Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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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.

Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar lead Ben Ainslie’s BART crew in their top of the table clash as part of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Ian Williams beats Ben Ainslie in round robin racing in the Argo Group Gold Cup grand prix

The action is taking place in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie is racing in Bermuda this week

Exclusive Sir Ben Ainslie interview: What next for the America's Cup hero?

Olympic legend tells Stuart Alexander in Bermuda about creating The Simpson Foundation and how time is against him to create a British America's Cup team

Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

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