Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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They have been trying for the last five years but Roman Hagara’s Red Bull team finally topped the podium at the Singapore 2015 opener of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Double first for Austria's Olympic champion Roman Hagara

The Marina Bay race track was littered with traps and windless parking spots

A bit of fun prior to the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore saw some of the crews banging the drum for the dragon boat racers, including Pete Greenhalgh, long-standing right hand man to Leigh McMillan on The Wave, Muscat

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara holds three point lead as the sunshine brings out the weekend crowds

The third day of the Extreme Sailing Series on downtown Singapore’s Marina Bay sees the Austrian lead the Danish duo of Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner heading into the final day

British Olympian Stevie Morrison has switched his attentions to the Extreme Sailing Series, taking over from Rob Greenhalgh at the helm of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail challengers

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Old guard lay down marker

Wet, but up and down winds, on the second day of the opening 2015 Extreme Sailing Series saw the old guard lay down a marker but a couple of the new boys let them know that there would be no cheap points on offer this ninth season. Singapore provides a tricky track on a Marina Bay surrounded by wind-bending tall buildings laying some traps for the unwary. The Australian Seve Jarvin found the wall of the casino much more unyielding than the bowsprit of GAC Pindar, which duly snapped off and cost him four races.

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: New season sees new line-up

The series of eight regattas sees the return of Germany and St Petersburg, with the Cardiff regatta brought forward to June

Extreme Sailing Series 2015: Reigning champions Alinghi will not defend title

The team will instead 'assess other racing opportunities and learn about the latest sailing technology'

Sydney to Hobart: Old boy Wild Oats and newcomer Comanche duke it out on first day

Fleet of 117 set sail on race south

J.P. Morgan BAR team skippered by Ben Ainslie

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Ben Ainslie forced into emergency repairs after crash with Realteam as Morgan Larson closes on title

Ainslie's JP Morgan BAR entry suffered rudder damage in a collision with Swiss team Realteam

Lively conditions and spectacular backdrops as racing began in the Extreme Sailing Series finale in Sydney, Australia

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Sydney sunshine masks testing conditions as Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi closes in on victory

Leigh McMillan needs to win Down Under and hope Morgan Larson skippers Alinghi to no better than sixth in order to hold on to his title

The Australian skipper of Team Vestas Wind, Chris Nicholson

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The Danish entry hit trouble on the second leg of the round the world race from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston celebrates his third place finish

Route du Rhum 2014: Powerful finish sees Sir Robin Knox-Johnston claim third place

75-year old covers 3,542-mile course from St Malo to Guadeloupe in 20d 7h 52m 22s

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