Sport First home. The Swiss-owned 131-foot trimaran Spindrift, co-skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, ghosts across the finish line off the breakwater in Plymouth having completed the 611-mile Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes in 38hr 53min 58sec.

Skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard Spindrift completes the Rolex Fastnet Race in 38hr 53min 58sec 

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Far-right plans weekend of protests

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Blackpool confident of retaining Ian Holloway as manager

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston insists that Ian Holloway will still be the club's manager next season.

David Prosser: Regional airports' wings are clipped

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Plymouth airport closure a sign of things to come

A small, friendly and relaxed airport, easily accessible from the city: just what the British traveller does not need. The owners of Plymouth City airport have announced the loss-making facility will close by the end of the year, saying "there is no realistic prospect of trade improving in the near future".

Plymouth loses 'vital link' airport

Plymouth City Airport has no option but to close because it does not have enough passengers to justify keeping it open, the head of its parent company said today.

Labour told: gain 1,000 seats in council elections or you've failed

Labour needs to gain 1,000 seats in next month's council elections in England to show it is back in business under Ed Miliband, experts said yesterday.

Paul Newman: Plymouth's £12m problem may prompt salary cap

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NHS watchdog orders crackdown on basic safety checks by surgeons

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Search under way after D-Day boat sinks

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Carver goes back to St James' Park

John Carver has returned to Newcastle United for a second spell as assistant manager.

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