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As this is the last newsletter before the Christmas holidays begin I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great sailing New Year.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Fiat wins second race of 18 Footer Club Champs
By Frank Quealey,
A dramatic upset for Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) who had led for almost the entire race before an incident late in the course allowed the current world champion crew in Fiat to grab victory... [more]

Patient Falcon takes Superyacht Cup in Antigua
By Kate Branagh,
The first Superyacht Cup Antigua based at English Harbour, the historic Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua completed the third and final day with a win for Patient Falcon. In second place came Kalikobass II (32 meter) and third The Maltese Falcon (88 meter)... [more]

More batten trouble but Sir Robin cracks on
By Sophy Williams,
Any thoughts of a faster run in from here for RKJ and Saga Insurance went out the window to-day when three of the patched battens broke. The Rigg system has one major fault, it does not deal with the problem of chafe at the joins. I have one batten now where both the ends have come out both ways from the pocket and spent nearly an hour trying to free a runner from that little trap which meant the sail could neither go up nor down... [more]

Sydney International Regatta - Day 2
By Sam Crichton,
The large Laser fleet sailed three races today with Tom Slingsby performing well to progress to the front of the fleet. Slovenian Laser sailor Vasilj Zvogar showed great form, manoevering himself into second position overall with Chilean Matais Del Solar remaining in touch with the leaders to round up the top three. Andrew Murdoch and fellow New Zealander Michael Bullot, and Canadian Michael Leigh are on equal points for fourth place and will be keen to set the challenge for tomorrow... [more]

One second wins Rolex Sydney Hobart Rating series
By Lisa Ratcliff,
After eight races over four days sailed in a full gamut of conditions, a one second split on corrected time in the final race was the difference between first and second in IRC Division 1 of the pre-Hobart Rolex Trophy Rating Series.... [more]

Graham Dalton approaches Kerguelen Islands halt
By Velux 5 Oceans media,
Graham Dalton, the Kiwi skipper sailing his Open 50 A Southern Man AGD is now just under 100 hundred miles from reaching the remote Kerguelen Islands. The small French islands mark the last mandatory waypoint in the route to Fremantle, Western Australia, but will also serve as a vital stopover for Dalton... [more]

Sydney International Regatta Gets Underway
By Sam Crichton,
A fleet of over 280 competitors from eighteen countries including Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, India, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Turkey, France, China, Ireland, Canada and Hungary all completed day one of the four days of racing planned for Steve Jarvin Motors Sydney International Regatta 2006... [more]

Euromed Optimist Malta Championships gets underway
By Sail-World,
The Euromed Malta Championships Optimist Class and the Laser class are being held in the picturesque Mellieha Bay over a 4 km course with the recently launched Adira Sailing Centre as the official Championship headquarters... [more]

Orm and Orn are on their way to Dubai
By Bert Willborg/Victory Challenge,
They were loaded onto an Antonov, the gigantic Russian transport plane. First Orm (SWE 73), then Orn (SWE 63). It is an impressive operation that is taking place at Valencia’s airport, as Victory Challenge transports its America’s Cup boats to Dubai for winter training... [more]

Peters Opal to host Bavaria 50 Vision World Launch
By Fast Track/Cailah Leask,
Bavaria Yachtbau has selected Peters Opal to host the Bavaria 50 Vision World Launch at the 2007 London Boat Show. Following the successful launch of the newly developed Bavaria 40 and 44 Vision models at Southampton Boat Show, Peters Opal will be showcasing the Bavaria 50 Vision at London, Excel... [more]

Images From Today's Rolex Trophy Racing
By Crosbie Lorimer,
A classic rebounding swell off Sydney Heads tested a few constitutions and tested the helming skills of the competitors.... [more]

Sir Robin takes the non-stop option
By Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone,
After checking his fuel stock, RKJ has decided to gamble on reaching Fremantle before the end of December - even if it means doing without things like the cabin heater and cutting out any unnecessary electrical usage like the CD player - but will he still get (or want to get) the cricket score?... [more]

