Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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The pre-war kings of America's Cup yacht racing, the mighty J-Class monsters, live on at the Voiles de St. Tropez this week

Alpari World Match Racing: Ian Williams takes second place

As a fleet of 304 classics, with over 25 centenarians in their number, gathered in St. Tropez, and a dozen Extreme 40s prepare to do battle further east on the Côte d’Azur in Nice, Ian Williams wrapped up another Alpari World Match Racing event in Amsterdam with a not quite satisfying second place in the Dutch Match Cup. 

Ian Williams (left) and his reshuffled GAC Pindar crew, made short work of reaching the semi-finals of the Chicago Match Cup in the Alpari series

Rio 2016 Olympics: GB sailing squad book places in all 10 of the classes

The march to Rio took a major step forward in Santander this week when the Great Britain sailing squad booked places in all 10 of the classes which will take part in the 2016 Olympic Games. Any doubts about who could or could not qualify Team GBR disappeared with the Scottish referendum vote and any doubts in opposing country squads about the continuing strength in depth of talent available to keep Britain’s medal winning ways on track were equally dispelled. Individual Rio selection will be made at a much later date.

Leigh McMillan skipper of The Wave, Muscat, and a crew which includes double gold Olympic medallist Sarah Ayton had to fight all the way to win the Extreme Sailing Series

Sailing: The Wave on top again as they win fifth event in Extreme Sailing Series

In conditions as soggy but not as blowy as predicted, fortunes swung one way and then another as Oman’s The Wave, Muscat won the fifth event of eight in the 2014, taking the Cardiff title in the Extreme Sailing Series.

Dona you toucha my boat! Franck Cammas is not happy as rival GAC Pindar pierces his boat, Groupama, at the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Cardiff, forcing the French skipper to sit out the second day for repairs

Sailing: Ben Ainslie's BAR team still in third at the halfway point

Switzerland's Alinghi lead the way ahead of The Wave

J.P. Morgan BAR team skippered by Ben Ainslie competes in a match race during the America's Cup World Series on August 24, 2012

Extreme Sailing Series Regatta 2014: Ben Ainslie shuffles his crew, but maintains lead

Paul Campbell-James has replaced Paul Goodison as tactician for the BAR team

J.P. Morgan BAR team skippered by Ben Ainslie competes in a match race during the America's Cup World Series on August 24, 2012

America's Cup 2017: Challengers announced for the 'Auld Mug'

Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie could allow himself only a brief moment to celebrate clearing another hurdle on the track to winning the America’s Cup as it was confirmed that his British challenge through the Royal Yacht Squadron had been accepted, along with Italy, Sweden, France, and New Zealand.

Iain Percy (left) and Torbjörn Törnqvist with the America’s Cup in the home they would like it to have, Stockholm

America's Cup 2017: Torbjorn Tornqvist praises 'natural leader' Iain Percy

A British double Olympic gold medallist stood proudly with the America’s Cup in the capital of Sweden on Tuesday vowing to throw everything into bringing the “auld mug” to Scandinavia and to ensure a growing Swedish input.

A sunset shot of the late finish to the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014: British Olympic silver medalist Ian Walker sets new record as he takes spoils

Walker completed the Britain and Ireland race in 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes and 28 seconds to take victory

Musandam-Sail Oman roars through the finish line off Cowes to grab a record-breaking win in the Sevenstars Round Britain and Ireland Race

Trimaran sets new record for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Musandam-Oman Sail 's three days, three hours, 32 minutes and 36 seconds time has shaved almost 17 minutes from the previous 75 hours plus benchmark

Skippered by Ian Walker, Abu Dhabi’s Azzam has led new crop of Volvo 65s in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Musandam-Oman Sail on target for record

Racing down the west coast of Ireland, the six of Oman’s best were still on target to break Loick Peyron's record for racing non-stop in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and his giant Banque Populaire was twice the length of Sidney Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail.

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