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Local Plymouth sailor wins Figaro division of Fastnet race

Sam, 24, now sails full-time for a living. Credit: ELWJ Photography

Local Plymouth sailor Sam Matson has won the Figaro division of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

The 24-year-old, studied at Plymouth University, and lived there for 4 years before turning to professional sailing full time.

He returned to Plymouth in 2014 with the Solitaire du Figaro where he became a local hero, after winning the Rookie division of the race.

Sam is now a well known face in the region, where he sails solo in his Figaro Bénéteau II.

This year he finished 13th overall in the 2,000 mile Solitaire. This is his fourth Fastnet Race.

Sam first completed the race double-handed with his father Neil in 2009. Credit: ELWJ Photography

RNLI lifeboat rescues German yacht taking part in offshore race

Shakti being towed back to St Mary's harbour. Credit: RNLI/Pete Hicks

An RNLI lifeboat was launched on Wednesday to assist one of the yachts taking part in the Fastnet race.

The German 46 foot ocean-going yacht, the 'Shakti' had lost her rudder about 47 nautical miles north west of the Isles of Scilly.

A replacement rudder proved ineffective and the 13 crew on board the yacht had to be towed back to St Mary's harbour by the volunteer crew.


First racing yachts arrive in Plymouth

A record 356 yachts took part in the 2015 offshore race. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

The first yachts have begun arriving in Plymouth in the Rolex Fastnet race.

Jim Clark’s 100-ft American Maxi Comanche has claimed monohull line honours at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race.

Arriving in Plymouth at 05:22 BST on Wednesday morning, Comanche completed the 603-nm offshore race in 2 days, 15 hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds.

The teams have been competing for the Fastnet Challenge Cup. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

The Ken Read-skippered Comanche finished a mere four minutes ahead of her closest rivals, George David’s 88-ft Rambler (USA).

Mike Slade's 100-ft Maxi Leopard (GBR) was third finisher at 06:26 followed by the Maxi 72 Momo (CAY) at 06:57.

Local sailor Henry Bomby is due to arrive tomorrow.

The challenge takes place every two years. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

Argyle & Grecians get back to winning ways

Tonight's results.

Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City have both returned to winning ways after defeats at the weekend.

The Grecians won 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge, thanks to goals from Ryan Harley and Troy Brown.

The Pilgrims had a comfortable 4-1 win over Carlisle. Jake Jervis scored twice, with Reuben Reid and Graham Carey also on target.

Yeovil Town are still without a point after losing 1-0 at York.

And in the National League, Torquay United lost 1-0 at home to Woking after conceding in the 90th minute.

Exeter Chiefs unveil new Cup kit

Exeter Chiefs have unveiled their new kit for use in Cup matches - and it's certainly eye catching! It gets its first outing on Thursday.

The new kit - a sight for sore eyes? Credit: Pinnacle Photo Agency

“I think our supporters are now well versed in the fact that we like to make a bit of a bold statement with our cup kits. Over the years we've had all different colours, including the famous pink, and it's something that I know makes us stand out a little bit from the other clubs."

– Rob Baxter, Head Coach

Rugby World Cup 2015: One month to go until kick-off

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring the West Country, inspiring young players. Credit: Hannah McKay / PA

Today marks exactly one month to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup - and the UK hosting it.

Exeter's Sandy Park stadium is holding three matches in the competition, with Tonga, Namibia, Georgia, Italy and Romania all making their way to Devon.

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring our region ahead of the tournament's start, going on show and inspiring young players.


Jo Pavey set to win bronze medal eight years after race

Jo Pavey missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish in Osaka. Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Devon runner Jo Pavey is likely to get a bronze medal for a race from 8 years ago - because the woman who won silver is facing doping charges.

Elvan Abeylegesse is among dozens of athletes whose urine samples from earlier championships have been re-analysed and tested positive for a banned substance.

An emotional Pavey tweeted to confirm the rumour, after saying earlier in the week that it would be "bittersweet" to get the medal from the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

'Dockyard Derby' beckons for Argyle

Plymouth Argyle are gearing up for their first home league match of the season against Portsmouth Credit: Plymouth

Plymouth Argyle are gearing up for their first home league match of the season against Portsmouth. It's become known as the Dockyard Derby.

Manager Derek Adams says despite their south coast rivals beating higher league opposition in the League Cup this week, the Greens are confident of a good result.

Kick off is tomorrow (Saturday 15th August) at 15:00

Exeter City through to League Cup second round

Tonight's League Cup results.

Exeter City have made it through to the second round of the League Cup, pulling off a shock result at Swindon.

Plymouth Argyle couldn't hold on against League One side Gillingham, who scored twice in the last five minutes.

And Yeovil weren't able to contain Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and lost 3-0.

Tonight's National League result.

In the National League, Torquay United lost 3-1 away to Wrexham, one of this season's early promotion favourites.

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