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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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British heroes contest America's Cup

Italy, well the Neapolitans at least, has discovered some new sporting heroes and many of them are British.

US politician lodges petition to derail America's Cup progress

A legal petition by a leading San Francisco politician to derail progress on preparations for next year’s America’s Cup has been lodged in the California courts.

Ainslie defends Oracle cup role

Ben Ainslie yesterday insisted that America's Cup commitments will not jeopardise his quest for a fourth Olympic gold this summer.

French team knocks two days off round-the-world record

British yachtsman Brian Thompson was at the heart of a new French record-setting dash round the world which on Friday night broke the 46-day barrier and clipped over two days off the old record. Banque Populaire, a 132-foot trimaran, is skippered by Loick Peyron, who sailed round the world doublehanded earlier this year to win, with Jean-Pierre Dick, the Barcelona Race.

Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli is taking the fashion house back onto the America's Cup catwalk

Transat Jacques Vabre fleet set sail in tough conditions

Tough conditions still face the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet of 35 yachts as it left Le Havre bound for Costa Rica after a 72-hour delay to allow the worst of an Atlantic depression to blow through at over 50 knots.

World Cup Diary: Victory parade, Monday. Maybe

So now we know: there will be an All Blacks victory parade here in Auckland on Monday, starting near the harbour in Queen Street and covering what locals call the "Golden Mile" to either Aotea Square, near the town hall, or the Domain, the city's oldest park.

Ian Williams takes lead in Almeria grand prix

Double world match race champion Ian Williams is leading the Almeria grand prix, eighth on the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 calendar, at the half way point in Almeria, Spain.

Williams takes the lead in World Match Race Tour

Australia’s Torvar Mirsky took the top prize without putting in a tack in anger but, just by finishing third, Britain’s Ian Williams has taken over the lead of the 2011 World Match Race Tour.

Williams continues fine form in World Match Race Tour

Double world match racing champion Ian Williams moved a step closer to three World Match Race Tour wins in a row by notching up seven wins from eight starts in the fight for places in the knockout phase at St. Moritz, high in the Swiss Alps.

Threat of piracy forces Volvo Round the World Race to change route

The threat of piracy has forced one of the top events in world yachting to change route to protect the competitors from the possibility of kidnap or murder.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins first America's Cup fleet trophy

Revenge was sweet for Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand as they grabbed the first fleet trophy of the America’s Cup World Series off Lisbon in a winner-takes-all single race.

Team GB excel in Weymouth at Olympic test event

Two more medals were won by Team GBR at the official Olympic test event in Weymouth, meaning that the target of four has already been achieved and there are chances for still more, not least from reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie.

Centenary year celebrated at Cowes Week

The X factor hit Cowes fair and square between the eyes today as most of a fleet of 145 entered in a glorious celebration of their centenary year descended on the Royal Yacht Squadron start line.

Drama at Cowes as 40-foot catamaran overturns

Life turned upside down for John Pink when the 40-foot catamaran he was racing went head over heels at the Extreme Sailing Series off Cowes yesterday.

Wallace Clark: Yachtsman and adventurer who sparked a revival of sea-rowing boats

The death of the charismatic author, businessman and adventurer Wallace Clark brings to an end a life lived with vigour and panache. Clark was known in the yachting world as the semi-professional yachtsman who commissioned the Aileach – the first full-sized replica Hebridean war galley to be built for over 300 years. However, back in his native Ulster he was more celebrated for his classic volume Sailing Round Ireland, which still sellsi well more than 30 years after publication. By the time the Aileach was launched at Moville, Clark was 65, yet he still slept on bare planks in the open air alongside his men when skippering the 16-oared craft from Ireland to the Outer Hebrides.

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