The Velux 5 Oceans race got off to a crash, bang, wallop start. Within 24 hours all but two of the six starters were back in port licking their wounds.
The high damage rate even came to the notice of the main-stream media. The storm ripped fleet providing a brief window into the world of offshore racing.
With the 5 Oceans race safely on their way, finally. It is the turn of the Route du Rhum, in more sedate conditions, the 74 skippers set off from St Malo. The solo-sailors will sail the 3,543 miles (direct route) of the legendary Transat Jacque Vabre-La Banque Postale.
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series - No.4 By Peter Danby, The fourth Sunday of racing for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series took place in pleasant sunshine, but with only a light and fitful breeze. After a short delay to allow the wind to settle, racing began in the two designated areas of the Solent for the White and Black Fleets, with the northerly breeze building promisingly towards 10 knots... [more]
Route du Rhum starts - Groupama leads By Event Media, At 13:02 sharp, after one week of final preparations for one of the hardest and most competitive solo-racing competitions, the 74 skippers in the Route du Rhum are finally out at sea, freeing themselves from the earth constraints.... [more]
Unai Basurko out of Velux 5 Oceans again By Race media, Currently due north of La Coruna, Unai Basurko made a satellite call to the race organisation this morning and although the thirty-three year-old Basque skipper was in high spirits, he reported automatic pilot problems on board his Open 60, Pakea... [more]
Brits battle as Stamm increases lead By Justine Ozoux, As Mike Golding (Ecover) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) remain locked together, maintaining similar boat speed. Bernard Stamm and Cheminées Poujoulat began to assert dominance at the head of the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet overnight, increasing their lead by 79 miles from Spirit of Yukoh as the second place Japanese Open 60 made a decisive dive south-west during the position poll black out. Stamm is now 420 miles due north of the Cape Verde Islands, a couple of knots faster than Kojiro Shiraish, 291 miles astern... [more]
ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix Tour World Champs By Markus Schwendtner, Finian Maynard (BVI, F2) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are crowned the men’s and women’s speed windsurfing world champions respectively. Both dominated the final event held in Walvis Bay during the last week as well as the whole tour with it’s previous stops in Fuerteventura and Karpathos... [more]
No Slam Dunks at Australian Etchells titles By Rob Kothe, Unlike basketball, where the big guys have a height advantage, the Etchells fleet of 30 foot one design sailing boats brings everyone - almost regardless of height, weight or age – down to an ‘even keel'.... [more]
Mick Scully Trophy - 18 footers on Sydney Harbour By Frank Quealey, John Winning Jr. and his appliancesonline.com.au 18ft skiff team of Anthony Young and Dave Ewings held on grimly to take out a controversial Mick Scully Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
Baird One up, Brits tied at Allianz Cup - Day 4 By Event Media, America's veteran match racer is up 2-0 and England's wunderkinds are tied 1-1 in the Semifinal Round of the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle, Stage 5 of the 2005-'06 World Match Racing Tour. Ed Baird (USA) leads Denmark's Jesper Bank 2-0 in one semifinal match. Ian Williams (GBR) is tied with triple Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR).... [more]
Diane Swintal talks with Cameron Dunn on AC 2007 By Diane Swintal, Cameron Dunn knows his team has a climb ahead of them to reach the Louis Vuitton Cup final – but now that Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia has their new America’s Cup boat, it’s full steam ahead. Expectations are high, but realistic... [more]
Morning Glory confirmed Winner of Middle Sea Race By Giles Pearman, Morning Glory has been confirmed as handicap winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, despite a late charge from some of the smallest yachts in the 68-boat fleet. As the breeze in Malta gathered in strength yesterday evening, it looked as though two yachts, the Maltese J/109 Artie and the British J/105 Slingshot were on the verge of stealing the German 86-foot Maxi's thunder. But it wasn't to be... [more]
