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Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Charity Pursuit Race
By Peter Danby,
A large number of pirates were seen in the Solent on Sunday when many of the crews competing in the Charity Pursuit Race, along with the Race Committee, enlivened this light hearted event by adopting piratical clothing. The skull and crossbones flag was also prominent on the water... [more]

Laser 4.7 Inland Championship
By Martin Hayes,
44 Laser 4.7 sailors arrived at Chew Valley SC on Saturday to be greeted by fog and no wind. Not only was this the Inland Championships, but it was the last of six Ladder Events for 2006, with most of the top prizes still to be decided... [more]

Jon Emmett wins Laser Radial Inlands
By J Emmett,
Force one shifty winds made life very hard for the sixty six Radials who attended the Inland Championships hosted by Chew Valley. Race officer Ralph Singleton probably had the most difficult day and did a great job, making the most of the conditions and keeping the racing turn around very tight... [more]

Lemonchois on ETA for new Route du Rhum record
By Event media,
With a possible ETA of Monday at 13:02 (French time), Lionel Lemonchois on Gitana XI will set a new record for the Atlantic crossing of 8 days instead of the 12 days, 8 hours by Laurent Bourgnon in 1998.... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds fleet - Red Hot
By Al Constable,
The Etchells One Design class attracts some of the world's best sailors, and the upcoming 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds in Fremantle, Western Australia is no exception. The event will be sailed from November 17th to 25th, and it has attracted 'a red hot fleet' according to Etchells sailor John Bertrand.... [more]

Sydney 36CR’s deliver speed, value and volume
By Azzura Marine Media,
From its debut at the 2006 Sydney International Boat Show, the 36CR has already generated great excitement here in Australia, in the US and in Japan. Now its proving its speed on the race track. The key to this new design is the stiffness of the hull structure and a keel that weighs more than a Sydney 38, hence offering the highest righting moment of any production yacht in this size bracket.... [more]

Route du Rhum - Record about to fall
By Event media,
The 60-footer ORMA (half boat - half bird, according to Lionel Lemonchois) are surfing the Trade Winds, approaching Guadeloupe at high speed and about to break the record of the Transat Jacques Vabre crossing (12 days 8 hours – Laurent Bourgon in 1998)... [more]

BUSA Fleet Racing - Day one a drifter
By BUSA media,
Nearly 300 sailors arrived at Weymouth this weekend (4-5 November) for the first university sailing championship of the season. The BUSA Fleet Racing Championships gives students the opportunity to race against each other individually in Lasers, Laser 2's, Fireflies and a Handicap Class, as well as competing for an overall Universities' Team Trophy... [more]

Engines out for Bullimore RTW attempt
By Peter Sharpe,
British ocean racer Tony Bullimore is sailing his 102ft catamaran Doha 2006 way to Hobart from Qatar, via the Maldives and is expected on November 13. The major task then will be to remove the catamarans engines ahead of the record attempt.... [more]

Vellux 5 Oceans - Stamm slows in Doldrums
By Race media,
With just under 2,000 miles separating Bernard Stamm's Cheminees Poujoulat at the front of the VELUX 5 Oceans and Unai Basurko at its rear, so the competitors find themselves sailing in their own weather patterns, their progress going as well or as badly as the conditions allow - their relative gains and losses incurred by this are known as the 'elastic phenomenon'... [more]

Legal action for last piece of Cup
By Rob Kothe,
The history of the America's Cup has had one constant over the last 155 years, the lawyers. Now the Swiss holders of the America's Cup, the Société Nautique de Geneve (SNG) say they will now launch legal action against an unidentified New Zealander in an attempt to regain the last remnant piece of the prestigious yachting trophy.... [more]

Iceberg invasion for New Zealand
By Stu Oldham,
An armada of about 100 icebergs was just a few hundred kilometres from New Zealand's Southland last night, prompting warnings for shipping and raising the remote prospect of the first iceberg sighting from the mainland in decades.... [more]

