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British dinghy sailing continues to ride the wave, lead by the Olympic classes. The week started with Gold for Briton in the 49er and ended with more Gold at the RS:X Europeans for Nick Dempsey and a Silver for Bryony Shaw, plus a Bronze for Penny Clark at the Laser Radial Europeans.

Let us hope that the English football team prove as reliable when the heat is turned up.

The Volvo Race has moved to the final stage, with ABN AMRO TWO leading the fleet as this goes out. Volvo are promising an important announcement this weekend on the future of the race.

Browse through the UK Sail-World newsletter to catch up all last weeks sailing news and check out the website for news as it happens.

Gold and Silver for GBR at RS:X Europeans
Briton's Nick Dempsey took Gold and Bryony Shaw the Silver on the final day of the Petrol Ofisi RS:X European Championship in Alacati, Turkey. Dempsey has dominated the circuit this season and he will go to Torbol in Italy for the Worlds as firm favourite... [more]

The other ABN AMRO leads final leg
By Volvo/Lizzie Green,
With less than 50 miles to the finish, ABN AMRO TWO have managed to maintain their lead and are now 15 miles ahead of their rivals. They are currently making 9 knots of boat speed towards the Skagen gate off the northern most tip of Denmark... [more]

Sydney Hobart film chases weather to New Zealand
By Al Constable,
Australian director Phillip Noyce, whose Rabbit Proof Fence made an impact world wide, is developing a Sydney to Hobart film, about the tragic 1998 yacht race which claimed six lives, with US producer Lynda Obst.... [more]

Bronze for Penny Clark at Laser Radial Europeans
By RYA/Lindsey Bell/GJN,
Marred by light winds once again, Friday's final medal race was called off, meaning that the positions at the end of racing on Thursday decided the medallists. Gold went to Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Silver to Gintare Volungeviciute (LTU) and Bronze to Briton's Penny Clark... [more]

Chinese Delegation Visit ISAF Secretariat
The Mayor of Qingdao visited the ISAF Secretariat in Southampton, Great Britain yesterday along with members of the Qingdao Sailing Committee, as the preparations for the first Olympic Test event, the ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta taking place from 18-31 August, intensify.... [more]

Flying 15 UK Nationals - Day 1
By Adrian Simpson / GJN,
Mike Hart and Tim Hall lead the 44 entrants in the Flying Fifteen UK Nationals at South Caernarvonshire YC after day one. David McKee and Chris Hewkin are in second place one point further back with Steve Goacher and Phil Evans in third place... [more]

Bundock/Ashby (AUS) win the Texel Dutch Open
By Diana Bogaards,
Yesterday the Australian team Bundock and Ashby dominated the races with three bullets and it seemed as though they would obtain overall victory hands down. But team Heemskerk/De Boer gave them some tough competition. With a difference of one point, Bundock and Ashby finally won the event - Saturday the participants will gather on the Texel beach for the briefing for the 29th Zwitserleven Round Texel.... [more]

Goss and Larsen extend lead in Round Britain
By Media,
The super-fast SeaCart 30 trimaran being sailed by Pete Goss and Paul Larsen in the Shetland two-handed Round Britain and Ireland yacht race is proving itself a worthy contender as it helps the pair extend their lead in the gruelling 2000-mile competition... [more]

33-footer steals the show at Giraglia Rolex Cup
In 1997 Camillo Capozzi sailed his ageing Polaris 33, Ala Bianca, to victory in the offshore race of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Nine years later, sailing with the same boat and much of the same crew, Capozzi has repeated that performance and upstaged the newer, professionally-crewed boats entered in the 197-strong fleet... [more]

Rolex Commodores' Cup Fleet Review
By Trish Jenkins,
Thirteen teams from six countries will be pitching up in Cowes, Isle of Wight at the end of next week ready for the 26 June start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Rolex Commodores’ Cup... [more]

The Necessary Sextant and How to Choose It
By Rob Landis/Sail-World Cruising,
GPS’s have sneaked under the guard of ancient mariners, making their wonderful navigation skills almost a thing of the past. Sailors set out on journeys across the world with no skills but how to read the GPS and Cmap. Where once the ocean mariner used vigilance and good seamanship to weather storms and miss the rocky bits, now satellite telephones and helicopters give the hesitant sailor the confidence to go where no bad seafarer should be.... [more]

Gipsy Moth IV scheduled for launching on Saturday
By Sail-World NZL,
It is expected that Sir Francis Chichester’s yacht Gipsy Moth IV will be relaunched at 4.00pm on Saturday. The painting is largely complete and the opportunity has been taken to give Gipsy Moth IV a good refit as she nears the halfway point of her round the world circumnavigation.... [more]

