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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.

Album: Timeless, Suite for Ma Dukes (Mochilla)

Since succumbing to lupus in 2006, producer J Dilla has become a revered figure in the hip-hop community, while his estate became the subject of dispute between business acquaintances and family.

Potential challengers meet for America's Cup meeting

Hurry up and wait was the message for a whole raft of potential America’s Cup challengers meeting in conference as the swan-song regatta of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series switched to fleet racing in Dubai.

BMW Oracle still top of the table in Dubai

The last hurrah for the America’s Cup yachts which were last the weapons of choice in 2007 still sees the current cup holders, BMW Oracle, topping the table of six in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Dubai.

Smiles mark an overdue homecoming for Chandlers

Paul and Rachel Chandler arrived back in Britain yesterday evening, more than a year after being taken hostage on their yacht by Somali pirates.

Valencia complain over America’s Cup venue selection

As America’s Cup teams in Dubai compete for attention with the final Formula 1 race in neighbouring Abu Dhabi at the start of the last Louis Vuitton Trophy in the current series, a long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America’s Cup.

Multihull back for 2016 Olympic Games

The much-criticised decision by the International Sailing Federation to cut the multihull class out of the Olympic Games in 2012 has been reversed for 2016 at the annual general meeting in Athens .

Percy to join Artemis for Louis Vuitton Trophy

Double Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy is joining the Swedish America’s Cup team Artemis for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta, which starts this weekend in Dubai, having been released by the withdrawal of Britain’s Team Origin from Cup contention.

St. Malo readies itself for Route du Rhum

St. Malo took a pasting in WWII, but the restored fortress town in eastern Brittany is enjoying this week a much friendlier invasion.

Offshore Challenges in talks with Bertarelli

Talks are underway between Britain’s Mark Turner, boss of the Offshore Challenges company set up originally with Dame Ellen MacArthur, and Switzerland’s former holder of the America’s Cup, Ernesto Bertarelli, over co-operation between Turner’s Extreme Sailing Series and the D35 catamaran series in which Bertarelli competes.

Brad van Liew sets pace at start of Five Oceans

American solo sailor Brad van Liew set the pace at the start of the Velux Five Oceans Race as the fleet of five crossed the start line on the first leg off La Rochelle to Cape Town.

'You must be comfortable as a tiny speck in the sea'

As he prepares to cast off in the 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major tells Chris McGrath in La Rochelle how he will harness his fear

World Match Race Tour to persist with monohulls

The World Match Race Tour will continue to be raced in monohulls, despite the America’s Cup, for which it was always seen as a training ground, switching to wing sail catamarans.

Ainslie wins second Argo Gold Cup

Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and Team Origin put in a sublime performance added a second consecutive Argo Gold Cup in Bermuda after a nailbiting final against Jesper Radich of Denmark.

America's Cup enlists Champions League developers

Yachting has turned to soccer for inspiration in the organisation of the next America’s Cup. Two men described as performing a pivotal role in the development of the Champions’ League, Richard Worth and Craig Thompson will head the newly-formed America’s Cup Event Authority, working in parallel with the organising America’s Cup Race Management, which is headed by Australian ceo Iain Murray and British coo Andy Hindley.

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