Tuuli Petaja, (FIN) racing in the RSX Womens class on the day three of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth

Ben Ainslie in fierce duel with tormentor Giles Scott

When you are generally acknowledged to be one of, if not the best in the world, then being beaten four times in consecutive races can be a bit ego-bruising. So, for Ben Ainslie to score a win over Giles Scott in the final race of the day restored a little dignity, even authority.

Leading article: Why isn't the torch relay more like the Big Lunch?

When the procedures for selecting the Olympic torchbearers were announced, we expressed concern that local heroes and charity fundraisers might lose out to those with no particular distinction other than patronage by major sponsors. Regrettably, those fears seem not to have been misplaced. While some companies say they allocated their places only to staff and others associated with charity work, other big companies appear to have been less demanding, in some cases arming their nominees with almost identikit CVs.

Windsurf-kiteboard row overshadows Skandia Sail opening

Any lack of wind and racing on the opening of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, the last chance to tune up before the Olympic rings move in next month, was more than made up by the rumour mill about machinations within the International Sailing Federation to overturn a decision made last month to throw out the windsurfers and replace them with kiteboards in Brazil in 2016.

Ian Williams, at the helm, but his GAC Pindar team was pipped into second at the Korean Match Race Cup

Snarl-up costs Ian Williams perfect start to defence of match racing title

One snarl-up cost reigning world champion Ian Williams a perfect start to the defence of his match racing title in Korea.

France steals top spot from Spain in Volvo round the world

The French have taken over the top spot in the Volvo round the world race after Franck Cammas in Groupama was second by just five and half minutes behind Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi team on the seventh leg from Miami to Lisbon.

Reigning world champion Ian Williams resumes winning form in Korea

Ian Walker holds lead in Volvo Ocean Race whilst Ian Williams takes command in Korea

Two British Ians had a good day at the helm with double Olympic medallist Walker holding the lead just 100 miles from the finish of leg seven of the Volvo round the world race and reigning world champion Williams leading the Korea match race championship as he started his 2012 defence.

Ngoni wins Soto 40 with race to spare

Tony Buckingham had already told alternate skipper Kevin Sproul to take the crew out to a celebration dinner for their three wins and two seconds start to the Soto 40 grand prix in Barcelona, and Sproul’s way of saying thank you included winning the event in Ngoni with a race to spare after another win and a second on today.

Undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo

The results sound great, two seconds and a first for Niklas Zennström’s Rán in the TP52s and three firsts for Tony Buckingham’s Soto 40 Ngoni, but there is a strong undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo in the shape of grand prix racing in the Mediterranean.

Protester denies Boat Race public nuisance charge

The swimmer who brought this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt has denied causing a public nuisance.

Boat race saboteur Trenton Oldfield denies boat race nuisance charge

The swimmer who brought this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt has denied causing a public nuisance.

Ben Ainslie arrives back at the Royal Perth Annexe after the incident during the Finn class gold fleet racing at the ISAF World Sailing event

Ben Ainslie becomes Finn world champion for sixth time

The prospect of Britain’s Ben Ainslie being at the helm of the American defence of the America’s Cup next year was made clear in Venice by the boss of the Oracle team he has joined while Ainslie himself was being crowned world champion of the Finn singlehanded dinghy for the sixth time in Falmouth.

Ben Ainslie was furious

Ben Ainslie back in battle with fellow Britons in Falmouth

Ben Ainslie is back into another knife-fight with his fellow Britons after the first day of the Finn class world championship in Falmouth. He is still a banker for a fourth gold at the Olympic Games regatta in Weymouth.

Giles Scott beats Ben Ainslie in UK Finn national championships

Ben Ainslie was beaten into the second place by his great British rival Giles Scott at the UK national championship for the singlehanded Finn dinghy in Falmouth.

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A man in the river forces the 158th Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge to be restarted. Cambridge went on to win after Oxford broke an oar shortly after the race resumed, effectively ending any contest.

Boat Race protester banned from Olympic torch relay route

The swimmer who brought the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt was today banned from the Olympic torch route and from visits to Windsor before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Saturday’s Boat Race intrusion
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