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Golden result for Skandia Team GBR
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Britannia ruled the waves on the final day of racing at the Princess Sofia Trophy on Friday (14 April), clinching a total of six medals - three gold, three silver - across the ten contested Olympic classes in Palma, Spain... [more]

Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Day 1
By RORC/Louay Habib,
The first day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge kicked off with the impressive sight of a combined big boat fleet racing windward / leewards in the central Solent across the North Channel... [more]

Magical night for Dee and Aviva
By Dee Caffari,
Despite the light airs and the slow progress I can honestly say that the last 24 hours has been wonderful.... [more]

Volvo - All make gains on leader ABN AMRO ONE
By Volvo,
During the last 6 hours, all bar one have made gains on the leader ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson). Whilst movistar (Bouwe Bekking) has slipped back by 1 mile, the other four teams have advanced at a steady pace... [more]

Dickson Reaches Con Cup Semis the Hard Way
By Rich Roberts,
Hometown sailing favourite Scott Dickson qualified for Saturday's semifinals of the 42nd Congressional Cup presented by Acura.... [more]

2006 Volvo RYA GBR Youth Worlds Team unveiled
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
After a successful RYA Youth National Championships and Trials, selectors for Great Britain's 2006 Volvo RYA GBR Youth World's Team have finally announced the ten sailors who will represent Great Britain at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006... [more]

National Youth Champions honoured at Weymouth
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
After five days of tough competition at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials, 15 of Britain's brightest young sailing stars have been named the 2006 Youth National Champion in their respective classes... [more]

Tasmania - Top Spectator Sailing Event
By Sail_World Cruising,
Tasmania’s Examiner reported a big crowd lined Inspection Head wharf at Beauty Point on Friday for the traditional Good Friday start to the 18th Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race, a unique sailing and mountain running event.... [more]

Images from Three Peak Race start
By Sail-World,
The 2006 Hydro Tasmania Three peaks race started yesterday in Launceston. Tasmanian photographer Paul Scambler was on the Tamar River for the start.... [more]

26th Soling South American Championship
By Matias Collins,
Tino Mora The Soling South American Championship Race Officer managed to put in three races in light winds at the first day. Busch, Tufarolo and Feldtmann (ARG)lead... [more]

Ireland Challenge crews announced
By Rachel Anning,
The five skippers and their first mates have been selected for the forthcoming and inaugural Ireland Challenge, which sets sail for a non-stop circumnavigation of Ireland, from Dublin to Dublin, on Saturday, 22 April 2006... [more]

NZ 420 Nationals Results
By Sail-World,
NZ 420 Nationals Results... [more]

Boxing the compass in the China Sea
By Guy Nowell,
After a good run out of Hong Kong overnight, the China Sea Race fleet is now gasping for air. Simon Boyde’s Cave Canem, reported losing the breeze at dawn, 'and we have been in windseeking mode ever since. There have been a few patchy puffs, and there was some heavy rain during the night, but at least we are moving again, and in the right direction.'... [more]

B&Q ready to sail for Taiwan
By Team Ellen,
B&Q is scheduled to leave Shanghai this Sunday (16/04/06) on Leg 5 to Taipei, Taiwan – the finish of the next 580-mile leg signifies the halfway stage of the Asian Record Circuit... [more]

Ceremonial Run Through Speed Box
By San Francisco Speed Sailing,
San Francisco Speed Sailing Management opened the ‘speed box' for the first time on Tuesday on San Francisco Bay, amid thunderous skies and rain squalls. Team Geronimo graciously agreed to make a ceremonial run through the ‘box’, kicking off the San Francisco Speed Sailing season.... [more]

Geronimo crosses the start line
By RivaCom,
At 07:40:42 local time on 12 April(14:40:42 GMT and 16:40:42 French time), Geronimo crossed the start line under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California under grey skies with a light south-westerly breeze between 5 and 10 knots.... [more]

Sixteen British boats through to Palma medal races
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
A second consecutive day of good sea breeze conditions in the Bay of Palma favoured Skandia Team GBR's sailors on the penultimate day of racing at the Princess Sofia Trophy on Thursday - A total of 16 British boats across the ten contested Olympic classes - three of them in gold medal positions - will feature in Friday's double point-scoring final medal race... [more]

RYA Youth National Championships and Trials
On the penultimate day of racing at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials all fleets got out on the water, but as the wind built to an average 25 knots, race organisers were forced to send competitors back to the shore after the majority of classes completed one race... [more]

International Moths at Rutland
By Alex Adams,
Nine boats turned up on Saturday at Rutland SC to be greeted by a building breeze forecast to peak shortly after start time. The downwind ride to the start line is one few will forget in a hurry with 25 knots and a short chop most were pleased to arrive at the start in one piece... [more]

Yacht Sponsor Announced for Ireland Challenge 2006
By Rachel Anning,
Challenge Business today (13 April 2006) announced that it is joining forces with a number of Irish based companies for its forthcoming inaugural Ireland Challenge yacht race, due to start from Dublin City Moorings on the 22 April 2006... [more]

Spinnakers and Skyscrapers
By Guy Nowell,
The 23rd China Sea Race started at 1205 hrs today (13 April) with 13 knots of breeze from the west and an ebbing tide pushing the fleet eastwards across the line in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.... [more]

