Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

DVD: Jack Goes Boating (15)

A gentle romance in which Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a shy, socially awkward limo driver, learns how to swim and cook in order to woo the equally shy Connie (the excellent Amy Ryan).

Hetairos clinches Caribbean 600 title

Hetairos, the 214-foot superyacht skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, was first to finish the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 in Antigua in an elapsed time of 2 days 2 hours 39 minutes and 32 seconds. But this was well outside the record set by Rambler 100 last year, which capsized in the Fastnet Race last August.

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Ousted Tunisian leader Ben Ali's 34 cars and 48 yachts are seized

Further evidence of the extent of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's wide-reaching financial empire has been revealed after police reportedly seized dozens of luxury items and company shares belonging to the ousted Tunisian leader.

Royal yacht cash pledge is 'brilliant news', say project's organisers

A pledge by Lord Ashcroft to donate up to £5 million towards a new royal yacht to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was described as "brilliant news" by the project's organisers today.

Mark Steel: Not too mean to help out the Queen, are you?

O ne of the talents of the Conservative Party since the days of Margaret Thatcher has been to explain economics as if the country is a household, so everyone can understand ideas, such as the need to cut spending when you're in debt. So I imagine they'll use the same homely reasoning to explain their support for a new royal yacht. Because anyone who's run a household knows, when money is tight and you've spent two years insisting your family can't have anything, if you're prudent, that's when you buy a 650ft yacht with a theatre and a helipad.

Letters: Royal yacht not useless enough

Supporters of a new royal yacht miss the point of royal symbolism. The display of riches as a means of showing others how rich and powerful your country is, depends on something being very expensive, yet simultaneously useless for its purpose. Thus a crown is useless as a hat, a throne useless as a seat and the Irish state coach limited to specially surfaced roads even in the heyday of the horse and carriage.

Mark Steel: A new yacht is the least she deserves

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Ben Ainslie has won three Olympic gold medals

Britain's Ben Ainslie to launch America's Cup team

Britain’s triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will be helping the Americans to defend the America’s Cup next year in a strange hybrid deal announced today at London’s Festival Hall.

Kimberly Lim of Singapore celebrates winning the Optimist world championship in Napier, New Zealand

Sailing pair selected for GB Olympic squad

A silver medal at their world championship in Fremantle last month has secured the Olympic berth in Weymouth this year for Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in the 470 dinghy. It also made Patience the first Scotsman to be selected for Britain’s Olympic squad.

Brian Thompson, arm raised, salutes the Brest crowd

Briton and crew sail round the world in 45 days

On his fourth lap of the planet, Brian Thompson beats previous fastest time by a wide margin

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.

The talent and experience of Hannah Mills (right) and crew Saskia Clark produced a silver medal in the 470 world championship off Fremantle

Success for Mills and Clark in Fremantle

She weighs just 51kgs but Hannah Mills packs a punch that could lead to the Olympic Games medal podium next summer with relatively new sailing partner Saskia Clark.

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Former F1 driver Lehto jailed for boat death crash

A Finnish court yesterday sentenced former Formula One driver Jyrki Järvilehto to 30 months in prison for a drunken boat accident that killed his friend.

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single hander world championship off Fremantle, W Australia

Britain in the medals despite Ainslie absence

Britain won gold, silver, and bronze on a sail-off today at the world championships for all 10 Olympic classes, but there was a great big gap on the race course off Fremantle.

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.

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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