The organisers of the America's Cup have confirmed this year's event will go ahead despite the death of Olympian Andrew Simpson.
Alex Thomson has become the third British skipper ever to finish on the podium of the Vendee Globe.
The man who designed 'Sail Rocket' - now the world's fastest boat after breaking the record, says a decade-long dream has now come true.
Ahead of races 6 & 7 in the 2013 America's Cup series, it has been confirmed Ben Ainslie will sail as tactician to Oracle Team USA. The team trail by four points to minus one to Emirates Team New Zealand in the first-to-nine-wins series.
Gold medalist Ainslie, from Lymington, has been helming Team Oracle's second boat all summer, and has now been drafted into help salvage their competition.
The world's largest offshore yacht race began today in the Solent. More than 300 boats from 20 nations are competing in the 611-mile Fastnet Race, which started in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Hannah Costigan reports.
The Fastnet sailing race between Cowes and Plymouth is underway.
More than three-hundred-and-forty yachts are preparing for the 2013 Fastnet sailing race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock in South-West Ireland.
The 611 mile race takes place every two years.
Crews are getting ready to take part in the annual Fastnet Race which sets off from Cowes on Sunday - and is known as one of the sport's toughest challenges. Sally SImmonds reports.
Southampton sailor 22-year-old Jack Bouttell is on course to be the first British sailor to ever win the Rookie Division of the 1938 mile La Solitaire du Figaro race. It started at Roscoff in France and finishes in Dieppe.
He and six other British sailors are among a fleet of 39 boats taking part in the competition. The sailors are on the 520-mile final leg of the race. The fleet left the French coast earlier today racing across the Channel to Wolf Rock off the coast of Cornwall. The event is expected to end tomorrow.
The final ranking is based on the accumulated time across all four legs of the race which began on 2nd June 2013.
Sam Goodchild an alumni of the Artemis Academy on the Isle of Wight is 13th overall, of those from Southampton: Nick Cherry is 19th, Ed Hill from Southampton is in 21st place (the top rookie in this fourth leg), and Jack Bouttell is in 23rd place overall (2nd rookie and still top rookie overall).
A rookie sailor from Southampton is taking part in this year's La Solitaire du Figaro sailing race. The fourth and final leg of the 1938 mile event has just begun. Jack Bouttell, 22, from Southampton is one of seven sailors taking part for the first time.
The contest which began on 2nd June 2013 is due to finish this weekend. Bouttell is currently 3 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds ahead of the Benoît Hochart who is in second place in the first timers class.
Bouttell is one of five British sailors taking part. They are all members or graduates of the Cowes-based Artemis Offshore Academy on the Isle of Wight.
The organisers of the America's Cup have announced that all teams have been asked to suspend sailing following the death of the Dorset sailor, Andrew Simpson, last week. The America's Cup Review Committee made the decision at its first meeting last night.
The teams have been asked to suspend sailing in the AC72 and smaller AC45 catamarans until the middle of next week. The committee will meet with the teams in San Francisco, California later today.
At a press conference in San Francisco the organisers of the America's Cup outlined the steps they plan to take following the death of the Olympic sailor, Andrew Simpson, from Selbourne in Dorset, last week.
The members of the Review Committee have relevant experience in the sport at its highest levels. Read their biographies here. Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:
• Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)• Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)• John Craig (USA)• Chuck Hawley (USA)• Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)• Jim Farmer QC (NZL)
The U.S. Coast Guard has supported the committee's approach and has offered to assist as appropriate. Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America’s Cup Trustee), said:
“The Committee brings immense experience and expertise to this Review. At a meeting in San Francisco this morning, the teams expressed unanimous support for this Committee and this process.”
The Review Committee will report as soon as possible, given that racing starts in seven weeks.