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Last weekend was a lot colder and windier than many wanted for their first toe in the water for the new UK season.

But on the south coast Warsash, with the Raymarine Spring series for the big boats, saw good fleets again, and on the inland circuit there was plenty of dinghy action.

In the sun of Rio the Volvo Extreme 40 catamarans have been in action, and this weekend the Volvo RTW fleet contest another in-port race.

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Volvo In-Port race takes centre stage in Rio
By Volvo media,
The VX40 catamarans take a layday while the Volvo RTW fleet take to the water again for the In-Port race in Rio de Janeiro. If the weather cooperates and all goes according to plan, the race area will be in Guanabara Bay. The race itself will begin at 1300 local time - 1600GMT... [more]

St Thomas 33rd International Rolex Regatta
By Media Pro Int'l,
After last night's rousing welcome party, complete with Carnival dancers and a reggae band, the St Thomas Yacht Club today kicked off the on-water action at the 33rd International Rolex Regatta with a packed morning and afternoon of course racing... [more]

An invitation to all MHYC Members and Boatowners
By Sailing Office,
MHYC Cruising Division invites all MHYC Yachts (Inshore, Offshore, Twilight, Wednesday, Cruising Division) to participate in a basic safety skills day in Middle Harbour.... [more]

Asian Sailing Champs 2006: Nail Biting Finish
Only one race could be completed on day four due to a light and variable wind, which disappointed competitors after the strong winds of the lay day, but today the race officers managed to complete three races and catch up with the schedule.... [more]

Australian Superyacht facility gains pace
By IBI/Sail-World,
According to NSW Ports minister Joe Tripodi, the superyacht market in Australia is clearly on the rise. ‘In the past 12 months, more than 50 international superyachts have visited Australia, and Australian shipyards are currently building 13 superyachts worth in excess of $213 million,’ he said.... [more]

Ericsson - new start in Rio, Volvo in-port race
By Annabel Merrison,
The Ericsson Racing Team has been out all week, training in Guanabara Bay off Rio de Janeiro (BRA), and tuning in before Saturday's in-port race.... [more]

OK Dinghy World Ranking List March 2006
By Robert Deaves,
Following the Toshiba OK Dinghy World Championship in Australia in February the ranking list reflects the results down under with the top four on the world rankings as being the top four at the 2006 world championship. Nick Craig (GBR) maintains his position at the top of the list after successfully defending his title in Belmont, Australia.... [more]

Marseille International Match Race
By Emilie Audoly,
Surprises, disappointments and lessons in sportsmanship! This morning the last five flights of the Round Robin meant that the six best placed teams could go on to the second Round Robin. Holmberg in the lead, followed by Presti and Deruelle... [more]

Eurolymp - Expert Olympic Garda - Day 3
By Media,
Day three of the Eurolymp - Expert Olympic Garda. Fredrik Loof and Anders Ekstrom (SWE) have taken back the lead in the Star class from the New Zealand pair, Hamish Pepper and David Giles. They lead by just one point.... [more]

Clipper Challenge yachts on final countdown
By Fast Track,
On the final day before the race restart, preparations are ongoing for the race restart on Saturday. Saturday’s race restart has been rescheduled to 15:00 local (07:00 GMT) from 12 noon to allow time for more training sails ahead of the race restart... [more]

Back into the storm for Dee & Aviva
By Dee Caffari,
The barometer dropped 10 mb in just three hours. Whenever you see that kind of drop in pressure it is heart in mouth time. I was desperately trying to get south to avoid the worst of the weather. The system had gathered pace and the winds ahead of it were a severe storm force... [more]

Day three of the VX40 Grand Prix in Rio
By Chris Leigh,
Another testing day of racing for Team Basilica and its VX40 Grand Prix catamaran took place in Rio de Janeiro today and the all British crew proved itself again with a 2-2-1-4 set of results from the four races to retain the overall lead... [more]

Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp - day 2
By Media/GJN translation,
The second day of the internationel week, Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp has been concluded positively with good winds and a beautiful time for the 330 dinghies, boards and keelboats on Lake Garda... [more]

Marseille International Match Race-Round Robin
By Emilie Audoly,
Peter Holmberg in the lead, French skippers doing well, Italians lagging. 30 matchs – 10 flights – were raced today. Most of them were extremely close, with the umpires intervening a lot and contact between boats frequent... In other words, sport!... [more]

Typhoon Fireball Open at Chew Valley Lake SC
By Richard Wagstaff,
Despite the icy temperatures and harsh wind conditions, the first open event on the Fireball calendar at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club still managed to attract 25 eager competitors. Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff overcame the tough conditions to take the trophy... [more]

Melges 24 North American Championship
By Bret Gripenstraw,
The 2006 Melges 24 North American Championship will be hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club on Monterey Bay, California. Registration for the event will open on Tuesday 16 May with ten championship races scheduled between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 May. North American and European Melges 24 builders report record sales this year... [more]

