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BREAKING - William and Kate see America's Cup visit blown off course

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's day supporting sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew in the America's Cup World Series was blown off course by bad weather.

Parts of William and Kate's itinerary had to cancelled and new venues found for other events after heavy rain and blustery conditions swept into Portsmouth.

The Duchess arrives at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard Credit: PA
All smiles despite the rain Credit: PA

Sir Ben, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but it's been confirmed that racing has been abandoned for the day.

After being forced to return to dry land, Sir Ben said: "The English summer, you just can't count on it.

The Duke and Duchess are welcomed to Portsmouth Credit: PA

"Yesterday was the most amazing day of my sailing career. There were so many people out, everyone had a fantastic time.

"Today was a shame but we will get that sorted out and book the weather in for next year."

– Sir Ben Ainslie
The Duchess wearing her personalised hoodie Credit: PA

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged.

William and Kate left their children - Prince George and Princess Charlotte - in the care of their personal staff to travel to the south coast for the event.

The Duchess, who is a keen sailor, joined Sir Ben in June last year when he formally launched Britain's bid to win the America's Cup for the first time.

Sir Ben on the water yesterday Credit: PA

Points collected during the World Series determine who will challenge the US for the America's Cup which will be staged in Bermuda in 2017.

Sir Ben is off to a flying start after his crew clinched a win and a second place during the two races staged yesterday in front of thousands of spectators.

Sir Ben Ainslie wins first round of America's Cup World Series

The Land Rover BAR team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie in action during the first race on day three of the Americas Cup in Portsmouth Credit: PA

Cornwall based sailing star - Sir Ben Ainslie - has triumphed in the first round of the America's Cup World Series - after racing was called off because of bad weather.

It's the first time the sailing competition has taken place in the UK since 1851 - and yesterday he came from behind to win the race in front of a packed Portsmouth harbour.

Torrential downpours meant today's event had to be cancelled.

Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales paid a visit on the second day of the opening leg.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales paid a visit on the second day of the opening leg Credit: PA


Plymouth dance group Wheel Fever perform at U.Dance festival

Plymouth dance group Wheel Fever have beaten off hundreds of others across the country to take part in a national festival in the city.

Wheel Fever run weekly workshops for disabled children and children who are wheelchair users.

The group have been rehearsing hard for the U.Dance 2015 festival that's on at the Theatre Royal.

Jacquie Bird has the story.

War veterans plan to build new gig boat to row to Isles of Scilly

The team competed in the World Pilot Gig Racing Championships this year. Credit: ITV West Country

A six-strong group of war veterans from the West Country are to build a new gig boat and row it to the Isles of Scilly.

The boat will be raced by a team of injured serviceman from the charity Help for Heroes at the World Pilot Gig Championships next May.

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Warming up for Women's Ashes

The England Ladies team leave a trail of kit bags as they warm up in Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The England Ladies Cricket Team are warming up at the County Ground in Somerset ready for the first match in their Ashes Series tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July.

While the men may have been defeated by Australia at the weekend, the women's side are hoping to make it three wins in a row.

For Vice Captain Heather Knight, Tuesday's match will be like playing at home.

I grew up playing for Somerset Academy and did a lot of training here as a youngster. I see it as my home ground in the West Country and it's always lovely to come back here. I absolutely love it.

Lots of family and friends are coming on Tuesday for my 50th cap so I'm really looking forward to it.

– HEATHER KNIGHT England Vice Captain

Devon Olympian Jo Pavey honoured at Exeter University

Jo Pavey celebrating winning the Women's 10000m Final at the European Championships 2014. Credit: Adam Davy / PA

Devon athlete Jo Pavey, who was made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours, is to be given an honorary doctorate by Exeter University this morning.

The 41-year-old from West Hill, has competed in four Olympics, and last year won bronze at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the European Championships.


Webb Ellis trophy goes on show at Sandy Park

Rugby's World Cup, the Webb Ellis trophy, has been on show at Sandy Park which is going to be hosting part of the tournament in September.

There are still 70 days until it all kicks off but until the action gets underway, fans have been taking advantage of perfect selfie opportunities as the trophy tours our region.

Richard Lawrence reports:

Webb Ellis Cup inspires West's young rugby players

Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup trophy has been touring the West Country this week as a pre-taste of the tournament, which starts later this year.

Jacquie Bird met some of the young players hoping the trophy brings them luck for their rugby futures - including girls' teams determined to show it's not just a boy's sport.

The cup continues its tour, visiting Exeter tomorrow and Friday.

The tournament itself starts on September 18, with some matches played at Exeter's Sandy Park.

Rugby World Cup arrives in the West Country

The Webb Ellis Trophy visits the West Country as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is in the West Country today as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It'll begin its journey at the Eden Project before heading to Perranporth Beach. It then moves east - taking in Haytor on Dartmoor, Sandy Park in Exeter and Weymouth.

Sandy Park is hosting three games during the competition which is due to kick off in September.

Meanwhile the fixtures for next season's premiership campaign have been revealed. Exeter Chiefs open their season away at Bath on October 17th. Their first home match is against London Welsh on October 24th.

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