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.

San Francisco to host America's Cup in 2013

San Francisco will host the next America's Cup, the 34th, between the 7th and 22nd September 2013 it was announced in New Zealand yesterday. The dates depend on how long it takes the defender, Oracle Racing, or the eventual sole challenger to score five wins in a series of up to nine races.

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Ainslie confident he can see off rivals in bid for Games greatness

The three-times Olympic gold medallist predicts a tough battle for Britain's solitary Finn Class berth

Alex Thomson in bid to rejoin Hugo Boss

While appendix surgery just 48 hours before hoping to start the Barcelona doublehanded non-stop round the world race has allowed Alex Thomson to be in on the birth of son Oscar with partner Kate, he is now in a race to rejoin the yacht, Hugo Boss.

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The retro-futurist psych-pop of the Mancunian solo operator Jim Noir is not too dissimilar to some of Gorillaz' recent work.

America's Cup 2013 heads to San Francisco

San Francisco was at last named as the host city of the next America ’s Cup in 2013 after much posturing and hard ball bargaining by the local politicians and the holders, Oracle, who are based in the Californian city.

Alex Thomson's Barcelona World Race dream dashed

Acute appendicitis, requiring surgery in Spain just three days before the start of a non-stop race around the world may prevent Britain’s Alex Thomson from competing in the Barcelona World Race, but it is all systems go for the other British skipper, Dee Caffari.

Sydney to Hobart race winner faces disqualification

The threat of disqualification after being first to finish in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race for the fifth time in six years was facing Bob Oatley’s 100-foot Wild Oats overnight British time in Tasmania.

Foul forecast but ‘elements are there for British win’

Southerly buster! The combination of bravado and hushed respect at the very mention of the words running around Rushcutters Bay has grown in the last few days ahead of the southern hemisphere’s most gruelling ocean yacht race.

Ten on trial over yacht sex party

A Kazakh businessman yesterday denied charges he financed a sex party on one of the world's largest yachts. Tevfik Arif went on trial with nine other suspects in the city of Antalya. Other suspects face charges of human smuggling, encouraging prostitution and establishing a crime ring, the Anatolia news agency said.

America’s Cup problems continue

The decision by the pillars of San Francisco government to make a firm offer to stage the America’s Cup in 2013 has been met with a deafening silence from the defence syndicate that is based in the Californian city, BMW Oracle.

Ainslie ends season as champion

Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie brought a frustrating season to a triumphant end, winning the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia to become the 2010 World Match Race Tour champion.

Active breaks lift summer bookings

Demand for activity holidays has lifted 2011 bookings, Tui Travel said yesterday. The owner of Thomson Holidays said bookings for its "differentiated" products, which include sporting breaks such as Sunsail yacht charters, were up 26 per cent for next summer, fuelling a 7 per cent rise in UK summer bookings.

Emirates win final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy

Carrying the 4 flag of the host country, and their title sponsors, Emirates Team New Zealand won the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Dubai when they beat the America’s Cup holders, BMW Oracle, 2-0.

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

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Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

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After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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