Volvo Extreme 40 changes hands
By VX40 media,
Tommy Hilfiger, the winning boat in the Volvo Extreme 40 grand prix series 2005-06, has changed hands and been recently purchased by Erik Filsø-Pedersen of Denmark - Last week the boat arrived in Denmark and Erik enjoyed his first days out sailing... [more]

Rob Greenhalgh talks about the Volvo Race
By Louay Habib,
Although at 27 he was already recognised as an exceptional talent in a variety of sailboats - he was a world champion but that was in an 18ft Skiff – Rob Greenhalgh had done very little big boat offshore racing, let alone experience the hardship and stamina required to race around the world in the fastest monohulls ever built... [more]

Golding V Squid - Squid wins
By Tim Kelly / Justine Ozoux,
Mike Golding, the leading Brit in the VELUX 5 OCEAN race, was in a good mood this morning despite an incident with a giant squid, which has covered his hull and the lower part of his sails in ink. - Not so lucky is Kiwi skipper Graham Dalton, on board his yacht Southern Man AGD, he has started his engine and was heading for the small island of Porto Santo to make repairs to the port rudder of his open 50... [more]

Thompson overcomes autopilot problems
By Camilla Green - Pitch PR,
Despite some technical issues onboard Artemis, solo sailor Brian Thompson is in contention for the top positions in the Route du Rhum, solo transatlantic race... [more]

85 boats for Rolex Sydney Hobart 2006
By Lisa Ratcliff,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australian announces a fleet of 85 yachts has been nominated for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Australia’s premier bluewater event. The Club has also today announced a one week extension for the lodgement of applications for entry which means the fleet size could potentially increase.... [more]

Changes to Musto IRC Rules For 2007
By Mike Urwin,
Changes to IRC Rules for 2007 are again generally not great. Of greatest relevance to owners is the introduction of headsail top width (HHB) in the interests of preventing abuse. Additionally, IRC Rules now include provision for a boat to hold a separate short handed certificate.... [more]

SNG issues deadline for return of Cup pieces
By Société Nautique de Genève,
Société Nautique de Genève is currently pursuing the individual that holds the second piece. He has been advised that legal proceedings will be commenced against him for return of the property, unless the piece is returned by 4.00pm Friday 3rd November 2007 (New Zealand time).... [more]

Malaysian Government funds Sailing Academies
By Bernama/Sail-World,
Five sailing academies costing RM100 million (more than US$27 million) will be established as the Malaysian government strives to produce sailors of world-class standard.... [more]

Life, love and Lewmar winches
By Helen Hopcroft,
Life is short. It should be spent sailing, eating nice food and having sex. Unfortunately, it is often wasted on defrosting home brand macaroni cheese, choking down charred leftovers and trying to talk one’s partner into a more romantic frame of mind.... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club Early Autumn Series - Race 4
By Tim Fowle,
Liverpool Yacht club held the fourth and final race in the Dolphin Sails Early Autumn Series on Sunday 29 October. With little or no wind, Mark Blanchard set a mid-length course in the hope that the wind would fill in but this was not to be which meant that both the Class 1 course and the Class 2 and 3 course had to be shortened... [more]

Global piracy decreasing, hotspots remain deadly
By ICC Commercial Crime Services,
A recent study conducted by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), notes that reported piracy attacks world-wide are on the decline. Statistics documented in the latest edition of the Kuala Lumpur-based organization’s report 'Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships' found that the number of attacks through to the end of the 3rd quarter 2006 decreased to 174. This is 31 less attacks than the 205 that occurred in the first three quarters of 2005.... [more]

21st annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
By Peta Stuart Hunt,
World Cruising Club, the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (the ARC), are currently gearing up for the departure of the ARC2006 fleet from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 26 November.... [more]

Helly Hansen changes hands
By Media services,
Private equity firm Altor announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Investcorp, the Bahrain–based financier to purchase 100 percent of the shares in Helly Hansen, the worldwide supplier of technical apparel and footwear for outdoor sports, work wear and survival.... [more]

