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Another busy week in the sailing world. With the Volvo Ocean Race announcing their new three yearly series, the America's Cup teams getting into high gear in Valencia and the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland taking a battering off Scotland.

This weekend will see the finals for the Olympic classes at Kiel Week and the completion of the Etchells European Championship in Cowes.

And no let-up as the Rolex Commodores Cup swings into action off Cowes.

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British Tornados strike as Kiel winds drop
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Winds may have reduced from twelve down to six knots for the Olympic classes sailing at Kiel Week on Friday, but the British Tornado team of Leigh McMillan and Will Howden swept in to take second place on the leaderboard. The boys have put their recent improvement down, in part, to their recent hectic schedule sailing the Volvo Extreme 40 circuit at Portsmouth and Rotterdam... [more]

Skandia covers you on and off the water
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Skandia’s protection insurance division is advising competitors and visitors alike to make sure they’re covered against the harmful rays of the sun during this year’s Skandia Cowes Week (Isle of Wight, 29 July-5 August)... [more]

Tight finish in Bermuda
By Fast Track/Cailah Leask,
The newly-named Peroni Swan 45 Class is celebrating Bermudan style with a top five finish in the Centennial Newport Bermuda Race for the American Peroni Team Boat, Plenty... [more]

Crescendo takes Onion Patch prize
By Talbot Wilson,
Crescendo, the Swan 44 MkII owned by Martin Jacobson of Greenwich CT, was ahead in the Onion Patch Series going into the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta. With a fourth place today in Bermuda, Crescendo took first in the series. The Henry B. du Pont Trophy will be awarded to Crescendo at the Newport Bermuda Race prize giving at Government House in Bermuda on Saturday [today].... [more]

Childerley leads into final day at Etchells Euros
By Fiona Brown,
The third and penultimate day of the Crew Clothing Co. Etchells European Championship in Cowes brought a welcome change of pace for the 33 competitors. After two heavy airs days the crews were delighted that this morning dawned sunny and almost calm with perfect Solent sea breeze conditions. Stuart Childerley consolidated his lead with a win in race five and a hard earned fourth in race six... [more]

Final showdown for Clipper Fleet
By Fast Track,
The ten 68ft yachts in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race left Port Antonio, Jamaica today [1300 local: 23 June] in the sizzling heat to start race 10 to New York City. This marks the beginning of the final leg [leg 7] of the 35,000 mile circumnavigation, which takes the fleet back to Liverpool via stops in New York and Jersey, Channel Islands.... [more]

Act 12, day 2 - Alinghi still a dominant team
By Event media,
The Spanish Prince Felipe sailed with Desafío Español in Flight three today when the home team took on the Defender, Alinghi. But his royal presence couldn’t spur the team on to what would have been its first win over the Swiss... [more]

RS800 on the English Riviera for Fat Face Circuit
By Sarah Marriott,
Paignton SC in the heart of the English Riviera hosted round five of the RS800 Fat Face racing circuit 2006. 32 boats arrived on Saturday morning and while the bay was a flat calm, temperatures were soaring!... [more]

British teams ready for battle at Commodores Cup
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
With two days to go until the first starting gun is fired at the 2006 Rolex Commodores Cup, four British teams are making final preparations as they get ready to defend the cup over the week long racing series... [more]

B14 Europeans at Whitstable - Day 1
By Mike Fitzpatrick,
The day started with a building Easterly sea breeze for the B14 Europeans at Whitstable and two races were completed in a force 3 to 4 and glorious sunshine. Matt Searle and Rich Bell on Gutted Hedgehog from Hayling Island SC slipped through to take two wins... [more]

Goss and Larsen rejoin Round Britain and Ireland
By Stuart Elford/media,
Pete Goss and Paul Larsen are back in the Shetland two-handed Round Britain and Ireland yacht race after putting in for repairs. The massive lead the pair had built up slipped through their fingers as their trimaran was having the main bulkhead modified and strengthened - Meanwhile Class 1 leaders arrived in Lerwick in a tight group around midday Friday... [more]

Where is Brunel? Owner says reports wrong
By Rob Kothe,
Owner Matt Allen refutes reports on the Belgian website Club Racer which detailed the arrival at Gothenburg the Volvo Open 70 Premier Challenge, which alleged that despite a contract with Brunel, the Premier Challenge boat ‘did a runner within a half hour’, breaking a contract with the Dutch sponsors and having been spirited away, was sighted around various parts of Europe.... [more]

Desafío Español scores two victories in new ESP 88
By America's Cup Media,
The final competition of the 2006 America’s Cup season began with two full flights of racing in Valencia. Louis Vuitton Act 12 is a match racing regatta, complete with round robin, semi finals and final. In this sense, it mimics the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series, which will identify the ultimate challenger to face Alinghi in the 32nd America’s Cup Match.... [more]

New Chief Executive at Royal Ocean Racing Club
By Trish Jenkins,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce that it has appointed a new Chief Executive. Colin Gruar, currently Head of Marketing at the British Heart Foundation, will take up the position of Chief Executive on 11 September 2006. The General Manager of RORC, Peter Wykeham-Martin, will stand down at that time and will not be replaced... [more]

Crew Clothing Co. Etchells European Championship
By Fiona Brown,
The second day of the Crew Clothing Co. Etchells European Championship off Cowes brought more heavy airs and lots of exciting action. Stuart Childerley continues to lead but he had a mixed day posting a tenth in race 3, before making up for it with a lovely win in the hotly contested race 4. He now leads by just one point over Andy Beadsworth... [more]

What is the future for the Volvo Extreme 40?
By Diana Bogaards,
After a nail-biting final day in Rotterdam, the first Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix series has come to an end. Five brand-new 40-foot carbon multihulls competed worldwide on five locations during the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06. Mitch Booth, skipper of Team Holmatro and creator of the Volvo Extreme 40, talked in an interview about the first experiences and the future plans... [more]

Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race - In Lerwick
By Event media,
Hayai has joined the other Open 40s in Lerwick today, Thursday, while Paradox has just a few hours to go to arrival. Meanwhile most of the boats that were in Castlebay have now started leg 3 - Vijaya and Suroma have decided to retire... [more]

Fireball Open at Thornbury Sailing Club
By Derian Chandler,
Thornbury Sailing Club hosted its annual Fireball Open Meeting on 17/18 June as part of the Club Regatta. Allan and Chris Tyler (Lyme Regis SC) were the winners with Jemima Line and Gavin Tilson second... [more]

Rolex Commodores' Cuppers gather at Cowes
By Trish Jenkins,
Competition will be at its highest level ever in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Rolex Commodores' Cup when racing gets underway next Monday with the first two inshore races. The principal reason for this, many believe, is due to a strong assault from the Irish... [more]

Sail a 29erXX - First 29erXX Regatta in UK
By Dave Hall,
The first 29erXX Regatta will be held in Portland Harbour from the Weymouth and Portland National SA. All boats will be supplied and the event is open to any team that would like to take part... [more]

J105 at Deauville International Week
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The J105 Class were out in force for the first edition of Deauville International Week, gathered together sailors from all horizons. Regatta specialists, ocean racers, professionals, amateurs, French, British, German, Croatian, American, and Dutch sailors filled the start lines each morning in the Baie de Seine from 8-11 June... [more]

Alicante (ESP) to host 2008/09 Volvo Race Start
By Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race confirmed today that the port of Alicante will host the start of the 2008-09 race. The right to host the start includes a Spanish entry in the race and mirrors the proven model of the 2005-06 race where the start port of Vigo, Spain was coupled with the movistar entry in the event supported by the region of Galicia.... [more]

Curtains close on Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06
By Sacha Oswald, Volvo OR Media,
With the conclusion of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 over the weekend of the 17 June witnessed by 120,000 people in Göteborg, Sweden, the winners came together in the presence of HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and HRH Crown Princess Victoria to accept their trophies.... [more]

Sailing Action from the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race
By Sail-World/Steve Arkley/GJN,
Steve Arkley captured the essence of the mix of boats at the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race at Hayling Island - from Mirrors to 29er, 800s to Elites and Sunbeams and including a Thames A Rater, Devon Yawl and Volvo 60... [more]

