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Volvo Ocean Race: Southampton sailor pursues dream

The Volvo Ocean Race began today, with men and women racing on the same boat for the first time.

Southampton sailor Jack Bouttell was so determined to pursue his dream, that he moved across the world and left his family.

But his determination paid off and now he's crew on one of the favourite teams to win the Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng racing.

As Sally Simmonds reports from Alicante, Spain.

Sally spoke to Jack Bouttell, Crew, Donfeng Racing.


Thousands of sailors arrive for Cowes Week

Around 8,000 competitors will take part in Cowes Week Credit: PA Wire

The Solent will be filled with boats as far as the eye can see this weekend, with thousands of people arriving for Cowes Week.

The regatta is the largest of its kind in the world and is held every year in August. Up to 8,000 competitors participate every year and are as varied as hobby sailors to Olympic contenders.

The small town of Cowes will be turned into a city of people as 100,000 visitors arrive during the week. The traditional fireworks show rounds off the festivities on Friday.

Ben Ainslie's sailing boat in dramatic crash

Sailor Ben Ainslie's boat has been involved in a dramatic collision on the first day of qualifying in the America's Cup.

The British catamaran crashed into the side of a Japanese vessel at the start line and was left with a large hole. Hampshire based Ben Ainslie and his team were penalised for the incident. No crew members were injured.

'I wonder why I do it sometimes' - Sailor Alex Thomson crosses date line

Thomson has been keeping a video diary

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson is 'enjoying' a second Sunday, after crossing the international date line in his quest to become the first British winner of the Vendee Globe.

He's currently in second place behind Armel Le Cleach'h, as they head toward Cape Horn.

The 42 year old from Titchfield has been filming regular video diaries, and today has been speaking about how the mind starts to play tricks when you're in appalling conditions, entirely on your own in the South Pacific:

The skipper reported to his team today that he is in fair shape, physically and mentally, but was very much looking forward to quieter weather.

“Alex is still crawling around the boat. It is impossible to move around at all. He is pretty tired as you would expect. But he seems to be OK.

– Ross Daniel, Technical Director


The Southampton Boat Show is underway

Fans of all things nautical - will be heading to the Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park over the next ten days. Everyone from Olympic gold medallists - to weekend sailors - will be taking to the water.

The event was opened by the actress Michelle Keegan. Sally Simmonds was there.

Sir Ben's team maintains lead in the America's Cup

Toulon played host to the weekend's America's Cup races

Sailing fans from Hampshire were in Toulon in France over the weekend to show their support for the Portsmouth-based Ben Ainslie Racing team.

The Land Rover BAR crew won the second race on Sunday, and came third overall in the weekend's events at Toulon. Sir Ben Ainslie's team still lead the America's Cup World Series event as a whole. The next leg will be in Japan in November. Sally Simmonds sent this report.

Supporters from home travel to France to see Portsmouth-based team

Hampshire sailors at the Americas Cup in France

The Americas Cup World Series is taking place in Toulon this weekend. After their fantastic victory in Portsmouth in July can Sir Ben Ainslie and the crew of Land Rover BAR extend their lead? Sally Simmonds reports from the south coast of France.

The interviewees are Chris Draper, Tactician for Team Softbank Japan; and Sir Ben Ainslie, Skipper, Land Rover BAR.

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