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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.

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

2013 America's Cup: Race to go ahead despite death of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

The British Olympic gold medal winner died during training for the race

The wrecked Artemis boat, under which Andrew Simpson OBE was trapped and died
Andrew Simpson's catamaran lies capsized after turning over during training in San Francisco Bay

Tributes paid to British Olympic gold medallist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson killed on America's Cup challenger Artemis in San Francisco Bay but how could he be trapped in capsized boat for 10 minutes?

Officials from the world’s most famous sailing competition are investigating how a British Olympic gold medal-winner came to be trapped underwater in his capsized boat for up to ten minutes, as team-mates and competitors alike tried to come to terms with the death of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

Simpson, right, and Iain Percy step up to the Olympic podium at Weymouth last year

Andrew Simpson obituary: Sailor who won gold at the Beijing Olympics

His colleague Andy Green said that before going to the US he had been thinking about retirement

Roman Hagara takes lead in Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Oman

British Olympian Leigh McMillan is second

Bernard Stamm disqualified from Vendée Globe round the world race

Swiss solo sailor Bernard Stamm has been disqualified by the international jury overseeing the race from the Vendée Globe round the world singlehander.

British Olympian Iain Percy made director of Artemis

In a major shake-up at the Swedish-backed America’s Cup challenger Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson has been “released” and British triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy has been made sailing team director.

In sailing, Ben Ainslie had a glorious fourth gold medal

Ben Ainslie looks to America's Cup

Ben Ainslie may have called time on his Olympic career yesterday but he is already looking forward to the next chapter, which he hopes will bring success in the America's Cup.

5 - “I didn’t rescue the nation from the depths of Napoleon Bonaparte, but you do the best you can do in your style of racing.”
Ben Ainslie is customarily modest after winning his fourth Olympic gold medal

Four-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls time on Olympic career

Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.

Spying accusations stoke America's Cup rivalries

Spying is set to spark new battle lines in the America’s Cup as tempers fray on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. At odds are the €90m Italian team Luna Rossa, backed by the Prada luxury goods house, and the San Francisco-based, Lord knows how many millions Oracle team, holders of the cup and backed by computer software billionaire Larry Ellison.

Britain fails to raise team for Youth America's Cup

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America's Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Oracle Team USA catamaran is put through its paces

America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA capsize during training session

Oracle Team USA, defender of the 34 America’s Cup, suffered a second humiliating and expensive setback when it capsized its giant AC72 catamaran on San Francisco Bay during a training session.

All woman team to enter Volvo round the world race

A Swedish-based all woman team is the first to announce an entry for the next Volvo round the world race in 2014/15.

Falmouth basks in 1930s glamour

They are the boats that time forgot. With 180ft masts – taller than a cross-channel ferry – and needing a crew of 30 to sail, J Class yachts were designed for the most decadent sailors of the Thirties.

America's Cup fleet sailed into the Grand Canal, in front of Venice's St Mark's Square

A very modern fleet conquers Venice

The America's Cup fleet sailed into the Grand Canal, in front of Venice's St Mark's Square, yesterday as the event nears its end.

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