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The first major weekend of the early UK season had good turnouts for both big boat and dinghy events but some areas had strong winds and even snow.

The big boat Raymarine Warsash Spring Series got off to a great start with around 1,000 sailors taking part in the Solent.

While the RS classes started their Fat Face circuit at various inland venues, all facing a bitingly cold wind.

On the Hamble the famous Warming Pan series attracted Fireflies, Merlin Rockets and Mirrors to the traditional season opener.

With cold weather forecast once again this weekend, perhaps the Volvo guys have the right idea - now in Rio - where they will be joined by the Extreme 40 catamarans who continue the second leg of their series.

Good sailing, let's hope Easter proves a bit warmer.

Changes at Z Spars UK
By IBI media,
A new management team has been appointed at Z Spars UK following the retirement of founder and managing director David White... [more]

RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series at Grafham
This weekend (18-19 March) Grafham Water Sailing Club, Cambridgeshire, will host the second of the RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series. The event is open to all sailors competing in Olympic Class boats excluding the Laser, Laser Radial, Star and Sonar and will be a focus for new talent either on the World Class programme or aspiring to be, regular class members... [more]

Fireflies at Hamble Warming Pan Open
By Barney Smith,
The Firefly class started their 60th Anniverary season in style by forming the biggest fleet at the Hamble Warming Pan Open, run by Hamble River Sailing Club on the 11 and 12 March... [more]

RS Classes photo shot on Fat Face Circuit
By RS media/GJN,
The RS classes kicked off the 2006 season with the first round of the fat Face Circuit. Racing for RS200, 400, 600, 700 and 800 at Chew Valley Lake SC, Draycote Water SC and Burghfield SC. The weather was freezing but good numbers braved the cold... [more]

Quarterfinalists set at Brazil Sailing Cup
By Sean McNeill,
The quarterfinal round showcases some intriguing matches. Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Victory Challenge, takes on Peponnet, and James Spithill (AUS), Luna Rossa Challenge, goes against Williams. The other matches feature Ed Baird (USA), Alinghi, versus Ben Ainslie (GBR), Emirates Team New Zealand, and Dean Barker (NZL), Emirates Team NZ, against Gavin Brady (NZL), Beau Geste Team.... [more]

Fast and furious progress west for Dee
By Dee Caffari,
It was pretty hideous last week for Dee, and even though she is clearly exhausted, the boat has been sailed very well. In fact, overall progress has been better in the Indian Ocean than in the Pacific.... [more]

Countdown to start of Asian Record Circuit
By Team Ellen,
With just eight days to go the countdown to the start of the Asian Record Circuit 2006 has started. Ellen MacArthur and an international crew of four will set off from Yokohama, Japan on Saturday, 25th March to cover around 4505 miles.... [more]

Qingdao first to be re-launched
By Fast Track,
A crowd of workers, media and locals gathered to watch the first of the ten Clipper yachts, carefully lowered into Subic Bay.... [more]

More entries in Global Ocean Challenge 2007/08
By Event Media,
The diversity of the entries reflects the broad appeal of the event with entries coming in from Belgium, France, Holland and South Africa. The level of interest in the Global Ocean Challenge remains extremely high with 75 competitors from 12 countries registering their intent to compete... [more]

Where to from here? Dockside with movistar
By Sacha Oswald, Volvo Media,
Bouwe Bekking (NED: ‘Of course we are happy to be here but we are also disappointed. We went well and got back from a two hour penalty at the beginning of the leg and then it all happened. You can blame yourself, and of course I blame myself a little bit, but in general we sailed fantastic, we had good navigation, good crew work and we were just going fast. It is a bit of a bummer when you are coming in five or six days later than the other guys in the race.’... [more]

Médiatis Région Aquitaine in stopover in Bordeaux
By Yves Parlier's Team,
Médiatis Région Aquitaine came to spend the last weekend in Bordeaux for the biggest pleasure of the curious strollers, who were able to see evolving the 60 foot sailboat along quays.... [more]

Merlin Rockets at Hamble Warming Pans
By Graham Williamson,
Merlin Rockets were once again the dominant class at this year's start of season Warming Pan regatta at Hamble River Sailing Club. The result was a win for Dan Alsop and Paul Gilbert with the top five boats of the weekend were separated by just two points... [more]

Movistar reaches Rio de Janeiro
By Volvo,
Movistar Sailing Team skippered by Dutchman Bouwe Bekking arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today at 16:11:46 GMT after 25 days, 14 hours, 41 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. The team were having a highly competitive leg four until just before Cape Horn when they suffered a major leak surrounding the keel box... [more]

