Following the dramatic sinking of Hugo Boss in the Velux 5 Oceans race and the loss of part of Ecover's mast after the rescue of Thomson by Golding, this past week has been rather anti-climatic. Ecover has reached Cape Town safely and Bernard Stamm is relentlessly closing on Fremantle, where he is expected late Monday.
Into this news void has jumped Sir Robin Knox-Johnson. RKJ has been in glorious Grumpy Old Man mode as he enters the Roaring Forties. Laying into modern instruments and equipment which seems to malfunction at the slightest glance from the sailing legend (as the race PR insists on labelling him).
Allied with the swift dispatch of his whisky supply and the lack of ciggies, only the discovery of another jar of Gentleman's Relish staved off a full rant. Even if RKJ does not pull off a Hare and Tortoise finish his future seems secure - the TV world of - I'm a celeb, get me out of here! - beckons.
Meanwhile in rather shorter events, Erik Maris and his crew on Twins are the new Mumm 30 World Champions. While in Malaysia Peter Holmberg won the Monsoon Cup, beating Mathieu Richard 3 - 2 and picking up MYR250, 000 (approx. $69,500) of the MYR 1 million (approx. $278,000) prize purse.
Briton's Ian Williams confirmed his position atop the Match Racing World Championship standings when he defeated Gilmour 2-1 for third place. Williams now leads the series with 62 points, 12 points ahead of Richard who leaped into second with his runner-up finish.
The Garmin Hamble Winter Series was blown off course on the final weekend but that apart the series has been an excellent event, superbly organised both on and off the water, and with some great racing for the large entry once again.
Also included in this weeks issue is the news that Aurelia Ditton, after recently finishing the Route du Rhum, intends to turn her 40ft boat into two sculptures to be exhibited in Greenwich and New York and various other galleries around the world.
Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Final Overall By Peter Danby, Unfortunately, all racing on the final day of the 25th Garmin Hamble Winter Series had to be abandoned. High winds during the night were as had been predicted in the weather forecasts, with a maximum gust of 55 knots recorded at 06.30 by the Bramble Bank weather station, which lies within the course area... [more]
Lia Ditton - Artist and Sailor By Sail-World/Lia Ditton, To anyone involved in the UK racing-sailing scene, Lia Ditton is an artist. To art contemporaries and fellow students, Aurelia Ditton is a sailor. Last summer after finishing fifth in the OSTAR 2005 Transatlantic Race, she lived onboard a trimaran for 40 days whilst suspended in the air next to the Tate! Then did the Route Du Rhum, whilst writing her diary on the inside of the hull and is now going to turn her boat into two sculptures to be exhibited in Greenwich and New York... [more]
Record fleet for 20th Phuket King's Cup Regatta By Rob Kothe, The biggest fleet on record, 101 yachts will face the start tomorrow morning for the Phuket Kings Cup Regatta. Regatta Director Simon James said this afternoon. ‘This year’s fleet is the largest on record anywhere in Asia.'... [more]
Calais Round Britain Race 2007 : Round Three By Agence Blanco Negro, As several prototypes complete their builds all around the world, the Calais Round Britain Race is set to be the first confrontation between the latest generation and the monohulls built for the Vendée Globe 2004. A 1850 mile warm-up for at least a dozen crews from 3rd June 2007, along a highly tactical course with some particularly varied weather conditions... [more]
Peter Holmberg wins Monsoon Cup Final By Sail-World, Peter Holmberg won the Monsoon Cup, beating Mathieu Richard 3 - 2 at the second annual Monsoon Cup, being sailed on Pulau Duyong Basin, Terengganu in Malaysia. Richard won the first match but Holmberg came back to take the next two before Richard tied the series in the fourth. In the final winner-takes-all race Richard started fast but Holmberg lead by the first mark and despite a late challenge, crossed ahead to win the Monsoon Cup... [more]
Images from the Finals of the Monsoon Cup By Al Constable, Excitement at the Monsoon Cup Final here in Terengganu, Malaysia. The breeze has kicked in and the sunshine is bright, the sailing is fast and furious.... [more]
Chivas joins forces with Phuket King's Cup Regatta to strengthen Chivas Life Series By Event Media, Chivas has become an Official Sponsor of Asia’s premier sailing event – The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Paul Godfrey, Brand Director for Chivas Brothers Ltd said: 'Chivas are particularly proud to sponsor this year’s Regatta which promises to be very special, as we will be celebrating the event’s 20th birthday'.... [more]
Erik Maris - Twins - new Mumm 30 World Champions By Event media, Erik Maris and his crew on Twins are the new World Champions, won in convincing style. It is his first ever World Championship title, and the team 'convinced' him to take the obligatory victory swim in the harbour after getting doused with Champagne Mumm on the dock... [more]
