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Two new World Champions this week and both from the UK. Nick Craig retained the OK World title on Lake Macquarie, Australia and Richard Estaugh and Pete Rowley won the Enterprise Worlds in Negombo, Sri Lanke - it seems nowadays if you want to see the world you take up dinghy sailing.

In the Big Boat world, the Volvo Ocean race finish in Wellington, New Zealand came down to a remarkable nine seconds win for moviestar after four days sailing. A first time win for a Spanish entry in the race.

The Volvo boats will be off again on Sunday to Rio and Sail-World's Richard Gladwell will be there to keep you updated on the start-line action.

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In Rio the Volvo Stop-Over will feature the Extreme 40 catamarans, to see the first event in Spain for these amazing machines turn on to Sky TV, see for the programme times.

Volvo crews prepare to sail for Rio
By Volvo/Sacha Oswald,
It was all go on the final day before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs as Ericsson finished leg three, Pirates of the Caribbean made a last minute crew change and movistar returned to the water... [more]

USA’s Howie Hamlin leads JJ Giltinan
By Frank Quealy,
Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan Championship produced a truly international result on Sydney Harbour as Howie Hamlin of the US defeated Australia's Michael Coxon with New Zealander Phil Airey in third place.... [more]

Estaugh and Rowley Enterprise Champions
By Bob Southworth,
Richard Estaugh and Pete Rowley (GBR) retained the Enterprise World title in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka insurance Company sponsored event was brought to a successful close last evening with five days of pleasant rain-free weather with winds that ranged from strong to steady in Negombo... [more]

Dee and Aviva Halfway Round the World
By Event Media,
British sailor Dee Caffari sailed her sloop Aviva thru longitude 160° east this morning, considered to be the physical halfway point of her circumnavigation. According to the latest report from the Shore Team, Dee has now actually sailed 14,611 miles in 87 days.... [more]

Injuries Force Crew Change ABN Amro Two
By Event Media,
The harsh reality of Volvo 70 sailing has today forced ABN AMRO TWO bowman, Gerd Jan Poortman to sit out the next leg of the Volvo Ocean Race due to injury.... [more]

Big Year Ahead for Shosholoza
By Dan Nicholls,
The remarkable ascension from hopeless ideal to magical reality has been well documented in South Africa's America's Cup challenge, a series of unlikely victories in the Louis Vuitton Cup against bigger, more experienced and better funded teams a triumph that has turned a quirky, colourful addition to yachting's royal stage into a genuine contender for the sport’s Holy Grail.... [more]

Toshiba 2006 OK Dinghy - 2nd world title for Craig
By Robert Deaves,
The brilliant Australian sunshine returned for the final day of the Toshiba 2006 OK Dinghy World Championship in Belmont, Lake Macquarie but the wind was a bit late turning up. When it finally arrived two hours late, things started to get interesting. Jorgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) won the first race to bring him to within one point of Nick Craig (GBR) for the title.... [more]

Ulumulu Quantum Racing wins in Langkawi
By Di Pearson,
Ray Roberts and his crew on the DK46 Ulumulu Quantum Racing have added another trophy to the cabinet, taking out the Royal Langkawi International Regatta which finished in Malaysia last night.... [more]

Volvo Extreme 40 event on Sky TV
By Event Media/GN,
During the course of next week Sky are running some excellent coverage of the first Volvo Extreme 40 (VX40) event in Spain. Also the Team Tommy Hilfiger boat, winner of the first VX40 event in Spain made a spectacular appearance in Poland recently - at the Arkadia shopping centre in Warsaw... [more]

Semaine Internationale De Cannes - Day 1
By Event media/GN,
Ismael Bruno of France leads with two wins on the opening day of the Semaine Internationale De Cannes. Emil Tomasevic of Croatia won the third race but was OCS in the first, so despite a third in the second race he is down in eleventh place before the discard comes in.... [more]

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006 Results
Despite the light prevailing winds throughout the week the scheduled race program was successfully completed. The racing turned into a battle of wits and generally the leaders in each class managed to finish before the wind faded to hold onto their advantage. Full results are listed.... [more]

Ericsson turns sow into silk purse
By Event media,
Leg three isn't over yet for the Ericsson Racing Team although the boat has arrived in Wellington and is safely docked in the harbour. Technically, the team hasn't finished racing yet as it decided to use the opportunity offered by the racing rules to carry out maintenance and repairs before crossing the finishing line later on during the stopover... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series
By Myrrh Walker,
This weekend, 18-19 February, nine match racing teams will take to the water off Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines to earn a slot in the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series Final (10-12 March). With two berths available at this event each team will fight hard to finish in the top two... [more]

First US entry announced for Velux 5 Oceans
By Tim Kelly,
Ocean skipper Tim Troy of Crownsville Maryland (USA) today announced his entry in the Velux 5 Oceans, the ultimate solo challenge. Tim will line up at the start of this historical round the world yacht race in Bilbao, Spain on October 22, 2006 to compete against a truly international field that features some of the top names in single-handed ocean racing... [more]

