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The Red Funnel Easter Challenge has come and gone - to great success - but you can still see Hamo Thorneycroft's photos.

The Volvo Ocean Race has reached Baltimore and later in the week we shall be covering the third round of the Extreme 40 catamaran series there starting Friday.

Remember that next Volvo stop is Portsmouth and you can get down to Gunwharf at Portsmouth to see the fleet and question the skippers and crews on what drives them - ticket details on Sail-World.

The Raymarine Spring series at Warsash is still happening and next week will see the Skandia GBR Team at Hyeres for the French Olympic classes regatta.

Plenty to look back on and plenty more to come.

Enjoy your sailing.

UK company offers enhanced Internet access at sea
By Scenta,
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Wired Ocean Ltd are teaming up to offer enhanced internet access at sea at the lowest cost to date. By combining Ku-band satellites for the downlink and narrow L-band satellites for the return channel, they plan to improve speed and cost-effectiveness... [more]

Aviva's boat speed increases, progress is better
By Dee Caffari,
'With the increase in wind, comes an increase in the wind across the deck and therefore entering the hatches, so life is a little more comfortable, hot, but better than the stifling and oppressive heat of yesterday.... [more]

Hot, hot, hot - B&Q swelters
By Team Ellen,
Through the night, the wind has been coming from the south-west [or just south of west] keeping B&Q moving along at between 7-10 knots in WNW direction with around 137 miles to go at 0800 BST this morning.... [more]

New York dredges for Volvo fleet
By Patrick McGeehan,
Some cities 'get it' when it comes to Yacht Racing, Cape Town, Portsmouth, Auckland, Sydney are examples of cities that understand what its all about. However New York's residents are obviously less connected. Here is a report on the dredging at Battery Point ahead of the arrival of the Volvo Round the World fleet.... [more]

World Match Racing schedule change
By Sean McNeil,
The loss of the GKSS Match Cup, hosted by the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS), hurts more than just sailors. As the Swedish Match Cup, the event on the idyllic island of Marstrand, off Sweden’s west coast, hosted the final event of the tour season for six years. With a large and enthusiastic crowd on hand annually, it was one of the sailors’ favourites.... [more]

Harrison and Hobday announce new Racing Academy
Peter Harrison and Kit Hobday have announced that they are joining forces with the United Kingdom Sailing Academy in Cowes to form the Yacht Racing Academy... [more]

Laser SB3 UK Grand Prix
By DrC,
The Laser SB3 Circuit officially kicks off this weekend in North Wales, with 27 boats entered for the first Grand Prix event of the season in Pwllheli - So, all set for what should be a stonking weekend - bring on the big waves!... [more]

Quiz Volvo Ocean Race Skippers and Crew
By Volvo/Christopher Clode,
Members of the public will get the chance to ask searching questions to the skippers and crews taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race during the Portsmouth stopover of the gruelling round the world event - Just 260 tickets are available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis... [more]

New Leader in two-handed Figaro Transat AG2R
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Kito De Pavant and Pietro D'Ali (GROUPE BEL) hold a slim lead of just under five miles over second placed Yannick Bestaven/Ronan Guerin,, with Jeanne Gregoire /Gerald Veniard, Banque Populaire, snapping at their stern in third place... [more]

Victory for Jaya of Jersey
By Bill Harris,
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Commodore's Cup & Cook Salver races to St Malo, the first passage races of the Jersey sailing season, were held on Good Friday in fair if somewhat light and overcast conditions... [more]

Victoria stretches lead in Clipper
By Fast Track,
As a ridge of high pressure drifts east it is overtaking the fleet. This is good news for those at the back who are now benefiting from fresher winds, but the boats at the front are now paying for their earlier good fortune when the high separated them from the rest of the fleet boosting their performance at the expense of the others... [more]

Latest ISAF Rankings
By ISAF and Sail-World,
Latest ISAF Rankings and GBR is now without a number one ranking. Hyères is looming and the rankings continue to make happy reading for the Spanish and New Zealanders, both with two top spots apiece.... [more]