Clipper continue on Black Stream
By Fast Track,
Whilst everyone tucks into Easter eggs back home, the Clipper fleet continue their ride on the back of the favourable 'Black stream' - otherwise known as the Kuroshio Current - along the south coast of Japan... [more]

Dee Caffari fixes broken watermaker
By Dee Caffari,
Dee Caffari and her team are celebrating after making successful repairs to her broken watermaker. The failure had left Dee with less than 150 litres of fresh water in Aviva’s tanks, which was not enough to last until the finish so a solution was vital... [more]

By Pains Wessex,
PAINS WESSEX have released the following Product Recall Safety Notice: It has come to our attention that a batch of this product could malfunction with a risk of personal injury. As a responsible company Pains Wessex are recalling a number of their White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Burton
By Pete Vincent,
Thirty-eight RS200’s competed in the first ever RS Fat Face event at Burton SC in rural Derbyshire in what proved to be a hugely eventful weekend where racing was held in virtually all wind strengths and weather conditions possible... [more]

Maidenhead Sailing Club – Solo Open Meeting
By John Ewbank,
Godfrey Clark won the Maidenhead Sailing Club Solo Open Meeting. Cloudy skies and a steady force 2 from the North West greeted ten home and ten guest sailors. The format for the day was three races, one in the morning and two in the afternoon with the best two from three to count... [more]

Geronimo crosses line for Yokohama record attempt
By RivaCom,
Having set off in highly variable wind conditions, the maxi trimaran will have to clear San Francisco Bay before she finds more favourable weather. The current record: San Francisco (USA) - Yokohama (Japan): Steve Fossett - 19 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes, 9 seconds; 1996... [more]

Basilica Optimist National Club Team Racing
By Steve Middleton,
The Basilica Optimist National Club Team Racing Championship was held at Burghfield Sailing Club over the weekend of April 8 / 9. This event had a new format for the Optimists requiring four boats per team, the format used internationally by the Optimist class and in particular by the GrandOptical European Inter-club team racing championships for which the winning club becomes eligible... [more]

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Salcombe
By Pat Blake,
When the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller fleet descended on Salcombe for the annual spring weekend they were blessed with almost unbroken sunshine and fresh, if chilly, sailing breezes. This was April 8 and 9, a weekend that saw snow in many other parts of the country... [more]

Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme looks ahead to 2006
With the Keelboat season starting to get underway, the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme is ready to get afloat in 2006. After a busy spring and summer in 2005, this year's squad sailors are geared up and ready for what will be a challenging year... [more]

Flying Dutchman World Championship
By Sail-World/GJN,
Hungary’s Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos reclaimed the Flying Dutchman World Championship title with a race to spare, and then won the final race in St Petersburg, Florida, USA... [more]

Tornados at Minnis Bay
By Northrop Sails,
Over the weekend Minnis Bay Sailing Club played host to the third Tornado TT of the season. With several boats away on international duty the turnout was down but despite this the class had some excellent racing with top race officer Mike Speller setting perfect WW/Leeward courses... [more]

Phantom Open Meeting at Denver SC
By Simon Childs,
The second Denver Sailing Club Phantom Open held on Sunday the 9 April, was preceded by a training day on the Saturday. Andy Elliot of Evolution Sailing and formally Red Eye Sails gave on, and off the water guidance on set up, trim and boat handling. This was challenging in the 20+ knot gusts. There was also an opportunity to try the 'Solution', a new dinghy design aimed at the lighter Phantom sailor or heavier Laser sailor... [more]

B&Q reaches Shanghai, Leg 4 Asian Record Circuit
By Team Ellen,
B&Q secure record number 5 as they reach China’s largest city, Shanghai as the trimaran crossed the finish line at 22:30:34 GMT today [Monday, 10.4.06] in a time 1d 5h 25m 33s to finish Leg 4 out of 10 on the Asian Record Circuit.... [more]

Festival of Dragon Sailing on the Solent
By Dragon Media,
This season will see a festival of Dragon sailing on the Solent as Cowes hosts both the Edinburgh Cup and the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. The Edinburgh Cup will be run by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club with racing from Saturday 27 to Tuesday 30 May - The Aberdeen Dragon European Championship will be run by the Royal Yacht Squadron with racing from Monday 5 to Friday 9 June... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Leg 5
By Fast Track,
What a difference a day makes - Sunday, Dame Ellen MacArthur counted down the start of leg five of the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race to Victoria, Canada. Cardiff Clipper had a stunning start, surging across the line in first position and maintaining it for the first 12 hours. Then, suddenly, things didn’t look so good and this time yesterday they had slipped dramatically into last place... [more]

Casio wins 18 footers Championship
By Frank Quealey,
The Casio Seapathfinder crew of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis took out the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship despite finishing only third in the final race of the championship on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.... [more]

Royal Southampton YC Spring Solent Double Race
By Simon Forbes,
The Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s first Double–Handed race of the year, the Solent Spring Double, held on Saturday 8 April saw 57 boats entered ranging from J/133s down to Mini Transats. The race was held in a westerly breeze averaging 12-15 knots gusting up to 22 knots... [more]

World Champion 18fter, Komutu, sails again!
By Sail-World NZL,
Komutu, the Jack Logan designed, built and skippered 18ft skimmer type, that won the 1949 World 18ft skiff World Championships has been restored and re-launched. In front of a crowd of around 100 ex 18ft sailors and waterfront identities, Komutu was rigged, launched, briefly sailed and then admired and stroked. Full story to follow later.... [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]

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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