Line honours – but no record – for Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo has won line honours in the Giraglia Race by a massive margin, although light winds prevented Neville Crichton from getting anywhere close to breaking his own course record for the 243-mile race. Boat for boat, his new canting-keeled, hydraulic-powered 98-footer is a far more potent package than the previous Alfa Romeo, a conventional 90-foot Maxi, but a lack of wind saw the winning Maxi finish more than five hours outside the record set in 2003.... [more]

Deauville International Week a success
By Deauville International Week (As Amended By ISAF),
The Deauville International Week finished last weekend after four days’ of intense battles between the 400 racers who enjoyed the perfect conditions in France. Local Deauville sailor Philippe ROSSIGNOL (FRA) was a popular winner in the J/80s, whilst Philippe LIGOT and Christian PONTHIEU (FRA) took the Melges 24 by storm and the Brits triumphed in the Mumm 30s.... [more]

Jersey Clipper skipper steps down
By Helena Broadribb, Fast Track,
Jersey Skipper, Richard Franklin announced today [Wednesday 14 June] that he will be resigning from the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race, after replacing relief skipper Simon Rowell at short notice in Victoria.... [more]

Newcomers win RYA Scottish Match Racing Qualifier
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
In near perfect conditions at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, Rhu, five teams competed to win a place at the RYA National Match Racing Championships Finals, to be held in October at Weymouth... [more]

£25,000 raised at Round the Island Race
By Jo Grindley,
The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race proved to be a bumper fundraising weekend for The Ellen MacArthur Trust this year. A cheque for £25,000 was presented by JPMorgan to Ellen MacArthur, who received the donation on behalf of The Trust on the eve of the annual Round the Island Race... [more]

Protests decide VX40 Grand Prix Series
By Ben Faber,
An incredible day of sailing and protest hearings saw the overall VX40 series title swing back and forth between the all-British boat Basilica and the American entry Tommy Hilfiger several times, with the Americans finally emerging as the series winners... [more]

Etchells Open British and European Championships
By Fiona Brown,
This week some forty Etchells crews from the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA are congregating in Cowes ready for the Etchells Open British National and European Championships, which are both being hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club... [more]

HISC Solo fleet celebrate the 50th Anniversary
By Barry Blaydes,
On Sunday, 11 June the HISC Solo Fleet sailed two races to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of Jack Holt's design. 43 boats from the club fleet were joined by eight visitors, invited from clubs around the harbours, to produce at least one boat, on the line, for every year that sailors have enjoyed sailing this classic dinghy... [more]

New Marina to be constructed at 2012 Olympic site
By Chris Clode,
The South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), have selected Dean & Reddyhoff to construct the new 600 berth Yacht Marina at Osprey Quay, Portland. The new marina will be located adjacent to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, which will be the venue for hosting the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games... [more]

FAT FACE RS200 Racing at Weymouth
By Peter Vincent,
Fifty RS200’s travelled to Weymouth SC for the sixth round of the Fat Face Racing Circuit and the first visit of the year to the south coast. Brian Clough must have visited Weymouth on such weekends of this when he first used the cliché 'a game of two halves' as this is the only way to describe the widely different conditions... [more]

500-600 entries expected for Bol d'Or Rolex
The Bol d'Or Rolex is the most important sailing event in Switzerland. All the winter, sailors on Léman wait impatiently for it to happen. As with past years 500-600 entries are expected. Winner of last weekend's Genève-Rolle-Genève'race, Peyron is returning to try to defend Bol d'Or Rolex title after his victory last year on Nicholas Grange's Okalys. For the D35s, the Bol d'Or Rolex also forms part of their championship for the Julius Baer Cup... [more]

505 Pre Worlds Training at Hayling Island
By Class media,
Fifteen 505's took to the waters off Hayling Island, as continued preparation for the forthcoming 505 worlds. Neil Upton-Brown was in coach boat, and videoed proceedings for review at the end of each day... [more]

RS300 FAT FACE Open Meeting at Burghfield
By Event media,
An excellent forecast, summer weather (at last!) and great winds encouraged a bumper turnout for the Fat Face sponsored RS300 open meeting at Burghfield SC on June 10... [more]