China imposes Yacht Tax
By IBI Magazine/YP Loke,
Yachts were caught in the dragnet of tax reform when the Chinese government announced sweeping changes to the country's consumption tax laws, aimed primarily at the luxury goods market.... [more]

More stars join Mt Gay Rum Top Jocks Regatta
By Peter Campbell,
A total of 10 teams will contest this ‘sailing with the stars’ fleet racing regatta for the unique trophy of a pair of framed ‘Top Jocks’. Crews have to be multi-skilled sailors as no on crew member may helm the boat more than twice during the six race regatta... [more]

Selden Mast - Spar Search service
By PR,
Selden Mast has announced the launch of their new online ‘Spar Search’ service, available on their website. The service will allow sailors to search the spar stock of all Selden Mast distributors within the UK as well as worldwide... [more]

Olympic hopefuls at Youth National Championships
The UK’s best youth sailors and aspiring London 2012 Olympians will compete for the title of Youth National Champion and for selection to Great Britain’s Youth World Championship Team, at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) - the sailing venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games... [more]

Brown pledges a further £300m for Olympics
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) joins the British Olympic Association and UK Sport in applauding additional government funding for sport to ensure British success at the London 2012 Olympic Games, announced in today's Budget Statement... [more]

Team Basilica claim first day at Rio de Janeiro
By Chris Leigh,
Day one of the second leg of the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series was a comeback story for the British Team Basilica. Last after the opening round in Spain, hard work through the winter in the UK was rewarded with victory in three of the four races on the first day of racing in Rio... [more]

New look for SUI64 and SUI75 as training begins
By Alinghi Media,
Alinghi boats SUI64 and SUI75 emerged from the base in Valencia today for the first day of two boat training, sporting a new look. Skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth comments: It’s good to get back on the water and training and although some of the guys have been out racing on other circuits over the winter... [more]

K6 fleet blow the cobwebs away at QMSC
By Ian Schenkle,
Blowing the cobwebs off the RS K6 fleet after the winter was taken a bit too literality for the hardy boats that turned out for the Queen Mary event. Starting a month earlier than last year, day one conditions could only be described as cold and blustery, a sturdy 24kt breeze along with 28kt gusts was going to make for an interesting day... [more]

RYA National Match Racing Series goes North
For the first time ever, the RYA National Match Racing Series will include a qualification event to be held in Scotland - a Northern Qualifier hosted by the Royal Northern and Clyde Sailing Club. The RYA National Match Racing Series could see up to 84 teams and 420 sailors compete throughout the year... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week 180th Anniversary Regatta
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Organisers, Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC), anticipate over 1,000 yachts and 8,500 sailors turning up to enjoy eight days of racing between Saturday 29 July and Saturday 5 August 2006. New this year will be - RYS start line reverts to transits - a start for the J/109 Class and double charges for boats carrying advertising... [more]

All ten Clipper yachts now relaunched
By Fast Track,
This morning saw the Cardiff and Jersey Clippers, hauled back into the water at Subic Bay to join the seven boats already afloat. Eight of the boats now have their rigs back in, with just Jersey and waiting for their masts to be stepped.... [more]

Topper have got it covered by Craftinsure
By Craftinsure/Jenny Cage,
Craftinsure, one of the leading providers of online boat insurance, is teaming up with the Topper Class Association (ITCA (GBR)) to sponsor the prestigious Topper Nationwide series... [more]

Perfect for Raymarine Warsash Spring Series No2
By Warsash media,
Despite the forecast which threatened a Force 5 to 7 and possibly even 8, which would have caused cancellations to some classes, on the day the committee boat ventured into the Solent under a cloudless sky, with a moderate, north-easterly breeze and perfect sailing conditions for all competitors... [more]

Young talents shine at RYA Spring Series event
Grafham Water SC played host to the RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series’ second event this weekend (18-19 March), with Bryony Shaw and Richard Hamilton topping the RS:X fleet in the first domestic test of the new Olympic windsurf board... [more]

Davis and Loy battle for Solo at Littleton SC
By Tim Hore,
Grey skies and a brisk but chilly breeze greeted 20 Solos to Littleton SC on Sunday March 19. Eight visiting and 12 home boats made up the fleet. With the wind blowing 12 – 15 knots the helms had to work hard which kept the cold out... [more]

Spithill wins Brazil Cup
By Sean McNeill,
Australia’s James Spithill has claimed his second career victory on the World Tour with a 3-1 defeat of Thierry Peponnet in the final of the Brazil Sailing Cup. Spithill lost the first race but won the next three to claim the championship. In the Petite Final, Ben Ainslie beat Gavin Brady 2-0.... [more]

Queen of the Harbour race for 18ft Skiffs
By Event Media,
Young Joe Turner scored his first win since joining the 18 footer ranks only two months ago when he piloted Noakes Youth to victory over Tony Hannan's Maytag.... [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]

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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Aviva Challenge
Dee Caffari’s attempt to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents...
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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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