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Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins have moved a step closer to winning a gold medal after setting a new Olympic best time while they qualified for the final of the women's double scull.

Second time lucky for Team GB's rowing men's eight

The Great Britain men's eight qualified for the Olympic final with a victory over Canada and Holland in today's repechage.

Sunday 29 July: Zac Purchase and and Mark Hunter of Great Britain compete in Heat 2 of the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls

Hunter and Purchase regain drive for glory

Water may be the same everywhere you go, but the breezes over Eton Dorney are plainly favouring the host nation – bearing, as they do, the ardent cheers that yesterday sustained two more wins from just three entered heats.

Sunday 29 July: Zac Purchase and and Mark Hunter of Great Britain compete in Heat 2 of the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls

Rowers win heat in commanding fashion

GB rowers Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase put a troubled season behind them to open the defence of their Olympic title by winning their lightweight double scull heat in commanding fashion.

GB's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning compete in the Women's Pair Heats at Eton Dorney

British duo storm to victory at Eton Dorney

THE FIREWORK smoke of a brief night had barely dispersed before they were gathering at Eton Dorney in their thousands, ready to urge their first plausible champions over the sparkling water – and the British rowers, drawn into a funnel of noise, reciprocated with coruscations of their own.

Saturday 28 July: Helen Glover of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Women's Pair Heats on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney.

British pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning storm into women's pair final

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning confirmed their status as gold medal favourites as they stormed into the final of the women's rowing pair in a new Olympic record time.

British team wins Royal Cup

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Brit Zennström pulls through for Royal Cup victory

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Wet and wild conditions mid-Atlantic for the MOD 70-foot trimarans competing in the Krys Ocean Challenge from New York to Brest

New class breaks 600-mile barrier

As a second of the new MOD 70-foot trimarans suffered damage to an underwater foil, the new leader of the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest, Yann Guichard’s Spindrift, rattled off 639.9 miles in 24 hours.

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Lower costs and harder work on the agenda for Volvo round the world race

Lower costs and harder work for the crew are on the menu for the next two Volvo round the world races after CEO Knut Frostad announced in Lorient a new design of yacht to be used by all the competitors for at least two races from 2014.

Heather Stanning (left) and Helen Glover strike gold yesterday

Rowing: Third straight gold for British pair

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are on course to make history for Great Britain at the Olympics after winning a third consecutive Rowing World Cup gold medal in Munich yesterday.

Ian Williams, extreme left, skippers Team GAC Pindar in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

McMillan top dog as Williams struggles

Red Bull was doing its thing in Canada, now supporting the youth America’s Cup, and looked like leading the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul as double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara and his crew were the early front runners.

Jens Gram-Hansen (second from left) at the helm of SAP in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

Extreme Sailing Series director predicts fewer events

South coast gales in an English summer were in stark contrast to the race track off Istanbul, between the Aegean and the Bosphorus, as the founder and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series, Mark Turner predicted: “There will be less professional sailing events in the next three to five years.”

Austria's Roman Hagara showed good pace on the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul

Olympic hope Ben Ainslie struggles in Weymouth

Counting five wins and a second, Giles Scott is poised to inflict another major upset on the man who has been seen as almost a banker for Olympic sailing gold this summer, Ben Ainslie.

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