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Skandia Team GBR gears up for top regatta in Palma
By RYA / Lindsey Bell,
Following their impressive start to the year, clinching eight podium places, including four golds, at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, Skandia Team GBR’s sailors are about start their season in earnest with the first of the top European Olympic Classes regattas, the Princess Sofia Trophy (9-14 April in Palma, Spain)... [more]

Flying Dutchman World Championship
By Media/GJN,
Hungary’s Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos made the early running at the Flying Dutchman World Championship in St Petersburg, Florida, USA, with three wins and a second place giving the 2004 World Champions the lead... [more]

A vicious battle but movistar wins the gate
By Lizzie Green,
After a vicious battle played out over the last 24 hours, movistar and Bouwe Bekking managed to reign victorious and passed the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha at 2051 GMT, in first place, collecting 3.5 points. But her victory was short lived.... [more]

Busy time for SLAM
By PR media,
SLAM SHOP are reopening in Porto Cervo and Poltu Quatu, and it will soon be the turn of the famed Cowes shop. New shops have also opened in Porto Vecchio (Corsica), Genova Nervi, Barberino di Mugello and Piombino... [more]

Fat Face RS300 Open Event at Milton Keynes
By RS media,
What to expect for the first race in an open meeting held on April Fools day? Well wind and plenty off it! A south westerly, blowing 4-7 during race 1, 2, race 3, 4, and 5, and then for the few to brave race 6 - more of the same, with occasional peaks of 8½ measured on the clubhouse roof!... [more]

Flying Fifteen blast at Grafham
By Pip Noon,
April showers and ‘blowing old boots’ set the scene for the Grafham Flying Fifteen Open on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2006 - with many broaches and even the rare sight of Fifteens turned turtle. The wind forecast may have discouraged some entries, the competition comprising a lower-than-average entry of 26 boats... [more]

Tough time for Phantoms at Haversham
By Simon Child,
The first open of 2006 held at Haversham SC, Milton Keynes attracted 15 boats despite a poor forecast and very strong gusty winds. Victory went to Andy Couch who continued his winning form... [more]

Opportunity : Marine Industry Feature writer
By Rob Kothe,
TetraMedia, the publisher of is looking for a marine industry journalist, with sailing and power-boating experience. Three months ago TetraMedia launched Sail-World Cruising now we are ready for the step into Powerboating.... [more]

B&Q gearing up for the Cotton record
By Offshore Challenges,
Midway through their stopover in Qingdao, Ellen and the team are gearing up for their next challenge on the Asian Record Circuit – to establish a new record time between Qingdao and mainland China’s largest city, Shanghai.... [more]

Countdown Begins – 24 Hours to go
By Catherine Green,
With less than 24 hours to go until Dame Ellen MacArthur starts Race Seven by leading the fleet out aboard her famous trimaran B&Q, crew and skippers are frantically getting together final provisions before they embark on the epic sail from Qingdao, China to Victoria, Canada.... [more]

Breeze at last for Dee and Aviva
By Dee Caffari,
A ridge of high pressure stretching across Dee’s track has effectively blocked progress over the last 36 hours.... [more]

Yacht makers voyage to a promising market
By Shanghai Daily,
Global yacht makers have brought more boats to a show in Shanghai compared with last year as they try to catch a potentially huge market with 200,000 billionaires and sell them a Western lifestyle.... [more]

SUI-91 arrives in Valencia for Alinghi
By Alinghi Media,
Alinghi’s new boat SUI91 arrived in Valencia early Tuesday morning. The first of two new boats to be built for the 2004-07 campaign left Décision boatyard in Vevey on Thursday to be trucked 1,230 km overland to Spain. The boat has taken 25 boatbuilders, from both Décision and the Alinghi shore crew 20,000 man-hours to complete.... [more]

Commodore's Cup and Cook Salver races to St Malo
By William Harris,
With Easter fast approaching, the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Sailing Committee is girding its loins for what promises to be another very busy sailing season. The Club's offshore racing programme opens, as usual, with the Commodore's Cup and Cook Salver races for IRC and club handicap boats respectively... [more]

Skandia double free sailing lessons at Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Long term savings group, Skandia – title sponsors of the famous Cowes regatta on the Isle of Wight – has announced it is doubling the number of free sailing lessons available for visitors to this year’s event (29 July-5 August 2006)... [more]

Fat Face RS Feva Racing Circuit Event
By RS media,
A great combined weekend of training on the Saturday and the season’s first Fat Face Racing Circuit Event on the Sunday was hosted by Papercourt SC. Winners were Nathan and Anna Ackroyd with Aaron Smith and Jeremy Williamson second... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Circuit Event at Leigh and Lowton
By Paul Hilliar,
Nine visitors joined a strong home fleet turnout of 16 boats for the RS400 Fat Face Circuit Event at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club over the weekend of April 1st and 2nd. Winners were Nick Craig and James Stewart.... [more]

