Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Castres' South African scrum-half Rory Kockott passes the ball

Castres 19 Northampton Saints 13: Rory Kockott calls the tune as Northampton pay the penalty

It went down to the wire with Castres hanging on and their scrum-half Rory Kockott booting the ball out of play just a couple of seconds after the clock ticked over 80 minutes, but Northampton could only blame themselves for failing to exert the necessary control.

Spitting tacks, defending world match racing champion Ian Williams picked his own quarter final executioner when being knocked out of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda by his closest rival in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands

Gamble by Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar backfires in Bermuda

An aggressive gamble to deal his closest rival a major blow backfired for Britain’s defending world match racing champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in Bermuda.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) went one way and Taylor Canfield (USVI) went the other on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, but both won a place in the quarter finals of the Argo Group-sponsored King Edward VII Gold Cup, the penultimate regatta in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams chooses Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at Gold Cup regatta

A bid to knock out his nearest rival for a successful defence of his world match racing title was behind Ian Williams' choice of Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda.

Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar lead Ben Ainslie’s BART crew in their top of the table clash as part of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Ian Williams beats Ben Ainslie in round robin racing in the Argo Group Gold Cup grand prix

The action is taking place in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie is racing in Bermuda this week

Exclusive Sir Ben Ainslie interview: What next for the America's Cup hero?

Olympic legend tells Stuart Alexander in Bermuda about creating The Simpson Foundation and how time is against him to create a British America's Cup team

Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

The catamaran used by Dona Bertarelli

Dona Bertarelli: Trading the high life for a trip on the high seas

She is one of the richest women in Europe – and her insurers aren’t happy about her Atlantic voyage

Wild thing: The 100-footer Wild Oats in this year’s Sydney to Hobart race getty

Wild Oats leads race to take up Oracle challenge

Announcement to be made on Monday by holders Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA celebrate retaining the America's Cup

America's Cup: How Ben Ainslie led Oracle Team USA to remarkable 9-8 victory over Emirates Team New Zealand

Fast boats win races and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup in one of the most remarkable comebacks in any game. From 1-8 down in the second half they beat Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay by 9-8 and that was after they had had to clear a two-point penalty deficit.

Ben Ainslie in San Francisco at the America's Cup

America's Cup comeback: Ben Ainslie helps Oracle Team USA draw level with New Zealand challenger in San Francisco

As comebacks go, this is worthy of the best scriptwriters down the coast in tinsel town

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