Lots of action in the Solent this week. The Volvo Ocean race fleet were in Portsmouth and the Volvo 70 had their In-Port race Monday.
Also based at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth were the VX40 catamarans, racing for their penultimate series. After a win for the British boat Basilica, this goes to a close finish in Rotterdam.
Over the weekend the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race attracted over 1,600 entries, and sailed in brilliant sunshine, if not enough wind for the record breakers.
The VX40 Holmatro skippered by Mitch Booth took overall line honours. Charles Dunstone’s TP52, Red, took Monohull line honours and Jeremy Rogers helmed his Contessa 26 Rosina of Beaulieu to win the Gold Roman Bowl.
Check the Sail-World website for the latest updates to Europe and world-wide sailing news as we move into the championship season.
Latest - Round the Island Race By Sail-World, Jeremy Rogers helmed his Contessa 26 Rosina of Beaulieu to win the Gold Roman Bowl in the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Charles Dunstone’s TP52, Red, took Monohull line honours with Panthera second and Atomic third. Pete Goss on Cornwall Playing for Success has won the Freedom Challenge Bowl by taking line honours in the Multihull Grand Prix and MOCRA classes... [more]
Photos from the Round the Island Race By Patrick Eden & Polly Durrant, Patrick Eden & Polly Durrant cover the 2006 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race - Jeremy Rogers helmed his Contessa 26 Rosina of Beaulieu to win the Gold Roman Bowl in the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. the VX40 Holmatro skippered by Mitch Booth took overall line honours. Charles Dunstone’s TP52, Red, took Monohull line honours... [more]
Close racing as Volvo approach Fastnet Rock By Volvo/Lizzie Green, The Volvo Race fleet have now passed 6 miles north of the Scilly Isles. Wind speeds have stayed around 7-9 knots with a top boat speed of 10 knots over the last 6 hours. Ericsson and Pirates of the Caribbean lead... [more]
Nerone takes victory-3rd series European Farr 40's By Jill Campbell and Vincenzo Frigo, Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly crossed the finish line first followed by Gianluigi Serena’s Enfant Terrible, with match racing champion Paolo Cian on board.... [more]
World Match Racing - Bank into semis undefeated By Sean McNeill, Danish skipper Jesper Bank mixed boatspeed and deft crew work to roll undefeated through the Quarterfinal Round of Match Race Germany, Stage 7 of the 2005-06 World Match Racing Tour... [more]
RS Feva Championship at HISC - Day 1 By Sail-World/GJN, There are 85 entries racing in the Feva Nationals at Hayling Island SC this weekend. After six races on the opening day the leaders are Phil Sparkes and Sam Batten from Lymington... [more]
Holmatro takes Line Honours in Round the Island By Sail-World, Holmatro skippered by Mitch Booth has taken Round the Island line honours, finishing at 14:41 hours. Tommy Hilfiger second, Motorola third. Bear of Britain and Team Volvo for Life can be seen by Race Control on the mainland shore towards Hill Head... [more]
Volvo fleet start for Rotterdam - Photo Action By Volvo, Photos from Martin Stockbridge and David Branigan of the start of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race - Portsmouth to Rotterdam. The Volvo Open 70’s are expected to take approximately five days to reach Rotterdam and with the points close for second and third place, the race on this leg will be tight between The Pirates, Brasil 1 and ABN AMRO TWO... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Brasil 1 leads at first gate By Volvo/Sacha Oswald, In brilliant sunshine and a gentle breeze the Volvo Open 70’s got off to a spectacular start with Brunel, skippered by Englishman Matt Humphries, breaking the line first followed immediately by Sebastien Josse’s ABN AMRO TWO and five times Olympic medallist Torben Grael skippering Brasil 1... [more]
Bol d'Or Rolex - 68 years young By Key Partners (KPMS), For the 68th year straight, the Société Nautique de Genève is organising the infamous Bol d'Or Rolex, the greatest European sailing competition on inland waters, to be held on 17 and 18 June 2006. Between 550 and 600 boats are expected on Lake Léman, divided into seven monohull classes and two multihull classes... [more]
Enterprise re-run Night-time Channel Crossing By LDMS, Just fifty years ago, two 13ft 9in sailing dinghies, Enterprise 1 and Enterprise 2 left the beach at Dover to make a remarkable journey. Bruce Banks and his wife Rosemary sailed E1 and Bobbie Pegna and Mrs Flavia Nunes sailed E2 - They set off at 3am at the dead of night on the 8 January 1956... [more]
