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Local sailor wins renowned Solitaire du Figaro

22-year-old solo sailor Robin Elsey has won the Solitaire du Figaro Rookie division.

The sailor, from Truro, crossed the line in the early hours of this morning to secure the title, finishing 15th overall of 39 boats.

Robin is just the second British skipper to have achieved this - Jack Bouttell was the first in 2013, where Jack finished 10th - another amazing result.

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson finished Leg 4 from Torbay to Dieppe in 10th, to see him go 13th overall - one position up from last year. Another great result.

Robin gave his thoughts on the race to the gathering crowd on the docks in Dieppe.


'Bart's Bash' sets new world record

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A global sailing event held in memory of Dorset sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson has been declared a world record.

More than 30,000 people from 60 countries took part in 'Bart's Bash', which was held to raise money for his Foundation.

The Olympic gold medallist from Sherborne died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup.

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.


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

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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