Alfa Romeo wins first European race
By Edward Rowe,
New Zealand super-maxi, ‘Alfa Romeo’ has won its first race in Europe with skipper/owner Neville Crichton bring her home first in the opening round of the Hublot Palmavela regatta in Spain.... [more]

UK 18ft Skiff fleet back in action
By Alec Mckinlay,
The 2006 season for the UK 18ft Skiff fleet kicks off this weekend at Draycote Water and is already shaping up to be busy year. It also looks to be one of the most competitive for years... [more]

Team GBR head for French Olympic Sailing Week
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
After a superb start to the European regatta season in Palma last week, Britain's top sailors will be looking for some further additions to their trophy cabinets when racing at the 2006 Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile (French Olympic Sailing Week) gets underway on Sunday, 23 April... [more]

Inaugural Ireland Challenge starts this weekend
By Rachel Anning,
Challenge Business announced that Howth Yacht Club is to be the official yacht club for the inaugural Ireland Challenge 2006, which sets sail this weekend from Ireland’s Eye, north of Dublin Bay... [more]

First RYA National Match Racing weekend
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
The RYA National Match Racing Series kicks off this weekend (22-23 April) at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines. With an additional qualifier added for the 2006 series, this will be the first of nine RYA match racing events to be held this year... [more]

Larks at the Waldringfield Easter Egg
By Lark media,
Matthew White made a triumphant return to the water to win the Waldringfield Lark Easter Egg after spending the last six months ashore fishing. The best catch of the day proved to be his crew Cathy Fish who became the first Fish to win the event despite her sons trying for many years... [more]

First Chilean sailor joins Velux 5 Oceans
By Tim Kelly,
Felipe Cubillos this week signed up to enter the VELUX 5 OCEANS in a quest to become the first Chilean sailor ever to circumnavigate the world single-handed... [more]

Etchells head for Cowes
By Fiona Brown,
For Etchells sailors the only place to be this June is Cowes, England, where the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club will be hosting both the 2006 Etchells UK National & European Championships... [more]

Deaves dominates Waldringfield Easter Egg for OKs
By Deaves,
An unusually mild Easter Egg Regatta at Waldringfield Sailing Club attracted a small fleet of OK Dinghies, while most of the fleet were still in a container on their way back from the worlds in Australia... [more]

29er Eurocup Round 1 – France
By Ovington media,
The small town of Cavalier near Le Lavandou in the South of France was the venue for the first round of the 2006 29er Eurocup. Briton's Paul Brotherton and Mari Shepherd were the winners, ahead of Benni Friedhoff and Johana Munding of Germany... [more]

2006 International Canoe Australian Championships
By Christian Knott,
16-year-old Alex Kalin in his first IC Nationals won a heat, and the International Canoe Association of Australia (ICAA) voted to allow boats built to the proposed ‘IC BOX Rules’ to race in ICAA events.... [more]

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006
Around 250 of the world’s best young sailors from a record 62 nations will flock to Great Britain this July for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006. Home of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will host the 36th and biggest ISAF Youth Worlds from 12-21 July.... [more]

This J/109 is a Sweet Chariot
By Al Constable,
J-Boats are highly regarded around the world. The J/24 is very popular in Australia and the J/105 and J/120 One Design fleets are amongst the largest in North America... [more]

Yachtmaster stable after flare explosion
By Pains Wessex,
A UK Yachtmaster instructor seriously injured by a handheld flare is reported to be in a stable condition. The 51-year-old man was rushed to hospital last week after a white handheld flare exploded in his hand and entered his abdomen. He suffered broken bones, burns and severe internal injuries that required 18 pints of blood.... [more]

ABN AMRO ONE first in Baltimore
By Volvo media,
ABN AMRO ONE finished Leg 5 in Baltimore at 18:57 GMT and five seconds to add another seven points to her tally. Next finisher likely in five hours... [more]

Photos from final day of Red Funnel
By Hamo Thorneycroft,
The third set of photos from Hamo Thorneycroft at the final day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge... [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 Rolex Commodores Cup
Hamble, UK 29/04/06
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has announced that the Rolex Commodores' Cup will be held at Cowes between Sunday 25 June and Sunday 2 July 2006...
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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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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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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Event Management UK in conjunction with the Royal Ocean racing Club...
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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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