The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finally reached Rio - ABN Amro One taking the gun. Now focus will switch to the in-port activities with the Volvo Extreme 40 catamarans arriving for the second leg of their Series.
In the UK the RYA Dinghy Show was a great success for the more than 80 classes on display and with have lots of coverage and photos here.
As the European season starts to come out of mothballs the Australian and US scene is still going strong. The TP52 are holding their championship as part of Acura Race Week and the Star class had a ninty plus entry for the Bacardi Cup - latest news on all those events here.
In the UK the JPMorgan Winter Challenge is in the final stages at Queen Mary SC and the big-boat scene will be in action at Warsash this weekend.
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Farr Office comments on Volvo Open 70 Keels By Farr Yacht Design, The fairing system developed by Farr Yacht Design for the Volvo Open 70 keels has been the source of considerable interest for those following the Volvo Ocean Race. The following describes the system, why it is required and what has gone right and what has gone wrong.... [more]
Hornet, Solo, N12, Merlin, 29er etc at Dinghy Show By Sail-World/GJN, More shots of the dinghies at the 2006 UK Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace over the weekend of the 4 and 5 March. Over 80 classes were on display and this year both the Solo and Enterprise classes were celebrating 50 years and the National 12 their 70th birthday. See here both old and new examples... [more]
Dane and Sperry (USA) win Star Bacardi Cup By Star media, The father and son-in-law team of John Dane and crew Austin Sperry are the winners of the 2006 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta, in Miami, one of the few Cuban-born sporting events to survive today in the United States. The American duo from Gulfport, Mississippi, finished fourth in the regatta’s final race today to assure them the overall victory with six points over Germany’s Marc Pickel and crew Ingo Borkowski... [more]
New Boat Show for Portsmouth By Media, A new boat show for Portsmouth Harbour on the South coast of England. This three-day event will be held at the Gunwharf Quays Marina, adjacent to the Gunwharf Quays Shopping Mall, Portsmouth... [more]
ABN Amro 1 wins leg 4 of VOR By Lizzie Green, ABN Amro 1 wins leg 4 of VOR crossing the line at 0318hrs in Rio de Janeiro. The team of professionals sailing ABN AMRO ONE, with Mike Sanderson (NZL) in charge, remained focused and foot perfect throughout the whole of this, the longest leg of the Volvo Ocean Race at 6,700 nautical miles.... [more]
One second victory at Acura Miami Race Week By Jeanne Kleene, Moneypenny nipped the Ker 55 Aera by just one second in the morning race off Miami Beach. After 11.9 miles and 1 1/2 hours, a mere second separated the two burgeoning rivals once time allowance was factored.... [more]
Tough day at JPMorgan Winter Challenge Final By RYA/Myrrh Walker, The final of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge got under way on Friday, 10 March at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines. On day one of the Grade 2 final there was lots of action - Strong winds, broken boats and tough competition - as teams took to the water to fight for the Championship title... [more]
Moth, Osprey, Blaze, N12, Finn etc at Dinghy Show By Sail-World/GJN, The 2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show took place at Alexandra 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 - Here are some shots to give you the flavour... [more]
Bambakou Wins Rolex TP52 Long Distance Race By Rolex Media, The Rolex TP52 Global Championship distance race sprang several boats into the limelight, turning the leader board on its head when John Coumantaros's Bambakou crossed the finish line in first early this morning. With a fourth-place added to his scoreline, Philippe Kahn and his Pegasus 52 moved into first place overall of the nine-boat fleet racing in the 10-race series... [more]
Battered Dee and Aviva press on in Southern Ocean By Dee Caffari, 'Since my disaster last night where I added extensively to my jobs list I have been sailing in 35 to 45 knots winds with some very aggressive squalls. The seas have added to the horrendous conditions giving mountainous waves that we have crashed into or fallen from or that have broken over us. Aviva and I have been beaten up for a full 36 hours.... [more]
Flat and fluky with 89 miles to go for Volvo By Volvo, Only 89 nautical miles to go and ABN AMRO ONE still leads with a confident 113 nautical miles separation from second place Pirates of the Caribbean but the nail-biting will continue through till the end, even for Ericsson Racing Team bringing up the rear of the finishing pack only 39 nautical miles behind fourth place... [more]
Tradewind sailing off Sydney Heads By Al Constable, Wind and Sunshine, spectacular sailing conditions for the Hamilton Island sponsored Sydney 38 InterNations. Here is a collection of Francolini images.... [more]
Volvo VX40 - Flying Down to Rio By Media / Sail-World GJN, The all British Volvo Extreme 40 catamaran, Basilica, is heading down to Rio de Janeiro for the second leg of the VX40 Grand Prix Series. Since the first event Team Basilica has been in the UK tuning and have now announced an overhaul of the crew and back-up team... [more]
New Zealand Millennium Cup for Palma, Mallorca By Event media and Sail-World NZL, The New Zealand Marine Industry has announced that the 3rd New Zealand Millennium Cup regatta will take place in Palma, Mallorca on June 19th 2007. The event is timed to be held between the finish of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 2007 America's Cup.... [more]
Alinghi: a new boat, new look but the same mission By Event media, Alinghi announced the 2006 season plans at a press conference in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Thursday 9 March. On the podium were Brad Butterworth (NZ), vice-president, skipper and tactician, Jochen Schuemann (DE), sports director and helmsman and Nils Frei (SUI), trimmer. Brad led the event with the subject on everyone’s mind; SUI91... [more]
Patches Hat trick at Rolex TP52 Championship By Rolex Event Media, Eamon Conneely's Patches, from Ireland, won all three races to take a commanding lead at the Rolex TP52 Global Championship, sailed as part of Acura Miami Race Week. Three races were held out in the Gulf Stream, off of Miami's South Beach and with the exception of the last race, the wind was much more stable than yesterday, settling in from the northeast and ranging from 10-20 knots... [more]
