Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Yacht racing billionairess Dona Bertarelli sees her team smash record for the Route of Discovery

The voyage originally completed by Christopher Columbus was covered in six days 14hrs 29mins 21secs

Strong gales forces Transat Jacques Vabre postponement

5,460-mile race will now start on Monday after weather condition force organisers to delay start

Sam Goodchild (top) will mirror co-skipper Ned Collier Wakefield’s ambitions to hit the front of the Class 40 division in the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Itajai, Brazil.

Transat Jacques Vabre: Start of the race could be put back because of treacherous weather

Weather which has blown the first leg of the Mini-Transat to bits, kept Thomas Coville pinned in Brest waiting to start a round the world record, but released Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli’s 131-foot trimaran on its Route of Discovery record attempt, on Friday threw uncertainty into the start on Sunday of the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) race from Le Havre to Itajai, Brazil.

Long hours of training in the English Channel for Mike Gascoyne (left) and Brian Thompson (right) ahead of the Transat Jacques Varbre race from Le Havre to Itajai, Brazil, scheduled to start on Sunday.

Caterham Challenge: Mike Gascoyne looks ahead to the Transat Jacques Vabre race

Why, if you were the boss of an F1 team, would you swap, on race day, the glitzy Yas marina that is part of Abu Dhabi formula one race track for the Bassin Paul Vatine marina in Le Havre?

The Transat Jacques Vabre route from Le Havre to Itajai, Brazil

For Damian Foxall and Sidney Gavignet, the 5,450-mile journey across the Atlantic is a lonely one

Ahead of the beginning of the Transat Jacques Vabre, Foxall and Gavignet tell Stuart Alexander about the dangers of 70-foot trimaran they will embark their quest for victory on

Transatlantic race begins after delays due to severe weather

Eighty-four have crossed the start line, one plans to hit the button on Wednesday, and 46 more are gathered apprehensively in the French Channel port of Le Havre.

Argo Group Gold Cup: Ben Ainslie yields top place to Francesco Bruni

So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.

Castres' South African scrum-half Rory Kockott passes the ball

Castres 19 Northampton Saints 13: Rory Kockott calls the tune as Northampton pay the penalty

It went down to the wire with Castres hanging on and their scrum-half Rory Kockott booting the ball out of play just a couple of seconds after the clock ticked over 80 minutes, but Northampton could only blame themselves for failing to exert the necessary control.

Spitting tacks, defending world match racing champion Ian Williams picked his own quarter final executioner when being knocked out of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda by his closest rival in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands

Gamble by Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar backfires in Bermuda

An aggressive gamble to deal his closest rival a major blow backfired for Britain’s defending world match racing champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in Bermuda.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) went one way and Taylor Canfield (USVI) went the other on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, but both won a place in the quarter finals of the Argo Group-sponsored King Edward VII Gold Cup, the penultimate regatta in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams chooses Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at Gold Cup regatta

A bid to knock out his nearest rival for a successful defence of his world match racing title was behind Ian Williams' choice of Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda.

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