Live updates

Hannah plans to skim towards sailing record

A sailor from Hampshire has set out to become the fastest woman on water.

No stranger to challenges, Hannah White has sailed the Atlantic solo three times.

We last caught up with her last year when she successfully completed a 205-mile kayak across the waterways of our region, to raise money for the RNLI. That adventure was about stamina - her latest challenge is about speed.

And she'll be reaching speeds of more than 45 mph in a special boat designed to skim across water. David Wood reports.


Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson loses mast in Barcelona World Race

Credit: Barcelona World Race

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes, skippers of the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, which was leading the Barcelona World Race, have lose their mast overboard.

The yacht was sailing in moderate conditions when, after a rigging failure, the mast fell overboard and broke.

Thomson, 40, and Spaniard Ribes, 43 will now cease racing in the Barcelona World Race 2014 -2015.

The skippers and the shore team are currently evaluating how to get the boat to the nearest landfall, which is likely to be Salvador de Bahia in Brazil - a significant distance from the boat’s current position.

Entries open for Round the Island Race

It is the biggest sailing event of its kind in the world Credit: Meridian

Entries open today for the 84th Round the Island Race. The event attracts 1500 boats and thousands of sailors. The race takes place in June from Cowes. Olympic and World champion sailors will compete alongside amateurs, families and sailors of all ages.


Portsmouth to host America's Cup events

News conference about the America's Cup Credit: America's Cup

Portsmouth will host two America's Cup World Series events over the next two years.

The America's Cup World Series is the preliminary race series of the 35th America’s Cup, consisting of eight to ten regattas taking place around the world during 2015 and 2016.

All America’s Cup teams will compete in the series. Their overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the America’s Cup Qualifier events in 2017.

Hampshire record-breaking sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, takes third place in Route du Rhum

Sir Robin completes another record breaking voyage across the Atlantic

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

When he last sailed in the race 32 years ago he finished in 14th place in a time of 20 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes.

The first man to sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968/9 said he was happy to finish the 3,542 mile race after the "intense" contest for the final podium place.

He sailed the 3,542 mile (Rhumb line) course at an average speed of 7.26 knots but in reality he actually did 4,416 miles at an average of 9.05 knots.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started today in St Malo, France.

The veteran sportsman, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

Load more updates