Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge (L) and Sweden's Artemis Racing (R) face off at the start of a Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals match on August 7, 2013, in San Francisco.

Italians half way to second slot in Louis Vuitton Cup final

Time is running out for Swedish America’s Cup challenger Artemis, whose sailing director is Iain Percy, after going two down to the Italians in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series.

Out on her own, the 72-foot Bella Mente passes Nab Tower on her way to winning the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup, one of the two top trophies in AAM Cowes Week.

Volvo Race winner Mike Sanderson adds New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup in Cowes aboard Bella Mente

Cup is one of the top two trophies in the AAM Cowes Week

A view of the action at Cowes

Fastnet teams prepare for races despite lack of wind at Cowes

The Britannia Cup was called off amid the calm conditions

Sir Keith Mills adds Glazebrook Trophy to Queen's Cup won on opening day at Cowes

By just two seconds, Sir Keith Mills and the crew of his TP52 Fiveᵒ West pipped rival Johnny’s Vincent’s Pace to add the Glazebrook Tophy to the Queen’s Cup they won on the opening day of the AAM Cowes Week.

Cowes week got underway today

Cowes week off to a testing start as windy conditions hit the Solent

Sailing festival is gets underway with strong breezes catching many out

Emirates Team New Zealand, right, and Luna Rossa Challenge race towards the second turning mark as they compete in a seven-leg course in the first race of Round 5 of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Kiwis opt out of further racing and choose direct route to Louis Vuitton Cup final

The Kiwis have chosen to bypass the semi-final stage of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination trials to challenge for the America’s Cup. By winning the preliminary round robin, Emirates Team New Zealand exercised its right to choose between selecting a semi-final opponent or going direct to the final.

New Zealand completed the 15.43-nautical-mile course in 46 minutes, 53 seconds

Emirates Team New Zealand secure Louis Vuitton Cup finals spot

Job done. Emirates Team New Zealand’s demolition of Italy’s Prada-backed Luna Rossa means that the Kiwis have already secured one of the finalist slots in the challenger series Louis Vuitton Cup as they seek to win the America’s Cup .

Captain America’s: Sir Russell Coutts is chief of the defending Oracle team

The America’s Cup fails to impress with revolutionary adjustments

It was supposed to be a wholesale restyling of an event that goes back to a yacht race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. It was going to be, rather insultingly to some, a switch from the Flintstone to the Facebook generation. Instead it has fallen into the age-old traps of overweening ambition and misguided dollops of greed.

Jury , foreground left to right : Bryan Willis, David Tillett (chairman), John Doerr, Josje Hofland. Missing : Graham McKenzie
Left, and going clockwise: Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Paul Cayard (Artemis Racing), Melinda Erkelens (AR), Dave Perry (AR), Grant Simmer (Oracle Racing Team USA), Richard Slater (ORTUSA).
Facing the jury: Stephen Barclay (America’s Cup Event Authority), Sam Hollis(ACEA), Hamish Ross (America’s Cup Race Management) , Iain Murray (ACRM), Nick Nicholson (chief measurer)
Right of the jury top to bottom: Marco Mercuriali (Luna Rossa), Luis Saenz (LR), Aaron J. Foxworthy (LR), Ausra Deluard (Emirates Team New Zealand), Russell Green (ETNZ)

International jury upholds two-team protest over America's Cup rules change

Back from the brink. An international jury has upheld a protest by both Emirates Team New Zealand the Prada-backed Italians that changes to rules demanded by America's Cup race director Iain Murray which could have side-swiped competition for the 162-year old trophy that is the America's Cup.

Jury , foreground left to right : Bryan Willis, David Tillet (chairman), Graham Mc Kenzie, Josje Hofland. Missing : John Doerr Left, and going clockwise: Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Paul Cayard (Artemis Racing), Melinda Erkelens (AR), Dave Perry (AR), Grant Simmer (Oracle Racing Team USA), Richard Slater (ORTUSA). Facing the jury: Stephen Barclay (America’s Cup Event Authority), Sam Hollis(ACEA), Hamish Ross (America’s Cup Race Management) , Iain Murray (ACRM), Nick Nicholson (chief measurer) right of the jury top to bottom: Marco Mercuriali (Luna Rossa), Luis Saenz(LR), Aaron J. Foxworthy(LR), Ausra Deluard (Emirates Team New Zealand), Russell Green (ETNZ)

New Zealand win elimination race for the America’s Cup... against no-one

The New Zealanders duly added a second point from their second race in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination races for the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and for the second time they were racing against no-one. They were quicker second time around the 40-minue course.

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