Dinghy Show - New Solution single hander By Sail-World/Gerald New, Among all the established classes and celebrations of their years of production and sailing, tucked away in odd corners at Alexandra Palace were the possible dinghies of the future! Well, that is the hope of one such new design - a new single hander, Red Eye Sails the Solution... [more]
Raymarine Warsash Spring Series Preview By Flavia Bateson, How many race officers does it take to run the Solent's premier early season event? A headcount check at Warsash Sailing Club gave a conservative total of 40 when the Club held a rehearsal for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series which starts on Sunday 12 March. Only the 188 competitors entered so far were missing... [more]
JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Final By RYA/Myrrh Walker, With seven qualifying events completed, the best talent has been spotlighted and the weeks of waiting are over. This weekend (10-12 March) at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines, some of the world's top match racers will square up to compete at the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Match Racing Final.... [more]
Beadsworth and Carr top Stars on day 3 By Media/GJN, Things looked a whole lot better for Briton´s Andy Beadsworth and Dave Carr after they won the third race of the Star Bacardi Cup in Miami. Sailing in a 15+ knot north easterly they took the lead at the gybe mark and held it to the finish... [more]
Dinghy Show - new hulls for the Flying Fifteen By Sail-World/Gerald New, An abundance of riches for the Flying Fifteen class at the 2006 Dinghy Show, where the two major builders, Ovington and Dingwall, were showing their latest developments of the long lived Uffa Fox design... [more]
Gill sign up for ISAF Youth Sailing Championships By IBI Magazine, Gill has joined a group of sponsors and suppliers of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006 as Official Clothing Supplier to the Championships.... [more]
Clipper progress in Subic Bay By Peter Le Coyte, It’s a bit lonely out here, but maybe for not much longer. I’d made up my mind to stay, as I’d left home to sail round the world and it wouldn’t have felt like a real circumnavigation if I’d done it in two halves.... [more]
Styles opens new Tornado Olympic campaign By Event Media, Hugh Styles who represented Team GBR in the Tornado class at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000 has teamed up with Tom Peel 29er European champion in 2005 to campaign towards the Beijing Olympics in the Tornado catamaran... [more]
UK RYA Dinghy Show more popular than ever By RYA, Although the final figures have yet to be released, organisers of the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, held in conjunction with Yachts and Yachting at Alexandra Palace over the 4 and 5 March, have already confirmed a nine percent increase in visitors at this year’s event, signalling a steady rise in attendance and interest in sailing... [more]
West Riding SC launch Prize Draw By Matt Cook, West Riding SC have launched a Prize Draw this weekend at the RYA Dinghy Show. First prize will be a brand new RS200. Members of the club are endeavouring to raise £80,000 towards the rebuild of their 68 year-old clubhouse that was destroyed in an arson attack last July... [more]
'My Eyes Were Opened' - Ellen MacArthur By Sail-World Cruising, After a life time of sailing, it took a non-competitive event to change the life of the fastest ever round world solo sailor.... [more]
World’s Best Superyachts – see the pics.. By Sail-World Cruising/IBI News, IBI News: The International Superyacht Society today announced the winners from its design awards programme. The awards are given to yacht builders, designers, interior designers, naval architects and stylists selected from a shortlist of five finalist yachts in five length categories.... [more]
Perini wins 2006 Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australia By Sam Crichton, Richard Perini has won the title of Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australian Champion for the second year in a row. Perini’s scorecard of 5,1,1,2,1,2,1,1, 2 shows the consistent sailing of his world champion crew onboard Evolution over the last three days.... [more]
18 Footers Club racing on Sydney Harbour By Australian 18 Footers Association, It was back to Club racing on Sunday following a highly successful Giltinan International Championship regatta when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the W.C. (Trappy) Duncan Memorial Trophy handicap race on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
Try-a-14 Day at Queen Mary SC By Andy Rice, Ever wondered about sailing an International 14 but didn't know where to start? The International 14 Class is running a Try-a-14 Day on Saturday 25 March at Queen Mary Sailing Club in Middlesex, for sailors who have been thinking about giving this challenging dinghy a go... [more]
50 years on and Enterprise still front page news By Lesley DiFonzo, What do Christian Dior Stockings, Sovereign Creamy Whirls and the Enterprise Sailing Dinghy have in common? Well, surprisingly, they all appeared on the front page of the 'NEWS CHRONICLE' on Monday, 9 January 1956. Only one appeared as a front-page story and it was big news at the time... [more]
Ellen MacArthur outlines future plans By Team Ellen, Ellen MacArthur outlines her plans for 2007-2009, including a two-boat IMOCA Open 60 Campaign.... [more]
Robertson announces Twins, Sponsor and Team By Jo Grindley, Double Olympic gold medal winning yachtswoman, Shirley Robertson today (3 March 2006) announced her two new crew, her title sponsor, her two supporting partners and the news that she is due to give birth in July – to twins.... [more]
Of Naked Sailors and Peeping Toms By Nancy Knudsen, It was in the newspaper, so it must be right…A yachtie pleaded guilty and was recently put on a good behaviour bond for sailing naked at Kangaroo Point in the Brisbane River in Australia. But there was something strange about this story, and it wasn't the sight of the naked sailor.... [more]
Bell Lawrie Scottish Series Scotland 26/05/06 Scotland’s premier yacht racing event. Based at Tarbert on Loch Fyne, the Series features a wide range of classes, from IRC racers to local handicap, and one designs from non-spinnaker to sportboat.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=733
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.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=751
Aviva Challenge 21/11/05 Dee Caffari’s attempt to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=707
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