Aberdeen Dragon European Championship Preview By Fiona Brown, Hot on the heels of last week's successful Edinburgh Cup the festival of Dragon sailing continues on the Solent with the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship, to be hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from Monday 5 to Friday 9 June... [more]
Salcombe Solo Open Meeting By Solo Publicity, A fleet of 25 Solos gathered for the first race at the Salcombe YC Bank Holiday open meeting sponsored by Barney Greenhill. A strengthening wind of 19 knots were forecast but was gusting force 5-6 with white-caps in the harbour... [more]
Quarter Ton Cup, Still Crazy After All These Years By Fiona Brown, You only have to mention the Quarter Ton Cup to sailors of a certain age and they get that far away look and start mourning the good old days. Through the winter crews have been busy buying, rebuilding and refitting boats ready for the regatta and 24 crews are expected to come to the Royal Corinthian YC line on Monday morning at Cowes... [more]
Heavy trial at start of IMS 600 Europeans 2006 By Diana Bogaards, The participants of the IMS 600 Europeans, part of the Scheveningen ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2006, faced a heavy trail to start with on Wednesday 31 May. Nine out of twelve pre-entered teams lined up for the two long distance races of 170 nautical miles in total. The north-west wind picked up to thirty knots in gusts, with a wild sea and the temperature was unusual low... [more]
Musto Performance Skiff latest newsletter By Musto Performance Skiff Association, Latest newsletter from the Musto Performance Skiff. Have a look at this exciting one skiff complete with asymetrical spinnaker and trapeze/racks.... [more]
Gypsy Moth IV repair update - latest photos By Sail-World NZL, Repairs and reconstruction of Gypsy Moth IV are proceeding to plan in Auckland in preparation for a departure from New Zealand on 23rd June. The re-skinning of Gypsy Moth IV is the major activity currently underway in the temporary repair facility at the Emirates Team New Zealand base. Two shifts of boats builders are working on the project.... [more]
Team TietoEnator Audi - new sails, speed and crew By Event media, A confident Olympic winner, Thomas Johanson, is heading to Norway with on Wednesday on the massive 60ft trimaran TietoEnator Audi. The Burn Out City syndicate with Thomas as skipper is participating for the third year in a row in the North European trimaran competition Nokia Oops Cup, which starts in Oslo on 7th of June.... [more]
Victory on home waters for Basilica By Ben Faber/Volvo media, The all British owned, sponsored and crewed boat Team Basilica completed a famous victory on the final day of the VX40 Grand Prix in Portsmouth today, holding off the challenge of Motorola and Tommy Hilfiger to win by an impressive 31 points... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race take the long way round to Europe By Volvo/Sacha Oswald, There will be no short cuts or easy passages to mainland Europe when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs Portsmouth tomorrow (Friday, June 2) on the eighth leg of the world’s premier ocean race. When the start gun goes from Southsea castle at 17:30 local time the route the fleet will take is tricky and very much the long way round.... [more]
RS700 GUL National Championships this weekend By Alex Newton-Southon, The RS700 GUL National Championships start on Saturday 3 June going through to Tuesday the 6 June at Eastbourne SC. We are going to have 50 boats Plus - It will be the biggest turn out of single handed asymmetric to date! If you have not entered you still have time... [more]
CSC 505 World Championships at Hayling Island SC By 505 Assoc, The 2006 World championship and Pre-Worlds regatta is organised by Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) in conjunction with the International 505 Class Yacht Racing Association of Great Britain - There are already over 125 teams registered from around the world... [more]
National 12 - 70th Anniversary Regatta By Zoe Ballantyne, The National 12s celebrated their 70th birthday with a full three days of sailing. Nearly 80 boats from all eras took part in the programme which included vintage racing, Gill series races and junior racing. The weekend culminated in a Grand pursuit race with the oldest boats setting off first... [more]
Multihulls Sicilian Grand Prix showdown By Gitana SA, The first Grand Prix of the season starts this Friday at Trapani, with weather conditions which promise to be enlivened by a westerly flow. The conditions should be ideal for exploiting these technically demanding Sicilian waters and confirming that the changes made to Gitana 11 this winter are bearing fruit. Gitana 12, unfortunately, is unable to take part.... [more]