Hobart weather smashes Rolex Trophy fleet
By Lisa Ratcliff,
After a day of drama in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series, a diminished fleet went into the second race of the day. With weather deteriorating akin to Bass Strait in a blast, sixteen boats started race one today and only 11 braved the heavy conditions to start race two.... [more]

Sydney International Regatta starts Saturday
By Robyn Valentine,
A spectacular four days of action awaits more than 250 sailors who are counting down until the start of the 2006 Steve Jarvin Motors Sydney International Regatta which begins this Saturday 16th December on Sydney Harbour... [more]

Zodiac issues liferaft safety warning
By Zodiac,
Zodiac International is asking anyone who purchased either a BFA Marine Pacific, Atlantic or Baltic liferaft or an XM/BFA Offshore liferaft between August 1995 and June 2000 to have the liferaft serviced before further use... [more]

Voller Energy Group launch fuel cell system
By Fasttrack/Cailah Leask,
Voller Energy Group PLC, the alternative power provider, has announced that it is on track to launch one of the most exciting and environmentally friendly energy systems for commercial use by the end of 2007. The 1kW fuel cell system aims to replace commonly used diesel generators and will cut emissions by an estimated sixty times - a huge boost to the marine industry... [more]

Skandia Team GBR unveil ‘Sail for Gold’ publication
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
The British sailing team's ‘Sail for Gold’ brand is set to hit the newsstands in the New Year, with Skandia Team GBR announcing a new publication tracking their build up to the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games... [more]

NSW 12 foot Skiff title to Garde
By Robyn Valentine,
In an amazing display of skill and determination, 12 foot skiff Garde sailed by Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson won the three last races in the series, placing them in front of the current leader, Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Ben Gemmell), giving them the NSW State Championship title and the revered Morna Cup.... [more]

Christmas at Sea for RKJ
By Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone,
It was a nice day yesterday. But it was a useless and frustrating day as far as making much progress to Fremantle was concerned, and I think we can now say that I shall definitely be spending Christmas at sea and Boxing Day as well... [more]

Freeport Marine Frostbite Series
By William Harris,
The third race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s Freeport Marine Frostbite Series was held last Sunday morning when 17 boats came to the start line in the Small Roads leading to St Helier Harbour.... [more]

2006/7 NSW Cherub State Championships
By Robyn Valentine,
Saturday 9 December saw twenty five Cherub from six different clubs racing in Heats 4 and 5 of the Championship at Belmont. As was the case with earlier heats, it was the current National Champions Fay and Kelly who dominated the results.... [more]

ISAF Rankings - GBR head & shoulders above rest
By ISAF media,
Great Britain ends the year as it began, as the top performing nation. It now has seven teams in a top three position. Paul Goodison, Christina Bassadone, Saskia Clark and Nick Dempsey hold on to the top spots for GBR in the Laser, Women’s 470 and Men's RS:X Rankings respectively... [more]

Land Ho! for Sir Robin - but he's only looking
By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,
There are three groups of islands in the Southern Ocean between Africa and Australia. The Marions, Crozets and Kerguelen. Kerguelen is a mark of the course, which RKJ must leave to the south. His closest sighting was with the Crozet group and yesterday afternoon he sighted them at a distance of about 30 miles... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing yacht to star at London Boat Show
By Sophie Ogg,
BMW ORACLE Racing is set to launch the New Year in style with a unique visit to the Collins Stewart London Boat Show at ExCeL from 5 -14 January 2007, as the excitement of the world’s premier sailing event, the America’s Cup, gathers momentum for its first visit to European waters since the inaugural race around the Isle of Wight in 1851... [more]

Alinghi starts first Defender Trials in Dubai
Alinghi is wrapping up the first period of the Dubai winter training camp at the Dubai International Marine Club with the first event of their Defender Trials Series.... [more]

Minimum time for Maximus
By Rob Kothe,
The 30 metre New Zealand supermaxi maxi Maximus, owned by Bill Buckley and Charles St Clair Brown is being unloaded from a container vessel and will be motored in Sydney Harbour late this afternoon, heading for Woolwich where she will come out of the water.... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series prize-giving
By Peter Danby,
The clubhouse of the Hamble River Sailing Club was bulging at the seams on Saturday evening, when the prize-giving for the Hamble Winter Series took place. To say it was well attended would be a massive understatement... [more]

