America's Cup go-ahead but rules rows continue in wake of safety concerns

With dispute still raging fiercely over late changes to design specifications, and with less than a week to go until the start of the America’s Cup summer of sailing, the United States Coast Guard’s necessary permit to race on San Francisco Bay has been issued.

Sidney Gavignet celebrates leg victory with his crew

Sidney Gavignet fends off overall leader Sebastien Josse as third offshore leg goes down to the wire

Gavignet claims second leg victory after facing stiff competition from Josse on Dublin to Plymouth leg

Spindrift trimaran capsized at the start of the Dublin Bay race

Crew-member airlifted to hospital and another injured after trimaran capsizes during Route des Princes European Tour

Lucky escape for eight-man crew plus two guests as boat capsizes at the start of Dublin Bay race

Doubts over America's Cup after death of Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson

Doubts over whether the America's Cup will be able to go ahead at the beginning of next month have resurfaced in San Francisco with the event authority appearing to ask an international jury to impose additional regulations following the death of British Olympic gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The Artemis Racing yacht is towed to shore after capsizing in the San Francisco Bay. British yacht-racing champion Andrew

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Yann Guichard’s MOD70 Spindrift leads the charge out of Lisbon on the second leg of the Route des Princes to Dublin.

Yann Guichard leads the charge out of Lisbon as Sidney Gavignet holds overall lead

Guichard claims secondlong-leg victory to trail leader by just two points

Oman AIR MOD70 leads the Route des Prince multihull fleet

Out of the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic, the Oman AIR MOD70 led the Route des Prince multihull fleet through the Straits of Gibraltar on the first leg from Valencia to Lisbon.

Fast start on the cards for opening leg of Route des Princes

A fast run to Lisbon, even though the wind strength will be relatively light, was in prospect for the eight-strong fleet of trimarans as they left Valencia on the opening leg of the inaugural Route des Princes.

America's Cup cuts challenger race programme following death of Andrew Simpson

The America’s Cup has taken another body blow with the publication of a much reduced programme of elimination races following the death of British gold and silver Olympic medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

Artemis in race to make America’s Cup start line

Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson’s team, the Swedish America’s Cup challenger Artemis Racing is to try and take part in the elimination trials which start in San Francisco in four weeks, but they do not expect to be able to race until up to a month after that.

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Britain’s defending world match racing champion slipped to third in the 2013 standings after losing the sudden death third place playoff in the Korea Cup to New Zealand’s Adam Minoprio.

Dawn raider Ben Ainslie points his flying 45-foot catamaran at a new record for the J.P. Morgan Round the Island (of Wight) Race

Ben Ainslie sets new record in the Round the Island Race

From tears and sorrow on Friday to smiles and triumph on Saturday, Ben Ainslie set a searing sub three hours new record in the Round the Island Race in tribute to his old friend and fellow Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

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Gathering in Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth, home of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, is a group of sailors far removed from the professional and grand prix circuit.

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