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ABN AMRO ONE heads into Portsmouth this weekend to a muted celebration of their victory and continued leadership of the Volvo Race.

The death of Hans Horrevoets, after going overboard from sistership ABN AMRO TWO on this leg, has cast a long shadow over the Volvo fleet and the arrival in Portsmouth will reflect this.

The crews have asked for a low key arrival in respect for their friend and his family.

Heinous night
By Lizzie Green,
Overnight the first four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, due to finish leg seven from New York to Portsmouth later today, have had hideous conditions out in the North Atlantic.... [more]

Melges 24 North American Championship – DAY 2
By Fiona Brown,
The second day of the Melges 24 North American Championship brought more difficult racing as yet again Santa Cruz failed to deliver its typical conditions. With six races now sailed Brian Porter and his Full Throttle team of Harry Melges, Dave Navin and John Porter retain their lead by just one point from Dave Ullman... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Games 2006 Day 10, Medal Race Entry List
By Judith Duller-Mayrhofer,
The Medal Races await at the ISAF World Sailing Games, after another excellent day of sailing on Lake Neusiedl. Australia and France were again to the fore, whilst some of the big names fell by the wayside in the fight for a place in tomorrow’s decisive races.... [more]

B&Q, rubber stamps, and China
By Ed Gorman, The Times,
During the Asian Record Circuit, Dame Ellen MacArthur and her team sailed the state-of-the-art racing machine - the 75ft trimaran, B&Q - straight into the contradictions that make modern China such a fascinating country.... [more]

ISAF Sailing Games are live on
The Medal races in the ISAF World Sailing Games will be available live on Sail.TV. All you need is a broadband connection. The broadcast is FREE!!... [more]

Pichuguin wins Soling European Championship
By Matias Collins,
Two races with a wind that never settled from any single place and neither had a constant intensity. Starting with a 10 knot West breeze in the morning then dying almost to nothing and again up for the second race from north and 16 knots and gusts of 19 making a perfect ending to the 2nd Mercedes Grand Prix, the 2006 Soling European Championship... [more]

GILL continues support of Abersoch Dinghy Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The technical clothing company Gill has announced its continued support for Abersoch Dinghy Week, hosted and run by the South Caernarvonshire YC. A generous Prize Draw to win over £2,000 worth of Gill Dinghy clothing during the event... [more]

Dee to arrive Southampton Sunday
By Caroline Ayling,
Solo yachtswoman Dee Caffari, 33, will step off her yacht Aviva this Sunday 21 May 2006 for the first time in almost six months to celebrate becoming the first woman to sail round the world non-stop against the prevailing winds and currents. HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Global Challenge, will congratulate the solo sailor when she brings her yacht Aviva alongside at Ocean Village, Southampton... [more]

RYA Women's Dinghy Championship returns
The RYA Women's Dinghy Championship in association with Dinghy Sailing Magazine, is set to kick off this weekend (20-21 May) at Hayling Island Sailing Club after an absence of three years on the racing fixture list... [more]

Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon Grand Prix from 1-4 July
By Media,
A Grand Prix for the dragon class will take place in Germany for the first time. From 1-4 July the new Hanseatic Lloyd Grand Prix will be held in the Bay of Kiel. The benefit event 'Charity Golf & Race' will take place within this framework on 3 July. Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, founder of the World CHILDHOOD Foundation, will be the patron of the event... [more]

National 12 70th Anniversary Regatta
By Zoe Ballantyne,
It’s only ten days to go until the 70th anniversary celebrations commence with a grand regatta at Northampton Sailing Club on Pitsford reservoir. National 12s of all ages are invited to join the event, which will include GILL series racing, vintage racing and the junior championships... [more]

Hans Horrevoets 1974 – 2006
By Lizzie Green, Volvo OR Media,
'He was first of all a very nice person. I sailed with him just two years ago when we won the Swan Europeans. So he was not only a brilliant sailor, but he was a good man and it is very sad to lose a friend like that.' Bouwe Bekking – movistar... [more]

All change - fleet racing begins LV Act 11
By America's Cup media,
This is an entirely different game from the match racing we witnessed over the past week as all 12 teams compete on the same race course at the same time. In the match races, second place is the same as last place; here, a string of second place finishes is often good enough to win the regatta.... [more]

Slow finish, then Gitana 12 dismasted in training
By Gitana Team,
During a training session in the Bay of Nice, the trimaran Gitana 12 has been dismasted. All members of the crew are safe.... [more]

Dee Caffari finishes Aviva Challenge
By Aviva media,
Dee Caffari, onboard Aviva, crossed the official finish line on 18 May 2006 at 17:55 pm... [more]

Tributes pour in for Hans Horrevoets
By Volvo media,
As the reality of what happened this morning, when Hans Horrevoets was washed overboard from ABN AMRO TWO begins to dawn, tributes from all over the world are flooding in to race headquarters. Although everyone is shocked and saddened by the accident, the crews of the seven boats racing in leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race are particularly shattered by the loss of their friend. 'Today it is very hard to write, what a terrible, terrible 12 hours we have just had. Hearing the news that Hans (Horrevoets) had gone over the side and that one of our sailing team was in the water just gave you a very sickening feeling. It is a sailor’s worst nightmare.... [more]

Close Musto Skiff Racing at Derwent Reservoir
By Ian Renilson,
There was plenty of close racing throughout the fleet in the Musto Skiff Open at Derwent over 13/14 May, and people travelled from far-a-field (Lymington & Stone in the South & Largs & Dalgety Bay in the North) despite the poor weather forecast... [more]

B14 Open Meeting at Brightlingsea
By Mark Barnes/Jon Branch,
The fleet of seventeen boats were greeted with mirror seas and no wind on arrival for the B14 Open Meeting at Brightlingsea. In time for the first race a southerly force 2 set in. Winners were Jon Branch and Karen Wiseman from Whitstable YC... [more]

New Class 50 for Global Ocean Challenge
By Event Media,
The new design, tentatively named the GOC 50, is a high performance Class 50 sloop perfect for racing either solo or double-handed in the 2007 Global Ocean Challenge. The GOC 50 is a development on the very successful Open 50 Artforms, but designed and engineered within the constraints of a new rule that emphasises performance on a budget.... [more]

Tragedy aboard ABN Amro Two - crewman dies
By Volvo OR Media,
A crew member aboard ABN AMRO TWO, one of the yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06, died earlier this morning after failing to regain consciousness after being swept overboard from the boat.... [more]

Oldest British Clipper Saved by Travel Boss
By 14 Hour Museum/Sail-World Cruising,
A Scottish businessman has stepped in at the last minute to save the historic 140 year old clipper The Carrick, a sister ship to the Cutty Sark, and restore it to its former glory.... [more]

Clipper Fleet ready for Leg 6 to Panama Canal
By Fast Track,
The downwind sail from Victoria to the Panama Canal is expected to take around three weeks and the teams have been busily mending sails from the battering they took in the North Pacific.... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit event at Filey
By Pete Vincent,
Tom and Jo Hewitson won the fourth round of the Fat Face Racing Circuit event at Filey. Thirty RS200’s travelled to Filey and enjoyed a top quality event... [more]

Gale force winds hit ISAF Gold Fleets
By ISAF/Sail-World/GJN,
The second day of the final series at the ISAF World Sailing Games again began with near stillness over Lake Neusiedl. But today the wind came to Austria in abundance and all fleets played host to some fantastic racing, with the conditions really testing the sailors to their maximum... [more]

Lightning-quick qualifier for Goss and Larsen
By Stuart Elford,
Fog, strong winds and heavy rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Pete Goss and Paul Larsen as they completed their qualifying passage for the two-handed Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race in lightning-quick time... [more]

Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championship
By Adrian Simpson,
The Flying Fifteen class made its first visit to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy for their 2006 Southern Area Championship. A strong fleet of 45 saw a mixture of boats, some familiar faces, and some new ones... [more]

Fat Face RS K6 event at Aldeburgh
By RS media,
In stark contrast to last years wet and wild ride at Aldeburgh, the 2006 Fat Face RS K6 event was going to be challenging in an entirely different way.... [more]

British teams announced for Rolex Commodores' Cup
After a successful selection series, the RYA Offshore Group announced the four teams selected to represent Great Britain at the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2006. The week long racing series, held between 25 June and 2 July 2006 in the Solent, is expected to attract between ten and fifteen teams of three boats representing up to ten countries, mainly from Europe... [more]

Got ambition, want to be a race winner?
By Claire Kennard,
Ambitious and determined sailors either male or female are needed to step up to the challenge and join the crew of a Corby 45 which has already proved it’s mettle in a previous Round Britain and Ireland Race by placing first in the 2000 race.... [more]

Londres-Alpes Maritimes race still on for Sopra
By Event Media,
Antoine Koch and his five crew have latched onto a little wind in the Balearic Islands. Although the first five boats have arrived in Nice, the Londres-Alpes Maritimes yacht race is on-going for the crew of Sopra Group.... [more]

J105 National Championships at Royal Solent YC
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The J105 fleet is growing in popularity in the UK and this weekend will see the largest gathering ever of J105s in the UK. Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth is the host of the J105 National Championships (20/21 May) and there are 15 boats entered for a weekend of one-design racing... [more]

Name change for Opal Marine - Peters Opal
By Fast Track,
Opal Marine the UK yacht distributor is to be re-branded over the coming months to Peters Opal. Opal Marine, part of Peters plc, is changing its branding to coincide with Peters plc’s multi branded offering strategy. The Peters group will be promoted as power and sail, with all offices selling both motor boats and yachting brands... [more]

Laser SB3 Grand Prix at Sea View
By Stevie White,
Fifty Laser SB3 teams pulled up at the Sea View YC on the Isle of Wight for their latest Grand Prix event. Five races later Russell Peters was the winner by one point from Geoff Carveth with Colin Simonds in third place... [more]

Fortis IRC Championships at Cowes 9-11 June
By Trish Jenkins,
The line up for this year’s Fortis IRC Championships is incredibly strong with quality right through the fleet. The Royal Ocean Racing Club will be hosting eight races in three days of intense activity with the first two day’s prizes being awarded at a party on Saturday night at the Royal Yacht Squadron... [more]

National 12 at Annandale SC
By John Hugo,
Annandale SC held its N12 Open Meeting at Lochmaben, with bright sunshine and a light variable wind. Ian Simpson and Jessica Campbell, sailing Two Fat Ladies for the first time, launched just in time to hit the start line on the gun for the first race... [more]

First three cross finish line in Multi Cup 60'
By Multi Cup Event media,
Groupama 2 appeared in the Baie des Anges this afternoon in a 8-12 knot ESE breeze and Pascal Bidégorry and his five-strong crew have taken second in the Londres-Alpes Maritimes yacht race. Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew sailed Géant into Nice at 16h 42' this afternoon to take third place.... [more]

Soling European & 2nd Mercedes-Benz Gran Prix
By Media,
Ukranian team Pichuguin, Timokhov, Chehlaty lead after first day of Soling European and 2nd Mercedes-Benz Gran Prix. With light wind conditions the two first races were completed on Lake Balaton... [more]

First for N12 GILL series at Trent Valley
By Zoe Ballantyne,
Trent Valley saw a very special gathering of 21 National 12 dinghies in the 70th anniversary of the National 12 class. This was the first river venue in the history of the Gill Series, at a club which was one of the very first to adopt the National Twelve Class... [more]

Marconi SC Solo Open Meeting
By Roger Smith,
Nineteen Solos took to the water on 14 May for the Marconi SC Solo Open forming part of the Eastern Travellers and Sea series. Three different race winners for races in different wind and tide conditions with Class President Steve Ede winning overall... [more]

2006 Skandia Cowes Week
This year Skandia Cowes Week runs from Saturday 29 July – Saturday 5 August and is expecting over 1,000 competing yachts and some 8,500 competitors...
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2006 Rolex Commodores Cup
Cowes, UK 25/06/06
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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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 ISAF World Sailing Games
Sailed on Lake Neusiedl, Austria....
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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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