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Pirates on the next leg of the Volvo round the world race and two people killed by sharks in the waters off the race tracks of the world championships of sailing, with 10 world titles at stake, make sailing look even more dangerous than is normal.

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Double world match race champion Ian Williams is leading the Almeria grand prix, eighth on the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 calendar, at the half way point in Almeria, Spain.

British-based Rán win Audi MedCup in Barcelona

Victory was sweet for the British-based Rán winning the Barcelona Trophy finale of the Audi MedCup series. It crowned a debut season for Skype founder Niklas Zennström in his 52-footer and completed the treble of back-to-back Fastnet Race wins and the Mini-maxi division of the world series in Porto Cervo.

British-based team rival locals at the Audi MedCup in Barcelona

The gloves are off after the opening quartet of races for the Barcelona Trophy in the Audi MedCup series with the British-based Rán going head to head with the local favourite Bribón.

Williams leads World Match Race Tour

In the shadow of the Cresta Run, the green jersey of the King of the Mountains moved significantly closer for Britain’s Ian Williams as he topped the league table at the St. Moritz Match Race.

Local favourites Bribón win Murcia Trophy

The local favourites delivered a convincing win as the Spanish yacht Bribón won the Murcia Trophy, fourth in the series of five which makes up the Audi MedCup. The 52-footer had just two results outside the top three in the nine races.

Bribon remains at top of Audi MedCup leaderboard

Nip and tuck all the way, the fan master in the sky pressed the on button, produced a steadily strengthening breeze, and set up some furiously close racing, three of them, on the third day of the Murcia trophy. He also brought a ration of woe.

Light winds affect Audi MedCup once more

Off to a bad start on the opening day of the Audi MedCup regatta in Cartagena, Spain, the British-based TP52 Rán, owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, added a couple more on a second day delayed by light wind.

Light winds benefit specialists in Audi MedCup

The light air specialists came through strongly in the opening race of the fourth regatta for the Murcia Trophy in the Audi MedCup series, but it was a day to put in the bin for Niklas Zennström’s south coast-based Rán team.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins first America's Cup fleet trophy

Revenge was sweet for Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand as they grabbed the first fleet trophy of the America’s Cup World Series off Lisbon in a winner-takes-all single race.

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Team GB excel in Weymouth at Olympic test event

Two more medals were won by Team GBR at the official Olympic test event in Weymouth, meaning that the target of four has already been achieved and there are chances for still more, not least from reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie.

Crewman airlifted to hospital as high winds hit Cowes Week

One crewman was airlifted to hospital with a worrying head injury, four more were treated in the local hospital, three classes, the Mermaids, the Sunbeams and the Sonars, abandoned any hope of racing before even trying as Aberdeen Cowes week served up another spicy goulash of wind and waves.

Centenary year celebrated at Cowes Week

The X factor hit Cowes fair and square between the eyes today as most of a fleet of 145 entered in a glorious celebration of their centenary year descended on the Royal Yacht Squadron start line.

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