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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.

Vincent and crew cast Sorcery spell

Johnny Vincent and his crew on the TP52 Pace worked some high-speed magic to win the Sorcery Trophy as the second day of Aberdeen Cowes Week served up some beefy breezes to test both the skill and resolve of the nearly 700 boats which opted to race. The coastguard reported 20 incidents but no major problems.

Racing yacht crashes into tanker at Cowes

A crew member of a 33-foot yacht was rushed to the Isle of Wight’s Newport hospital after the yacht on which he was racing, the Irish-registered 33-foot Atalanta, was in collision with the LPG tanker Hanne Knutsen in the Solent.

Weymouth Bay holds 2012 Olympics test event

The town, so far, has been luke-warm about hosting the Olympic Games. There are notable exceptions but local residents have been complaining bitterly about life, and dog walking, being disrupted by creating a spectator area, and attempts to screen any nearby houses from enjoying a free view.

How £1m can buy you a billionaire's lifestyle (for a week at least)

Roman Abramovich is renting out his £300m vessel on the internet. But are there better ways of becoming one of the 'have-yachts'?

Oxley’s Odyssey: 100 days to go. Bring it on!

At 0500am on the 19th July our yacht CAMPER set sail for the UK. There was not a breath of wind but she was still managing an average of 13.5 knots without any sails up or even a mast. She is tucked nicely between containers stacked five high, enroute to the UK onboard a Maersk Line ship.

Ben Ainslie: Far from plain sailing as Ainslie pursues Olympic glory once more

Britain's triple gold medallist anticipates his title defence being his greatest challenge. Glenn Moore joins him on the water...

An audacious goal leaves no room for quitting

Helena Pozniak talks to Rona Cant about challenges she’s endured and the lessons they taught her

Ian Williams back in contention in World Match Race Tour

A second consecutive win on the World Match Race Tour saw Britain’s Ian Williams give notice that he is again a serious contender as he moved up to third overall on the 2011 tour.

Azzam unveiled ahead of Volvo round the world race

Abu Dhabi’s new, American-designed yacht for the Volvo round the world race was unveiled in the exclusive resort of Portofino, not far from where it was built in Italy, and starts a 2,000-mile qualification sail to Cascais, near Lisbon, on Thursday.

Williams and Team GAC Pindar take Portugal Cup

Britain's Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar won the Portugal Cup in the World Match Racing Tour today.

Percy refuses to give way in start-line argy-bargy

A start-line argy-bargy between two of Britain’s Olympic gold medallists went the way of Iain Percy when he refused to give way to Ben Ainslie as a record 1,900 boats left Cowes for the 50-mile dash round the Isle of Wight today.

Wright to compete in America's Cup

World Finn class champion Ed Wright is joining what is a second Italian America's Cup challenger but wearing Spanish colours announced in Valencia, which hosted the last two events.

Businessman dies after fall from yacht

A businessman has died after falling overboard from a yacht competing in the Morgan Cup race. Christopher Reddish, 50, from south London, fell from the yacht – the Lion – 10 miles from Selsey Bill, West Sussex, on Friday night.

The real reasons why Britain rules the waves

Funding has helped our Olympic sailors enjoy gold but just as important is the fact that they do everything – from booking flights to scrubbing the hull. Robin Scott-Elliot goes on board
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