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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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

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