Alex Thomson on record-breaking Vendée Globe course

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has set a new national record for sailing from the equator and back to the equator of 68d 14hr 53min. That is nearly three weeks quicker than the old record set by Mike Golding.

Three challenge for hard-hit America's Cup

Just three challengers will line up in San Francisco this year bidding to topple the local holders of the America’s Cup.

Bernard Stamm disqualified from Vendée Globe round the world race

Swiss solo sailor Bernard Stamm has been disqualified by the international jury overseeing the race from the Vendée Globe round the world singlehander.

Alex Thomson joins tricky top five in Vendée Globe as Ian Williams takes third in Monsoon Cup

And then there were five. Alex Thomson became part of the top five in an overnight reshuffle as the Vendée Globe singlehanded round-the-world race moved into week five.

Ian Williams secures fourth world match racing title

In a steely fightback that took his opponent by surprise, Britain’s Ian Williams secured a record-equalling fourth world match racing title in Malaysia.

Kito de Pavant has retired from the Vendée Globe after colliding with a trawler

De Pavant retires from Vendée Globe after colliding with trawler

Kito de Pavant became the second to retire from the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in the opening 48 hours after colliding with a fishing trawler 45 miles off the coast of Portugal. It was the second time he has been forced to withdraw from a race notorious for the rate of attrition.

Britain fails to raise team for Youth America's Cup

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America's Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Team compete in a fleet race during the America's Cup World Series

Britain will not enter Youth America's Cup team

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America’s Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Poor weather forms backdrop for Team GAC Pindar's Alpari World Match Racing Tour win

Thunder, lightning, and a rainstorm of Wagnerian proportions provided a dramatic backdrop for the latest Alpari World Match Racing Tour win for defending champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar.

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Ian Williams forced to wait amid congestion in Marseille

Two events on the same piece of water can lead to problems, not least as the deciding, fifth race of the French Match Race semi-final kept Britain’s Ian Williams and the Australian Keith Swinton stooging around for over an hour and half as the MOD70s started two races off Marseille.

Trenton Oldfield in the water

Trenton Oldfield is part of our eccentric heritage. We should cherish him, not imprison him

Britain doesn't just belong to senior tax lawyers and Crown Court judges. It's ours too - ours to define and ours to defend

Ellen E Jones: Why this nation should cherish its eccentrics

The greatest book of the modern age, in case you were wondering, is Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in print this year.

Anna Tunnicliffe injured during Extreme Sailing Series

An Olympic gold medallist, formerly British now firmly American, and a newly minted silver medallist, formerly Welsh now also happily British, were among an ovation of Olympians cascading on to Cardiff Bay on Thursday for the Extreme Sailing grand prix. But the American, Anna Tunnicliffe, was rushed to hospital with a gashed knee at the end of the first day’s racing in Cardiff for the Extreme Sailing Series.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class on Day 14 after failing to get the better of the Australians

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell take silver for Team GB after failing to get better of Australians

Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class after just falling short of gold on the south coast today.

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