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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.

Plans for European sailing event revealed in Lorient

The first of what could be a dozen new trimarans to contest both a European and world race circuit was given a baptism of tranquil approval in Lorient today. There is also a strong political message as part of a campaign to conserve water and protect the oceans of the world.

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Olympic sailors battle over boat classes for 2016 Games

Iain Percy and Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson are back in battle mode, not just against Olympic rivals but their sport’s world governing body, the International Sailing Federation.

'Independent blogger' Chris Stanmore-Major involved in photo finish

After over 6,000 miles alone at sea, Zbigniew Gutkowski of Poland on Operon Racing and Chris ‘CSM’ Stanmore-Major on Spartan finished the third ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS within 40 seconds of one another.

Giles Scott: 'Ainslie's achievements inspired me – now we're rivals for a Games berth'

My road to 2012: Sailor must beat his one-time hero Ben Ainslie to claim the sole Finn class spot next year

Did FBI compromise lives of American hostages?

An FBI negotiator's unwillingness to continue talking to two Somali pirate leaders about the release of four Americans being held aboard a yacht may have led to a shootout that killed the hostages, it was reported yesterday.

Pierre Pennec wins Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat

The first silverware of the 2011 grand prix season went to Pierre Pennec and his French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, comfortable winners of the Extreme Sailing Series opening regatta in Muscat, Oman.

Plans afoot to boost sailing interest

The battle to increase the worldwide fan base for grand prix sailing has kicked off this week in, of all places, the Middle East Sultanate of Oman. The visit at the same time by prime minister David Cameron was in no way related.

US forces storm captured yacht after pirates kill four hostages

Four American sailors were shot dead by their pirate captors early yesterday even as US military personnel on nearby naval vessels were trying to negotiate for their release, the US Central Command confirmed. At least 15 pirates were also taken into custody aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier.

Four American hostages 'killed by pirates'

Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors today, the US military said, marking the first time US citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.

Terry Hutchinson impresses in Muscat

He’s American, he’s uber intense, and, for a man contesting his first regatta in the Extreme 40 catamarans, Terry Hutchinson is beginning to burn up the opposition off the coast of Muscat.

Britain's Ian Williams last in Extreme Sailing Series

Storming into the lead was Pierre Pennec’s Groupe Edmonde de Rothschild after two days of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, but still languishing last of the 11 40-foot catamarans is Britain’s Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar.

Oman team top table in Extreme Sailing Series

Topping the table at the end of the first day of the opening regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series was the team representing the host country, Oman, skippered by Australian Torvar Mirsky.

2012 Olympic hope Sarah Ayton retires

Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton has announced she is to retire from sailing with immediate effect, abandoning her quest for an historic third Olympic title at the London 2012 Games.

UK sailors missing off coast of Portugal

The search continues today for two Britons whose sailing boat was capsized by a large wave off the coast of Portugal.

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