Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Sidney Gavignet has eye on next leg of the EFG Sailing Arabia

While series leader Sidney Gavignet scored two firsts and a second in a trio of inshore races, his eyes were firmly fixed on the next leg of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour from Ras al Khaimah (RAK) to Dibba in Oman. It takes the fleet of six Mumm 30 yachts through the Straits of Hormuz and, while Gavignet, is concentrating on the tactical difficulties, the organisers have been attending to escort boats from first the United Arab Emirates Navy and then the Royal Nay of Oman.

EFG Sailing Arabia: Leader wins again, but British crew take another second place

The British crew in the EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour made short work of the offshore leg from Dubai to the emirate of Ras al Khaimah, scoring another second place while the overall leader, Sidney Gavignet notched up another win.

Battling through the night, the eventual leg winner, but facing protest, Team Delft from The Netherlands leads rival students from Plymouth University on Messe Frankfurt from Doha to Abu Dhabi

Protest lodged in EFG Sailing Arabia

The Kay Heemskerk-skippered Team Delft from the Netherlands has been disqualified due to foul play

Where ancient styles meet modern sport, the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour reaches Doha, where a Plymouth University-based team, Messe Frankfurt, won both the inshore races and lies second overall.

Two wins for Britain's Marcel Herrera and his Plymouth University-based team put them in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour contention

21-year-old admits that it was a 'great feeling' to triumph in tricky conditions as he moves just half a point behind leader Sidney Gavignet

Sidney Gavignet of Oman Sail project wins first leg of EFG Sailing Arabia

Marcel Herrera and the crew of Messe Frankfurt finished just behind

Saracens’ Chris Wyles fails to get to grips with Hosea Gear of Toulouse

Toulouse 21 Saracens 11 match report: Saracens’ approach founders on the boot of Jean-Marc Doussain

Second-half was a true contest of will and power on a spring-like day

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

Sir Ben Ainslie leads British assault on 2014 Extreme Sailing series

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Sydney to Hobart: Bob Oatley's Wild Oats secures record-equalling seven first home victories

A record-equalling seven first home wins has been set by Bob Oatley’s 100-foot Wild Oats in the annual Sydney to Hobart Race but mixed conditions along the 628-mile route south meant that an elapsed time of 2d 6hr 7min 27sec was over 11 hours outside the record set by Oatley’s skipper Mark Richards last year.

Two sailors rescued after being caught in violent storm on the Atlantic Ocean as they returned from Transat Jacques Vabre

The pair were picked up Norwegian freighter en route for Rotterdam after previous attempts to help them failed

Ned Collier Wakefield (left) and Sam Goodchild have been forced out of their second Transat Jacque Vabre in succession

British youngsters suffer gear failure in doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre race

Britain's best young hopes for success in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre have become the latest victims of gear failure.

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