Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Prada's Patrizio Bertelli

America's Cup 2017: Prada boss pulls Italy and his team out of the next America's Cup

Prada fashion house boss Patrizio Bertelli has announced that he is pulling Italy and his Luna Rossa sailing team out of the next America’s Cup in 2017.

Further upheaval in America’s Cup format could benefit Britain but scupper the Kiwis

British government have handed out £7.5m

The all-woman team of SCA from Sweden led the Volvo inshore race to victory in Auckland.

Volvo Race 2015: Women lead the way ahead of delayed leg through the storm to Cape Horn

A second inshore race win for the all-woman crew on Sweden’s SCA boosted confidence for skipper Sam Davies, plus Libby Greenhalgh and Dee Caffari of Britain, ahead of the delayed fifth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil.

First sighting of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during sunrise, 100nm from the finish line

Volvo Ocean Race 2015: Mapfre records its first victory in Auckland ahead of the Ian Walker-skippered Abu Dhabi

Walker is still waiting for his first leg victory of the round the world race

Ian Williams (centre) has won back his crown as match racing champion of the world and for a record fifth time at the World Match Racing Tour Monsoon Cup finale in Johor, Malaysia

World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams takes title for a record fifth time in GAC Pindar

Williams was tied on four titles each with Australia’s Peter Gilmour, whose son David he beat in the quarter-final

Bowman Pete Nicholas plays peek-a-boo for skipper David Gilmour on a spinnaker run in the World Match Racing Tour Monsoon Cup in Johpr.

World Match Racing Series 2015: Ian Williams takes three wins to lead the way at the Monsoon Cup finale

Defending champion, Taylor Canfield of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was still hanging like a huge shadow over Williams at the end of day two

A generic shot of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this month

Sailing’s top events navigate turbulent financial waters

By spreading into other countries as part of a marketing offensive, they have ended up with a currency defence mechanism

They have been trying for the last five years but Roman Hagara’s Red Bull team finally topped the podium at the Singapore 2015 opener of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Double first for Austria's Olympic champion Roman Hagara

The Marina Bay race track was littered with traps and windless parking spots

A bit of fun prior to the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore saw some of the crews banging the drum for the dragon boat racers, including Pete Greenhalgh, long-standing right hand man to Leigh McMillan on The Wave, Muscat

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara holds three point lead as the sunshine brings out the weekend crowds

The third day of the Extreme Sailing Series on downtown Singapore’s Marina Bay sees the Austrian lead the Danish duo of Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner heading into the final day

British Olympian Stevie Morrison has switched his attentions to the Extreme Sailing Series, taking over from Rob Greenhalgh at the helm of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail challengers

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Old guard lay down marker

Wet, but up and down winds, on the second day of the opening 2015 Extreme Sailing Series saw the old guard lay down a marker but a couple of the new boys let them know that there would be no cheap points on offer this ninth season. Singapore provides a tricky track on a Marina Bay surrounded by wind-bending tall buildings laying some traps for the unwary. The Australian Seve Jarvin found the wall of the casino much more unyielding than the bowsprit of GAC Pindar, which duly snapped off and cost him four races.

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