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Brits take six golds at Skandia RYA Sail for Gold Regatta
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Back in the Yngling and racing for the first time with her new crew Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor, the double Olympic gold medallist won Sunday’s final medal race and kept sufficient boats between her and her nearest Dutch rivals to seal the overall victory. British sailors also took gold in the 470, Laser, Finn, Radial and Tornado at the Skandia RYA Sail for Gold Regatta... [more]

Hamish Pepper Interview - Part 2
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Hamish Pepper Interview - Part 2... [more]

Royal Southampton Yacht Club - Winter Series Race
By Simon Forbes,
The first race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Winter series was held on Sunday 15 October in sunshine and an easterly breeze averaging 17 knots with gusts up to 25 knots... [more]

Ichi Ban wins Farr 40 Regatta
By Sam Crichton,
Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban won the Corinthian Doors Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 regatta after the final day of racing. Two races were held off Port Stephens in a 10 knot sou’easter with a two metre swell.... [more]

Bulka wins 2006 Audi Etchell Worlds warm-up
By Rob Kothe,
With Michael Manford’s The Croc and Mark Bulka Balanced-A-TAC were tied going into the final race, it was set up for a duel between the two boats to decide the 2006 Syd Corser Championship. Three points back Rob Brown and John Bertrand were set to duel for the third place.... [more]

Season underway - 18ft Skiffs, Sydney Harbour
By Frank Quealey,
After losing the opening race last Sunday, the new 18 footer season finally got under way when the Australian 18 Footers League staged the Life Members Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today - Omega Smeg, skippered by Gary Phillips, took the honours... [more]

Skandia RYA Sail for Gold - Day 2
Paul Goodison got back on track at the Skandia RYA Sail for Gold Regatta in the better breeze on Saturday at Weymouth. Other changes on the leaderboard saw Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and new crew Pippa Wilson determined for a strong showing to drag themselves from the bottom of the Yngling table - mission accomplished, with the Skandia Team GBR trio posting two straight bullets and a third to boost them back into contention. Spain's Olympic champions in the 49er class Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez had a superb opening two races, with two wins... [more]

Richards, Williams to meet for Bermuda Gold Cup
By Sean McNeill,
Bermudian Blythe Walker and Swiss sailor Eric Monnin pulled stunning upsets in the Quarterfinal Round of the King Edward VII Gold Cup, but their lucky hand ran out in the semifinals of Stage 4 of the 2006-’07 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Superstition forces Thomson to forfeit victory
By Annabel Merrison,
Alex Thomson (GBR) today put in a superb performance onboard his Open 60 HUGO BOSS in the VELUX 5 Oceans in-port race in the Bay of Biscay, Spain. Sailing with a full crew, including Andrew Cape (AUS) - Thomson’s co-skipper for the Barcelona World Race as navigator - HUGO BOSS stole the show, storming the course to approach the finish line streaks ahead of the rest of the fleet... [more]

Endeavour Trophy hat-trick for Craig and Stewart
By Sail-World,
The annual champion-of-champions event, the Endeavour Trophy, was won by Nick Craig and James Stewart (RS400) for the third year running. The Endeavour Trophy has an illustrious roll-call since it was first presented by Beecher Moore for competition between the various dinghy class champions. The first event took place in 1961 - The winner was Peter Bateman, representing the International Cadet Class, crewed by Keith Musto... [more]

RS600 Inlands at Grafham Sailing Club
By RS media,
On turning up at Grafham Sailing Club for the RS600 Inland Championship on the 7 October the weather was clear and sunny which over the course of the morning would develop into a strong force 4 southerly. This proved to be perfect conditions for 'Mr sick is quick' Olly Straker who is the new RS600 Inland Champion... [more]

Radii wins 2006 UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix series
By Alec Mckinlay,
Radii dominated the short course racing at the Oxford Grand Prix last weekend, winning four of the six races and with that the 2006 series title. Fat Face, White Stuff and SELS battled for the other podium places with Fat Face demonstrating their light air prowess to claim second overall on day two... [more]

Velux 5 Oceans skippers ready for warm up race
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
Saturday October 14 will see the skippers of the VELUX 5 OCEANS battling against each other in a special inshore regatta off the coast of Bilbao, the Basque Country.... [more]

Skandia RYA Sail for Gold Regatta - Day 1
By Sail-World/RYA,
First day of the Skandia RYA Sail for Gold Regatta (13 - 15 October) at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Its been a hard day on the water, with contrasting conditions. Rain and light winds at the start of the day were replaced by sunshine and an increasing breeze, peaking at about 12 knots on the 49er course... [more]

Skud 18 European Championship - Day 2
By Sail-world,
The new Skud 18 paralympic class has completed day two of their first European Championship being held as part of the Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth - Gustaf Fresk and Annika Lindgren of Sweden continue to lead... [more]