New Fremantle start date for Leg 2 Velux 5 Oceans By Kate Fairclough, Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the around the world yacht race the VELUX 5 Oceans, today announced that the start of Leg 2 is now set for Sunday January 14, a change from the original schedule of January 7... [more]
VELUX 5 Oceans - Stamm has to climb mast again By Kate Fairclough, Bernard Stamm (SUI) climbed his mast to fix another halyard problem after 70 knot squall - Golding to consider the options for his immediate future in the VELUX 5 Oceans race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston suffering from electricity shortages in the eastern hemisphere... [more]
Lack of wind causes Fuel problem for RKJ By Robin Knox-Johnston, Contrary winds are beginning to raise a serious issue for Robin Knox-Johnston on Saga Insurance. He has been at sea 34 days since Corunna, about 10 days longer than expected thanks to adverse wind conditions and could run out of fuel resulting in no electricity, which means no autopilot... [more]
Ovington Boats to build the Byte CII By Ovington PR, Ovington Boats, one of the UK’s outstanding builders of high performance racing dinghies and skiffs has just announced that they have become the licensed UK builder of the Byte... [more]
Sail-World brings Sail-TV to Southern Hemisphere By Media Services, Sail-World brings Broadband TV to its sailing audience, affiliating with the new IPTV channel, Sail.tv - With up-to-date coverage of events, news, reviews and sailing features, Sail TV will shortly to launch a series of 'sub-channels' consolidating high quality content from around the world and covering all aspects of the industry. The first program Sail-World will deliver via Sail.TV is the 2006 Monsoon Cup from Terengganu Malaysia... [more]
ECOVER arrived Cape Town at 19:00hrs GMT Friday By Coralie Rassinoux, There will be no disputing who is buying the beers tonight as the Tavern of the Seas, Cape Town laid on a warm welcome for ECOVER's solo skipper Mike Golding and fellow Velux 5 Oceans skipper Alex Thomson as they finally berthed... [more]
Bullimore arrives in Hobart for RTW attempt By Rob Kothe, It has been confirmed that for the record attempt, Bullimore's Doha 2006 will carry HF radio, VHF radio and hand held VHF radio and will therefore comply with at least Category 2 safety requirements.... [more]
RKJ creeps into the Roaring Forties By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, This has to be, in a very frustrating voyage so far, perhaps the most frustrating night I have had. The day before yesterday the weather programme on the computer produced a barrier that would not allow me to access the weather. It demanded that I had to generate a rescue license, or activate the software. I tried re-booting but to no effect the barrier would not go away... [more]
New team to run the RS800 Owners Club in 2007 By Charlotte England, The recent RS Sprint Champs and RS Ball marked the last event for Alan and Jane Olive as Chairman’s of the RS800 Owners Club. Ian Martin, a regular front of the fleet 800 sailor is going to act as Chairman, with newcomer to the 800 committee Ben Schooling acting as vice chairman for 2007... [more]
New grinder strengthens Team Germany By Oliver Laskowsky, Once more the 'engine' of the German yacht has built up its power for the races of next year´s 32nd America´s Cup. With former German world class shot putter Oliver-Sven Buder, another 'power-pack' works at the grinders of the United Internet Team Germany. Four months before the crucial regatta off the coast of Valencia, the sailing crew of the German America´s Cup campaign now numbers 27 men... [more]
2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart stands at 83 By Lisa Ratcliff, Following four withdrawals, the fleet size for the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race stands at 83 at today’s close of entries. However boat owners who originally applied to enter the Boxing Day bluewater classic still have until 13 December to confirm their place in the starting line up.... [more]
PIMEX 06 - 60 boats and record visitors By Phuket Gazette, With only a few days to go until the fourth Phuket International Boatshow (PIMEX 2006), the number of boats on display and advance registrations from international visitors are both at an all-time high, according to the organisers.... [more]
Head South 'til the Butter Melts By Jeremy Wyatt, Go South is the advice from the ARC meteorologists, and those yachts which opted for the longer southerly route are now in a position to benefit from this knowledge. A long cold front ridging from a deep depression off Ireland is running across the central Atlantic and giving an area of lighter winds on the rhumb line course to St.Lucia.... [more]
Renee Speak's I-14 Calendar now available By Renee Speak, The Holidays are quickly approaching. There is still time to have your '2007 International 14 Calendar ' to enjoy for yourself or as gifts for others. Beautiful I-14 ACTION RACING PHOTOS and CRASHES too!... [more]
