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Ellen MacArthur signed sail on E-Bay
By Sail-World/Charles Costan,
A signed piece of Ellen MacArthurs' sail from Kingfisher Vendee is for sale on E-Bay at start a bid of £500. The articles include a picture/post card with picture and signed piece of sail... [more]

Clipper fleet continues the charge home
By Clipper event media,
Overnight saw some more position changes throughout the fleet. Jersey, New York and Singapore were all affected by the deepening low pressure system behind them, which resulted in very slow going as their distance runs and positions reflect.... [more]

B&Q cancel round Hong Kong record attempt
By Team Ellen,
Due to light and shifty conditions B&Q has been forced to cancel their attempt on the round Hong Kong record today.... [more]

Trident-UK Scottish Skiff Grand Prix
By Ian Renilson,
The first event of the 2006 Trident-UK Scottish Skiff Grand Prix Series got off to a cracking start at Kielder Water on 22/23 April, with an excellent turnout of 32 entries from 10 different skiff classes, ranging from an ISO to an 18 Foot Skiff, and including 15 Musto Skiffs... [more]

Pyewacket Finds Way to Ensenada First Again
By Rich Roberts,
New owners, new crew, same result: a boat called Pyewacket finished first in the 59th Lexus Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race again.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino and Cuordileone dominate
By Vincenzo Frigo e Jill Campbell,
Mascalzone Latino and Cuordileone continue to dominate the Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Ops 5 and Nur hold their leads in the Mini-Maxi and Comet divisions on Day 2 of the event.... [more]

Movistar wins Baltimore In-Port Race
By Volvo media,
In front of an armada of boats and an estimated 20,000 spectators, movistar pulled off an impressive victory out on Chesapeake Bay in the fifth in-port race of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06... [more]

Solo Open and Training at Bewl Valley SC
By Claire Clark,
Steve Ede won both races at the Bewl Valley SC Solo class Open Meeting. Saturday was a training day with a chance for light weather technique and discussion of the differences in the rigs available from the different sail-makers... [more]

Groupe Bel win the Figaro Transat AG2R
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Gill-sponsored Franco/Italian duo win the Figaro Transat AG2R - Concarneau-Saint Barthélemy - A distance of 3710 miles at an average speed of 7.76 knots for the winners, Groupe Bel driven on superbly by the Franco-Italian duo of Kito de Pavant and Pietro D' Ali... [more]

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it
By Dee Caffari,
Today added a difficulty that had me in a mild panic for a few hours. But yet again the technical team were on hand to calm me down and then work through the issue step by step by numerous calls.... [more]

Five medals for Skandia Team GBR in Hyeres
By Lindsey Bell,
Ed Wright was Britain's golden boy on the final day of the 2006 French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres (23-28 April), cruising to victory in the Finn class after a dominant week on the water. Four silver medals also went Britain's way on the final day... [more]

Clean sweep for Tommy Hilfiger, VOR X40 Day 1
By Sacha Oswald,
It was a clean sweep for Tommy Hilfiger on the first day of the Baltimore Volvo Extreme 40 grand prix series. Randy Smythe and his all American team scored straight wins in the four races that took place in the Inner Harbour within a stones throw of the shoreline and underneath the towering office blocks that line the waterfront... [more]

Team Basilica frustration Day One Volvo X40
By Chris Leigh,
The all-British owned, sponsored and crewed entry came fourth in the opening two races as the conditions across the course varied from blustery to dead wind. The team, led by skipper James Grant, recovered to take second place in the third race before a dramatic encounter with a harbour boat led the team to finish fifth in race four... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Day 1
By Vincenzo Frigo / Jill Campbell,
The Organising Committee set windward-leeward courses for the Farr 40 and Swan 45 classes of around seven nautical miles with separate starts which saw the Farrs set out first and the Swans follow ten minutes later.... [more]

Will Portsmouth snub Caffari?
By The News/Natasha Rigler,
The City of Portsmouth has a dilemma - due to a possible clash of events - the imminent arrival of round the world sailor, Dee Caffari and the arrival of the Volvo Round the World Race fleet from America... [more]

Liverpool gears up for Clipper homecoming 29 July
By Fast Track,
The 10-strong fleet in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race are due to arrive back into the home port of Liverpool on Saturday 29 July, completing the world's longest circumnavigation of the globe under sail.... [more]

Fat Face RS600 circuit Open at Rutland SC
By Damon Bower,
Jamie Mawson was the winner of the Fat Face RS600 circuit Open event at Rutland SC. Eight boats arrived to be greeted with light winds forecast for the weekend. Racing on the weekend saw new faces to go with the few regulars... [more]

