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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FULL REPORT : Our Fastnet sailing hopefuls

by Richard Lawrence

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.

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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.

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy wins bid for 2016 Vintage Yachting Games

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has won a competitive bid to host the 2016 Vintage Yachting Games, beating competition from Germany, Romania and Sweden.

Held every four years, the event will head to Weymouth and Portland during the summer of 2016 when 300 boats will race as 10 – 14 different classes attracting traditional models and current crews.

The Vintage Yachting Classes chose the WPNSA as the final due to excellent predicted sailing conditions during the summer and the experienced experts of the race committee. We are very much looking forward to celebrating over 90 years of Olympic sailing experience at the same location of the latest Olympic sailing event”.

– Rudy den Outer, Chairman, Vintage Yachting Games

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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."

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