Ainslie retires from Olympic sailing

Four-time Olympic gold medal winner Ben Ainslie, who grew up in Cornwall, has announced his retirement from Olympic sailing.

The Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Thousands are expected to turn out for Dartmouth’s 190th Royal Regatta this week.

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Strange craft compete in Speed Week

One of the stranger craft competing in Speed Week off Portland Credit: ITV News West Country

Strange sailing boats and windsurfers are hoping to sail as fast as possible off Portland during the annual Speed Week.

The sailing world speed record holder Paul Larsen is there today.

The competition, which has been running since the 1970s, sees sailors go as fast as they can across 500m of Portland Harbour.

Sailor Sam helping youngsters

Falmouth sailor Sam Goodchild is in Plymouth this morning to try and attract more young people to get involved in sailing.

The 23 year old will be taking children from the Horizons Sailing Charity out onto the water at Mayflower Marina later today.

It's part of a new initiative set up with Plymouth University and Destination Plymouth.

Sam Goodchild Credit: ITV News West Country

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The launch of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson Credit: PA

A foundation set up memory of a British sailor who died when a catamaran he was on capsized, is being launched today. Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset was training for the Americas Cup in May in San Francisco Bay when the accident happened.

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.

At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medalist regional mentors.

PICTURES: A day at Dartmouth Regatta

Our reporter Bob Cruwys has spent the day at Dartmouth Royal Regatta, looking at all the organisation behind such a popular event, with so many boats, competitors and tourists involved.

He took a few photos along the way:

HMS Chiddingfold sweeps into Dartmouth to take on her role as guardship for the Royal Regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
Navigating the River Dart is no problem for the crew of the Royal Navy mine hunter Credit: ITV News West Country
The landscape around the River Dart provides an amazing setting for the regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
The crew stand to attention as they arrive at the Devon port Credit: ITV News West Country
The picturesque port plays host to the regatta every year - it runs until Saturday Credit: ITV News West Country
One of the local inhabitants - Nik-Nik the resident dolphin - also turned up to join in the fun Credit: ITV News West Country

If you'd like to share your photos of Dartmouth Royal Regatta - we'd love to see them.

You can email them to westcountry@itv.com

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Jobs for the Sailors of tomorrow

by John Andrews

Three young people from Dorset who were unemployed now have a brighter future after completing an intensive sailing course and getting jobs at the end of it.

The course was run at the Sailing Academy alongside the Job Centre with the aim of finding the sailors of tomorrow.

West Country sailors cross Fastnet finishing line

Two West Country sailors have crossed the finish line in the Fastnet, one of the world's toughest races.

Henry Bomby from Kingswear and his sailing partner arrived in Plymouth on Thursday morning.

Their boat Rockfish came in sixth after more than 600 miles of racing.

Sam Goodchild from Falmouth, who was competing in a team of five, finished eighth in his class on Wednesday night.

West Country sailors retain strong position in Fastnet

Sam Goodchild is in 7th place and Henry Bomby is in 5th place

West Country offshore sailors Sam Goodchild and Henry Bomby have retained strong positions in their respective boat classes in the 45th Fastnet Race.

Goodchild is in 7th place in the Class 40 fleet, with 60 miles to go in his boat 11th Hour Racing, while Henry Bomby is in 5th place in the Figaro Class with less than 130 miles to go before the Plymouth finish line.

An overall winner of The Fastnet Challenge Cup trophy will be presented this Friday night in Plymouth.

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