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Another busy week on the sailing scene. The Soling Worlds had plenty of drama when two boats sunk in a sudden storm, fortunately without any loss of life - both Solings were unrecovered.

The Middle Sea Race is underway and we have some great images from the camera of Carlo Borlenghi.
A smaller fleet but a longer race - the VELUX 5 OCEANS - has started from Bilbao in Spain. Only six crossed the starting line, led by Briton Alex Thompson aboard Hugo Boss.

Back here in the UK, it was business as usual down on the Hamble with week three of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series and the Big Boat Final. And plenty of wind to shake things up - Peter Danby doing the honours with his camera.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race Images from Carlo Borlenghi
By Carlo Borlenghi,
Images are from Carlo Borlenghi of the starts for the 68-strong fleet out of Marsamxett Harbour on a beautiful sunny morning in Malta. The Rolex Middle Sea Race started Saturday and 16:00 Sunday approximately two thirds of the fleet had passed through the Straits of Messina. With around 380 miles to go the record remains in sight of Alfa Romeo, but the average speed that needs to be maintained is creeping over 10 knots... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Week 3
By Peter Danby,
The thirteen classes contesting the main Garmin Hamble Winter Series raced as usual on Sunday, with the enthusiasm of the competitors largely undimmed by the rather dismal weather conditions, which might have been worse if the weather forecast for stronger winds had been correct... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Big Boat Final
By Peter Danby,
This was the second and final weekend of the Big Boat Series, running alongside the main Garmin Hamble Winter Series, and the big boats had the best of the weekend's weather for their three races on Saturday... [more]

Royal Southampton YC Winter series
By Simon Forbes,
The second race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Winter series was held on Sunday 22 October in rain and a westerly breeze averaging 17 knots with gusts up to 25 knots... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race leaders on record pace
By Giles Pearman,
The pre-race favourite Alfa Romeo may well have seized the lead soon after the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, but Neville Crichton spent the first night locked in a close battle with two other canting-keeled Supermaxis, Morning Glory and Thuraya Maximus... [more]

VELUX 5 OCEANS starts from Bilbao, Spain
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
The first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the world’s toughest solo round-the-world yacht race today started from Bilbao, Spain. Six international skippers crossed the startline in the Bay of Biscay Sunday led by Briton Alex Thomson aboard ‘Hugo Boss’, the youngest skipper in the race... [more]

Fogh continues to lead Soling Worlds
By Matias Collins,
With the wind returning to normal after the sudden storm that sunk two boats on the previous day, only two races were sailed this Saturday at the Soling World Championship in an inconsistent wind. The Canadian team of Hans Fogh, Roger Cheer and Gordon Devries lead the event with 17 points... [more]

Hobart bound Volvo 70 breaks Flinders record
By Lisa Ratcliff,
In perfect record breaking conditions, early this morning Matt Allen’s Volvo 70 Ichi Ban shaved 17 minutes off Bumblebee’s 1999 record for the Flinders Islet Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s penultimate Blue Water Pointscore race in the countdown to the Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]

Irish racing season winding down
By WM Nixon,
It was in the previous millennium that Autumn Leagues became a popular feature of the Irish sailing programme. The convenience and shelter of new marinas extended the season and racing could be slotted into a few hours on a Sunday, and the weather seemed to be idyllically suited to sport afloat. So it seems in retrospect, as we face into another October 2006 weekend with the barometric pressure on walkabout, rain and winds in absurd amounts.... [more]

Brits lead Rolex Middle Sea Race start
By Giles Pearman,
The British duo Shaun Murphy and Ric Searle on the 34-foot J/105 Slingshot, shot out of the first of six staggered starts and led her division comfortably around the Rolex turning mark at Tigne Point, just under a mile out of the start. The only doublehanded team in the Rolex Middle Sea Race led the 68-strong fleet out of Marsamxett Harbour... [more]

US entry fails righting test for VELUX 5 OCEANS
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
American Tim Troy is unlikely to be on the VELUX 5 OCEANS start line this Sunday. His Open 60 ‘Margaret Anna’ at present does not comply with the rules stipulated by IMOCA, the Open 60 class association... [more]

Two Solings sink at storm hit Worlds
By Matias Collins,
The world championship Soling fleet were hit by 45 knot winds causing two boats to sink - USA 807 and GBR 161 - all crews were rescued OK. The Soling fleet were racing course number 1 (Windward / Leeward of six legs) when winds up to 49 knots came from the west, the race had to be abandoned after the second downwind leg, with lots of boats in trouble... [more]

TV coverage for VELUX 5 OCEANS
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
Broadcasters from over 20 countries have signed up to cover the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the original solo round-the-world yacht race, departing Bilbao, Spain on 22 October 2006 - The United Kingdom will be served by; Channel 4, Sky Sports and Setanta Sport... [more]