3000's at Phoenix Marine Open Meeting
By Tony Hunt,
The 3000’s enjoyed coaching by Rob Burridge at Queen Mary on Saturday 3 June. Winds were lightish but Rob gave a very comprehensive range of tips for use in all weathers. The presence both days of the Vandercraft demonstrator with its new North sails added lots of interest and subject matter for discussion.... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix
By Liz Harrison,
It was champagne sailing in the River Blackwater this weekend for the third Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix hosted by West Mersea YC. Near perfect conditions greeted the sailors on Saturday with enough breeze to put the fast and furious sportsboats through their paces along the Mersea shore packed with people enjoying the first hot and sunny weekend of the summer... [more]

Laser Asia Pacific Championships 2006
By Shu Fen Ho (As Amended By ISAF),
Michael Blackburn AUS) leads the way at the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Asia Pacific Championships in Singapore, with the Australian top of the leaderboard in his return to the ISAF Graded circuit.... [more]

National 12 GILL Series - No 4
By Event media,
The fourth meeting of the 2006 National 12 Gill Series was held at Royal Harwich YC on 9 and 10 of June. John and Katy Meadowcroft were the winners ahead of Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne... [more]

Alfa Romeo takes the double, Giraglia Rolex Cup
By Key Partners,
Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo shot round the 29-mile course in the Gulf of St Tropez in just over three hours, finishing almost an hour before the next boat, Pierluigi Loro Piana's Reichel/Pugh 85, My Song. Crichton expects to win through the water but he has no expectations about success under the IMS handicap system which governs this regatta.... [more]

Geronimo sets new Pacific record
By Event media,
After setting out from Yokohama in Japan on 29th May, Olivier de Kersauson and his crew of eight took 13 days 22 hours 38 minutes and 28 secs to carry out the 4482 miles of the voyage.... [more]

Clipper Fleet celebrates arrival in Panama City
By Fast Track,
The ten-strong fleet in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race arrived over the course of the weekend into Panama City for passage through the Canal. Their arrival signifies the completion of the race eight route from Victoria, Canada, which was shortened due to Tropical Revolving Storm Aletta.... [more]

Basilica and Hilfiger share the honours at VX40 GP
By Ben Faber,
Basilica and Hilfiger share the honours on day three of Rotterdam Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix. The two teams battling it out for the VX40 series title were head to head once again on the third day of the Rotterdam Grand Prix this afternoon, with the British boat ending the day with one more point than their American rivals... [more]

Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race
By Stuart Elford,
Pete Goss and crewmate Paul Larsen got off to a flying start in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2006. Spectator boats filled the sound to watch the boats get under way at midday Sunday... [more]

Glyn Charles Open Pursuit Race at Hayling Island
By Mark Rushall,
Date for your diary - 17 June - Glyn Charles Open Pursuit Race - There’s less than a week to go to the 2006 Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race and a record turn out of over 150 dinghies and keelboats is expected. This very special race is now a firmly established high spot in the UK sailing calendar and takes place from Hayling Island Sailing Club this Saturday 17 June (first start 2pm)... [more]

Hamo Thornycroft at Fortis IRC Championship
By Hamo Thornycroft,
Photos from the camera of Hamo Thornycroft at the recent Fortis IRC Championship in the Solent. There were 26 designs from different architects or manufacturers out on the race course which shows IRC to be an effective rule for a wide range of boats... [more]

RS Elite National Championship at Burnham
By PR/Sail-World/GJN,
Nineteen boats took part in the RS Elite National Championships at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club. Winners were Michael Patten, David Fleming and Ed Lewis sailing Matterhorn Jack from the Royal Burnham YC. Second place went to Mike Dawe, Simon Payne and Paul Carpenter, sailing Duel from Hayling Island SC... [more]

Gold to Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks at 49er
By Event media/GJN/RYA,
Briton's Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks took Gold at the 49er Worlds in Aix-les-Bains, France - Silver went to Athanasios Pachoumas and Athanasios Siouzios (GRE) - Bronze to Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR)... [more]

Photo action from the 18ft Skiff Europeans
By Christophe Favreau,
The final day of the European International Championships for 18ft skiffs was held in perfect Lake Garda sailing conditions. French photographer Christophe Favreau captured the spirit of the class at the biggest gathering of 18ft skiffs outside Australia... [more]

Photo action Dragon Europeans at Cowes
By Hamo Thorneycroft,
Hamo Thorneycroft brings you this photo selection after an incredibly closely fought regatta at Cowes where Denmark's Lars Hendriksen and his crew Will Willett and Martin Leifeld, sailing Edward Sawyer's Clairvoyant, won the 2006 Aberdeen Dragon European Championship... [more]

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