Global Ocean Challenge announced
By Event media,
A new global ocean race for 2007/08 - a multi-stop circumnavigation race for 40 and 50 foot yachts will start in September 2007. It will be the first ever solo-double around-the-world yacht race and the event is open to 40 and 50 foot monohull sailboats only.... [more]

A win is a win
By Sail-World/Volvo Ocean Race media,
An understandably happy Bouwe Bekking had this to say dockside in Wellington, about movistar's well deserved victory over ABN AMRO ONE, ‘I know it was only nine seconds, but a win is a win. It was very sweet. It looked like we had a nice little break just before coming into Wellington, a lead of two or three miles, and then we parked it up. Sometimes they were a little bit quicker than us, but we just managed to hang on.’... [more]

movistar by 9 seconds after 1450 miles
By Sail-world/Volvo Media/Volvo media,
The tiny margin of just nine seconds makes Bouwe Bekking and his team all movistars. moivistar wins by 9 seconds as ABN AMRO One just fails to run her down inside the last mile. movistar led through the entrance to Wellington Harbour by ten boat lengths, followed by a small armada of spectator craft. now just on a mile from the finish the gap is only half a boat length in front.... [more]

Clipper Race restart put back after checks
By Fast Track,
Life at Subic Bay is very quiet this week with only four of the crew remaining. Eight out of the 10 boats are now without rigs (with 2 left in for testing purposes) and the second boat to be hauled, Qingdao, is now out of the water. It is now thought unlikely that the boats will be able to leave the Philippines before the end of March... [more]

They're off to sunny Spain...
The light North Easterly hung on throughout the morning for the Racing class to complete two windward/leeward courses and the cruisers, multihulls, sportsboats a lengthy passage race before eventually fading away to nothing.... [more]

World's Ten Largest Yachts and Who Owns Them
By Sail-World Cruising,
When you’re wondering whether and how to upgrade either from nothing to your first yacht or from your current yacht to the next stage, spare a thought for the 10 largest yacht owners in the world.... [more]

New RYA website.... and it works
By RYA / G New,
After a year in development, the notoriously slow Royal Yachting Association website has been given the kiss of life - well at least a decent make over - and it does seem to be possible to log in before the server times out now... [more]

New Round the World race for solo 40-50fters
By Event Media,
Over the next three years the Open 60 class have the Velux 5 Oceans, the Barcelona World Race and the Vendee Globe, three round the world races, two singlehanded one doublehanded. Yet tomorrow will see the launch of yet another shorthanded round the world race, the Global Ocean Challenge. Does the sailing world need yet another round the world race?... [more]

Policing cost threat to Cowes Week
By Stephen Payne UK Sports Telegraph,
The future of Cowes Week is under threat as a result of a decision to begin charging £90,000 for policing the event, its organisers claimed yesterday ,as the Hampshire Police Authority wants to recover the cost of patrolling the 180-year-old regatta.... [more]

Final weekend Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
Eight races completed for the First 40.7, Beneteau 25, Melges 24, Mumm 30, and Smeralda 888 at the second weekend of the Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse at the Yacht Club de Monaco. 207 vessels manned by 14 nationalities competed over the Two Weekends; Northern European crews were numerous, but Eastern Europe was also present – six Russian craft participated... [more]

Belgians win NZ Tornados title at Takapuna
By Sail-World NZL,
Two races were sailed on the final day of the 2006 NZ Tornado Nationals, with Takapuna turning on sparkling seas and an average breeze of 9 - 11 knots. The Belgian combination of Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Godefroid won the last race in the regatta to clinch the title from NZL combination of Aaron McIntosh and Bruce Kendall, who rounded out the event with a second and third placing.... [more]

Winter Championship for the RS200, RS400 and RS800
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
GUL Winter Championships for the RS200, RS400 and RS800 classes were held at Grafham Water SC over the weekend of the 11 and 12 February 2006. Victory went to Geoff Carveth and Fiona Clark in the RS200 - Tom Halhead and Chris Bishop in the RS400 - Steve Irish and Martin Gotrel in the RS800... [more]

Race 3, 18 Footers League Club Championship
By Frank Quealey,
Fisher & Paykel showed some brilliant downwind speed to defeat Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) by 25 seconds with Casio Seapathfinder (Michael Coxon) a further 25 seconds back in third place.... [more]

RS700 Winter Championship 2006 at HISC
By Sail-World/Gerald New,
Peter Greenhalgh took the RS700 Winter title with three straight wins on Sunday. The Saturday racing was lost due to no wind, three races were sailed on Sunday in wet and rather cold conditions but a nice Southerly breeze blowing 18-25 knots... [more]

Images from the Melbourne start VOR Leg 3
By Sail-World,
Postcard sailing if only for a little while. The fleet had s glorious spinnaker start, with the wind starting at 12's and building to 20's David Branigan caught the action, before the glass out.... [more]

2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show
Alexandra Palace 04/03/06
Exhibitors are set to include almost all the UK dinghy class associations, major sailing clubs, sailing schools, sailing holiday companies, the RYA, chandlers and boat builders....
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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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