Records tumble at Walvis Bay Speed Sailing
By ISA media,
Day two at the Walvis Bay Speed Sailing record attempt and three world records were broken, subject to WSSRC ratification. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1, North) bettered the old nautical mile record by more than one knot to 41.14 knots, Zara Davis (T1, Gaastra) also bettered the world record by more than one knot to 34.74 knots and Rob Munro (Cape Doctor, Naish) set a new Kitespeed world record over the mile with 35.65 knots... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Applications deadline
By Rob Kothe,
With just three days to submit applications for entry to this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, the numbers have climbed to almost seventy already. These yachts represent the UK, New Zealand, Italy, Canada, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the ACT. The Notice of Race is available to download from http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/editorial.asp?key=541 Applications for Entry close 5.00pm Friday 3 November 2006.... [more]

Solo - Speed Sails End of Season Championship
By Solo media,
Solo newcomer Ian Clingan won the End of Season Championship sailed at Draycote Water SC on 28 October. A total of 82 competitors gathered from far and wide on a mostly overcast day... [more]

National 12 at Grafham for final
By Zoe Ballantyne,
The final round of the National 12 Gill series was held at Grafham Water on 28 October. 66 sailors travelled from clubs as far afield as Penzance and Scaling Dam for three blustery races. With two boats able to win the main fleet prize and at least three able to take the Admirals Cup prize (pre -double bottom boats) there was lots to play for... [more]

Emmett tops GBR Radial Rankings 2006
By Jon Emmett,
Well winter is finally here which means it is the end of the National Ranking series (the Radial Ladder). However it will all start again at Stokes Bay in 2007, the weekend after Sailboat... [more]

Yngling Team Mirabaud on campaign trail
By Stuart McKean,
Team Mirabaud sailors, Sarah Webb, Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson have started their Beijing Olympic campaign in earnest with a launch party hosted by sponsors Mirabaud at their offices in St. James Square, London. A launch party for over 250 guests culminated in an auction which raised in excess of £80,000. The proceeds are to be split between, The Anthony Nolan Trust charity and the Yngling Team Mirabaud... [more]

Six Medal Days for Sailing in Qingdao
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved a final version of the competition schedule for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Olympic Sailing Competition will take place in Qingdao from the 9 to 21 August... [more]

Sailing under the spotlight in Helsinki
The ISAF Annual Conference brings together figures from across the sailing world in Helsinki, Finland from 2 - 12 November to discuss, debate and decide on the major issues affecting our sport. ISAF President Göran Petersson (SWE) will lead the ISAF Council Meetings over three days at the end of the Conference where the key issues will be decided.... [more]

Nathan and Anna Ackroyd are RS Feva Inland Champs
By RS media,
We promised everyone a sunny weekend in Berkshire to round the Feva season off in style and so it was. The event was graced by wind, sun and random puffs of breeze with the by now traditional geniality of the superb host club to make events run smoothly. Ian Bullock and his crew at the club can take immense credit... [more]

Golding reduces his deficit by some 100 miles
By Justine Ozoux,
Mike Golding has, in his tenacious manner, managed to pull another one out of the bag and at the 1020hrs position report this morning, was some 476 miles off Bernard Stamm onboard Cheminées Poujoulat, the current leading boat in the Velux 5 Oceans, having reduced his deficit by some 100 miles... [more]

RYA Olympic Classes Ranking Series
Despite the increasing presence of foreign sailors - seven nations took part - British competitors ruled at the RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series in Weymouth. A clean sweep for European Champion Nick Dempsey on the RS:X. World Champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis came out on top in the 470 fleet and Rob Wilson and Mark Bulkeley take the Tornado... [more]

J/105 at Garmin Hamble Winter Series
By Kirsty Apthorp,
Nine J/105s set out for to the Solent to participate in the fourth race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. When the fleet gathered to cast off the consensus was that for once both the forecast and the actual wind agreed – there was none!... [more]

Ainslie wins Allianz Cup over Baird 3-1
By Event Media,
The immensely talented British sailor Ben Ainslie became the fifth first-time winner on the World Match Racing Tour when he won the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle. The 29-year-old Ainslie, a helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand, defeated Ed Baird of Alinghi, 3-1, to win his first World Tour event.... [more]

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]

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