Clipper team's 'wildest night yet'

ITV News London's Chris Paxton is taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. His boat have had their wildest night yet.

Chris Paxton reports from South Africa

ITV London's Chris Paxton is taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. His team have spent the last week in South Africa.

The team are operating carefully with the spinnaker sails

Clipper: Facing the tropical heat

ITV News London's Chris Paxton is taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. His boat Switzerland is nearing the Equator.

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London to host Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Boris Johnson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston making the announcement Credit: ITN

Mayor Boris Johnson and sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston today announced London as the host city for the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

A fleet of 12 yachts will leave St Katharine Docks on 1 September for the estimated 11 month journey.

Boris Johnson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Credit: ITN

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

“Playing host to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will once again see London showcasing why it is the best big city on earth in which to hold major sporting events."

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London 2012 executive pulls out of honours ceremony

A yachting boss and senior London 2012 executive has pulled out of an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace today following the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson.

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) was due to be made a Knight Grand Cross - the highest grade of knighthood.

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Andrew's death and, as a result of this tragic accident, Sir Keith will no longer be attending his investiture at Buckingham Palace today."

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Politicians' tributes to Andrew Simpson

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Saddened by death of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson. My thoughts are with his family and team mates at this tragic time

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Such sad news about Andrew Simpson. My thoughts are with his family, friends and all @britishsailing

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Fast & furious - the 'super' catamarans bidding for America's Cup glory

This footage from the America's Cup official website illustrates just how challenging it can be to sail the boats taking part in the America's Cup series. It's the oldest sporting event in the world, having taking place off the Isle of Wight for the first time in 1851.

The type of craft Andrew Simpson was sailing on is the new AC72 super catamaran. It is 72 feet long and powered by a huge wingsail. This design of yachts are contesting the America's Cup for the first time. They are faster and harder to sail than the monohulls used in previous contests.

The catamarans needly a highly skilled sailing team to keep the power under control. In the choppy waters of San Francisco bay the crew have to try to stop the catamaran's pitch-polling. This happens when the bow digs into a wave and the yachts tip over.

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Olympians praise 'incredible' Andrew Simpson

Members of Team GB have paid tribute to Andrew Simpson, who died after his yacht capsized off the California coast during training for the America's Cup race.

Long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford said that Simpson was a "true gent".

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So sad to hear the news about Andrew Simpson! My thoughts are with his family and friends!

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Waking up to hear the tragic news about Andrew Simpson. So very sad, a true gent. my heart goes out to his family.

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So sad to hear about the tragic death of Andrew Simpson. Such an incredible guy. Thoughts are with the whole of the @britishsailing family x

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