Andy Peake is new RS700 GUL Inland Champion
By RS media,
The RS700 fleet gathered at Grafham Water over the weekend of the 7 - 8 October for the 2006 Inland Championships. As is fast becoming a tradition, every time we come to Grafham, the wind seems always to be bouncing of the 20 knots plus mark, and this year the lake did not disappoint with gusts recorded up to 28 knots... [more]

ABN AMRO ONE will sail 2006 Rolex Sydney–Hobart
By Camilla Green,
ABN AMRO ONE, the winner of the 2005-6 Volvo Ocean Race will sail in the 2006 Rolex Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race, it was announced today. The race, which starts in Sydney Harbour on the 26th December, is a world-class event, attracting some of the greatest names of yacht racing. In Australia’s sporting calendar it ranks alongside cricket, tennis and the Melbourne Cup horse racing... [more]

Pippa Wilson joins Ayton and Webb in Yngling bid
Olympic gold medallists Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb have cause for a double celebration – not only have they been announced as world number two in the latest Yngling world rankings, but they’ve also secured a new crew member to join their quest for Beijing gold - 470 sailor Pippa Wilson is making the transition to the women’s Olympic keelboat... [more]

ISAF move to improve media coverage
By ISAF media,
The ISAF has announced that Claire Frost has joined the Secretariat of the International Sailing Federation, to head up the new Marketing and Media Department - Specifically this includes improving the quality and quantity of the media coverage of sailing... [more]

A truly Global Challenge
By Clare Kennard,
Team Global represents a unique sailing challenge and an exiting new concept in the 'pay to sail' industry. Crew train and race as one team competing in a series of worldwide events on a range of different yachts chosen to suit the demands of each race. Team Global isn't about one race or one yacht; it’s about one team.... [more]

Two V70s in line honours chase-Rolex Sydney Hobart
By Lisa Ratcliff,
In a hard run to Hobart, the conditions which blessed the big end of town in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, a Volvo 70 could beat the 30m maxis Wild Oats XI and Skandia to the finish line according to Australia’s only Volvo 70 owner, Matt Allen.... [more]

Hamish Pepper on winning the Star Worlds - Part 1
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, NZL,
New Zealand's Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams have pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in sailing - winning the Star class World Championships in their rookie year. In this, the first part of a two part interview, Hamish Pepper backgrounds their year, their boat, their approach to the Worlds and their financial situation.... [more]

Fifteens Supporting RYA Sailability Regatta
By Sue Bannister,
This Friday 13 October, lucky for some, lets wish our fellow Flying Fifteen members from around the British Isles all the best. They are joining together to compete in the 2006 Sunsail RYA Sailability Regatta in the Solent to raise monies for a worthy cause, RYA Sailability... [more]

Bakewell-White canter launched in Auckland - Video
Two videos and an interview with designer, Brett Bakewell-White are now up on just three hours after the launching in Auckland's Viaduct Basin this afternoon.... [more]

RS200 Inland Championship
By Pete Vincent,
It has been a big season for RS200’s, record turnouts for the Nationals, biggest ever Eurocup, number one two man class in the country and it ended in a really big way at Draycote on Oct 8/9. The GUL RS200 Inlands attracted a record entry for an RS Inlands with an entry of 111 boats and Draycote did us proud... [more]

Comet Open at Kingsmead SC
By Terry Cherrill,
Shifty north-westerly winds at Kingsmead on 7 October proved testing for both competitors and race officers, even down to working out the tiebreaks to split the prize winners at the end of the day... [more]

Solo Open at Kingsmead Sailing Club
By D. Goodman,
Dan Goodman wins the Solo Open at Kingsmead Sailing Club over the weekend. The wind looked reasonable from the jetty but for most of the day it was varying from a south westerly to a north westerly... [more]

RS800 Inland Championships
By Sarah Marriott,
Thirtytwo RS800 made the trip to Grafham Water Sailing Club for the Gul Inland National Championships 2006! Clear blue skies and gusty conditions made for a weekend of tactical and physical sailing - New champions are Justin Deal and Sarah Marriott... [more]

The Giant awakens - and enters the Phuket Kings Cup
By Event media,
His local press call him 'China’s most famous sailor', and in December retired businessman Frank Pong will be leading a small fleet of Chinese-owned yachts to southern Thailand to take part in the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.... [more]

CHN 95: China Team reach their peak
By China Team (ed Sail World Asia),
The first AC Class ever built in China will carry the number 95. The building of the hull was completed in Dong Guan and validated by the technical director of tonnage, Ken MacAlpine. CHN95 will be delivered directly to Valencia from Hong Kong and is expected to arrive mid-December... [more]

