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In the Volvo Ocean Race Pirates of the Caribbean has taken the lead after the second Ice Gate but only by two miles from ABN AMRO One with movistar right there as well.

Plenty of dinghy action with the 18ft Worlds finishing this weekend with a win for Casio Seapathfinder and we have some spectacular pictures by Andrea Francolini. Other results from the GUL RS winter championships in the UK and the Laser events in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

A new solo around the Isle of Wight race is announced and next weekend will see the UK Dinghy Show which marks the opening of the season with most clubs opening their racing in mid March.

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UK Dinghy Sailing Show - Information
The 2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show will take place at Alexander Palace, London over the weekend of the 4 and 5 March. This annual season taster brings together over eighty class associations, major clubs and boat builders, plus chandlers and sailmakers - everything you need to get your season off on the right course... [more]

Pirates take lead after Second Gate in Volvo
By Volvo Media,
The six boats racing in leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race have all passed through the second ice way point and are now headed south towards the icy wastes of Antarctica on the ‘penguin route’ as Bouwe Bekking (movistar) calls it... [more]

US Laser Midwinter's East Regatta
By Sail-World/GJN,
Clearwater Yacht Club in Florida is holding the US Laser Midwinter's East Regatta. Racing in the Radial class is Briton's Laura Baldwin, who is in fourth place after seven races. Anna Tunnicliffe and Paige Railey of the USA are battling for the lead... [more]

Latest Photos from the JJ Giltinan 2006
By Andrea Francolini,
Andrea Francolini captures the latest action from the 18ft Skiffs in the Ssangyong JJ Giltinan International Championship on Sydney Harbour... [more]

Casio Seapathfinder wins SsangYong 18fter Worlds
By Frank Quealey,
Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis are the new 18ft Skiff champions following their Race 7 victory in the Ssangyong JJ Giltinan International Championship which concluded on Sydney Harbour today (Sunday). The trio brought their skiff Casio Seapathfinder home a 35secs winner from Hugh Stodart and his Asko Appliances team who also finished runners up in the championship. Third place in the race and third overall was last year's winners, Euan McNicol and Club Marine, who finished a further 20secs behind Asko.... [more]

Overwhelming response for Global Ocean Challenge
By Josh Hall and Brian Hancock,
It’s been just two weeks since the Global Ocean Challenge was officially announced and the response has been overwhelming. It seems that the idea of a race around the world that is within the reach of many aspiring circumnavigators has struck a chord. To date 52 people have registered their interest to compete and we know of 12 additional sailors who want to do the race but have not contacted us directly. While it’s definitely a big jump from registering interest to showing up with a boat, the fact that this event has attracted sailors from as far away as Japan and Australia is encouraging.... [more]

60 knot winds for Volvo heading to second gate
By Volvo Media,
In the past 24 hours the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race have all passed the first ice gate and are heading at pace towards the second 78 nautical miles away for leader ABN AMRO ONE. The crews are finally getting a back into the swing of heavy weather sailing with gusts of up to 60 knots on Brasil 1 and violent waves hitting all the rest... [more]

Two wins for Mark Howard at NZL Laser Champs
By Sail-World/GJN,
Briton's Mark Howard is in fourth place after five races at the New Zealand Laser Championship. Howard won two of the three races on the second day of the championship at the Nelson YC... [more]

Farr 40 Inner Circle Rum Regatta Day 1
By Sail-World/Lucy Newham,
Challenging conditions for the first three races on the Palm Beach Circle for the RPAYC hosted Inner Circle Farr 40 regatta, with choppy seas, a large swell, and breezes between 12-16 knots.... [more]

Lexcen claim to fame disputed
By Rob Mundle ** The Australian Newspaper,
Almost 23 years after the event, and on the eve of his posthumous induction into the America's Cup Hall of Fame, it has again been suggested by Americans that Australia's Ben Lexcen was not primarily responsible for the design of the Cup-winning Australia II, and as a consequence the boat was not eligible to race.... [more]

Coutts' out of touch with America's Cup
By Julie Ash,
The new generation of America's Cup yachts is about to surface in Valencia, yet the man who won the prized trophy for New Zealand then Switzerland has barely noticed. These days Russell Coutts is immersed in his own project - a new light-displacement 44-foot boat (the Russell Coutts 44) which was launched last October.... [more]

Skandia takes Port Lincoln Line Honours
By Rob Kothe,
Grant Wharington’s supermaxi Skandia took the gun at 0615 local time this morning, while Martyn Riley’s Raw to the Core finished 63 minutes later at 0718... [more]

RS600 GUL Winter Championship at Northampton SC
By Charlotte England,
The RS600 GUL Winter Championship at Northampton SC on 18 and 19 February was a clean sweep for 'Chunky' Anthony York of the home club. First day postponement meant four races on the Sunday for the 13 boat fleet... [more]

Star South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro
By Event Media,
Laser Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt continued his Olympic Star campaign with a convincing victory in the South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro... [more]

How to Get into a Dinghy Gracefully
By Ward Esaak/Sail-World,
Ever started a day badly by not even being able to negotiate the dinghy, let alone star on the foredeck? Ward Esaak from has some wise words about sailing dinghies, which we thought were worth sharing, even for the tender.... [more]

