Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Ben Ainslie at National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for the Ben Ainslie America's Cup Launch today

Sir Ben Ainslie announces British bid to win the 35th America's Cup

A lord, three knights of the realm, and a core fund of £32m. underpinned, at Britain’s naval heart, the claim that they were “absolutely confident we can win it, we wouldn’t be standing here if we didn’t think that.”

Sweet success for, left to right, Ian Williams, Gerry Mitchell, Bill Hardesty, Mal Parker and Matt Cornwell as Team GAC Pindar wins the opening German march race event of the Alpari season at Langenargen

Match Race Germany: British sailor Ian Williams wins with Team GAC Pindar at Langenargen

An emphatic start to his bid for a fifth world title was made by Ian Williams as his Team GAC Pindar plundered a runaway win at Langenargen of Match Race Germany.

No help for Rich Mason of Weymouth as one of eight Brits starting the first leg of the Figaro solo race from Deauville to Plymouth.

Figaro Solo Race 2014: Sam Goodchild leads the British charge as frustrating conditions and fierce competition lie ahead

Goodchild made a strong start to the Figaro but admits his own expectations mean he has a lot to live up to

Four-time world champion Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar topped the qualifying stage of the opening Alpari 2014 event at Langenargen, Germany

Team GAC Pindar’s skipper Ian Williams finishes top of Match Race Germany qualifying

Williams scores 10-1 to finish first with Phil Robertson in second

Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Olympic Games 2016: Rio's sailing test event to be held in polluted Guanabara Bay

30 sailors will race in all 10 classes against their international rivals on the same racecourses which have been designated for 2016

Sir Ben Ainslie played a role in Oracle Team USA's victory last year

Olympic golden boy Sir Ben Ainslie lines up £50m America's Cup gamble

Competitors for an at least £50m. assault on the America’s Cup may not even make it to the final shoot-out under the new rules issued months after they were expected for the next event in 2017. Nor do they know where the racing will be staged, but they do know they have to stump up $2m. in entry fees, to be paid in two instalments this year, and find an additional performance bond of $1m. plus guaranteeing to insure all their team members and be responsible for their safety. This is consequential on the death of British gold medallist Andrew Simpson while training with the Swedish challenger Artemis on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

Team GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams, four-time winner of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, starts his quest for a record-breaking five card trick in Germany next week

Ian Williams prepares for Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Fighting fit and raring to go, four times world match racing tour champion Ian Williams has stepped up the intensity of his crew’s preparations as he bids for a record-breaking fifth title in Germany next week.

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Sam Goodchild targets success for Team Plymouth in next month’s Figaro Race

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Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy during the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Exclusive: A year on, Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy on dealing with death of 'Bart'

A year after Andrew Simpson drowned, the sailors tell Ian Stafford about the pain of dealing with their friend's death and how opening a sailing centre in Weymouth is helping his name live on
The Red Bull had regatta winner Alinghi on its horns on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China
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Sailor Ben Ainslie (centre R), captain of the JP Morgan Racing (BAR) team, preparing for a training session in Singapore back in February

America’s Cup 2017: Sir Ben Ainslie waiting on AC35 format before decision to mount British challenge

A moment of truth is rushing up for Sir Ben Ainslie and his hopes of mounting a British challenge for the next America’s Cup. The format for the next Cup, AC35, in 2017 was expected in March. Latest whispers say it could be next Monday or Tuesday. Even then, it will be incomplete.

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.

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