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Sir Ben's team maintains lead in the America's Cup

Toulon played host to the weekend's America's Cup races

Sailing fans from Hampshire were in Toulon in France over the weekend to show their support for the Portsmouth-based Ben Ainslie Racing team.

The Land Rover BAR crew won the second race on Sunday, and came third overall in the weekend's events at Toulon. Sir Ben Ainslie's team still lead the America's Cup World Series event as a whole. The next leg will be in Japan in November. Sally Simmonds sent this report.

Supporters from home travel to France to see Portsmouth-based team

Hampshire sailors at the Americas Cup in France

The Americas Cup World Series is taking place in Toulon this weekend. After their fantastic victory in Portsmouth in July can Sir Ben Ainslie and the crew of Land Rover BAR extend their lead? Sally Simmonds reports from the south coast of France.

The interviewees are Chris Draper, Tactician for Team Softbank Japan; and Sir Ben Ainslie, Skipper, Land Rover BAR.

Has Weymouth benefited from Olympics legacy?

It's generally believed that staging the Olympic Games can bring prestige and material benefits to the host nation - but is that the reality?

Four years ago the Olympic sailing events were held in Weymouth and the Dorset town was put firmly on the international map. But have the promises of a lasting legacy actually come true? Duncan Sleightholme has been investigating.

Fifty years since Sir Francis' epic voyage

It was an adventure that captured the imagination of the whole world. Fifty years ago today yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester left Hampshire on his way to become the first person to sail single-handedly around the world,

To mark the occasion his fully-restored boat, Gipsy Moth 4, has been at Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River. Among those on board were Chichester's son and a man whose family provided stores for the yacht. This from Richard Jones.


Thomson is third in Vendée Race

Celebrations after crossing the line Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez

Alex Thomson arrived into Les Sable d’Olonne, France, after successfully finishing the Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race in third place.

Crossing the finishing line at 18:43 CEST, Thomson completed the race in 9 days, 21 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds, which secured him a place on the podium.

“This is a fantastic achievement; not only for me but for the entire team.” said Thomson.

The Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race is a 3,100 mile single-handed sprint from downtown New York across the Atlantic to Les Sables D’Olonne, and is the penultimate challenge before the all-important Vendée Globe, which begins in November.

Alex Thomson finished in third place Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez
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