Legend 50 to make UK debut at London Boat Show
By Fast Track Sailing,
Peters Opal, Europe’s largest distributor of sailing and motor yachts, will be hosting the UK debut of the Legend 50 at the London Boat Show 2007. This luxurious passage maker, with an easy to sail backstay-less rig is set to be the flagship of the Legend fleet... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Legends & Corinthians
By Key Partners (KPMS),
The sailors due to start the Rolex Middle Sea Race tomorrow morning from Malta's beautiful Marsamxett Harbour are an intriguing mix of the professional and Corinthian. At the big boat end of the fleet, sailing aboard the big Maxi yachts are a host of ocean-racing veterans, including five skippers from the recent Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

RYA announce record Volvo RYA Keelboat Squad
Following the largest selection trials since the launch of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme, the RYA has announced the latest members of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Squad 2006-2007, it’s largest squad to date with 45 sailors now on board. The 2006/2007 squad will see 20 new sailors join the programme, with 14 women making up a third of the squad... [more]

Dalton late for Velux 5 Ocean race
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
New Zealander Graham Dalton announced today that he will not make the 1300 start of the Velux 5 Oceans this Sunday, 22 October, due to severe damage to his mast. With just two days to go until the start of the toughest solo round-the-world yacht race, Dalton, who has been plagued with problems throughout his campaign insists he will still start the race, as soon as is practically possible which under race regulations, must be within seven days... [more]

Morse Code SOS triggers rescue off Hayling
By UK media,
Morse code, the dots-and-dashes signalling system first used at sea on the Titanic and long since consigned to the scrap heap, made a triumphant comeback this week in the rescue of a stranded fisherman off Hayling Island.... [more]

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Shortlist
By Key Partners (KPMS),
Voting to decide the winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2006 closed today, 20 October at 10:00 UTC. The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Dinner and Presentation on 7 November 2006 at the Wanha Satama, an historic warehouse in the heart of Helsinki, Finland... [more]

Tony Bullimore - Ocean bound at last
By Tony Bullimore,
Tony Bullimore reports from Doha where he has been preparing the catamaran Doha 2006 for his attempt to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 70 days. Tony will start from Hobart, Tasmania and the crewed boat has now set off down the Gulf bound for the Maldives Tony will join them for the final 2-week voyage down into the Southern Ocean and around Australia to the start and finish point of this record... [more]

Sail TV wins contract to cover ISAF Sailing Worlds
By Peta Stuart-/PR Works,
Sportshows Television, the TV production arm of internet TV specialists Narrowstep, together with Octagon CSI, has won the contract to provide the TV production and distribution of a top international sailing event in 2007... [more]

Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race Series
By William Harris,
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s annual Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race Series was held in St Aubin’s Bay on Sunday, 15 October. A strong easterly breeze gusting to nearly thirty knots, promised some exhilarating if somewhat challenging sailing for a mixed fleet comprising sportsboats, cruiser/racers, dayboats and sport-catamarans... [more]

NZL-92 launch is on
By Sail-World,
NZL-92 launch is on - See the christening, launch, speeches and interviews with Grant Dalton and Dean Barker, all in the widescreen format. You'll need Quicktime Player 7 (a free download) installed to access [more]

NZL-92 launched in Auckland by PM
By Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ,
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, launched the second of the Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup yachts, NZL-92 in Auckland tonight.... [more]

Stars, Finns, 49ers battle in Olympic Pre-Trials
By Rich Roberts,
They've tested the waters of Qingdao, China, and now they'll check in with their strongest rivals to represent America there in 2008 as the month of US Sailing Olympic Pre-Trials continues at three Southern California venues Friday, Saturday and Sunday.... [more]

Monsoon Cup - Richest Match Racing event
Malaysia is sailing onto the world stage in a big way. Their Premier Sailing event will this year have prize money of one million Malaysian ringgit, US271, 400, AUD$361,385, 215,920 Euro's, NZL$411,379 - serious money in any currency.... [more]

ABN AMRO bows out of next Volvo Ocean Race
By Camilla Green,
2005/6 winners ABN AMRO today announced that it will not enter the next Volvo Ocean Race in 2008/9. Netherlands-based ABN AMRO is a leading international bank. This was the bank's first global sponsorship project aimed at uniting the worldwide territories of the bank, raising global awareness of the brand and introducing the global tagline ‘Making more possible’... [more]

RS400 Irish National Championships
By Paul Hilliar,
Thirtyone boats turned up at Skerries SC for the RS400 Irish National Championships, held at the same time as the RS200 champs. Everyone that attended had a smile on their faces as they were treated to three days of fantastic racing, including a truly spectacular final day in huge waves... [more]

RYA makes it a weekend for the girls
Following the success and growth of the RYA Junior Racing Programme, the RYA will host its first ever multi-class Junior girls training weekend at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 21 - 22 October... [more]