Robin Knox Johnston back in the Ocean 5 By Justine Ozoux, At 14:25 Spanish local time Sir Robin Knox Johnston onboard the Open 60 Saga Insurance roared back into action. With a North Easterly wind steadily building from 10 knots to 20 knots, Saga Insurance with a full main hoisted, charged elegantly back onto the race track while the Spanish sun blazed overhead... [more]
Baird on a roll at Allianz Cup By Sean McNeill, Ed Baird, a helmsman for America’s Cup defence syndicate Alinghi, won the Group B round robin at the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle, Stage 5 of the 2006-’07 World Match Racing Tour. Larry Ellison had two wins and may sail at Monsoon Cup.... [more]
Italy's Paolo Cian leads Group B at Allianz Cup By Event Media, Italy's Paolo Cian, tied for fifth in the match racing world championship standings, leads the Group B round robin at the Allianz Cup presented by Oracle after four flights. Cian has a perfect 4-0 record at Stage 5 of the 2006-'07 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
Velux 5 Oceans: Basurko and Dalton head out By Velux Event Media, At 11:15 AM this morning, Unai Basurko (ESP) crossed the race start line of the VELUX 5 Oceans in Bilbao (Basque Country) for the second time in a week, onboard his Open 60 PAKEA.... [more]
What DO Old Yachties Do? By Trevor Joyce, Mariner Boating, Like a lot of yachties I am finding the rigours of racing on the high seas to be increasingly beyond the physical capabilities of my aging body. I still want a holiday on the water but I could not even contemplate joining 1,000 others on one of those ocean going wedding cakes. Enter stage left the Orion, a new vessel, custom built for voyages of exploration.... [more]
Mike Golding starts the long chase By Coralie Rassinoux, It is a well rested but somewhat frustrated Mike Golding who put to sea again this Thursday afternoon at 14:11hrs GMT from La Coruna, having been forced to stop for 48 hours to effect repairs to the batten system on the mainsail of ECOVER... [more]
Brits challenge leader Morning Glory By Giles Pearman, After a long wait for the bulk of the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet to arrive back in Malta, a constant trickle of yachts has crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour throughout today. A succession of small and mid-sized yachts came close to threatening the Max Z86 Morning Glory's overall lead on IRC handicap. However, the only yacht still racing that could possibly take victory from the German Maxi is a J/105, Slingshot. Sailed just two-up by Britons Shaun Murphy and Ric Searle... [more]
GUL RS400 Inland National Championships By RS media, Rutland SC hosted the GUL RS400 Inland National Championships over the weekend 21/22 October and 51 boats were greeted with distinctly autumnal conditions. Nick Craig/James Stewart just holding off Tom Halhead/Chris Bishop to retain their title for a second year... [more]
Williams wins group at Allianz Cup By Sean McNeill, The leader of the match racing world championship standings won today the Group A round robin at the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle, Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
ISAF World Match Race Rankings By ISAF, Latest Rankings Released 25 October 2006 France continues its reign at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings as Sébastien COL (FRA) and Claire LEROY (FRA) continue to hold comfortable leads in the world number one spots. Behind the leaders both Australia and Great Britain break into the top five.... [more]
Alex Thomson (GBR) returns to the race course By Annabel Merrison, Alex Thomson, the British solo skipper who experienced gear failure on his yacht HUGO BOSS just 27 hours into the VELUX 5 Oceans, is now back at sea and racing again. Thomson rejoined the race off Gijon, north-west Spain, at 18.22 Wednesday and is now eager to close in on the leaders... [more]
20th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2006 By Event Media, ed Sail World Asia, This year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta celebrates 20 years as Asia’s most prestigious regatta. This year’s event will also celebrate His Majesty the King’s Royal Diamond Jubilee, the commemoration of his 60th year on the throne.... [more]
Rush of entries for 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart By Lisa Ratcliff, With only a week and a half to go until applications for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart close, skippers are scrambling to submit their paperwork for the Boxing Day blue water classic.... [more]
Dolphin Sails Early Autumn Series - Race 3 By Richard Baldwin, Liverpool YC held the third race in the Dolphin Sails Early Autumn Series on Sunday 22 October. Forecasts indicated that the wind would increase from a SE force 3 possibly to a force 6 during the race and as a consequence John Myerscough as Race Control Officer set long courses for all fleets... [more]
