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Tokyo 2020 organisers cut crowds at sailing events over tsunami risk

Olympic authorities reduce crowd size to make evacuations easier The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have decided to cut the number of spectators for the sailing events by a third so they can be quickly evacuated to higher ground in th…

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French sailor, 73, wins round-the-world solo-race without modern instruments

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede spent 212 days alone at seaGolden Globe race involves navigation with sextants and paper mapsA 73-year-old French sailor has won an unusual, around-the-world yacht race after 212 days alone at sea without modern instruments, in w…

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Alive takes Sydney to Hobart handicap honours as Wild Oats XI survives protest

Tattersall Cup secured by Tasmanian yacht AlivePost-race protest against Wild Oats XI droppedTasmanian yacht Alive has taken out overall honours in the 2018 Sydney to Hobart – the first boat from the island state to do so in nearly 40 years.The Duncan …

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Sydney to Hobart winner Wild Oats XI to face race committee protest

Protest lodged against nine-time line honours winnerAutomatic Identification System infringement to be judgedWild Oats XI’s Sydney to Hobart line honours win is under a cloud, with the event’s race committee advising that the yacht may have breached re…

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Sydney to Hobart yacht race: Wild Oats XI claims victory for ninth time in dramatic finale

Serial winner pips Black Jack and Comanche in one of the closest races in contest’s 74-year historyWild Oats XI has claimed victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for the ninth time, crossing the finish line in Hobart at 8.07am.The supermaxi overto…

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Sydney to Hobart 2018 set for closest four-way tussle in race history

The trip down the Derwent is shaping as a classic as four supermaxis race to the lineThe race for line honours is shaping up as the closest contest in 74 editions of the Sydney to Hobart, with the prospect of a thrilling match race between the four fas…

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Sydney to Hobart yacht race: supermaxi Black Jack steals the show as tactical race looms

Start of 74th edition of Sydney to Hobart race sees Queensland’s Black Jack snatching the lead before leaving the harbourWild Oats XI deployed her new sails to great impact, winning the start of the 74th edition of the Sydney to Hobart.But the all-conq…

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Rescue ship reaches yachtswoman stranded in Southern Ocean

Susie Goodall was injured when her yacht flipped over as she took part in round-the-world raceA rescue ship has reached a British solo yachtswoman who was left drifting in the Southern Ocean after her vessel was wrecked in a storm as she took part in a…

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Solo yachtswoman waits in wreckage for Southern Ocean rescue

Cargo ship diverts to find Briton Susie Goodall, injured when her vessel overturnedA British solo yachtswoman stranded in the Southern Ocean after her boat was “destroyed” in a violent storm has spent an uncomfortable but safe 24 hours in the wreckage …

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British solo yachtswoman awaits rescue after surviving Southern Ocean storm

Susie Goodall was taking part in Golden Globe round-the-world race when her boat overturned and lost its mastA major rescue operation is under way in the Southern Ocean after a British solo yachtswoman was injured and and her boat “destroyed” in a fier…

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Tony Bullimore obituary

Yachtsman who found fame after his spectacular rescue from the Southern Ocean during the 1996-97 Vendée Globe raceTony Bullimore, who has died of cancer aged 79, achieved worldwide fame after he survived for four days in an air pocket under the overtur…

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British sailor Tony Bullimore dies aged 79

Tributes paid to veteran yachtsman who survived being stranded at sea for four days The British sailor and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore has died at the age of 79, according to reports. Bullimore became world-famous after he survived for four days when h…

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Australia’s Wendy Tuck wins Clipper Round-the-World yacht race

Tuck becomes first female skipper to win, beating Britain’s Nikki HendersonThe Australian sailor Wendy Tuck, has become the first female skipper to win the Clipper Round-the-World yacht race.More than 11 months after leaving Liverpool’s Albert Dock, a …

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‘Shoestring sailor’ Rose’s round-the-world epic still enchants, 50 years on | Andy Bull

The solo adventures of Alec Rose, minding his own business on the seas while the press struggled to work out where in the world he was, attracted a reported 250,000 for his returnThere were two reasons why Alec Rose wanted to sail around the world. One…

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Ben Ainslie gets America’s Cup funding from backer of Brexit and fracking

Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos to fund challenge for most prestigious event in world sailingBen Ainslie’s latest America’s Cup bid is being bankrolled to the tune of £110m by the billionaire pro-Brexit businessman Jim Ratcliffe, whose petrochemical company Ine…

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The best sports photos of 2017 – video

Here we’ve selected our favourite sports images from 2017: from surfers riding the Hawaiian waves and Rory Best’s encounter with a Maori Warrior to Mo Farah’s stunned reaction after another world title and David Warner taking a flying catch in the Ashe…

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New winner declared in Sydney to Hobart yacht race – video

LDV Comanche has won line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after the initial winner, Wild Oats XI was penalised by an hour for an illegal tacking manoeuvre at the start of the race. Comanche’s skipper Jim Cooney says the decision by an intern…

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Wild Oats XI smashes record to win Sydney to Hobart race in thrilling finish

Wild Oats trails into Derwent but finds speed upriver to clinch ninth winLDV Comanche to lodge protest after near-collision in Sydney HarbourWild Oats XI has crossed the line ahead of LDV Comanche in a record time to claim a ninth win in the Sydney to …

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Sydney to Hobart: Black Jack lands surprise blow with early lead

LDV Comanche lodges protest after near miss with Wild Oats XI, as forecasts show winner could set new race recordQueensland’s Black Jack landed a surprise blow at the beginning of the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race, upstaging line honours winners to …

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French sailor François Gabart makes fastest solo circumnavigation

Journey around world took 42 days and 16 hours – six days faster than previous recordThe French sailor François Gabart has broken the record for sailing solo around the world, circumnavigating the planet in 42 days and 16 hours.That is more than six da…