Sport Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

Wearing number two and lying second Giles Scott is determined to challenge Olympic champion Ben Ainslie for the Finn title at the world championships of sailing off Fremantle, W Australia

Ben Ainslie grabs slender lead at World Sailing Championships

In a slug it out, last man standing confrontation between rival members of a British squad that is eclipsing the rest of the world, the Finn class world championship, one of 10 being staged off Fremantle, W. Australia, saw reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie grab a slender lead over reigning European champion Giles Scott.

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Our writer on the wit and wisdom of Robert Robinson

Threat of piracy forces Volvo Round the World Race to change route

The threat of piracy has forced one of the top events in world yachting to change route to protect the competitors from the possibility of kidnap or murder.

Records broken in Fastnet Race

Records smashed, boats smashed, but people safe in the 44th Rolex Fastnet Race. The 2007 record of 44 hours and 18 minutes was chopped by one hour and thirty-nine minutes as British Olympic medal winner Ian Walker brought Abu Dhabi’s Volvo race entry Azzam over the finish line just in time for breakfast.

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The Volvo V60 has plenty of pace, but not so much space’

Azzam unveiled ahead of Volvo round the world race

Abu Dhabi’s new, American-designed yacht for the Volvo round the world race was unveiled in the exclusive resort of Portofino, not far from where it was built in Italy, and starts a 2,000-mile qualification sail to Cascais, near Lisbon, on Thursday.

Team Sanya purchase Spanish boat

Spain has sold to the Chinese team in the upcoming Volvo round the world race one of the boats it had been expected to race in November.

Former winner enters Volvo round the world race

A sixth entry for the Volvo round the world race, which starts from Alicante in November, has been announced from China.

Leading article: Pimp my ride

"Project Volvo" was the name given by Gordon Brown's senior team of advisers to their efforts to rebrand the former chancellor as a prime minister in waiting.

Volvo quick to make mileage out of Labour's woes

Volvo has hit back at the suggestion that their cars were as stodgy and hopeless as Gordon Brown.

The Week In Radio: A round-the-world trip from Ambridge to Ystad

If you don't like England, you're probably sitting next to Martin Amis on a plane right now, seeking some civilisation more worthy or cerebral than our own. Well, I don't know about that, but I've just spent a week in New York and I can't tell you what joy it is to come back to British radio. Granted, this week has been a little more introspective than usual. Vaughan Williams came in both second and third in Classic FM's Britain's best loved piece of classical music, The Archers and Gardeners' Question Time, those bastions of Middle England, engaged in radio incest, and everyone braced themselves for tomorrow's big one. But as a place to look out at the world, British radio takes some beating.

Oxley’s Odyssey: The Volvo race will come down to the fine details

Our design team has created a very powerful yacht. This is the third generation of the VO70 class and the competition is at an all-time high so our yacht is designed to be pushed VERY hard.

Volvo Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria

Of all the new additions to the snow festival scene, it's Snowbombing that reigns supreme. Taking place in the tranquil alpine village of Mayrhofen, since 2000 Snowbombing has been dedicated to dance acts and DJs. The 12th edition, now expanded to 6,000 festival-goers, saw an ever-strong line-up catering to dance-loving party-goers, including Fatboy Slim, Ms Dynamite and Pendulum. Chase & Status's frenzied live show featured some of the vocalist contributors on their album No More Idols. Liam Bailey's compelling performance of chart hit "Blind Faith" set him out as one to watch.

My Secret Life: Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer, 63

My parents were... lovely. I adored my father – he was interested in everything, and spoke six languages. He was in the Air Force and ended up doing defence attaché jobs.

Police 'lost' gunman Derrick Bird

Armed officers pursuing Derrick Bird during his shooting rampage passed the gunman's taxi, but then lost him after being delayed by roadworks.

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