Overseas Success for Hayling Island Author By Rowmark media, Pauline Rowson, has scored a major success with her popular marine mystery novels at the world’s biggest book fair in Frankfurt in October. Rowson’s marine mysteries are all set in the Solent area. Her new novel ‘In For The Kill’ will be published in February 2007... [more]
Middle Sea Race - Alfa Romeo takes line honours By Giles Pearman, New Zealand skipper Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo fulfilled her status as favourite for line honours in the Rolex Middle Sea Race when the sleek 100-foot SuperMaxi ghosted across the finish line in Malta at 14:42 hours Tuesday afternoon - but failed to improve on the race record... [more]
National 12 Gill Series Finale By Graham Camm, The culmination of the celebrations of the 70th year of the National 12 class is the final showdown of the 2006 GILL National 12 Series which will take place this Saturday 28 October at Grafham Water SC. Plenty is still unresolved and up for grabs... [more]
Images from the Force 10 Storm - Velux 5 Oceans By Velux 5 Ocean Event Media, Images from the Storm - as the Velux 5 Oceans fleet fights for survival in a Force 10 storm with mountainous seas in the Bay of Biscay - the day after the start of the VELUX 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race... [more]
IRC Gulf Stream Series 2007 dates By Barry Carroll, The second Annual US-IRC Gulf Stream Series invites the best yachts racing in the world to compete again for individual and team trophies. Racing includes events on the east coast of America, Florida, mid-Atlantic, New England, Halifax and in the Caribbean in a series of prominent events organized by many of the finest racing clubs in the world.... [more]
Pindar get on-board with Britain’s Ian Williams By Kate Fairclough, Pindar, the leading print and electronic media company and well known sponsor of international sailing campaigns today announced its sponsorship of British match racing sensation, Ian Williams - Ian is Britain’s most promising match racing helm who is currently leading the World Match Racing Tour and recently won the illustrious King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda... [more]
Record fleet for RS300 GUL Inland Championship By Steve Bolland, A superb fleet of 31 RS300s congregated at Rutland SC for the GUL-sponsored Inland Championship over 21/22 October. This is the largest RS300 fleet ever assembled and highlights the growing strength of the class. Numbers racing have been increasing steadily over the last few years due to the close and exciting racing on offer and the genuine friendliness of the sailors in the fleet... [more]
Stromboli growls as Middle Sea race creep past By Giles Pearman, The big three Supermaxis may not be going very fast, but they're still going a lot faster than the rest of the fleet in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Alfa Romeo led Morning Glory and Thuraya Maximus around the growling volcano Stromboli in a trickle of wind yesterday afternoon... [more]
RS Vareo Inlands at Rutland SC By RS media, Twentysix RS Vareo sailors arrived at Rutland SC for the Inland Championship. A forecast for wind but, this time on flat water, not the mountainous waves that formed a large part of the Nationals at the sea event held at Looe in September... [more]
Dramatic first night in Velux 5 Oceans By Velux Event Media, It has been a tough first night at sea. With winds upwards of 45 knots and big seas the skippers in the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet that left Bilbao yesterday afternoon were given no time to adjust to life at sea, before being thrown into difficult and testing conditions... [more]
Chinese-built grand prix racer for Hobart race By Lisa Ratcliff, Prominent Sydney yachtsman Geoff Ross has ventured into China to build his latest grand prix racing yacht in a bid to win his second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The Reichel/Pugh-designed 16.8-metre LOA yacht, again to be named Yendys (Sydney spelt backwards), is the first grand prix yacht to be built in China... [more]
Whitstable Radial Qualifier By Jon Emmett, The penultimate Radial Qualifier of 2006 was held in testing conditions. However class Chairman Ken Falcon as P.R.O. managed to get all five races in without incident. Overall Emmett took the event from Ben Paton. Charlotte Dobson went into the final race tied on points with Vickers and took third overall (and first girl) by beating her in the final race... [more]
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