Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Sir Ben Ainslie played a role in Oracle Team USA's victory last year

Oracle boss Sir Russell Coutts bars former Kiwi team-mate from America's Cup meeting in London

While Sir Ben Ainslie leads his team into another round of talks in London on Tuesday the door has been closed firmly in the faces of his old friends from New Zealand.

Luna Rossa said: Following the announcement of Team Australia its intention to withdraw from the competition

America’s Cup challengers support way forward for 2017 regatta

The carte blanche given to Oracle director Sir Russell Coutts to negotiate with both Bermuda and San Diego should come as a welcome development to the America’s Cup Event Authority

Team Australia's new AC45 catamaran speeds over the water during its first outing on Sydney Harbour

America's Cup: Team Australia pull out of the running for the 35th America's Cup to deliver the latest major blow to possible 2017 race

Hamilton Island Yacht Club announce that they will not participate in the next running of the America's Cup, expected to be held in three years time

Tension on board as Ben Ainslie (right) and Paul Goodison suffer a disappointing final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman, on the 40-foot catamaran J.P.Morgan/BAR

Sailing: Sir Ben Ainslie faces a struggle as America's Cup venue is yet to be announced

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Sir Ben Ainslie played a role in Oracle Team USA's victory last year

America’s Cup 2017: Summit sees Sir Ben Ainslie join US talks

A busy weekend for Olympic champion and America’s Cup challenger Sir Ben Ainslie includes a flight to Los Angeles for a summit meeting at which all the potential challengers for the next cup, scheduled for 2017, will discuss problems with the current developments.

Bjorn Hansen on his way to the Alpari World Match Racing Series

Alpari World Match Racing Series 2014: Bjorn Hansen wins the Stena Match Cup on the waters of Marstrand to pip Ian Williams and his crew in best-of-five final

To the delight of his thousands of fellow Swedes watching from the cliffs all around the bay, Bjorn Hansen won the Stena Match Cup on what are as good as his home waters of Marstrand. That he should still be topping the table after two rounds of the Alpari World Match Racing series was of limited consolation to four times world champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew, who went down 1-3 in the best of five final.

Britain’s Ian Williams (left) and GAC Pindar crew Gerry Mitchell (centre) and Chris Main sit at 1-1 in the semi-final of the Stena Match Cup in Marstrand, Sweden

Stena Match Cup: Ian Williams and GAC Pindar pulled back from lead after penalty

It was honours even in both semi-finals of the Stena Match Cup in Marstrand as four-time world match racing champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew at first taking the lead against Italy’s Francesco Bruni, carrying Luna Rossa America’s Cup colours, but going into the clubhouse, which is a castle, 1-1.

Williams keeps up the pressure in Marstrand

Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew continued their impressive form on day three of the Stena Match Cup, part of the Alpari championship in Marstrand, Sweden, winning both his races and retaining his position at the top of the leader board, with 10 points.

There was plenty of spectacle in St. Petersburg as Switzerland’s Alinghi notched up another win in the Extreme Sailing Series

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Leigh McMillan faces battle in his own head if he is to clinch third straight title while Sir Ben Ainsle enjoys successful Russian experience

McMillan took the series in 2012 and 2013 but Morgan Larson is determined to overhaul the British sailor this time around

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Leigh McMillan’s end of day shocker hands Extreme Series advantage to Morgan Larson

Better, faster conditions saw the personal battle between Britain’s Olympian Leigh McMillan on The Wave Muscat and the American Morgan Larson on Switzerland’s Alinghi heat up as they stretched away from the other 10 catamarans contesting the Extreme Sailing Series regatta on St. Petersburg’s Neva River.

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