Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Ian Walker skippering Abu Dhabi

Volvo Round the World race 2014: Dongfeng twice recovers from major damage to challenge Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi

Walker holds a near-three-mile lead over Chinese entry Dongfeng

In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, Skipper Ian Walker, Adil Khalid and Luke Parkinson on stage for the prize giving

Volvo Round the World race 2014: Ian Walker skippers Abu Dhabi team to victory in first leg from Alicante to Cape Town

Walker's crew held off the challenge from Charles Caudrelier skippering the Chinese entry Dongfeng and Bouwe Bekking’s Brunel

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

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Sir Ben Ainslie's British challenge is likely to use 45-foot wing-powered catamarans for the race next June

At 75, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is the oldest competitor by age in the Route du Rhum, but age has yet to weary his enthusiasm and appetite for sailing across oceans

Route du Rhum 2014: 250,000 set to line the banks of Brittany to wave off 91 singlehanded sailors on their wet and windy path to exhaustion

Sailling fans will flock to dockside of St Malo on Sunday for the start of the pan-Atlantic race destined for the French West Indies

Sidney Gavignet will be happy to complete the course of the Route du Rhum on his 70-foot trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail

Yoga and onions calm alarm bells for Atlantic warriors

Gavignet and veteran Sir Robin target successful test in Route du Rhum

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Alicante to Cape Town: The Volvo Ocean Race begins

West is best has long been the mantra of those racing south down the Atlantic and it is the two boats furthest west when attacking the booby trap of the Doldrums on the first leg of the Volvo round the world race from Alicante to Cape Town that were celebrating conventional wisdom with what could be a decisive break yesterday.

Skipper Ian Walker (right) directs operation on Abu Dhabi’s Azzam in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race 2014: Luck, guile and fitness will be key to whichever crew triumphs in 38,739-mile, eight-month battle

The seven teams competing for the round-the-world title are preparing in Alicante ahead of what will be a gruelling journey in a variety of conditions

Bouwe Bekking is looking forward to his seventh round the world races as skipper of Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race

Bouwe Bekking prepares to race around the world... yet again

He is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race

Morgan Larson and Switzerland’s Alinghi won the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Nice, extended his lead for the 2014 season, and goes into the final round in Sydney in December strongly tipped to lift the championship.

Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie claims third behind Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi at Nice

As Morgan Larson steered Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi to another grand prix victory in the Extreme Sailing Series at Nice, and his great rival and defending champion, a crestfallen Leigh McMillan, had a shocker in The Wave, Muscat, so Britain’s multiple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie saw a “massive learning curve” deliver a series-best third place.

The Extreme Sailing Series fleet has enjoyed late summer sunshine racing the seventh of its eight regatta, 2014 programme in Nice.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Morgan Larson powers Switzerland’s Alinghi team into commanding lead as Leigh McMillan endures a day to forget

The defending champion of 2013 was bottom of the heap, 40 points behind Alinghi and needing to pull something out of the bag to stay in touch

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