Another Day Another Keel Lost
By Jack Innis,
‘The Log’, 22nd Feb reports that Schocking Turn, a high-tech Schock 40, lost its keel and rolled onto its side last week in San Diego Bay. All four on board were tossed into the water but were rescued by a passing boater, with no injuries reported. The boat was towed to a Shelter Island boatyard.... [more]

China Team in Hong Kong
By Guy Nowell,
Early March is set to produce a real treat for Hong Kong sailors: the America’s Cup China Team will be in town. China Team is the first Chinese syndicate ever in the history of the America’s Cup... [more]

NZL design evolution in America's Cup
By Julie Ash, NZ Herald,
Innovation has been the hallmark of New Zealand's America's Cup adventures for nearly 20 years, from fibreglass to the hula. Some of the developments have been a success, others have been less than successful. The first of Team New Zealand's new generation AC designs has been sailing on the Waitemata and is due to be shipped to Valencia in a few days. NZ Herald's Julie Ash traces the design innovations that have been an integral part of NZ's America's Cup Challenges since 1987,... [more]

For Olympics Start Here - Weymouth and Portland
This weekend the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will play host to the first event in the brand new RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series. For 2006 the RYA has overhauled its UK Olympic Classes events in order to ensure both the best possible attendance from world class sailors, to provide quality national racing opportunities for aspiring 2012 sailors... [more]

Dee catches up on her housework
By Dee Caffari,
Amazing what can be achieved when you are not hanging on for your life. I have emptied bilges, changed and checked autopilots, run the water maker and the main engine, changed fuel filters and serviced the generator. I completed a comprehensive deck check and ended by having a shower and changing some clothes.... [more]

Sir James Hardy-Yachting Legend retires
By Sean Whittington,
One of Australia’s most successful – and enduring – sailing careers will come to an end this weekend when Sir James Hardy participates in his last competitive yacht race. Fittingly, Sir James, 73, will crew aboard Hardys Secret Mens Business, in South Australia’s premier yacht race, the Blue Water Classic, starting on Friday. The 150 nautical mile race will be a fitting finale to an international sailing career spanning more than 50 years, and has included two Olympic Games (1964 and ‘68), four America's Cup campaigns - three as skipper (‘70, ‘74 and ‘80), one World Championship (505 class in 1966), and 13 Sydney to Hobart races.... [more]

GUL/RS300 Winter Championships
By Steve Bolland,
Saturday no wind and fog resulted in no racing. Four races were scheduled for day two and finally racing got underway after the gloom lifted. Steve Bolland battled it out with Greg Barton and Cliff Shaw for the title with Bolland taking a two point victory... [more]

GUL/RS Vareo Winter Championships
By Richard Kemp-Salt,
Saturday no wind and fog resulted in no racing. Sunday things were better with a steady force 3 and at times a lively force 4 and the fog had lifted. Chris Larr was clearly at another level with four straight wins culminating in a port tack flyer in the last race... [more]

Francolini at Ssangyong JJ Giltinan
By Rob Kothe,
Andrea Francolini fresh from his Melbourne exhibition was back in his home turf yesterday. Not a lot of breeze for the Ssangyong JJ Giltinan 18 footer fleet, but as always Drew is where the action is. More at Keywords JJ Giltinan... [more]

New sail-number announced for Alinghi
By Alinghi Media,
The Swiss Defender of the 32nd America's Cup, has been allocated sail number 91. The new boat, SUI91, is under construction at Décision Boatyard in Vevey, Switzerland, under the critical eyes of yard director Bertrand Cardis, chief designer Rolf Vrolijk, chief engineer Dirk Kramers, boatbuilding manager Michel Marie and head of design Grant Simmer. Twenty five boatbuilders are involved in the new boat, from both the Décision and the Alinghi camps and the aim is to have the boat finished by May.... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge
Mathieu Richard of France secured his place in the final of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Match Race Challenge following the weekend's match racing at Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines on 19-20 February... [more]

Interview with Moose Sanderson
By Dylan Cleaver,
It is a surprise to learn Mike ‘Moose” Sanderson, skipper of Volvo race leading boat ABN Amro 1, has yet to turn 34. It seems like that weather-beaten face - manicured by a combination of saltwater, searing sun and biting winds - has been around as long as the winged keel.... [more]

Death in Portsmouth
The day started with the discovery of a naked body on the beach at Southsea. This possibly traumatic experience is fortunately suffered by Pauline Rowson's new detective character - DI Andy Horton - for whom this is merely one of a catalogue of problems, including trying to prove his innocence after being accused of rape... [more]

Bear of Britain joins forces with UKSA
By Event Media,
Internationally renowned racing yacht ‘Bear of Britain’ has announced a new partnership with the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) to bring the existing Yacht Racing Academy to a new level. This will combine the team's well-known racing yacht Bear of Britain with UKSA's modern facilities and operational capabilities... [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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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Event Management UK in conjunction with the Royal Ocean racing Club...
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18 Footers

Australia's own 18 footers are sailing around the world. Here is a collection of recent stories about the fast and exciting 18 footer sailing...
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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