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

The Swiss America’s Cup team Alinghi finished the penultimate day of racing in Muscat at the top of the overall leaderboard. Helping skipper Morgan Larson to the top were Anna Tunnicliffe (left) and Yves Detrey (right)

Extreme Sailing Series: Three wins from eight races on the third day for Ben Ainslie's J.P Morgan/ BAR team

Three wins from eight races on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat pushed Ben Ainslie’s J.P.Morgan/BAR team from sixth up to fourth on the overall table, just five points short of a top three slot.

British gold medallist Pippa Wilson weighs up the race track from the bow of Sir Ben Ainslie’s J.P.Morgan/BAR Extreme 40 on the second day of the Muscat regatta

Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Fickle winds and frying temperatures can't prevent thrilling battle between Leigh McMillan and Morgan Larson

Larson's Alinghi leads the Extreme Sailing Series by just four points as the top four begin to pull away at the top

Extreme Sailing Series: Mixed success for Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie's team

Quadruple Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie saw five different winners carry off the prizes in the opening seven races of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Oman, but he was not one of them. As his JP Morgan/BAR crew includes two more British Olympic champions, Paul Goodison and Pippa Wilson, his reaction was surprisingly calm when he said: “We had some good races and some bad races…but we certainly have the ability to be up there with the top group, which is where we aim to be.”

Alex Thomson performs a stunt

British yachtsman performs dare-devil jump from top of moving vessel whilst wearing a suit - at least it's water proof

Alex Thomson ran the length of the 30ft mast of his HUGO BOSS yacht before jumping into the ocean

Favourite wins EFG Sailing Arabia

The favourite won, the Plymouth University-backed team was not content with but happy with second, and the final leg flight for third place in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour went to Team Delft from the Netherlands by winning the final leg from Mussanah to Muscat.

Serious crash but no serious injuries as Aberdeen Asset Management carves into potential French America’s Cup contender Franck Cammas’ Groupama in the opening 2014 Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Singapore

Sidney Gavignet stays in the overall lead on The Tour

Clever reading of the course instructions gave Marcel Herrera and the crew of Messe Frankfurt their first leg win on the split course from Dibba to Mussanah in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. It came also at the expense of all the other team, who were disqualified because they did not sail the course as stipulated by race director Gilles Chiorri.

Sidney Gavignet has eye on next leg of the EFG Sailing Arabia

While series leader Sidney Gavignet scored two firsts and a second in a trio of inshore races, his eyes were firmly fixed on the next leg of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour from Ras al Khaimah (RAK) to Dibba in Oman. It takes the fleet of six Mumm 30 yachts through the Straits of Hormuz and, while Gavignet, is concentrating on the tactical difficulties, the organisers have been attending to escort boats from first the United Arab Emirates Navy and then the Royal Nay of Oman.

EFG Sailing Arabia: Leader wins again, but British crew take another second place

The British crew in the EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour made short work of the offshore leg from Dubai to the emirate of Ras al Khaimah, scoring another second place while the overall leader, Sidney Gavignet notched up another win.

Battling through the night, the eventual leg winner, but facing protest, Team Delft from The Netherlands leads rival students from Plymouth University on Messe Frankfurt from Doha to Abu Dhabi

Protest lodged in EFG Sailing Arabia

The Kay Heemskerk-skippered Team Delft from the Netherlands has been disqualified due to foul play

Where ancient styles meet modern sport, the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour reaches Doha, where a Plymouth University-based team, Messe Frankfurt, won both the inshore races and lies second overall.

Two wins for Britain's Marcel Herrera and his Plymouth University-based team put them in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour contention

21-year-old admits that it was a 'great feeling' to triumph in tricky conditions as he moves just half a point behind leader Sidney Gavignet

Sidney Gavignet of Oman Sail project wins first leg of EFG Sailing Arabia

Marcel Herrera and the crew of Messe Frankfurt finished just behind

ISAF Sailing World Cup: Giles Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre deliver a trio of gold medals for Great Britain

Giles Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre delivered a trio of gold medals for Britain’s Olympic sailing squad on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami.

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

Sir Ben Ainslie leads British assault on 2014 Extreme Sailing series

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Sydney to Hobart: Bob Oatley's Wild Oats secures record-equalling seven first home victories

A record-equalling seven first home wins has been set by Bob Oatley’s 100-foot Wild Oats in the annual Sydney to Hobart Race but mixed conditions along the 628-mile route south meant that an elapsed time of 2d 6hr 7min 27sec was over 11 hours outside the record set by Oatley’s skipper Mark Richards last year.

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