New Zealand is match-fit after winning the Louis Vuitton elimination series and seemed to have a slight speed edge upwind

New Zealand put on flawless display to take early advantage in America's Cup

The 50 stars and 13 stripes of the United States defender were given a painful battering by the four stars and union flag of New Zealand in the opening pair of the America’s Cup in San Francisco. The first race looked at one time to be really close and the defender, Oracle, at one time took the lead.

Oracle Team USA foils coming off the start line during training

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As the new holder Oracle has the job of organising what will be the 34th defence of a trophy

Three members of Oracle Racing USA team banned from America's Cup

Three of the America's Cup defence team have been banned from taking any further part in the sport's pinnacle event, which starts in California on Saturday.

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Ed Wright wins silver at Finn class World Championship a month after success in Europeans

Silver in the Europeans last month has been followed by silver at the Finn class world championship for Ed Wright in Tallinn, Estonia, the venue which Britain boycotted for when it staged 1980 Olympic Games sailing.

Defending champion The Wave Muscat, skippered by British Olympian Leigh McMillan (far left) is back in the lead overall after winning the Cardiff leg of the Extreme Sailing Series

McMillan keeps hold of his Extreme Sailing crown at Cardiff

Defending champion Leigh McMillan mastered some very tricky, light air conditions over four days of the regatta to win the Cardiff grand prix in the Extreme Sailing Series. The British Olympian, who has his sights set on Rio in 2016 now that the multihull class has been restored, leads a The Wave Muscat team that is part of the Oman Sail programme.

Emirates Team New Zealand sails en route to winning the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup final against Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge on San Francisco Bay, California

America's Cup: Emirates knock out Luna Rossa to set up Oracle race

Emirates Team New Zealand will go head to head with Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup next month.

Heave ho me hearties! Chris Grube (left) and Tudur Owen put their backs into racing Team Wales as the local team, supported at each regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series by sponsor Land Rover, joins the fray in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff hosts Extreme Sailing Series regatta - and receives boost from China

With a re-shuffled cast of players, Cardiff has also become the launch city for a new Chinese yacht racing team as it hosts this weekend’s Extreme Sailing Series regatta for the second year in succession.

Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in action against Team Luna Rossa Challeng

Finally, damage free racing: Emirates Team NZ take 4-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup eliminators

Hallelujah! A full two-race programme completed by both boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series for the America's Cup. Races four and five were free of either boat being damaged or the wind being too strong and Emirates Team New Zealand won both of them to go 4-1 up in the best of 13 series over the Prada-backed Italians in Luna Rossa.

Emirates Team New Zealand prepares for its second race against Luna Rossa Challenge Team Italy

Louis Vuitton Cup: More disappointment for Luna Rossa as race ended by equipment failure

Saved by the wind, the Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa was saved the embarrassment of having to pull out of the fourth race of the Louis Vuitton Cup as hammers were being wielded to make a repair to their crippled boat.

Emirates Team New Zealand, had to pull out of the second race as the complex hydraulic control system failed when they were leading comfortably

Emirates Team New Zealand pulls out of Louis Vuitton Cup final race after technical failure

Complex hydraulic control system fails while they were leading comfortably

The French father and son pairing of Pascal (left) and son Alexis Loison became the first doublehanded winners in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth in one of the smallest boats, the 33-foot Night and Day

Pascal and Alexis Loison win top prize in Rolex Fastnet Race

A father and son team from Cherbourg has won the top prize in the Rolex Fastnet Race, and the French have been climbing all over the top honours. Sailing two-handed, Pascal and Alexis Loison beat off the threat from bigger, more powerful, and vastly more expensive rivals to take their 33-foot Night and Day to the best corrected time out of 336 starters in the 611-mile race which started from Cowes on Sunday.

Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

Victors emerge from 336 starters in Fastnet Race

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

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