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  1. John Andrews

Jobs for the Sailors of tomorrow

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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And they're off! Westcountry sailors compete in Fastnet

One of the world's toughest yacht races is underway.

The Fastnet began off the Isle of Wight this lunchtime and two West Country sailors are taking part. Sam Goodchild from Falmouth is racing with a team of five while Henry Bomby from Kingswear is part of a pair.

They should arrive at the finish in Plymouth on Wednesday or Thursday.

Here's some video of the start, and our westcountry hopefuls.

  1. Richard Lawrence

FULL REPORT : Our Fastnet sailing hopefuls

It's one of the most challenging races in the sailing calendar and in four days time, nearly 400 yachts will be racing along the south coast to the south west tip of Ireland and back to finish in Plymouth.

The Fastnet Race attracts the world's finest professional and amateur sailors. A total of 3,500 crew will take part. Richard Lawrence has been to meet two ambitious young sailors from the West Country.

West country yachtsmen still in contention

Contestants at the start of the race at Pauillac in France earlier this month Credit: Patrick Bernard/ABACAPRESS. COM

Two sailors from the West Country are nearing the end of one of the world's toughest solo yacht races, the Solitaire du Figaro. Sam Goodchild is currently tenth, while Henry Bomby is 27th.

The current British record is 18th place. 40 boats are competing in the final leg and will sail close to the Cornish and Devon coast over the next two days.

Sail For Gold regatta

Sail For Gold has attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The first big sailing regatta held in Dorset since the Olympics is underway. Sail For Gold has attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world. It's running at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy until Thursday.

New Olympic classes are competing for the first time. Organisers hope the competition will grow as we head towards the Games in Rio in 2016.

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