Sports Letters: Ruling the waves

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The Independent Online
Sir: Regarding Stuart Alexander's report (22 April) that thousands of spectators in France greeted Bruno Peyron and his three French and one American crew, following his outstanding feat of sailing around the world in 79 days six hours. This is the latest in a string of yachting victories over a number of years by French sailors. Not only have British boats been pushed out of international placings, but France has sailed across to these islands and taken away the Admiral's Cup, the two-handed Round Britain Race and the Whitbread Round the World trophy. The British failure should be urgently investigated by our national sailing authorities.

Yours faithfully,

PETER JOHNSON

Lymington, Hampshire

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