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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.

Ainslie and Williams dominate in St. Moritz

While the scramble for the final place in the quarter final of the St. Moritz regatta in the World Match Race Tour went down to the wire, standing dominant at the top were the two British contenders, America's Cup skipper and triple gold medallist Ben Ainslie and former double world champion Ian Williams.

Cup format delayed but date on boat to be revealed

The rules governing the next America's Cup will now be published on 13 September, two weeks after the due day today, but will bring forward the announcement of the boats to be used and will name the year.

British squad finishes in frustrating third place

A string of top class performances from Britain’s America’s Cup squad was frustratingly undermined by a couple of poor results which turned a first into a third at the end of the Murcia CAM Trophy regatta in the Audi MedCup.

Team Origin set the pace in Audi MedCup

It was a three, two, one and go to the top of the table day for Ben Ainslie, Team Origin and Britain as a trio of short inshore races were completed in sunshine and sea breezes at the Audi MedCup regatta in Mediterranean Spain.

Team Origin enjoy opening day of Audi MedCup

The signs of improvement in Britain's Team Origin continued on the opening day of the fourth, of five, Audi MedCup regatta in Spain's Cartagena, especially a start to finish domination of the second race.

Girl, 14, sets off on belated solo round-the-world voyage

A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed in secrecy from Portugal on Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the attention.

Scott is GB's sole ray of sunshine

A single shaft of heartwarming gold broke through the cold, grey, rain-heavy clouds over Weymouth Bay as Giles Scott turned master of the multi-medalled Ben Ainslie in the final race of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta.

Album: Andrea Lucchesini, Schubert: The Impromptus (Avie)

Andrea Lucchesini seems perfectly at home on these interpretations of Schubert's eight Impromptus – perhaps too at home, when plunging with gusto into the cascading arpeggios of the No 4 in A flat major, or indulging the ornamentation of the No 2 in E flat major.

Best of British try to avoid being 'first of the losers'

The best of British, who have been producing big medal hauls at the last three Olympic Games, will be at each other’s throats this week. There is one place per class in 2012; coming second, as America’s Cup holder Larry Ellison says, “is just being first of the losers.”

Tempers fray in dramatic day of sailing at Cowes

Passion boiled over, a rare penalty for abuse was the result, but Britain's Jaguar-backed Team Origin whacked the America's Cup holders BMW Oracle to win the 1851 Cup regatta in Cowes.

Oracle beats Origin in 1851 Cup at Cowes

As the British again came second to the Americans, this time re-enacting the 1851 race around the Isle of Wight, the bosses of the two rivals, Sir Keith Mills for Team Origin and Sir Russell Coutts for BMW Oracle grabbed chance to soothe the irritation under the surface of the America’s Cup.

Teenage kicks the Dutch way: sailing round the world at 14

As Laura Dekker's boat finally set sail yesterday for the start of a voyage that could one day lead her to be crowned as the youngest person to sail solo around the world, it was her lawyer Peter de Lange who provided the most succinct explanation as to why a 14-year-old would undergo such a task. "Laura has salt in her veins," he said.

Oracle struggles once more as Team Origin wins for Britain

The trouncing of America's Cup holder BMW Oracle continued in the opening foray of yesterday's races for the 1851 Cup. Already leading 2-0, Britain's Team Origin scored their third win by a margin of 48 seconds.

A dream that may blow Ainslie off his Olympic course

Britain's leading sailor is set on conquering the America's Cup. Stuart Alexander asks him if it will damage his chances in 2012

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