Fullpower for Melges 24 World Championship 2007 By Rich Roberts, The countdown to the start of world championship racing in the International Melges 24 Class next spring has started at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club with a significant note: make it the Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship for 2007... [more]
Robin Knox-Johnson his Toe and Gentleman's Relish By RKJ, Still trying to get into the Southern Ocean, which can be taken to start at 40 S. There is a wayline we must pass north of, which has kept me north a bit and we may be about the suffer because of it as there is a small high pressure system running through where we are and this will give us easterly winds, in fact we are already close hauled with the wind from East of South... [more]
Royal Channel Islands YC Frostbite Series By William Harris, The second race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Freeport Marine Frostbite Series was held in St Aubin’s Bay on Sunday morning, 26 November. Strong winds gusting to twenty-nine knots from just east of south promised a fairly challenging time on the yacht club line with a dead beat, to follow, out to the East Rock buoy, the first rounding mark of the course... [more]
ARC Day 3 - Champagne Sailing in the Trade Winds By Jeremy Wyatt, Cracking along in a fine 15–20 knot NE breeze is what trade wind sailing is all. 'This is what we came for!' said Colin Hall, skipper of British Oyster 53 Boysterous. 'Champagne sailing in the Trade Winds. We’re bowling along at 8 knots on 259 degrees true, heading straight for St.Lucia.'... [more]
Dragons return to Deauville for 2007 By Kate Jennings, The Town of Deauville has announced the launch of the classic version of Deauville International Week, Deauville Classic Week, with the hosting of the International Dragon Open in France from 4 to 7 July 2007. From 2007 or 2008 this series may well be accompanied by other series of keelboats and classics, with the meet ultimately taking on an annual vocation... [more]
J/105 Winter Race 7 at Garmin Hamble Winter Series By Kirsty Apthorp, Sunday 26 November saw the J/105 fleet congregate in the Central Solent for the seventh race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. With a forecast of southerly 20-25knots, the fleet was hopeful for a course, which would have long downwind legs... [more]
A wandering Albatross visits Robin Knox-Johnston By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, It has taken me two days to source one sound of rushing water. It is coming from the keel box where the IMOCA measurer pushed the keel right over, beyond the 40 degrees I think, and broke the filler that is intended to keep the gap between keel and hull as small as possible. It is like a hose when we surge, I can see it through the inspection hatch... [more]
ARC Report from the Atlantic By Sail-World, Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the ARC, by satellite phone, courtesy of Iridium and Mailasail as the fleet heads south, crossing the Tropic of Cancer, as it edges across the Atlantic.... [more]
Skandia Team GBR celebrates success By RYA, Skandia Team GBR’s most successful year to date in medal terms was capped off this weekend with the team’s inaugural Awards Dinner and Presentations at the Hayling Island Sailing Club on Friday - 24 November... [more]
RKJ on the loss of Hugo Boss + Ecover mast issues By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, The loss of Hugo Boss was bad enough but to learn that Mike Golding was missing half his mast six hours after collecting Alex is a very bitter blow. After the excitement of picking up Alex, Mike must be absolutely distraught at breaking his mast... [more]
Liverpool Yacht Club Race Report By Richard Baldwin, Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race in the Late Autumn Series on Sunday November 26th. 21 yachts in the 3 IRC classes took part in the race under a blue sky with a light F3 SW; the temperature was surprisingly warm for late November but dropped significantly in late afternoon... [more]
Leopard3 to be fastest charter yacht By Camilla Green, Pitch PR, Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade, has today announced the build of a new maxi yacht with the aim of becoming the fastest charter yacht on the planet. The boat, to be called 'Leopard3' will be the newest super maxi on the water and, once completed, will compete in some of the worlds most prestigious races... [more]
Echavarri and Paz of Spain win Tornado S.Americans By Media, Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz of Spain finished the Tornado South Americans in fine style, securing the Lars Grael Trophy for overall victory after a win in a final windy race in Argentina. Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby were second. Rob Wilson and Mark Bulkeley of Briton finished in fifth place... [more]
2006 Garmin Hamble Series Hamble River SC 07/10/06 Level racing for 45 foot BB1 class, last year five Farr 40’s and one Ker 11.7 fought it out in the Level Racing BB2 Class. Plus IRC/IRM in the Hamble Big Boat Series... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=878
Keelboat Events 01/10/06 Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=886
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