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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Ainslie sets sights on America's Cup

The 35 year old will now focus on his America's Cup campaign Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Following the announcement that he will not be competing in Rio 2016, four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has said he will now focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - his fourth gold medal in his fifth Games.

The 35 year old did not announce his Olympic retirement immediately after winning in Weymouth, preferring to wait for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin to decide which classes would be on the Olympic programme for Rio.

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America's Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

"I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America's Cup proper. Not at next year's event in San Francisco - that will be too soon - but perhaps the one after that."

Paralympic sailing in Weymouth and Portland

After a successful Olympic schedule Weymouth and Portland are hosting the Paralympic sailing events. Lord Coe, who is the London 2012 Chairman, took advantage of the Paralympic taster sessions being held at the arena. He says the atmosphere in the borough is extraordinary.

Sebastian Coe was in Dorset today visiting the free sports arena on Weymouth Beach.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta opens: full report

Dartmouth’s 190th Royal Regatta opened today.

The Regatta is based around a schedule of rowing and sailing events, but also incorporates a busy programme of activities including air displays, fireworks, a large fair, and many other smaller events that happen in and around the town centre.

Nearly 100,000 people visit Dartmouth during the Regatta period, making making it one of the largest public events in the South West.


Preparations for Torbay Regatta

Crew ready their yachts for the regatta Credit: ITV Westcountry

Now entering its 5th year, Torbay Week has become one of the premiere sailing regattas in the South West. Jointly organised and run by the four local sailing and yacht clubs, Torbay Week is open to all types of Dinghies and Yachts.

The regatta is one of the west's top sailing events Credit: ITV Westcountry

Races are held each day for most boat classes and there are social events hosted in the evenings. For those not taking part on the water, the horseshoe shape of the bay provides plenty of opportunities for spectators. There are also a host of other attractions and land based activities.

Ainslie's boat back on display

Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie sails his Finn 'Rita' down the river Thames in central London. Credit: Jeff Moore/EMPICS Entertainment

Ben Ainslie's winning boat is back on display at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

The Finn class dinghy, named Rita, helped Ben to win a gold medal at Weymouth.

She became a museum piece after Ainslie won gold at Athens and Beijing, but he decided to take her out of retirement for his London 2012 effort.

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