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Supreme Farah saves the 'Mobot' for after the line

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Ian Williams, extreme left, skippers Team GAC Pindar in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

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Fit for a pasha: The apartment is elegantly minimal with antique furniture, all the mod cons, and it is set in the heart of Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district

Stay the Night: Pasha!Place, Istanbul, Turkey

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Jens Gram-Hansen (second from left) at the helm of SAP in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

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Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

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