After the excitement and trauma of the New York to Portsmouth Volvo Ocean Race leg to Portsmouth, the crews are preparing for the In-Port race on Monday - 29 May
Before then the Volvo VX40 catamarans start their latest series on Saturday afternoon, 27 May, racing off the seafront at Portsmouth/Southsea.
The Volvo 70 boats are in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard area and there will be lots going on over the weekend as they make their final preparations.
Rescue operation clouds day three in Holland By RYA/Lindsey Bell, Racing took the backburner at the Holland Regatta today (Friday), as race officials searched in vain for a missing coach whose boat was found unmanned on the Ijsselmeer. Dutch sailing has again been left reeling with the disappearance in their home waters of the German coach - whose identity has still to be revealed - during this ISAF Grade 1 regatta... [more]
Vovo Ocean Racing off Portsmouth By Sacha Oswald, Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May and the yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 will head out from Gunwharf Quays to do battle off Southsea Seafront. The Portsmouth event takes place in the Solent between Southsea and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and should attract thousands of spectators to watch the yachts go head to head in an exciting and competitive battle The Portsmouth event takes place in the Solent between Southsea and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and should attract thousands of spectators to watch the yachts go head to head in an exciting and competitive battle.... [more]
Bell Lawrie Scottish Series - day 1 By PR, On the opening day of the 2006 Bell Lawrie Scottish Series, the 191-boat entry was greeted by a brisk 15-20 knot south-easterly breeze and an unwelcome drenching of rain. But it¹s the racing that attracts some of Europe¹s top raceboats to Tarbert, and the conditions were ideal for a morning of tight competition... [more]
Breitling MedCup, Mutua Madrilena win Coastal Race By Vicky Low, Peter de Ridder and his mostly Kiwi crew on Mutua Madrilena sailed to another convincing win in today’s 31 miles coastal race at the Breitling Med Cup in Punta Ala, Italy. Their fourth consecutive win from five starts now leaves Mutua Madrilena just two points behind Steve and Fred Howe’s Warpath... [more]
Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2006 preview By Fiona Brown, The 2006 Edinburgh Cup will to be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes from this Saturday 27th to Tuesday 30th May and as the event approaches Cowes is rapidly being taken over by Dragon sailors. Thirty five boats from Russia, Finland, Australia, Ireland and Great Britain are rolling into town to challenge for this historic trophy.... [more]
Berntsson unassailable, Gilmour climbs ladder By Sean McNeill, The Day 1 leader won all eight of his matches today and ran his record to 15-2. He’s won 10 straight races counting back to Round 1 and has almost locked up the top spot in the round robin. Berntsson has three races left in the four flights remaining to complete the double round robin and one win will secure the top spot.... [more]
Fast and furious sailing for Clipper Fleet By Fast Track, The last 12 hours has not been without its share of excitement with reports of broaches, ripped sails and lines snapping. Most of the boats have changed down to poled out No. 2 Yankee, but even so the forces exerted on the boats at these speeds are considerable.... [more]
Ericsson to build on recent success - in-port race By Annabel Merrison, The team welcomes a new navigator, Andrew Cape (AUS), who previously sailed on movistar. Cape replaces Mark Rudiger (USA), who was only able to sail legs six and seven due to other commitments.... [more]
Star Western Hemisphere Championship 2006 By Event Media/Sail-World, A dramatic final day is on the cards at the ISAF Grade C1 Star Western Hemisphere Championship in Annapolis, USA with a two-way tie for the lead going into the last race.... [more]
Richardson wins Farr 40 title, Ichiban second By Bill Wagner, Staff Writer, Barking Mad skipper Jim Richardson was as surprised as anyone to win the Farr 40 East Coast Championship. Richardson’s team entered the final day of the regatta in third place – four points behind the Australian entry Ichiban. That gap grew larger after Ichiban got the gun in Race 7 while Barking Mad placed seventh.... [more]
Wright and Vickers lead the way in Holland By RYA/Lindsey Bell, Finn sailor Ed Wright and Lizzie Vickers in the Laser Radial are the only two Brits currently in podium positions after day two of the Holland Regatta (24-28 May), which saw improved racing conditions today in Medemblik... [more]
ABN AMRO TWO to compete in Portsmouth event By Camilla Green, Sébastien Josse, Skipper of ABN AMRO TWO announced today that the crew will take part in the Portsmouth in-port race on Monday 29 May. Participation in the race has been thrown into doubt following the loss of the crew’s teammate, Hans Horrevoets, who died in a tragic accident during the New York to Portsmouth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
Norfolk to host Velux 5 Oceans race By Tim Kelly, Norfolk, Virginia, in the USA has been announced as the second stopover port for the forthcoming single-handed around the world yacht race, the Velux 5 Oceans. The announcement completes the race route that will circumnavigate the globe, starting and finishing in Bilbao and making two stops in Fremantle, Australia and now Norfolk, USA... [more]
RYA Women's Dinghy Championships By RYA/Myrrh Walker, Despite winds ranging from 25-35 knots on the first day of the RYA Women's Dinghy Championships, 27 boats were rigged and ready to set off from the beach at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Saturday morning... [more]
Gypsy Moth IV repairs underway in Auckland By Sail-World NZL, Gypsy Moth IV has been taken to the Emirates Team NZ base in Auckland for repairs. By mid-morning work was underway tearing off the plywood that had been used to cover caused by the grounding for six days at the North West corner of the Rangiroa Atoll, part of the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. The interior side of the hull had been patched with concrete which is also being stripped away.... [more]
Man Overboard! - See the Video By UK-Halsey/Cruising Editor, In an effort to promote safe sailing, UK-Halsey will be running a number of streaming video clips with instructional text on safety at sea techniques on their web site. Read on to see the first video (Quicktime necessary)... [more]
Searchers fail to find movistar, continuing today By movistar event media/Sail-World, Although the reconnaissance airplane could not yesterday fly over the area due to visibility difficulties to look for the Spanish boat, the search has started again today, using the same equipment and with the addition of marine searchers.... [more]
Dee Caffari joins Basilica Volvo Extreme 40 By Ben Faber, Following her record breaking solo circumnavigation of the globe ‘the wrong way round’, Dee Caffari is to join the Basilica Volvo Extreme 40 crew for this year’s JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The news is a fantastic boost for the Hayling Island based team, who are looking to break the record for this prestigious race... [more]
Portsmouth prepares official Volvo welcome By Julia Holt, Civic leaders in Portsmouth are getting ready to officially welcome the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 to the city at a reception tomorrow evening (25 May 2006). The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Fred Charlton will greet all the guests personally, including a number of crew members, as they congregate in Portsmouth's Guildhall from 6.30pm... [more]
National 12 Thames area series By Zoe Ballantyne, The fourth event in the Thames area series was held at Desborough Sailing Club on the river Thames. Whilst the rest of England was battered by strong winds, the high trees at Desborough provided perfect (if slightly gusty) conditions on the river... [more]
Baillie wins Fat Face RS300 Scottish Championship By Charlotte England, Dalgety Bay Sailing Club was the scene of the Fat Face sponsored RS300 Scottish Championship, included as part of their annual regatta on the 20/21 May. Over the cool and showery weekend in light to moderate winds, local sailor Ian Baillie dominated the fleet to retain his trophy for another year... [more]
New IRC Solent Series gets underway By Peta Stuart-Hunt, The Royal Southampton Yacht Club hosted the inaugural race of the new IRC Solent Series on Saturday, May 20, 2006. Despite the inclement weather during the week, 27 boats made it to the start line where the high westerly winds gave rise to a choppy sea... [more]
Warpath draw blood on first day at Breitling MedCup By Vicky Low, Steve and Fred Howe’s brand new American boat Warpath drew first blood in their first ever race as the Breitling MedCup TP52 circuit got under way with a 33 mile coastal inshore race from Punta Ala. Warpath’s core crew is from Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup sailors, with Dean Barker steering... [more]
Laser Club Sailor Championship Preview By Jon Emmett, There is now just a few weeks before the Club Sailor Championship so it is time to get your entries in. This year there will be Standard and Radial rigs with the possibility of 4.7 rigs next year if there is sufficient interest. The Championship takes place at Castle Cove Sailing Club (Weymouth) on June 17/18 so good sailing conditions are guaranteed!... [more]
Russians bid for Commodores' Cup glory By RORC/Trish Jenkins, With the official closing date for challenges now passed, the 2006 Rolex Commodores' Cup entry list has a very healthy look. The first formal challenge was received in April from an unexpected direction. Following its participation via the European Team in 2004, Russia has gone one step further by making a full challenge for the 2006 Rolex Commodores' Cup... [more]
Tranmere Sailing Club - Offshore Challenge By Stuart Lofthouse, A mixed fleet ranging in size from a Super Seal 26 to a pair of Prima 38s locked out of Liverpool marina on a damp morning for the 0530hrs Liverpool start of Tranmere Sailing Club’s annual Offshore Challenge Race to Llandudno – an event which also incorporated Liverpool Yacht Club’s Long Series Race 2... [more]
Press conference movistar Racing Team transcript By Volvo Media, A press conference was given in Portsmouth by the movistar Racing Team regarding the abandonment of moviestar during the Volvo leg to Portsmouth. Pedro Campos, Syndicate Head opened the conference - The reason we are here today is down to the seamanship and help that we have received and I would like thank Team ABN AMRO and particularly the crew of ABN AMRO TWO... [more]
