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In a continuing near-40-year protest against the motor boat, rowers crowded the Canal Cannaregio in Venice yesterday to claim the waters for an older form of transport.

Ben Ainslie maintains lead

An up and down fourth day of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta saw only four-time Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie maintaining a healthy lead in the Finn singlehander as he scored a first, sixth, and fourth in winds swinging between eight and 15 knots.

British squad on form in Skandia Sail for Gold regatta

When the going got tough the tough got going in Weymouth as a strong British squad went into the clubhouse at the end of the third day of Skandia Sail for Gold regatta leading in five classes and holding second place in three more.

America's Cup changes considered

Changes to the format of the America’s Cup preliminary events are being considered in San Francisco by the holder, Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing Team, the sponsoring Golden Gate Yacht Club and the organisation they have set up to arrange regattas over the next 48 months, the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

US dominates opening regatta of Audi MedCup

The trend was upwards for the Brits but dominant for the Americans in the opening regatta of the 2011 Audi MedCup as new skipper Ed Baird and the crew of Quantum posted five wins from nine starts.

Rán win 1.5-point scoring coastal race off Cascais

It has taken seven races of its first regatta, but there was huge satisfaction for the crew of Rán and its owner helmsman Niklas Zennström as they won the 1.5-point scoring coastal race off Cascais in the Audi MedCup.

Costly mistakes from British entry in Audi MedCup

A bumpy start had the analysers and debriefers working at full tilt after the first day’s racing for Britain’s new entry to the Audi MedCup, Niklas Zennström’s Rán, posted a sixth and a fourth in tricky conditions.

Ian Williams struggles at World Match Racing Tour

Trial in Marseille, tribulation in Rome as former world champion Ian Williams struggled to make the cut in the opening World Match Racing Tour grand prix of the season and the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Mascalzone Latino, abandoned any hope of competing in 2013.

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Women lead GB medal rush

Great Britain's women picked up six medals on the final day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres, France yesterday.

Ainslie displays dinghy racer dominance

Triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie rammed home his dominance as the world’s top singlehanded dinghy racer with a team-inspiring second gold medal at world series event, this time in Hyeres, France.

Ainslie takes emphatic win at Princess Sofia regatta

The boy Ben is back. Triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie, freed from the cares of a possible America’s Cup campaign, was rewarded for some concentrated winter training with an emphatic win in the singlehanded Finn class at Spain's Princess Sofia regatta today.

Letter from the editor: Rebellion is in the air

You will have seen from the front page that rebellion is in the air at the moment. And I’ve had to put down a minor insurrection of our own here at i Towers.

Rowing: Teenage Dark Blue powers into Olympic frame

His friends call him Stan, but you get a better idea of his background from his full name. Constantine Louloudis is studying Classics at Oxford, went to Eton College and returns every summer to his father's family home on the Greek island of Andros. His mother is a lady-in-waiting to the Princess Royal.

Rowing: Natalie follows in the wake of famous father

Natalie Redgrave, Sir Steve Redgrave's 19-year-old daughter, won the biggest race of her rowing career when she was part of the Oxford crew that beat Cambridge in the Women's Boat Race at Henley yesterday, writes Paul Newman.

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