Jensen Claims Women’s Match Racing World Title By Flemming Vitus/Gordon Smith, Dorte JENSEN (DEN) won a classic Swedish-Danish final at the Dexia Private Banking ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship on her home waters in Copenhagen, Denmark to lift her fourth World title. She defeated Marie BJÖRLING (SWE) to complete a perfect return to the women’s match racing scene.... [more]
First win for Uniquely Singapore in Clipper By Fast Track, Uniquely Singapore crossed the shortened finish line for Race 8 at 13:53 GMT yesterday [Tuesday 30 May] bagging their first win in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race... [more]
ABN AMRO TWO to continue in Volvo Ocean Race By Tim Collins, Sebastien Josse, skipper of ABN AMRO TWO announced this morning that he and his crew will continue in the 2005/6 Volvo Ocean Race. The crew’s participation in the race was thrown into doubt following the tragic death of their crewmate, Hans Horrevoets... [more]
Spectacular ‘true blue’ Enterprise race on Thames By Enterprise Ass, On 4 June some 50 Enterprise dinghies will race down the Thames from Putney to Westminster and back for a finish near to their original birthplace. Designed by Jack Holt at Putney in late 1955 as a boat for the people - over 23,000 Enterprises have been built to date and are now sailed in 17 countries worldwide... [more]
29ers at Chew Valley By Sam Tozer, Chew Valley Lake SC held a combined 29er class training and open meeting weekend over the late May holiday. After a good days training on Saturday the races on Sunday were going to be even more keenly contested... [more]
International 14 European Championship, Italy By Andrew RICE (As Amended By ISAF), James FAWCETT and Dave DOBRIJEVIC (GBR) prevailed in a mix of conditions at the International 14 European Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Fraglia Della Riva at Lake Garda, Italy.... [more]
Cat Carnage off Portsmouth for VX40 Grand Prix By Volvo/Sacha Oswald, Spectators along Southsea seafront saw the true power of the 40ft extreme catamarans, which form part of the in-port entertainment package for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06, and witnessed the carnage of the final race of the day - In 15-25 knots the final race saw two of the teams, overall series leaders Tommy Hilfiger and Volvo Ocean Race, upside down... [more]
505 European Cup event at Riva del Garda, Italy By Simon Lake, 46 teams from Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland travelled to Riva del Garda in Italy for the second 505 European Cup event of the year and the Riva Spring Cup Regatta... [more]
Bell Lawrie Scottish Series - Final By Media, Anthony O'Leary and his Royal Cork YC crew of the Corby 36 Antix won the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series Trophy for the second time in three years, being judged the top overall performer at the 191 boat, 13 class regatta... [more]
Action from the Portsmouth in-port race By Sail-World/Gerald New, Photo action from the Solent where the Portsmouth in-port race for the Volvo Ocean race fleet took place Monday. After Pirates of the Caribbean stormed away from the start to lead at the first mark, a spinnaker bust gave ABN AMRO ONE the chance to take the lead they never relinquished... [more]
ABN AMRO ONE grab win in Portsmouth In-port race By Volvo/Sacha Oswald, Mike Sanderson’s (NZ) ABN AMRO ONE, powered through Pirates of the Caribbean skippered by Paul Cayard (USA) to win the sixth in-port race, held off Portsmouth today, making it their fourth in-port race victory of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06... [more]
Laser Radial & Topper Open at Wilsonian SC By Roy Winnett, An encouraging 18 visitors joined the 4 home boats for the Topper Open at Wilsonian Sailing Club on Saturday 27 May while just four visitors contested the Laser Radial Open with host club boats disappointingly absent... [more]
Two Dragons sink at Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Cowes By Fiona Brown, 'That's the most wind I've ever sailed a Dragon in.' commented former Solent Fleet Captain Neil Payne after a fraught third day of racing at the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Cowes. The fleet was in the closing stages of the day's second race (race five in the series) when a huge localised squall of over 40 knots hit causing two sinkings, two dismastings and a number of other major incidents... [more]
Photo action from the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix By Sail-World/Gerald New, Photo action as the all-British boat Basilica won all four of the day’s races to propel them to the top of the leader board in the fourth leg of the VX40 series. The team from Hayling Island Sailing Club produced a scintillating performance to lead from start to finish in each race and dominate the field, leaving their rivals with everything to do over the next few days.... [more]
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