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Calling sailing elitist is a misconception Of course all sports at the highest level are expensive to compete; it costs a fortune to win the Tour de France. But in terms of grass-roots level, it's relatively inexpensive; you don't need your own dinghy, and at my local club in Lymington, local school pupils can sail for a fiver – that's comparable to any other sport.

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Adam Minoprio (NZL) went one way and Taylor Canfield (USVI) went the other on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, but both won a place in the quarter finals of the Argo Group-sponsored King Edward VII Gold Cup, the penultimate regatta in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

World Match Racing Tour: Ian Williams chooses Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at Gold Cup regatta

A bid to knock out his nearest rival for a successful defence of his world match racing title was behind Ian Williams' choice of Taylor Canfield as his quarter final opponent at the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta in Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

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As the new holder Oracle has the job of organising what will be the 34th defence of a trophy

Three members of Oracle Racing USA team banned from America's Cup

Three of the America's Cup defence team have been banned from taking any further part in the sport's pinnacle event, which starts in California on Saturday.

Defending champion The Wave Muscat, skippered by British Olympian Leigh McMillan (far left) is back in the lead overall after winning the Cardiff leg of the Extreme Sailing Series

McMillan keeps hold of his Extreme Sailing crown at Cardiff

Defending champion Leigh McMillan mastered some very tricky, light air conditions over four days of the regatta to win the Cardiff grand prix in the Extreme Sailing Series. The British Olympian, who has his sights set on Rio in 2016 now that the multihull class has been restored, leads a The Wave Muscat team that is part of the Oman Sail programme.

Emirates Team New Zealand sails en route to winning the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup final against Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge on San Francisco Bay, California

America's Cup: Emirates knock out Luna Rossa to set up Oracle race

Emirates Team New Zealand will go head to head with Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup next month.

Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in action against Team Luna Rossa Challeng

Finally, damage free racing: Emirates Team NZ take 4-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup eliminators

Hallelujah! A full two-race programme completed by both boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series for the America's Cup. Races four and five were free of either boat being damaged or the wind being too strong and Emirates Team New Zealand won both of them to go 4-1 up in the best of 13 series over the Prada-backed Italians in Luna Rossa.

Emirates Team New Zealand, had to pull out of the second race as the complex hydraulic control system failed when they were leading comfortably

Emirates Team New Zealand pulls out of Louis Vuitton Cup final race after technical failure

Complex hydraulic control system fails while they were leading comfortably

Luna Rossa progress to Louis Vuitton Cup final

The Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa duly progressed to the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series after a clean sweep 4-0 win over Sweden’s Artemis Racing.

Emirates Team New Zealand, right, and Luna Rossa Challenge race towards the second turning mark as they compete in a seven-leg course in the first race of Round 5 of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Kiwis opt out of further racing and choose direct route to Louis Vuitton Cup final

The Kiwis have chosen to bypass the semi-final stage of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination trials to challenge for the America’s Cup. By winning the preliminary round robin, Emirates Team New Zealand exercised its right to choose between selecting a semi-final opponent or going direct to the final.

Jury , foreground left to right : Bryan Willis, David Tillett (chairman), John Doerr, Josje Hofland. Missing : Graham McKenzie
Left, and going clockwise: Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Paul Cayard (Artemis Racing), Melinda Erkelens (AR), Dave Perry (AR), Grant Simmer (Oracle Racing Team USA), Richard Slater (ORTUSA).
Facing the jury: Stephen Barclay (America’s Cup Event Authority), Sam Hollis(ACEA), Hamish Ross (America’s Cup Race Management) , Iain Murray (ACRM), Nick Nicholson (chief measurer)
Right of the jury top to bottom: Marco Mercuriali (Luna Rossa), Luis Saenz (LR), Aaron J. Foxworthy (LR), Ausra Deluard (Emirates Team New Zealand), Russell Green (ETNZ)

International jury upholds two-team protest over America's Cup rules change

Back from the brink. An international jury has upheld a protest by both Emirates Team New Zealand the Prada-backed Italians that changes to rules demanded by America's Cup race director Iain Murray which could have side-swiped competition for the 162-year old trophy that is the America's Cup.

Doubts over America's Cup after death of Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson

Doubts over whether the America's Cup will be able to go ahead at the beginning of next month have resurfaced in San Francisco with the event authority appearing to ask an international jury to impose additional regulations following the death of British Olympic gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The wrecked Artemis boat, under which Andrew Simpson OBE was trapped and died

Andrew Simpson funeral to be held next week following fatal accident in preparation for the America's Cup

The funeral of former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson will be held in his hometown of Sherborne next week.

'Luna Rossa' team boss sets out demands for new America's Cup rules following death of British sailor Andrew Simpson

A series of demands which would radically alter the upcoming America’s Cup have been made by Patrizio Bertelli, boss of the luxury goods house Prada, which is backing the Italian challenger Luna Rossa.

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