Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

The widespread demand for local journalism remains undiminished

All around the country, community websites have sprung up, providing local news, covering local politics and engaging local people in the affairs of their area

Oracle Team USA has closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand but still trails 6-8

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA closes gap on Emirates Team New Zealand

The tension cranked up another notch on San Francisco Bay as the America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, which still leads 8 – 6.

Oracle Team USA takes practice before the start of race ten of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Bay thriller swings to Emirates New Zealand

Seven down, two to go and still no-one knows when New Zealand will be able to take the America’s Cup away from the Americans after a thriller on the bay went first to the defending Oracle team and then swung back to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. 

The New Zealanders were lucky to stay upright during an attempt to block an Oracle boat

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand in capsize scare as Oracle Team USA claim victory

The cat was among the kiwis in the eighth race of the America’s Cup as a rejuvenated defender, Oracle Team USA, not only beat Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) but forced the win during what had previously been their bogey upwind leg.

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA score first point over Emirates NZ

The America’s Cup turned into a genuine contest in San Francisco as defender, Oracle Team USA, scored its first point over what had looked like a comfortably better Emirates Team New Zealand.

As the new holder Oracle has the job of organising what will be the 34th defence of a trophy

Three members of Oracle Racing USA team banned from America's Cup

Three of the America's Cup defence team have been banned from taking any further part in the sport's pinnacle event, which starts in California on Saturday.

Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men's eight event

Rowing: Britain win first men’s eight gold

Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men’s eight event.

Defending champion The Wave Muscat, skippered by British Olympian Leigh McMillan (far left) is back in the lead overall after winning the Cardiff leg of the Extreme Sailing Series

McMillan keeps hold of his Extreme Sailing crown at Cardiff

Defending champion Leigh McMillan mastered some very tricky, light air conditions over four days of the regatta to win the Cardiff grand prix in the Extreme Sailing Series. The British Olympian, who has his sights set on Rio in 2016 now that the multihull class has been restored, leads a The Wave Muscat team that is part of the Oman Sail programme.

Heave ho me hearties! Chris Grube (left) and Tudur Owen put their backs into racing Team Wales as the local team, supported at each regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series by sponsor Land Rover, joins the fray in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff hosts Extreme Sailing Series regatta - and receives boost from China

With a re-shuffled cast of players, Cardiff has also become the launch city for a new Chinese yacht racing team as it hosts this weekend’s Extreme Sailing Series regatta for the second year in succession.

Emirates Team New Zealand prepares for its second race against Luna Rossa Challenge Team Italy

Louis Vuitton Cup: More disappointment for Luna Rossa as race ended by equipment failure

Saved by the wind, the Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa was saved the embarrassment of having to pull out of the fourth race of the Louis Vuitton Cup as hammers were being wielded to make a repair to their crippled boat.

Team Luna Rossa Challenge (L) is skippered by Massimiliano Sirena against Team Artemis Racing (R) skippered by Iain Percy during race three of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Third Louis Vuitton Cup win for Italian team Luna Rossa puts them in touching distance of final

One more victory would see them through to the final where Emirates Team New Zealand await

Some watch, some don't, as the AAM Cowes Week competitors race along the beach to the finish line.
Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge (L) and Sweden's Artemis Racing (R) face off at the start of a Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals match on August 7, 2013, in San Francisco.

Italians half way to second slot in Louis Vuitton Cup final

Time is running out for Swedish America’s Cup challenger Artemis, whose sailing director is Iain Percy, after going two down to the Italians in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series.

Out on her own, the 72-foot Bella Mente passes Nab Tower on her way to winning the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup, one of the two top trophies in AAM Cowes Week.

Volvo Race winner Mike Sanderson adds New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup in Cowes aboard Bella Mente

Cup is one of the top two trophies in the AAM Cowes Week

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