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Sir Ben Ainslie plans to bring America's Cup to Britain

Sir Ben Ainslie plans to bring America's Cup to Britain Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Sir Ben Ainslie has announced his plans to bring the America's Cup trophy to Britain.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist, who grew up in Cornwall, helped Team Oracle USA to victory last year. He is now building a British team but admits he is uncertain whether he will be in the crew for the competition in 2017.

Teen with severe cerebral palsy sails into Plymouth

Natasha Lambert sailing her yacht, Miss Isle Credit: ITV West Country

17-year-old Natasha Lambert has already sailed the channel, and is now sailing from the Isle of Wight to South Wales. Her dad, Gary, was an electrician. He taught himself sailing and electronics to convert the 21ft yacht, 'Miss Isle', for his daughter.

Natasha's sailing coach is onboard, but only as a passenger. He only steps in to reef the sails when it gets too blowy.

Her sailing is just fine actually, we've made it here so that shows it must be good enough. I will admit I take every opportunity to add a little bit of value if I can, a bit of coaching, and see if we can improve what she's doing while we're out on the water. But at the same time we're making passages, clocking up miles so there's an element of relaxing into to it, looking at the scenery and making sure the boat is ticking over.

– Phil Devereux, sailing coach

Natasha discovered a passion for sailing on a visit to the Calvert Trust. She's raising money for the RNLI, the Royal Yacht Association Trust, and round-the-world record breaker Ellen MacArthur's Cancer Trust.

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Olympic medalist takes on new sailing challenge

Olympic Modern Pentathlete Heather Fell is preparing to undertake a very different sporting challenge - the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Fell, who's from Tavistock, won a silver medal for Great Britain at the Beijing Games and only recently retired. Now she's joining a crew for the remainder of the dangerous circumnavigation after a crash course in sailing.

Inquest into sailor's death begins today

Inquest into death of Andrew Simpson, who died in a sailing accident last year

The inquest is taking place into the death of Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson from Dorset.

The sailor, known as Bart, drowned while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay last year.

A foundation has been established in his name to encourage young sailors and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was opened, with the help of his young sons, on Portland earlier this month.

Simpson Centre being opened earlier this month with the help of Andrew Simpson's two sons Credit: ITV

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Ainslie launches sailing foundation in memory of friend

The Cornish sailor Ben Ainslie has helped launch a new sailing foundation in memory of his fellow Olympian Andrew Simpson, on the first anniversary of his death.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist joined friends and family of Andrew at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Sally Simmonds reports.

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Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre officially opens

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre has officially opened in Weymouth today.

It was launched at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, with close friends Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE along with Paul Godison and Andrew's children cutting the red ribbon.

Sir Ben Ainslie cuts the ribbon with Iain Percy, Paul Godison and Andrew Simpson's children Credit: onEdition

The centre hopes to deliver sailing tuition right through to advanced race coaching for all age groups.

Ben Ainslie said, "Today is a very poignant day, but also a really exciting one to be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. It's fantastic to see what has been achieved in such a short space of time: and I'm sure the great man would be very proud."

Sir Ben Ainslie on site at the newly opened Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Credit: onEdition

Young sailors aim for victory after weather delay

Yacht Credit: ITV News West Country

A Falmouth sailor will be setting off later today in his quest to win the Transat Jacques Vabre race. Sam Goodchild will leave Le Harve after lunch after his transatlantic race to Costa Rica was delayed.

The 23 year old and his co-sailor Ned Collier Wakefield are the youngest crew in the world class fleet with a combined age of just 48.

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