Regatta Village to Debut in Dockyards
By Dana Paxton,
With less than one month until the start of one of the Caribbean's largest sailing regatta, the entries for the Rolex Antigua Sailing Week are streaming into race headquarters.... [more]

Time-up for entry to Red Funnel Easter Challenge
Enter for the Red Funnel Easter Regatta online via the RORC website by Friday 7 April 2006.... the 15th edition of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge regatta will kick off with seven races scheduled from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April and there really is something for everybody... [more]

Congressional Cup 2006 preview
By Rich Roberts,
Ian Williams of Great Britain might look like top dog among the match racing specialists competing in the 42nd Congressional Cup, presented by Acura, April 11-15. He is the world's No. 7 match racer in the current rankings of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)---the highest ranking in the field---but is adamant in saying, 'I don’t see ourselves as favorites by any means.' Williams has never sailed on the West Coast of the U.S. nor even seen one of the Catalina 37s used in the event.... [more]

B&Q arrives in Qingdao
By Team Ellen,
Ellen MacArthur and her crew of four crossed the finish line off the coast of Qingdao, China to complete Leg 3 of the Asian Record Circuit at 09:04:46 GMT today (Wednesday 5.4.06) setting record number 4 in a time of 1 day, 2 minutes and 53 seconds.... [more]

Areva to sponsor K-Challenge in America's Cup
By Media PR,
AREVA has decided to sponsor the French team K-CHALLENGE in the 32nd America’s Cup which will be held in Valencia, Spain during the summer of 2007. The boat and its team are now known as the AREVA Challenge... [more]

ABN AMRO TWO hits rock bottom
By Volvo media,
At the 16:00 GMT position poll, movistar leads by nine miles from Pirates, Ericsson follows 11 miles astern, having gained on Pirates by a mile, but leap-frogging over ABN AMRO TWO and Brasil 1. ABN AMRO TWO is suffering, going from second, 20 miles behind the leader, to last, 34 miles in arrears - That sort of loss could spoil your whole day... [more]

Sensational Prize giving for Clipper fleet
By Fast Track,
Last night saw a prize giving to rival all others as the city of Qingdao and the Beijing 08 Olympic Committee threw a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony for the victorious Liverpool 08 team and the rest of the Clipper fleet.... [more]

Ellen MacArthur to start Clipper Race Seven
By Fast Track/GJN,
Ellen MacArthur, solo round the world record holder and British sailing legend, will be leading the fleet out for Race Seven of the Clipper Race from Qingdao on Saturday aboard her record-breaking trimaran B&Q... [more]

Hayes wins Rolex Women's Match in Tie-breaker
By Dana Paxton, Media Pro,
Sandy Hayes won the Rolex Women's Match hosted by the St Petersburg Yacht Club from March 30-April 2 on Tampa Bay. Sailing with Hayes were Sandi Svoboda, Alexis Ackman and Phyllis Karlberg... [more]

Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week - Pharo Regatta
By Sail-World/GJN,
At the end of the Pharo Regatta, Diego Romero of Argentina won the overall prize, the City of Barcelona Sailing Trophy and 1,500 euros after totally dominating the Laser standard class. Second in the Laser went to Spain´s Javier Hernandez and third to Marcin Rudawski of Poland... [more]

RYA Youth National Championships and Trials
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
From Monday 10 April the best of the UK's young sailors will go head to head for glory, gold and Great Britain at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials. Hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), this will be the first major event to see aspiring London 2012 Olympians competing at the Olympic sailing venue... [more]

Coutts designed RC 44 launches new website
By RC44 Class Media,
The RC 44 Class announces the launch of its new website: The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance one design sailing boat. It was designed by three times Americas Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin.... [more]

National 12 GILL series open meeting at Bristol
By Tom Stewart,
Tom Stewart and Liz Ross (Feeling Foolish) won the first event in the N12 Gill Series 2006 held at Bristol Corinthian YC on 1 and 2 April... [more]

JOG Nab Tower Race - Beneteau 31.7 Class Report
By Andy Phelps,
With a strong spring tide and ominous looking weather the Beneteau 31.7s had an early departure to make Gurnard in time for the 9am Class 5 start of the JOG Nab Tower race... [more]

Jersey Clipper change skipper in Qingdao, China
By Fast Track,
Yesterday saw the arrival of the Clipper fleet in Qingdao, China, to a spectacular welcome and a media frenzy. For the next leg Jersey Clipper, who finished last on this leg, announced a change of Skipper, Simon Rowell will take over for Race 7 from Qingdao to Victoria following Mark Taylor’s resignation... [more]

A Sparring partner for Australian Canoes
By Media Services,
'We are hosting the World Championships at McCrae in 2008, we have a major sponsor in CST supporting our domestic Championship and there is a serious drive within the IC body to continue hull development. It’s a great time to get into the class.'... [more]

