Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.
06 April 2014 07:00 PM
Xavier Chiocci and Drew Mitchell crossed to give Toulon victory but Jonny Wilkinson was forced off following a heavy collision
America’s Cup 2017: Sir Ben Ainslie waiting on AC35 format before decision to mount British challenge
05 April 2014 10:22 AM
A moment of truth is rushing up for Sir Ben Ainslie and his hopes of mounting a British challenge for the next America’s Cup. The format for the next Cup, AC35, in 2017 was expected in March. Latest whispers say it could be next Monday or Tuesday. Even then, it will be incomplete.
Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Leigh McMillan takes a popular home win as he guides The Wave to Muscat victory
22 March 2014 03:42 PM
McMillan and his crew are looking for a hat-trick of titles against a fleet that includes British sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie
Extreme Sailing Series: Three wins from eight races on the third day for Ben Ainslie's J.P Morgan/ BAR team
21 March 2014 07:24 PM
Three wins from eight races on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat pushed Ben Ainslie’s J.P.Morgan/BAR team from sixth up to fourth on the overall table, just five points short of a top three slot.
Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Fickle winds and frying temperatures can't prevent thrilling battle between Leigh McMillan and Morgan Larson
21 March 2014 09:16 AM
Larson's Alinghi leads the Extreme Sailing Series by just four points as the top four begin to pull away at the top
19 March 2014 11:59 PM
Quadruple Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie saw five different winners carry off the prizes in the opening seven races of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Oman, but he was not one of them. As his JP Morgan/BAR crew includes two more British Olympic champions, Paul Goodison and Pippa Wilson, his reaction was surprisingly calm when he said: “We had some good races and some bad races…but we certainly have the ability to be up there with the top group, which is where we aim to be.”
24 February 2014 01:15 PM
The favourite won, the Plymouth University-backed team was not content with but happy with second, and the final leg flight for third place in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour went to Team Delft from the Netherlands by winning the final leg from Mussanah to Muscat.
23 February 2014 09:05 PM
Clever reading of the course instructions gave Marcel Herrera and the crew of Messe Frankfurt their first leg win on the split course from Dibba to Mussanah in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. It came also at the expense of all the other team, who were disqualified because they did not sail the course as stipulated by race director Gilles Chiorri.
18 February 2014 02:30 PM
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.
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