100 Boats already entered for Enterprise Worlds
By Enterprise Association,
With over 100 boats already entered for their World Championships, the Enterprise golden year looks set to sparkle! The signs are good that 2006 is going to be a very special year for the Class as it celebrates its Golden birthday.... [more]

Pindar wins Guadeloupe-Antigua Race
By Jo Gawith,
Pindar’s premier racing yacht ‘Pindar AlphaGraphics’ made an impressive Antigua debut yesterday claiming both line honours and overall first place in the prestigious Guadeloupe to Antigua race. The annual precursor to Antigua Sailing Week, the race saw a dozen boats cross the start line of Des Haies to sail the 44-miles across the Caribbean Sea to English Harbour... [more]

North Sails expands 3D sail technology
By North Sails,
North Sails has announced the start of production of its new 3Dr line of sails made from its new rotary mould manufacturing facility located in Oakville, Ontario. Sail production from the facility will add another 30% to the volume of that already produced from the 3DL plant in Minden, Nevada, but, more importantly, will be optimised for production of 3D moulded mainsails, jibs, and genoas for boats under 35 feet.... [more]

Brunel back in Volvo Race
By Team Brunel,
The Dutch sponsored, mostly Australian crewed Brunel has passed its measurement test and is back in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean race.... [more]

Gitana Team ready for Multicup 60' challenges
By Gitana Team,
The opening event of the Multicup 60’, the London-Alpes Maritimes race will get underway at 13:00 on Monday 8 May downstream of the Thames Tidal Barriers, after a parade beneath Tower Bridge. Having returned to the water over Easter, the two Gitana crews are all set for this offshore regatta of over 2,500 miles.... [more]

Royal Navy Displays at Volvo Ocean Race
By Chris Clode,
The Royal Navy will be contributing to the crowd entertainment and spectacle accompanying the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Portsmouth (May 19 to June 2) by providing a free show on the water and in the air. For the first time in Portsmouth since the International Festival of the Sea last year, a warship will be open to visitors – the Type 42 destroyer HMS Exeter... [more]

Aviva Challenge Shore Team Update
By Mike Broughton,
The Doldrums have lived up to their reputation for Dee Caffari. They were looking particularly wide as she approached and as feared the notorious shifting band of equatorial calms have effectively becalmed Aviva just hours after crossing the equator... [more]

RS Vareo Fat Face Racing Circuit
By RS/Charlotte England,
The second Vareo event of the season got underway at Rutland SC under light winds (even with some occasional sunshine!). Tim Greenwood, Bristol Corinthian SC, won four of the six races sailed to take victory ahead of Jamie Morgan... [more]

Me to You wins Ireland Challenge 2006
By Rachel Anning,
At the 11th hour Me to You, skippered by Justin Taylor, stole the lead from Richard Franklin’s Spirit of Sark to take first place in the Ireland Challenge 2006... [more]

Team Basilica VX40 ready for Baltimore win
By Ben Faber,
The unchanged Basilica crew will be looking to overtake Tommy Hilfiger at the top of the overall leader board with another stage win. After the team’s triumph in Rio, Team Basilica is in second position overall on 15 points, one point behind the American boat... [more]

MacArthur's two-boat Open 60 plans continue
By Team Ellen,
At the beginning of March, Ellen MacArthur announced her decision to take a step back from solo sailing and focus all her energies into a new two-boat Open 60 sailing team for the highly competitive IMOCA circuit 2007-2009.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race attracts US$50 million
By IBI/Michael Verdon,
Organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race have attracted more than US$50 million in sponsorships for the Baltimore and Annapolis stopover, which continues through May 7, according to the Baltimore Business Journal - Local companies are paying cash and donating services to see their names on signs and ads. Constellation Energy is spending US$500,000 to be title sponsor... [more]

RS800 at Rutland Water SC for Fat Face Open
By Sarah Marriott,
The RS800 fleet descended upon Rutland Water Sailing Club this weekend for round two of the Fat Face Race Circuit 2006. 25 boats braved the dire forecast and much to everyone’s surprise a full series of six races got underway!... [more]

505 Inland Championship
By 505 media,
The 505 Inland championship is due to take place at Carsington SC, this weekend, 29/30 April 2006. The event has been sponsored by Simon Briddon Builders with prizes generously donated by Pinnell & Bax this promises to be a great event... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series Race 6 – J105s
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The final race of the series on Sunday 23 April saw eight J105s including a new boat recently bought from France, Just Aquaholix (Debbie/Jo/Siobhan/Tracey). With light winds, SE1-2 forecast, and drizzle, competition was fierce... [more]

59er Open at Draycote SC
By Ovington media,
A small but very well matched 59er fleet met at Draycote over the weekend of 22 / 23 April for the first of the 59er circuit this year. On Saturday, the conditions were light and very shifty which led to three ‘interesting’ races where big gains and losses were the norm... [more]

