one design boats and the first weekend includes races for the Dragon, J24, Star, Surprise, Laser SB3 and Etchells... [more]

French win Tornado North American Championship
By Tornado media/GN,
Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon of France won the Roland Smith Trophy at the Tornado North American Championship on Biscayne May, Miami, USA. The French duo edged out Olympic silver medallists John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree (USA) who took the North American Championship... [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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