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Dartmouth Regatta gets underway - with restrictions

Dartmouth is packed with boats ready for its annual regatta Credit: ITV News

It's the opening day of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta. Thousands will take part in competitions on the water.

But the schedule for the air displays has had to be altered after the introduction of new restrictions following the Shoreham plane crash. The Civil Aviation Authority has banned vintage jets from carrying out high energy acrobatics.

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


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
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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.

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.

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