Waiuku Finn Veterans Champs Celebrates 21 Years
By Event Media,
Waiuku Yacht Club celebrated 21 years of hosting the Black Heart Finn Veterans Championships from 30 March to 2 April 2006. The event was generously sponsored by Black Heart Rum and Monty’s Mowers. Consequently plenty of the sponsor’s product was consumed over the weekend. Wind proved to be a scarce commodity unfortunately with Saturday being the only day where a full four races could be sailed. Thursday saw two races sailed until the wind disappeared. Being sponsored by a rum supplier a harbour rum race was held on Friday with all sailors racing through The Needles towards Clarkes Beach and back.... [more]

J105s at Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
By Kirsty Apthorp,
Fantastic! Awesome! Windy! All totally inadequate to describe the conditions that faced the J105 fleet on Sunday morning, as the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series continued... [more]

ABN AMRO sponsor European Optimist Championship
By Diana Bogaards,
ABN AMRO sponsors the European Championships Optimist 2006, of which the youngsters dream of participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. This youth event takes place from July 21 until 28 in Workum, Netherlands, under the auspices of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). The organization expects 250 boys and girls from forty-five to fifty countries, who will compete for the European title... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series - Week 4
By Flavia Bateson,
Week 4 of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series brought testing conditions for boats, equipment and crew. White-capped waves filled the Solent in a south-westerly breeze which started around 20 knots, gradually building during the race period to Force 6-7 until several competitors reported gusts of 40-42 knots in the latter stages... [more]

Liverpool 08 crosses Qingdao finish line
By Fast Track,
LIVERPOOL 08 is the winner of Race 6 and finished at 0557 Qingdao time. Victoria Clipper crossed the line 21 minutes later at 0618 to take second place.... [more]

Peck Joins Railey on U.S. Finn Team for China
By Rich Roberts,
Zach Railey, the top-ranked U.S. sailor in the single-handed Finn class, won five of seven races in a fleet of 20 boats in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s 46th Olympic Classes Regatta Saturday and Sunday, while Peck’s close second place jumped him from fifth to second ranking.... [more]

Tracy Edwards Update
By Sean O'Brien,
The ruling from the Civil Court of Qatar, in Doha cleared Edwards of financial responsibility following the compulsory liquidation at the end of 2005 of her company Quest International Sports Events Ltd, which ran the Oryx round-the-world yacht race.... [more]

Laser 5000 class looking for boats
By Nick Farrer,
2006 promises to be a fantastic year for the Laser 5000 class. Yet again the class is visiting some wonderful sailing locations around the country to show spectators the thrills and spills of this fast, fun yet cheap boat... [more]

Video of New M4 foiler in action
By Sail-World/GJN,
The M4 was exhibited at the Alexandra palace Dinghy Show for the first time this year. Designed and developed by Simon Maguire, the M4 Prototype is a new and exciting sailing dinghy that developes the new form of sailing, hydro foil sailing termed ‘foiling’... [more]

Mirror Europeans attract early entry
By Simon Lovesey,
The 2006 Mirror European Championships at Poole YC (25-29 July) is set to be the largest gathering of Mirrors in recent years. With still four months to go entries are flooding in, with 75 boats entered at the time of writing... [more]

Sydney Heads Photo action
By Rob Kothe,
Andrea Francolini's camera was in overdrive as the Sydney to Gold Coast fleet hit the washing machine that was Sydney Heads today.... [more]

Images From a Wet n Wild Gold Coast Ride
By Crosbie Lorimer,
It’s just as well that the photographers on the media boat had motordrives for the start of the Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race today. If you’d blinked you’d have missed the action, as the fleet flew down the harbour, powered by 30-35 knot winds, mostly under headsails, crashed through the swell between the Heads and were gone in less than twenty minutes... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race due to set sail from Brazil
By Sacha Oswald, Volvo Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 is ready to set sail on Sunday when the next stage of the race gets underway. Leg five will see the competitors sail 5000 nautical miles through the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, Maryland. Leg five promises to be a hard fought battle as the skippers and navigators face some difficult decisions due to the complicated currents and often fickle winds of the Western Atlantic.... [more]

Volvo 70 luxury revealed
By Team ABN Amro,
In an unprecedented gesture of goodwill, Mike Sanderson treated the public of Rio de Janeiro to an exclusive insight into life at sea by revealing the never seen before, and highly secretive, interior of ABN Amro One - the leading boat in the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

What's hidden under BMW Oracle skirt?
By Sail-World/GJN,
BMW Oracle Racing put America's Cup aficionados in uproar when they launched their new AC boat, USA87. The teams are now able to hide their hulls with a skirt and this allowed BMW Oracle Racing to reveal only the merest glimpse of their new boat - the new bowsprit... [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....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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