Volvo 70's for Kochi India - but How?
By Lisa Mylchreest,
The yesterday announced that Cochin (now called Kochi) in India is short listed as a possible stopover point for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008. All cruising sailboats who have passed through that lovely port will be wondering just how the Port of Kochi will cope with the Volvo 70’s, which have a draft of 4.5 metres.... [more]

Group 4 Securicor joins Skandia Team GBR
Skandia Team GBR has announced that Group 4 Securicor has joined its team as one of four silver sponsors, backing the British sailing team in their quest for gold in Beijing 2008 and on home waters in London 2012... [more]

Russian win in Rolex Middle Sea Race Inshore Race
By Key Partners (KPMS),
Russian Transpac 52 Rusal Synergy won today's first inshore race in the build-up to the start of the 608-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race this Saturday. When skipper Alexei Nikolaev crossed the finish line off Fort Manoel in Malta, he suspected that he'd had a good race, which was later confirmed by the IRC handicap results. He beat second-placed Damiani Our Dream from Italy by 8 minutes... [more]

Booth and Dercksen set-up separate Tornado teams
By Zwitserleven media,
Mitch Booth and former crew Herbert Dercksen have set-up separate Tornado teams to challenge for the Netherlands Tornado spot at the Olympic Games in Bejing - Mitch Booth will sail with Pim Nieuwenhuis, while Herbert Dercksen teams up with new skipper Mischa Heemskerk... [more]

Bramble Bank sorts out the J/105s
By Kirsty Apthorp,
Sunday 15 October saw the fleet of ten J/105s again take to the Solent for the second of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Again the fleet was blessed with good sailing wind with between 12 and 15 knots true, this time from the northeast. There was a slight chill in the air at the start which reminded us, that this is after all a winter series... [more]

Terry Curtis wins South Staffs OK Open
By Mike Edwards,
On Sunday 15 October South Staffs Sailing Club warmly greeted thirteen visitors to add to the ten home boats. This followed on from Saturday’s training day for those wanting to learn more about boat set up and technique. Terry Curtis from the Upper Thames SC was the overall winner... [more]

Fireballs Super Series and Youth Championships
By Tim Saunders,
Always a popular open meeting, this year was no exception. 59 Fireballs enjoying two days of excellent racing. Whilst the theme of the weekend was the Youth Championships, this was also the final Typhoon Super Series events of the year... [more]

Hayling sailor saves lives of eight men
The Portsmouth local newspaper - the News - reported that a Hayling Island family enjoying a yachting holiday saved the lives of eight men by plucking them from a sinking boat. The desperate group of immigrants from Algeria had been drifting for three days in dangerous waters... [more]

UK debut of the Legend 50 at London Boat Show 2007
By Fast Track Sailing,
Peters Opal, Europe’s largest distributor of sailing and motor yachts, will be hosting the UK debut of the Legend 50 at the London Boat Show 2007. This luxurious passage maker, with an easy to sail backstay-less rig is set to be the flagship of the Legend fleet. On the Legend 50, owners can enjoy superior living below decks for extended cruising experiences... [more]

National 12 open meeting at Twickenham
By Frances Gifford,
In the 70th year of National 12s and the 70th year of the Twickenham open meeting, (which was held every year during WWII) the trophy was raced for in a NE force 3-4. This being the most stable wind direction at Twickenham, only a few boats got hit by 40 degree headers, resulting in a couple of swims... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club Autumn Regatta
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held their Autumn Regatta over the weekend of October 14 & 15. The weather on both days gave perfect racing conditions with a SE force 4 on Saturday and an E force 4 on Sunday with many sunny periods on both days... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series
By Peter Danby,
The racing for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series incorporated Autumn Championships for six classes over the weekend, with Laser SB3s, J/80s and Hunter 707s contesting five races on the White Fleet courses, and the Prima 38s, J/109s and First 31.7s racing four times on the Black Fleet courses... [more]

Frank Pong appointed Hon Chairman of China Team
By China Team Media,
Frank Pong, an important player in the Asian world of sailing, former Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, and owner and skipper of some of the most magnificent racing boats in Asia, has joined the China Team...... [more]

Sale of America's Cup pieces stirs controversy
By Sail-World,
Top New Zealand radio station, Newstalk ZB ( has been running reports over the past two days over the controversial New Zealand idea to sell a remnant of the original America's Cup to raise money for a charitable venture.... [more]

Williams wins Bermuda Gold Cup
By Sean McNeill,
Ian Williams of Great Britain today won the 58th annual King Edward VII Gold Cup with a 3-1 defeat of Frenchman Mathieu Richard.... [more]

Hamish Pepper Interview - Part 2 'Only scraping the Surface'
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
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 second part of a two part interview, Hamish Pepper backgrounds their potential, their approach to coaching and learning; their starting and racing tactics in the Worlds and their plans for the next 18 months.... [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]

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