Press conference with ABN AMRO TWO transcript By Volvo media, A press conference was given at Portsmouth by the ABN AMRO TWO crew. Roy Heiner – Technical Sailing Director TEAM ABN AMRO - There is nothing in the world that can prepare you for something like this. These are sailors that need to continue in the future. Hans was a very personal friend, we sailed round the world together and I would like to share with you some of the things we have done with Hans:... [more]
A Family Affair - the arrival of ABN Amro Two By www.volvooceanrace.com, Then, through the darkness it came into view, a 70 foot yacht packed to the bulkheads with emotion. The burgers no longer mattered, words didn’t matter. For a minute, maybe longer, it was just pure silence as the faces on the sailors became recognisable and the gravity of what happened to Hans Horrevoets in the Atlantic Ocean four days ago pulled us back to reality.... [more]
Crew of Movistar arrive in Falmouth By Volvo media, Just prior to Hans Horrevoets body being transferred off ABN AMRO TWO, the crew of movistar also left the boat and returned to shore in Falmouth. This transfer was completed at 08:15 GMT Monday morning. Bouwe Bekking’s crew had been rescued by Seb Josse’s men when the Spanish boat was abandoned because of keel problems and deteriorating weather... [more]
Royal Netherlands Navy takes Hans Horrevoets home By Volvo media, At 08:37 GMT Monday morning off the English coast near Falmouth, the body of Hans Horrevoets was transferred to a Royal Netherlands Naval frigate from ABN AMRO TWO. In winds of 25 knots, French skipper Sebastien Josse and his crew bid an emotional farewell to their much loved friend and team mate, holding a minute’s silence as Hans was taken off ABN AMRO TWO in a RIB to the Dutch frigate, HNLMS Van Galen... [more]
Solos battle the weather at Hayling Open By Barry Blaydes, An appalling forecast and actual weather faced the competitors for the 45th annual event for the Solo Tyler Trophy. As this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Solo Dinghy, the event had the added attraction of a wide range of prizes provided by Rooster Sailing... [more]
Caffari back on land, crowds and rain welcome her By Edward Gorman, It is always a moving sight to see a single-hander finally come ashore after months at sea, especially when they have scaled one of the peaks of sailing, and Dee Caffari’s formal arrival at Ocean Village in Southampton yesterday was no different.... [more]
Final Day washout for NA Melges 24 Championship By Fiona Brown, The final day of racing at the Melges 24 North American Championship was, quite literally, a wash out with torrential rain and light cyclonic winds. The race committee, jury and 31 Melges 24 crews left the dock ready to attempt a 1230 start as scheduled but it was not to be.... [more]
Glenn Bourke on Volvo incidents and movistar By www.volvooceanrace.com, 'She has drogues out the back so she’ll be running stern to the wind, and as the wind increases and the storm comes through the motion of the sea will become quite violent. What that could do is it could actually break the fin away from the hull and if that happens the boat will quickly capsize and fairly quickly after turn upside down.... [more]
'Disaster has struck movistar once again' By Bouwe Bekking, This is Bouwe’s report email from 400 miles off Lands End, detailing the problems with movistar’s keel, 'Disaster has struck movistar once again.' - 'All of sudden a loud crack was heard and immediately we did head downwind. First we checked the ram shelves, but they were ok, then the keel pin, and here we saw water streaming in'... [more]
Gipsy Moth Skipper and Mate Sacked By Nancy Knudsen, The Press Release was terse, brief, and lacking detail. Both the Skipper and Mate of Gipsy Moth IV have been sacked.... [more]
ABN AMRO ONE first into Portsmouth and wins VOR By Lizzie Green, Mike Sanderson and his crew brought ABN AMRO ONE safely into Portsmouth Harbour tonight, after crossing the finish line at 2330 GMT, 0030 local time. First round the scoring gate at the Lizard, and first over the finish line of leg seven from New York to Portsmouth, ABN AMRO ONE has now amassed 81 points, which makes Sanderson’s overall position in the Volvo Ocean Race unassailable.... [more]
ISAF World Sailing Games - Medal Day concludes By ISAF, The ten ISAF World Sailing Games titles have been decided on Lake Neusiedl today, with the Medal Races bringing a dramatic finale to the action in Austria. After a great performance today, Australia has claimed the King’s Trophy, led from the front by Tom SLINGSBY’s (AUS) opening victory in the Laser. The top ten competitors faced off against each other in a race judged on the water and scored at double points. All ten of the Medal Races could potentially have seen the gold medal change hands, whilst the battle for the King's Trophy was also incredibly tight, with both France and Australia tied on 39 points apiece going into the start of racing.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race Village opens in Portsmouth By Chris Clode, The Volvo Ocean Race Village, situated at both Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, opened its doors to the public today and will remain open until 2 June with the seven Volvo Open 70 yachts set sail again on the penultimate leg of their epic 31,250 mile round the world yacht race... [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]
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