Argo Group Gold Cup: Ben Ainslie yields top place to Francesco Bruni
So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.
The best of five final had to be staged after postponements to the semi-finals on Hamilton Harbour but Ainslie, who went 0-2 down and then pulled back to 2-2, could not close the deal which would have allowed him to raise for the third time the King Edward VII Gold Cup, which was donated to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in 1907.
Bruni, wearing the colours of the Luna Rossa America’s Cup challenger, won the decider convincingly and with it the $50,000 first prize. Ainslie will be donating the $20,000 second prize to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, also the aim of his crew, Iain Percy, Simpson’s partner in both gold and silver medal winning Olympic campaigns, Matt Cornwell and Christian Kamp.
In Portimao, Portugal, the crew of the 131-foot trimaran Spindrift 2, skippered by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli remain on standby to launch their attempt to set a new record for the Route of Discovery passage from Cadiz to San Salvador in the Bahamas. First window is on Wednesday and that is not certain.
Latest in Sport
Frank Lampard was RIGHT not to celebrate Manchester City's equaliser against Chelsea
All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Five reasons why Louis van Gaal is a worse Manchester United manager than David Moyes
Comment: Louis Van Gaal struggled at start of Bayern reign, but Manchester United's problems run deeper and Premier League is less forgiving
- 1 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
- 5 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God