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Sir Robin thanks supporters ahead of transatlantic race

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Veteran sailor sets off on Route du Rhum race

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off on a solo transatlantic race today.

The veteran sailor is competing in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo in France - forty-five years after he became the first man to sail alone non-stop around the world.

Sir Robin, who is based in Hampshire, founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off in the Route du Rhum race Credit: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's website

"There are bound to be questions about my age. They ask what I think of doing this at 75 and I say I am still 45. That is how I feel. I think I am 45 and that is where I stay. I feel no different to when I last raced. I am pretty fit. I lead an active life. I think of myself as young and that is it. I treat myself as young and I am just not ready for the slippers, pipe and television. That is not coming in a hurry."

– Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Hannah plans voyage to raise funds for RNLI

Many who take to the water rely on the RNLI lifeboats to come to their aid if they get into trouble - including professional sailors. Now one of them, Hannah White, is hoping to help the RNLI by rowing from the West of the country to the East - ending in Gravesend. And she's doing it in a kayak. Hannah joined Fred from our London studio.

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Record-breaking speeds for Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland crews as they race along Sussex coast

The Sevenstar fleet racing along the south coast Credit: Sevenstar/RORC

You can follow the progress of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race fleet on the organiser's race tracker here

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland fleet setting off from Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC
Volvo 65 teams SCA and Abu Dhabi go head-to-head off Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

Sailors racing along south coast in Round Britain battle

The flotilla of 28 yachts are now heading east along the south coast after departing the Solent this morning . The 1,800 mile race around Britain and Ireland set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes with a stiff southwesterly wind and a good tide, allowing the yachts to fly their spinnakers.

At 1130 the fleet past Selsey Bill, with over 30 knots of breeze. Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has averaged 30 knots of boat speed since the start and is on course to finish the race in two and a half days, smashing the course record, if these conditions prevail.

Five Volvo 65s are taking part in the event - the first time the teams have raced against each other ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts in October. They screamed through the start line with Team SCA, skippered by Sam Davies, getting the best start. Team Dongfeng, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, was just in the lead at 1100am. Three teams have taken the lead in the Volvo 65 class in the first two hours, a pattern that may well continue right through the race.

Racing in Rio - GBR sailors prepare for 2016 Olympics

The third day of racing at the Aquece Rio venue in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, saw a range of conditions with wind and waves on the outside courses and tricky breeze inside Guanabara Bay.

A 15 knot south westerly breeze worked its way across the five race areas with outside courses Copacabana and Niteroi experiencing a stable breeze and wild waves. Inside Guanabara Bay was a different story with an up and down breeze that tested the sailors across Pão de Açucar, Ponte and Escola Naval.

Olympic sailors from across the South race in Rio with 2 years to the Olympics Credit: Alex Ferro/Rio 2016/ISAF

In the women's 470 class, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, from Hampshire, took the first race victory of the day and sit second overall following a 3-7. ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) are third overall, tied with the Brits on four points.

In the men's 470 Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) sit in third after winning the second race in their class. Giles Scott (GBR) moved into pole position in the Finn fleet following a fifth, a race win and a second. The British sailor has a four point advantage over overnight leader Jorge Zarif (BRA) who discards a 14th and counts two fifth places from three races on Ponte.

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