Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Olympic Games 2016: Rio's sailing test event to be held in polluted Guanabara Bay

30 sailors will race in all 10 classes against their international rivals on the same racecourses which have been designated for 2016

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

Olympic golden boy Sir Ben Ainslie lines up £50m America's Cup gamble

Competitors for an at least £50m. assault on the America’s Cup may not even make it to the final shoot-out under the new rules issued months after they were expected for the next event in 2017. Nor do they know where the racing will be staged, but they do know they have to stump up $2m. in entry fees, to be paid in two instalments this year, and find an additional performance bond of $1m. plus guaranteeing to insure all their team members and be responsible for their safety. This is consequential on the death of British gold medallist Andrew Simpson while training with the Swedish challenger Artemis on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

Team GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams, four-time winner of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, starts his quest for a record-breaking five card trick in Germany next week

Ian Williams prepares for Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Fighting fit and raring to go, four times world match racing tour champion Ian Williams has stepped up the intensity of his crew’s preparations as he bids for a record-breaking fifth title in Germany next week.

Solo sailor Sam Goodchild (centre) hopes there will be more champagne moments for Team Plymouth next month’s Figaro Race

Sam Goodchild targets success for Team Plymouth in next month’s Figaro Race

The Vendee Globe solo race is the young man's dream

The Red Bull had regatta winner Alinghi on its horns on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China
There be dragons as Oman Air scoots across the bay in Qingdao, restored to racing in the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series.
Sailor Ben Ainslie (centre R), captain of the JP Morgan Racing (BAR) team, preparing for a training session in Singapore back in February
David Smith tries to break through the Leinster defence

Toulon 29 Leinster 14 match report: Jonny Wilkinson forced off but Brian O’Driscoll crashes out

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

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.

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

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Leigh McMillan takes a popular home win as he guides The Wave to Muscat victory

McMillan and his crew are looking for a hat-trick of titles against a fleet that includes British sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie

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