RYA Sailability's future secured
By RYA Media,
After a difficult chapter for all UK based charities, the Royal Yachting Association has announced they are to secure the future of the charity RYA Sailability, which will include the employment of RYA Sailability staff... [more]

Laser Qualifier at Stokes Bay SC
By James Gray,
Giles Scott was the winner of a very close event at Stokes Bay. Just three points covered the leading four helms, Scott, Charles Baillie-Strong, Nick Thompson and Stephen Powell... [more]

Fat Face RS600 circuit event at Chew Valley SC
By Olly Straker,
The first Fat Face RS600 circuit event of the year came to Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club which certainly did not disappoint. Some new faces and old where amongst the 11 boat line up, with Damon Bower making a year long return to the circuit. Jamie Mawson broke his long string of 2nd places to win his first RS600 event... [more]

12Ft Skiff Australian Titles
By Event media,
A Squad of over 30 skiffs, representing New South Wales and Queensland are set to converge on Parramatta River to contest the highly acclaimed 71st Twelve Foot Skiff Australian Championship.... [more]

Troubled Ericsson replace skipper
By Tim Jeffery, Daily Telegraph,
A poor performance in the Volvo Ocean Race and a breakdown in crew relations has led to Neal McDonald, of Great Britain, being replaced by American John Kostecki as skipper of the Ericsson Racing Team yacht.... [more]

Dragon - XIII Prince Henry The Navigator Trophy
By Event Media,
Sponsored by PT Comunicaçoes, the XIII Prince Henry the Navigator Trophy finished today at Clube Naval de Cascais. After six races the winner was Denmark’s Whisper, crewed by Poul Jensen, Peter Bowring and Paul Mcguire. The runner-up was Portugal’s Catarina III crewed by Henrique Anjos, Pedro Costa Alemão and Afonso Marques... [more]

New recruits at North Sails UK
By Media,
North Sails UK has announced the appointment of Jeremy Robinson to its sales team and Jeremy Elliott to the design team... [more]

Three times TNZer joins Alinghi
By Alinghi Media,
America’s Cup tactician Peter Evans (NZ) has joined the Swiss Defender for the start of the 2006 sailing season. Evans brings a wealth of experience to Alinghi, with four Cups behind him, three with Team New Zealand (including two wins) and one with the Japanese challenge.... [more]

RS700 Fat Face Open at Chew valley Lake SC
By Tim Johnson & Ian Nolan,
Relatively mild and sunny weather greeted the excellent turnout of 25 sailors who had travelled from across the country for the first RS700 Fat Face event of the season at Chew valley Lake sailing club over the weekend of the 11 and 12 of March. Despite a late charge from White Johnson and Marshall, it was Matt Humphries who had sailed consistently at the front of the fleet to take a deserved overall victory... [more]

Team Basilica in Rio for Extreme 40 Grand Prix
By Media,
Team Basilica, the only British owned, crewed, and sponsored boat taking part in either the Volvo Ocean Race or the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix series, will take to the waters of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday 21 March for the second leg of the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series... [more]

RS800 Fat Face Open at Draycote Water SC
By Sarah Marriott,
The first round of the RS800 Fat Face circuit kicked off last weekend at Draycote Water Sailing Club. Twenty-Two boats braved the chilly forecast for a weekend of competitive racing in everything from 4 knots to 15 plus snow!... [more]

Kostecki takes over as skipper of Ericsson
By Event media,
American sailor John Kostecki, who has sailed with the team as tactician during the in-port races, will take on the role of skipper and Neal McDonald will sail onboard as watch captain and co-skipper. Due to injuries amongst the crew, it is not yet decided who will step ashore.... [more]

RS200 and 400 out in force at Burghfield Open
By Steve Middleton,
Sunday 12 March was a day of reckoning for Burghfield Sailing Club’s RS200 and RS400 sailors. For the first time in several years, visiting teams walked away with the top honours at the Club’s annual open event. With a forecast for a light breeze and possible snow, the Club was not expecting great things in terms of turnout. But on the day, conditions were dry with a cold blustery easterly breeze rising to max force 4-5... [more]

Leading Clipper skipper quits race in protest
By Rob Kothe,
Clipper Ventures had confirmed that the leading skipper in the 2005-2006 Clipper Round the World yacht race has resigned, citing concerns that the event will not get back on track to finish in Liverpool on time. Western Australia skipper David Pryce made the decision as the ten boat Clipper fleet still undergoes extensive repairs in the Philippines.... [more]

Internet blows its gale of change
By Al Constable,
News Ltd’s Rupert Murdoch said this week ‘Companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and fall. A new generation of media consumers has risen demanding content delivered when they want it, how they want it, and very much as they want it.... [more]

