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

Ed Wright wins Finn class gold in Palma

Ed Wright bagged Britain’s only gold on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma, with British sailors picking up a total of five medals from the opening European World Cup regatta..

Demand made for retraction of America’s Cup row claims

A formal demand for a retraction of claims that it was the American challenger for the America’s Cup that withdrew an offer to settle the dispute with the defender, Switzerland’s Alinghi, was made last night by the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s commodore Marcus Young.

Joe Speedboat, By Tommy Wieringa

Life as a one-armed wrestler

Goodison seals gold hat-trick in Keil

Reigning Olympic champion Paul Goodison yesterday notched up his third gold medal at this year's principle Olympic regattas when he blitzed the singlehanded Laser fleet at the world cup series in Keil, Germany.

The Clipper Blog: Welcome aboard

First evening on the boat. I’ve been assigned to Black Adder Clipper (hopefully we’ll be better at sailing than its namesake and Baldrick were when they attempted to make it to America. I’m not sure I want to try drinking my own urine).

Workers wore survival suits and lifejackets

As the helicopter began to falter, everyone on board would have gone through the procedures drummed into them in training.

DVD: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Movin' on Up, (Universal)

A couple of dozen TV performances spliced together to tell the story of Mayfield's eminence as the soulful, righteous and modestly questioning falsetto voice of the civil rights struggle in the US.

Jean-Pierre Dick retires from Vendee Globe

Already struggling with imperfect repairs, Jean-Pierre Dick was knocked out of the Vendee Globe solo round the world race today when collision with an unknown object ripped away the port rudder of his Paprec-Virbac.

Sailing silvers guaranteed

Two silver medals are guaranteed and two golds are beckoning thanks to one of Britain's most successful Olympic teams of this century, the sailors. They bagged five medals in 2000 and five more in 2004.

The 5-minute Interview: Ellen MacArthur, Sailor

'I was most surprised to set the record for sailing solo'

Origin winds down operations

Britain's America's Cup challenge team, Origin, headed by Sir Keith Mills, is to wind down "to a smaller, core group."

Lancashire 417-9 dec Yorkshire 252-9: Smith flexes muscles to put Lancashire in driving seat

Headingley always used to enjoy the patronage of knowledgeable crowds and it might be argued that the tradition still holds good in that the Leeds public this week has had the wisdom to steer clear of the place. Yorkshire's performance in the contest that is meant to stir their competitive instincts most has largely been lamentable.

Sailing: MacArthur misses out by minutes

Volvo Ocean Race: Record-breaking yachtswoman narrowly beaten in head-to-head fight
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee