Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Team NZ confirm America's Cup challenge

With typical bravura style, the Kiwis became the first to make a formal announcement that it will again challenge for the America’s Cup, date in 2017 to be announced, venue to be announced.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have revealed the name of their newborn baby daughter for the first time.

Sailing: Sevenstar could be hit by frightening Hurricane Bertha winds

“They won’t like it,” said the veteran Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Ian Williams (centre) on his way to a GAC Pindar victory on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Poland

Alpari World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams prevails in Poland

It started with a bobble, needed a major comeback in the semi-finals, squeaked into the final on the last 50 metres of the deciding fifth race, and then Ian Williams went on to lift the Polish match racing championship in Sopot. Williams has won the world championship four times and wants it back for what would be a record fifth time and, if at times things seemed to be running against him, the gods were on his side when it mattered, even to cutting short his final against Mathieu Richard of France. The clock came to his aid when he was 2-1 up in the best of five and the celebrations could begin.

A shot of the start of a race at Cowes Week

Alpari World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams triumphs in quarter finals in Poland as Canfield cruises to semis

Williams saw off the challenge from local hero Karol Jablonski

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

America's Cup 2015: Long-term planning to be discussed in London meeting

A steady as she goes meeting of four of the possible five challengers with the America’s Cup defender has decided in London to demand much more talking and to include long-term planning along with arrangements for the next event, scheduled for 2017.

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

San Francisco has been dropped as the host

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.

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