World Women’s Match Racing skippers confirmed
The twelve skippers who will compete for the title of 2006 Dexia Private Banking ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion in Copenhagen, Denmark from 24-28 May have been confirmed. Defending champion Sally Barkow (USA) heads the list of competitors, with the 25 year old American aiming for a hat-trick of Match Racing World titles. She is the only sailor to hold top five places in two separate Rankings and in January this year was named US Sailing's 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year... [more]

Solo ready for 50th season celebrations
By Solo/Claire Clark,
2006 is an important year for the Solo Class as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of this classic design by Jack Holt. The next major championship event is the Inlands over the weekend of 17/18 June which will be sponsored by Pinnell & Bax. On the Saturday evening the prize draw for the winner of Solo 5000 will take place... [more]

Deck and hull of German America’s Cup yacht joined
By United Internet Team Germany,
The first German America’s Cup yacht GER-89 is taking shape. Last weekend (11/12 March), the deck was fitted to the hull at the Knierim-Yachtbau shipyard in Kiel. This was another milestone on the way to the boat’s official christening on 24 April and it was passed without any problems. In summer, the United Internet Team Germany plans to take up the in-water testing to tune the boat for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup of the Challengers of the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain... [more]

RYA Dinghy Sailing Show hits new high
The organisers of the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, held in association with Yachts and Yachting at Alexandra Palace over the 4 and 5 March, have confirmed an increase in visitors at this year’s event. Over the two days 11,459 people visited the show compared to 10,793 in 2005... [more]

Opening Races at Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
By Warsash PR,
This year’s Raymarine Warsash Spring Series started on a bitingly cold day with a Force 4 south-easterly breeze that cut into any exposed flesh like a surgeon’s scalpel. But this did not deter around 1,000 sailors, keen to throw away the winter cobwebs and start the new season, even if they were happy to see the snow clouds remain over the Isle of Wight rather than the Solent... [more]

Steve Cockerill takes first Radial Qualifier
By Jon Emmett,
Although the event was held on the second weekend of March the conditions were extremely trying with light and shifty winds on day one, and extremely strong winds on day two. Over 100 Laser sailors took part at Stokes Bay... [more]

I did survive the western side of the storm
By Dee Caffari,
I slowly got lifted on my course until I was making just north of west and we didn't see over 43 knots of wind, which after my four hours of over 50 knots on the way into the system was a welcome break.... [more]

B&Q, just passing through…
By Ocean Challenges / Guy Nowell,
Last week Ellen MacArthur’s 60’ trimaran, B&Q, arrived in Hong Kong. The 10,000-mile delivery from Southampton to Hong Kong, took the CMA CGM container ship the 'Bizet' 23 days to complete.... [more]

Yachting NZ About-turn: Rod Davis back on board
By Jodie Perkins, Yachting NZ,
Rod Davis has returned to Yachting New Zealand as Olympic Coaching Director and Leslie Egnot has been appointed Olympic Operations Manager. Over the past five weeks discussions have continued to find the best organisational solution to drive Yachting New Zealand’s Olympic Programme. Chief Executive Des Brennan is delighted at what has been achieved and sees it as a stronger platform for success.... [more]

Patches wins inagural TP52 Championship
By Rolex Event Media,
Patches and Pegasus 52 tackled the pre-start of this last line-up like an America's Cup match race, the two boats aggressively circling one another beyond the committee boat. At the end of the first race today Patches had regained first place, though leading Pegasus 52 by just 0.25 points. The outcome would come down to the final race... [more]

French win JPMorgan Winter Challenge Final
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
After a thrilling and close final, the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Match Racing Series has come to a close today with Damien Iehl of France taking the championship title... [more]

Rolex TP52 Global Championship - Photo Call 1
By Rolex/Daniel Forster,
Photographer Daniel Forster was out on the water for the Rolex TP52 Global Championship to catch the action. Two windward-leeward races on the final day will decide the outcome of the Championship... [more]

Rolex TP52 Global Championship - Photo Call 2
By Rolex/Daniel Forster,
Photographer Daniel Forster was out on the water for the Rolex TP52 Global Championship to catch the action. Two windward-leeward races on the final day will decide the outcome of the Championship... [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]

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]

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]

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....
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2006 Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Warsash SC 12/03/06
The Series comprises six Sunday races on 12, 19 and 26 March; 2, 9 and 23 April. The best five results count. Starts are from around 10am in the mid-Solent....
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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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Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series
Sanxenxo, Rio de Janeiro, Baltimore, Portsmouth an 06/11/05
The Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series is an in-shore racing series that takes place during five of the stopovers of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race....
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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Red Funnel Easter Challenge
Cowes, Isle of Wight
This year’s popular season opener for offshore yachts, the Red Funnel Easter Challenge...
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