Notts County Open Meeting for National 12
By Zoe Ballantyne,
A win for Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne at the Notts County National 12 Open Meeting after winning the first two races.... [more]

Victory Challenge name five more sailors
By Bert WILLBORG (As Amended By ISAF),
Swedish America’s Cup challengers Victory Challenge has strengthened its team with the additional five sailors. Amongst them, Mal PARKER (AUS) and David CARR (GBR) come from the GBR Challenge team from the last Cup.... [more]

29er Open Meeting at Draycote
By Ovington,
Even after six days of hard racing at the Youth Nationals, just six days later a good fleet of 29ers turned up at Draycote for a series of races over the weekend. They were greeted with a shifty 5 knots of breeze on the Saturday but the race team got the fleet underway quickly... [more]

Final weekend of Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
By Flavia Bateson,
The closing moments of this year’s Raymarine Warsash Spring Series took place on 23 April, with many class winners being decided on the final race, but all those raring to go had to wait patiently for a light breeze to fill in slowly from the south-east... [more]

Draycote opener for UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
By Andy Richards,
The first round of the UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix got off to an excellent start with nine teams turning up for this season's opener. There were some key omissions from the line up which bodes well for the UK Nationals taking place in two weeks time where 15 teams are expected. 2006 is hotting up to the best and most competitive season in recent history... [more]

RS K6 at Hayling Island SC Open Meeting
By Peter Kirkby,
The fleet were looking for an antidote to the minus 5 degrees wind-chill and 25 knots of breeze of Queen Mary, and Hayling Island more than delivered for the second Fat Face circuit event. Sunshine and 10 knots of breeze restored the collective faith in a sport that some had had to be reminded at QM was a hobby, and there was even the odd pint of Pimms seen around on Saturday night... [more]

Germany 1 christened
By Marcus Schaps,
The new boat of United Internet Team Germany was given her name by Eva Luise Köhler, spouse of Germany’s president Horst Köhler, during the christening ceremony on Monday evening (24 April) in Kiel.... [more]

Images from 38th SOF in Hyeres Day 2
By Al Constable,
Yesterday French photographer Gilles Martin-Raget brought us action shots from the 38th SOR regatta in Hyeres when the wind hardly lifted beyond six knots. Today the sailors had a blast and so did the photographer with bright sunshine, wind gusting to 21 knots and plenty of action. Enjoy our selection.... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
By Flavia Bateson,
Don’t miss the standard rate cut off date - Saturday 6 May - for the 75th Anniversary running of the JPMorgan Asset management Round the Island Race. Read on for full details of the entry and the new competitors’ entertainment village for this year’s race... [more]

505 Gilles Carvallo Trophy
By 505 media,
The 505 Gilles Carvallo Trophy was held in the scenic Lake d’Arc south-east of Paris. Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt (GBR) took victory in a close finish with Philippe Boite and Fabrice Toupet (FRA)... [more]

Hydrofoiling Moths at the Weston Grandslam
By Event News,
Sam Pascoe, the leading foil Moth came second overall in the fast fleet at the Weston Grandslam over the Easter weekend... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club’s first Low Water race
By Richard Baldwin,
Stuart Lofthouse’s Impala 28 Skukusa dominated the day in class 2 winning all three races at Liverpool Yacht Club’s first Low Water race held on Sunday April 23... [more]

Images from Hyères Day One
By Al Constable,
Soft conditions for the first day of the 38th 2006 Semaine Olympique Française However French photographer Gilles Martin-Raget, one of the best sailing photographers in Europe is the event photographer and we will bring you a selection of his images each day.... [more]

Victory for Hoodlum, Anne Louise, Team Eberspacher
By Simon Forbes,
The sixth and final race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Spring series was held on Sunday 23rd April and saw a south-easterly breeze averaging 6 knots, which died away in the second hour of the race... [more]

700 at Optimist Riva Del Garda Easter Regatta
By Susan Hill,
The spring Optimist event, the Riva Del Garda Easter Regatta, attracted nearly 700 entries. A team of 23 GBR sailors accompanied by two I.O.C.A. coaches + parents and siblings which in all, made up a British party of over 80 to make the long journey to Lake Garda... [more]

Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship
By Event media/GJN,
The Swedish team of Fredrik Loof and Anders Ekstrom were the winners of the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship at the Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia in Naples, Italy. Second overall in the 70 boat fleet was taken by the American team of Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube... [more]

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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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Event Management UK in conjunction with the Royal Ocean racing Club...
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2005-2006 Clipper Race
The Clipper 05-06 course starts by following the traditional tea clipper route to Australia via Southern Africa, providing a sleigh ride through the Roaring Forties of the infamous Southern Ocean....
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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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