Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

Victors emerge from 336 starters in Fastnet Race

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

First home. The Swiss-owned 131-foot trimaran Spindrift, co-skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, ghosts across the finish line off the breakwater in Plymouth having completed the 611-mile Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes in 38hr 53min 58sec.

Spindrift first home at the in the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, Banque Pop Livery in second

Skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard Spindrift completes the Rolex Fastnet Race in 38hr 53min 58sec 

Luna Rossa progress to Louis Vuitton Cup final

The Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa duly progressed to the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series after a clean sweep 4-0 win over Sweden’s Artemis Racing.

Team Luna Rossa Challenge (L) is skippered by Massimiliano Sirena against Team Artemis Racing (R) skippered by Iain Percy during race three of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Third Louis Vuitton Cup win for Italian team Luna Rossa puts them in touching distance of final

One more victory would see them through to the final where Emirates Team New Zealand await

Some watch, some don't, as the AAM Cowes Week competitors race along the beach to the finish line.
Niklas Zennstrôm’s 72-foot Rán added to its impressive haul of silverware to take the Buckingham Coronation Challenge Bowl in AAM Cowes Week

Sweden's Niklas Zennstrom takes the Buckingham Coronation Challenge Bowl in Cowes

Honorary Brit takes the day's main spoils as the AAM Cowes Week continues

Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge (L) and Sweden's Artemis Racing (R) face off at the start of a Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals match on August 7, 2013, in San Francisco.

Italians half way to second slot in Louis Vuitton Cup final

Time is running out for Swedish America’s Cup challenger Artemis, whose sailing director is Iain Percy, after going two down to the Italians in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series.

Out on her own, the 72-foot Bella Mente passes Nab Tower on her way to winning the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup, one of the two top trophies in AAM Cowes Week.

Volvo Race winner Mike Sanderson adds New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup in Cowes aboard Bella Mente

Cup is one of the top two trophies in the AAM Cowes Week

A view of the action at Cowes

Fastnet teams prepare for races despite lack of wind at Cowes

The Britannia Cup was called off amid the calm conditions

Sir Keith Mills adds Glazebrook Trophy to Queen's Cup won on opening day at Cowes

By just two seconds, Sir Keith Mills and the crew of his TP52 Fiveᵒ West pipped rival Johnny’s Vincent’s Pace to add the Glazebrook Tophy to the Queen’s Cup they won on the opening day of the AAM Cowes Week.

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