Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Giles Scott was an impressive winner of the Finn class gold medal at the opening 2015 regatta of the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France

Giles Scott wins gold at the Sailing World Cup

The domination of Giles Scott in the heavy Olympic singlehanded Finn class brought another gold medal at the inaugural re-launch of the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres. Another Brit, Ed Wright, secured the bronze, sandwiching Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia and confirmed Britain’s authority in the class which started with Iain Percy winning gold in Sydney and Ben Ainslie taking up the baton for three more.

Ben Ainslie collects the mammoth Americas Cup trophy

America's Cup: Japan to launch team to challenge Oracle

Former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker expected to be in the lineup

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

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