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

Protester killed in clashes with police in Oman

A police official says at least one person has been killed in clashes between security forces and hundreds of protesters demanding political reforms in the strategic Gulf country of Oman.

Pierre Pennec wins Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat

The first silverware of the 2011 grand prix season went to Pierre Pennec and his French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, comfortable winners of the Extreme Sailing Series opening regatta in Muscat, Oman.

Plans afoot to boost sailing interest

The battle to increase the worldwide fan base for grand prix sailing has kicked off this week in, of all places, the Middle East Sultanate of Oman. The visit at the same time by prime minister David Cameron was in no way related.

Terry Hutchinson impresses in Muscat

He’s American, he’s uber intense, and, for a man contesting his first regatta in the Extreme 40 catamarans, Terry Hutchinson is beginning to burn up the opposition off the coast of Muscat.

How Indian Ocean pirates left me shaking with fear

After five months at sea, Emma Bamford reports on the hijackers making sailing homewards more dangerous than ever

Cycling: Cavendish tunes up for spring Classics with finale success in Tour of Oman

Mark Cavendish took the final stage of the Tour of Oman yesterday, the 25-year-old Briton showing with his victory in the 98-mile (157km) finale from Qurayat Harbour to Muttrah Corniche that his preparation for the European spring Classics has picked up again after crashes in the Tour Down Under and Tour of Qatar.

Oman team top table in Extreme Sailing Series

Topping the table at the end of the first day of the opening regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series was the team representing the host country, Oman, skippered by Australian Torvar Mirsky.

Cycling: Contador delighted after one-year ban is overturned

Alberto Contador yesterday expressed relief after being cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) after testing positive for a banned substance at last year's Tour de France, which he won.

Mark Cavendish: 'I'm not Superman, but right now I'm going well'

As the Tour of Oman begins, the sprint cyclist explains to Alasdair Fotheringham his plans to dominate again this year

Malaysian navy foils hijack attempt off Oman

Malaysian navy commandos foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian-owned ship by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew members and detaining seven pirates, military officials said.

The Big Six: Luxury desert camps

Violence in Somali piracy rises to record levels

Pirates captured a record 1,181 hostages in 2010 – almost all of them off Somalia – during a year in which hijackings and attacks became more violent.

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