Liverpool YC Annual Offshore Race
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held their annual offshore race on Sunday 18 June. Neil Thomas’s Prima 38 Mighty Max won Class 1 IRC, Stuart Lofthouse’s Impala Skukusa Class 2 IRC and Richard Baldwin’s Superseal Tango Class 3 IRC... [more]

Ents do the Channel double
By Glen Cole,
Fifty years ago E1 and E2 crossed the Channel to promote the new dinghy. On Saturday 10 June 2006 two more Enterprises repeated the feat and this time they not only sailed to France, they promptly turned round and sailed back home again... [more]

Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race
By Event media,
This weekend's Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race, run by Hayling Island Sailing Club on Saturday 17 June, was an absolute classic with 120 dinghy and keelboat entries enjoying closely fought racing around Chichester Harbour.... [more]

Etchells National & British Open Championship
By Fiona Brown,
The Etchells National & British Open Championship came to a close Monday with three great races on the final day in 12-20 knots on the Solent. Stuart Childerley and his crew Simon Russell and Roger Marino retain their National and British Open Championship crown... [more]

Failte Ireland 2006 GP14 World Championships
By Damien Brennan,
As Irelands largest GP14 fleet, the Sligo Yacht Club is delighted to host the Failte Ireland 2006 GP14 World Championships between July 31 and 5 August. Over 40 boats have already entered from the UK while as many as fifty will assemble from around Ireland. The event will introduce a new and interesting racing format over the six days of the event with 11 races scheduled... [more]

Fireballs at Brightlingsea
By Vince Horey,
Edwards and Wagstaff from Corus SC won the Fireball Open at Brightlingsea. Day one of the weekend started with almost perfect fireball sailing conditions for the 29 boats that turned out for the event... [more]

Medal Results - 470 European Championships
By Lindsey Bell/GJN,
France dominated the men`s event at the Open Nissan Cup 470 European Championships in Balatonfüred, Hungary. The Bonnaud brothers, Benjamin and Romain won the Men and Germany's Stefanie Rothweiler and Vivien Kussatz the Women's event... [more]

First-ever Ladies Day and Skandia Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
As the organisers of Skandia Cowes Week finalise their plans for the running of the 180th Regatta and the first-ever Ladies Day in the Event's history, they have revealed some of the activities and events being held to mark Ladies Day in Cowes on Thursday, 3rd August.... [more]

Zwitserleven Round Texel Race - Overall results
By Diana Bogaard,
Remco Kenbeek and Paul Brouwer, sailing a F18 Capricorn, are the overall winners of the 29th Zwitserleven Round Texel. they were only forty seconds ahead of Hans Primowees, who rounded the isle single-handed with his 26-year-old Prindle. The F18 world champions, Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) finished in third position with their Hobie Tiger... [more]

Hart and Hall are New Flying Fifteen Champions
By Sail-World/GJN,
Mike Hart and Tim Hall from Port Dinorwic SC pulled through in the final two races to take the Flying Fifteen National Championship, held at the South Caernarvonshire YC... [more]

Coutts wins 68th Geneva Bol d'Or Rolex
By Anna Maria Gregorini,
New Zealand skipper and America's Cup legend Russell Coutts crossed the finish line of the 68th Geneva Bol d'Or Rolex shortly before 21:00 to take line honours. After some extraordinary close contact racing, keeping his crew of amateur doctors on their toes right until the last breath of wind, Coutts narrowly beat Philippe Cardis (Julius Baer), Loïck Peyron (Okalys) and Alain Gautier ( [more]

The first single-handed RTW Race with equal boats
By Event media,
The Solo-Oceans, is the first single-handed round-the world competition offering equal opportunities. From October 2009 onwards, on a France - New Zealand - France course, skippers and advertisers will be sailing on sixteen metres Oceanic One-Design monohulls, with under-controlled costs. The race will then be scheduled every two years.... [more]

A final act of Piracy
By Volvo Ocean Race,
Paul Cayard was apologetic afterwards for his final act of Piracy, but his crew did what they had to do to win the final leg of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race, stealing away what would have been a fairytale final victory for ABN AMRO TWO.... [more]

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