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Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cardiff Bay

The Extreme Sailing Series takes place in iconic locations all over the world Credit: PA

Some of the world's best sailors will hit the waters of Cardiff Bay this weekend for the fifth stage of the Extreme Sailing Series.

The event is returning to the capital for the third year for its UK leg which will feature 40 catamarans. The race travels to some of the world's most iconic places including St Petersburg, Singapore and Sydney.

Olympic and America's Cup sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie is among competitors taking part in the event which runs until Monday. He skippers the British entry JP Morgan BAR.

It is crazy racing. Anyone who has seen the series, or taken part in it, will tell you that the style of the courses, the speed of the boats and the number of boats on any side of the course at one time means there is a lot of action and a lot of potential for crashes and incidents.

So it makes for exciting racing and you really have to be on your toes.

– Sir Ben Ainslie
The series recently took in the sights of St Petersburg during the fourth stage of the regatta Credit: PA

Novice sailors take to the seas off Mumbles

Novice sailors have been taking to the water off Mumbles today to try sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Around 80 beginners took part.

On hand to give tips and advice was Welsh Paralympic sailor Stephen Thomas - originally from Bridgend. He was part of the a team that finish fourth in the Sonar class at London 2012.

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Boats on the water for Menai Strait race

Over 100 boats are taking part in the Menai Strait Regattas, between 5 and 17 August.

Today's race round Puffin Island is one of the highlights of the two-week Menai Straits Regattas.

The four-hour race started from Beaumaris and is sailing north towards the uninhabited island, off the eastern tip of Anglesey.

There, racers can hope to catch a glimpse of local wildlife, including guillemot, razorbill, grey seals and puffins.

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On our main programme and website all this coming week we'll have a series of reports about a tall ship that's sailing around the world visiting 30 countries on all 7 continents. The Crew is led by 21year old a injured soldier Kyle Baker from the Chepstow.

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