29er Open braves Hayling Blast
By Ovington media,
Twentynine boats turned up for the annual Hayling Island 29er open. The sun was shining, the breeze was strong making perfect conditions for some top class racing to get underway. Unfortunately the wind was too strong for sailing in the bay, but after an hour’s postponement due to water level, the fleet were then assigned to sail inside the harbour... [more]

Ecover gets new Wardrobe for Velux 5 Oceans
By Coralie Rassinoux,
All of the skippers have been going through their obligatory survival training yesterday (Monday) in preparation for the start of the Velux 5 Oceans in just under two weeks time. A relaxed Mike Golding was reported to be in good spirits as he went through the survival suit and liferaft drills in the marina in Gexto with all the other race skippers... [more]

Challenge Business goes into administration
By IBI Magazine/Michael Verdon/S-W,
The Challenge Business International Limited, a company established by Sir Chay Blyth to organise the Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has gone into administration. According to a company statement on its website, Nigel Morrison and Richard Hawes, partners in Grant Thornton UK LLP, have been appointed joint Administrators... [more]

RS Feva Fat Face Racing Circuit
By RS Media,
This was a record entry for the Fat Face RS Feva open meeting at Hill Head SC. An impressive 32 boats entered the event, beating the previous high by three boats. Entries came from far a field including Norfolk Broads YC and Neyland SC in Pembrokeshire... [more]

Neal McDonald joins Victory Challenge
By Bert Willborg,
He was skipper in the two most recent Volvo Ocean Race. He was mainsail trimmer and tactician for the America’s Cup challenger Sydney ’95 in 1995. One of the world’s most coveted sailors – Neal McDonald, 43 – is the latest recruit to Victory Challenge.... [more]

Dalton completes Trans Atlantic Qualifier
By Team Dalton Media,
New Zealand solo sailor Graham Dalton has completed his trans-Atlantic qualifying voyage for the Velux Five Oceans Race, a solo race, with two stops, around the world, covering 30,000nm. Graham Dalton is competing in The Southern Man - AGD, a new Greg Elliott designed Open 50, which was built and launched in New Zealand.... [more]

Larson recruited for Victory Challenge team
By Bert Willborg,
Morgan Larson was strategist with AmericaOne sailing with Paul Cayard and John Kostecki, and had the equivalent position with OneWorld Challenge, with Peter Gilmour and James Spithill in the afterguard.... [more]

Cowes Week to remain as one week event
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Cowes Week Working Party (representing Cowes Combined Clubs and Cowes Week Sponsorship Limited), tasked with reviewing the current arrangements for the regatta and planning for the future is to recommend that the event stay as one week... [more]

Tony Morgan appointed MD of Peters Opal Yachts
By Cailah Leask, Fast Track Sailing,
Peters Opal, the UK’s largest distributor of motor and sailing yachts, has announced the appointment of Tony Morgan as Managing Director of the company’s Yachts Division. The division is responsible for the sales and marketing of the Island Packet, Bavaria and Legend range of yachts in the UK and throughout Europe... [more]

Team Cherry storm RYA National Match Racing
This weekend, Team Cherry had a near-perfect performance at the RYA National Matching Racing Championship, winning 10 of their 11 matches to be crowned the latest RYA National Match Racing Champions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Week 1
By Peter Danby,
The ever-popular Hamble Winter Series began, for the twenty fifth consecutive year, in the Solent over the past weekend with sponsorship provided again by Garmin. The main series, which will continue to 3 December, provides excellent racing for thirteen classes of yachts divided into Black and White Fleets racing separately in adjacent parts of the central Solent... [more]

Olympic medallists top at GBR National Ranker
Britain’s Olympic sailing medallists were out in force at this weekend’s first RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking event at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Yngling Olympic Champions Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb, 470 silver medallists Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, bronze medal-winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey and 49er bronze medallists Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks all came out on top... [more]

Alfa Romeo 2 wins the Barcolana 38 again
By Event Media,
1,788 competitors in the race but at the starting line just off the Società Velica Barcola Grignano premises , a match-race between Alfa Romeo 2 and Maximus-Alikè is already taking place. The signal rocket announces the start, white smoke is swept away by the Bora wind – blowing between 20 and 23 knots with 30 knots gusts – the only cloud above the race course: this is the picture of the 38th edition of the Barcolana.... [more]

Images from the Star Worlds - Chuck Lantz
By Chuck Lantz,
The New Zealand sailing community has been set alight by the performance of the Kiwi sailors at the Star Worlds in San Francisco. Out on the water each day was top photographer, Chuck Lantz. Chuck got these great images of this iconic class and the pain and pleasure of sailing the Star... [more]

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