Wild Oats X1 Takes Big Boat Line Honours in Sydney
By Sail-World/GJN,
Bob Oatley built his hi-tech multi-million dollar maxi to win line honours and he has certainly been doing just that. In the last Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Wild Oats XI was the first yacht to win the fabled treble of line honours, handicap win and record time, since Captain John Illingworth and his yacht Rani won the inaugural race across Bass Strait 60 years ago - Crosbie Lorimer was out there on the water for some great images... [more]

Saga Insurance loses wind indicator
By Sir Robin Knox Johnston,
In any other sport, which is dependant on sophisticated equipment and therefore sophisticated instrumentation, I ought really to drive off the track and retire. Yesterday afternoon the masthead sender for wind information became unbolted and is now hanging down bashing itself to pieces... [more]

Cowes Combined Clubs appoints a new Chairman
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC), the organisation that is responsible for running the world-famous Skandia Cowes Week regatta, has appointed a new chairman, John Grandy, replacing Peter Ralls QC who, after serving seven years in this pivotal role, has stood down... [more]

Stamm & Shiraishi get to work in Fremantle
By Kate Fairclough,
Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) remove their masts - Cheminees Poujoulat lifted out of the water for hull inspection - Shiraishi goes diving to inspect the hull of Spirit of Yukoh - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) loses wind instruments - Unai Basurko (ESP) closes to within 4,000 miles of Fremantle... [more]

Andy Beadsworth wins Etchells Piana Cup 2006
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Briton's Andy Beadsworth, Oscar Strugstad and Simon Fry in a brand new boat and borrowed sails on the first day, won the Etchells Piana Cup at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, ahead of the new 2006 Etchells World Champion Jud Smith.... [more]

Ian Williams takes JPMorgan Grade 2 qualifier
By RYA/Sail-World,
Ian Williams, currently ranked second in the world, with his top crew of Simon Shaw, Mark Nicholls and Mark Williams kept the British flag flying and took the final victory 3 to 1 against last year’s Winter Challenge overall winner Damien Iehl from France... [more]

Fuel, Toenails and Curry in the snow and hail
By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,
RKJ is having to decide on a stop in the Kergeulens in the next couple of days or eke out his fuel and go for Fremantle - Another miserable day and night only compensated for by some progress in the right direction. Saw the sun briefly so glad I am not dependent on the sextant for navigation. Its really quite chilly now and we have not had rain for a few days, just snow and hail. I am avoiding using the cabin heater to save diesel... [more]

Bullimore prepares for RTW record attempt
By Team Bullimore,
As Tony Bullimore returns to the UK for a week of media interviews and sponsorship appearances, work continues in Hobart to prepare his 102ft (31m) catamaran Doha 2006 for the challenge ahead – to break the 70 day barrier for sailing solo non-stop around the world... [more]

Henri-Lloyd back on board with Skandia Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Henri-Lloyd has signed a further three year deal with Cowes Week Sponsorship Limited, the commercial arm of the world’s largest sailing regatta, Skandia Cowes Week. Henri-Lloyd has a long association with Cowes and 2007 will be the Manchester-based company’s seventh consecutive year as a supporting sponsor of this key event on the sporting calendar - Cowes Week 4 to 11 August 2007... [more]

Bundock and Ashby win Tornado Worlds
By Sail-World/GJN,
Australia's Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby have won the 2006 Tornado World Championship in San Isidro, Argentina with a race to spare. The Aussie pair sat-out the final race which was won by the local team, Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola, who took the silver ahead of the Athen's Gold medallists Austria's Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher... [more]

EU Rejects retention of Red Diesel
The news that the EU Commission has rejected the UK’s application for the retention of the current derogation on red diesel is very disappointing. It will be the catalyst for major changes that will affect all of us involved in recreational boating. The impact of a more than twofold increase in fuel prices and significant compliance costs on the overall cost of UK boating... [more]

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