America's Cup to go ahead

The organisers of the America's Cup have confirmed this year's event will go ahead despite the death of Olympian Andrew Simpson.

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Sails fill The Solent in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race

Chalk cliffs tower over the yacht crews as they approach The Needles Credit: OnEdition
The Solent speckled with sails as the fleet heads off on the JP Morgan Round the Island Race Credit: OnEdition
The JP Morgan Round the Island Fleet pass The Needles Credit: OnEditioin
Boats racing past the well known landmark of the island. The St Catherines Lighthouse for the JP Morgan Round the Island Race 2014. Credit: OnEdition
Tthe fleet bunch up near the Needles in light winds at the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014. Credit: OnEdition

Nearly 1,600 yachts prepare to take place in the Round the Island Race

Sunrise last year as yachts prepared to compete in the Round the Island Race off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the largest yacht race of its kind in the world - it's also one of the the largest participation sports held in the UK every year. Professionals and amateur sailors from across the world take part, all competing on equal terms.

This Saturday marks the 83rd edition of the Round the Island Race, hosted and run by the Cowes-based Island Sailing Club. The starting gun fires at 0630 sending the massive fleet from Cowes on the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight.

The Race started in 1931 with 25 boats and on Saturday 21st June - the longest day - there will be in excess of 1580 yachts competing.


Sir Ben says sailing centre will 'add to Portsmouth's history'

Despite some local opposition over his new world class centre for sailing excellence ahead of the 35th America's Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie says he's confident that 'Portsmouth is where we want to be'. He spoke to Fred Dinenage on ITV News Meridian.

His team have also marked two sites in Southampton for the sailing nerve centre for America's Cup but say Old Portsmouth would be preferred.

The new design shows the potential for a high-tech training centre in Old Portsmouth, which would serve as a base for sailors to host the America's Cup in years to come.

US Coastguard say a naval ship has found the hull of the missing Southampton yacht, Cheeki Rafiki

The US Coastguard says a US naval ship searching in the Atlantic has found the hull of the Southampton yacht, Cheeki Rafiki. They located the boat a week after the vessel and her four-man crew went missing on a voyage back from the Caribbean.

A Navy diver has confirmed the name of the yacht and has banged on the hull to see if anyone is inside. The cabin of the boat appeared to be flooded. They have not found the yacht's life raft.

Foreign office meeting for relatives of missing sailors

Relatives of four missing sailors have been meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the search for their loved ones.

The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki raised the alarm that they were in trouble last Thursday and haven't been seen since.

The US Coastguard has said it may call off the search if it does not find anything by 5am tomorrow morning.

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