Double gold medallist Sarah Ayton crewed The Wave, Muscat to top spot at the halfway stage of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Istanbul

Extreme Sailing Series: Leigh McMillan and Sarah Ayton 'want to do the simple things well'

It’s always tight at the top for Leigh McMillan and the British Olympian, defending his Extreme Sailing Series title in The Wave, Muscat in Istanbul, once again finds someone breathing down his neck at the halfway stage on a testing Bosphorus race track. This time it is a revitalised Team New Zealand, with Dean Barker on the helm, who is putting in the performances to make McMillan earn every point, one of three America’s Cup challenging teams to use the series as a sharpener for multihull techniques so important in the fast-manoeuvring style of inshore racing.

Leigh McMillan skipper of The Wave, Muscat, and a crew which includes double gold Olympic medallist Sarah Ayton had to fight all the way to win the Extreme Sailing Series

Sailing: The Wave on top again as they win fifth event in Extreme Sailing Series

In conditions as soggy but not as blowy as predicted, fortunes swung one way and then another as Oman’s The Wave, Muscat won the fifth event of eight in the 2014, taking the Cardiff title in the Extreme Sailing Series.

Dona you toucha my boat! Franck Cammas is not happy as rival GAC Pindar pierces his boat, Groupama, at the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Cardiff, forcing the French skipper to sit out the second day for repairs

Sailing: Ben Ainslie's BAR team still in third at the halfway point

Switzerland's Alinghi lead the way ahead of The Wave

J.P. Morgan BAR team skippered by Ben Ainslie competes in a match race during the America's Cup World Series on August 24, 2012

Extreme Sailing Series Regatta 2014: Ben Ainslie shuffles his crew, but maintains lead

Paul Campbell-James has replaced Paul Goodison as tactician for the BAR team

J.P. Morgan BAR team skippered by Ben Ainslie competes in a match race during the America's Cup World Series on August 24, 2012

America's Cup 2017: Challengers announced for the 'Auld Mug'

Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie could allow himself only a brief moment to celebrate clearing another hurdle on the track to winning the America’s Cup as it was confirmed that his British challenge through the Royal Yacht Squadron had been accepted, along with Italy, Sweden, France, and New Zealand.

Iain Percy (left) and Torbjörn Törnqvist with the America’s Cup in the home they would like it to have, Stockholm

America's Cup 2017: Torbjorn Tornqvist praises 'natural leader' Iain Percy

A British double Olympic gold medallist stood proudly with the America’s Cup in the capital of Sweden on Tuesday vowing to throw everything into bringing the “auld mug” to Scandinavia and to ensure a growing Swedish input.

A sunset shot of the late finish to the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014: British Olympic silver medalist Ian Walker sets new record as he takes spoils

Walker completed the Britain and Ireland race in 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes and 28 seconds to take victory

Musandam-Sail Oman roars through the finish line off Cowes to grab a record-breaking win in the Sevenstars Round Britain and Ireland Race

Trimaran sets new record for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Musandam-Oman Sail 's three days, three hours, 32 minutes and 36 seconds time has shaved almost 17 minutes from the previous 75 hours plus benchmark

Skippered by Ian Walker, Abu Dhabi’s Azzam has led new crop of Volvo 65s in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Musandam-Oman Sail on target for record

Racing down the west coast of Ireland, the six of Oman’s best were still on target to break Loick Peyron's record for racing non-stop in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and his giant Banque Populaire was twice the length of Sidney Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail.

All quiet on the northern front as Musandam-Oman Sail team rounds Muckle Flugga- Shetlands, chasing the Sevenstars Round Britain and Ireland record

Sidney Gavignet sets pace in Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Sidney Gavignet and the crew of the 70-foot trimaran Oman Sail-Musandam have set a storming pace in the delayed Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, covering over 600 miles in 24 hours and having rounded the turning point of Outer Stack, Muckle Flugga and heading south outside Ireland.

Aquece Rio International Regatta 2014: Giles Scott takes gold for Britain

Giles Scott’s domination of the Olympic Finn class singlehander delivered Britain’s only gold medal for the British sailing team, but three silver and four bronze medals were added to the overall British tally at the Aquece Rio International Regatta on the Guanabara Bay 2016 Olympic sailing venue in Brazil.

Ben Ainslie collects the mammoth Americas Cup trophy

Americas Cup announcement gives little away

Not even a number of teams disclosed as organisers release statement saying they're on to the second stage of the entry process

Team NZ confirm America's Cup challenge

With typical bravura style, the Kiwis became the first to make a formal announcement that it will again challenge for the America’s Cup, date in 2017 to be announced, venue to be announced.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have revealed the name of their newborn baby daughter for the first time.

Sailing: Sevenstar could be hit by frightening Hurricane Bertha winds

“They won’t like it,” said the veteran Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Ian Williams (centre) on his way to a GAC Pindar victory on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Poland

Alpari World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams prevails in Poland

It started with a bobble, needed a major comeback in the semi-finals, squeaked into the final on the last 50 metres of the deciding fifth race, and then Ian Williams went on to lift the Polish match racing championship in Sopot. Williams has won the world championship four times and wants it back for what would be a record fifth time and, if at times things seemed to be running against him, the gods were on his side when it mattered, even to cutting short his final against Mathieu Richard of France. The clock came to his aid when he was 2-1 up in the best of five and the celebrations could begin.

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