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Yachting: Knox-Johnston to sail solo again at 75

British sailing great Robin Knox-Johnston announced Wednesday he planned to compete in a solo trans-Atlantic race at the age of 75 -- 45 years after he became the first man to sail alone non-stop around the world. Knox-Johnston has entered his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route de Rhum and should he take part he will be the oldest participant in the history of the 3,500 mile race from France to the Caribbean -- an event he last entered in 1982 in his catamaran Olympus.

Ainslie making progress on America's Cup team for Britain

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Ben Ainslie is making good progress on putting together an 80 million pounds ($130 million) British challenge for the next America's Cup, the four-times Olympic champion said on Thursday. The British sailor helped to inspire Oracle Team USA to one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history last year when they rallied from 8-1 down to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 and land the trophy.

Yachting: Belcher to helm Australia's America's Cup challenger

Olympic champion Mathew Belcher was Thursday named as skipper of Australia's America's Cup entrant as the country looks to win the prestigious Auld Mug for the first time since 1983. The 2012 London Games gold medallist's appointment was announced along with Team Australia's first boat -- a new AC45 catamaran -- on the shores of Sydney Harbour. America's Cup racing represents a big challenge for Belcher, 31, who is more accustomed sailing small two-man dinghies than the larger and faster catamarans.

Yachting: French skipper for China yacht team

Experienced French yachtsman Charles Caudrelier has been named as the new skipper of the Chinese Dongfeng Race Team which will take part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The 40-year-old from Britanny was part of the winning French Groupama crew in the last edition of the multi-stage, team race which sees single-hulled 20-metre long boats race each other around the world.

Dutch sailor Bekking to lead Dutch boat in Ocean Race

THE HAGUE, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will skipper a new Dutch team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, was announced during a presentation on Tuesday in Amsterdam. The team will be sponsored by Brunel, an Amsterdam-based company specializing in project management, recruitment and consultancy. It is the third time it sponsors a team during the prestigious sailing event around the world. The team joins the all-female campaign Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and the Chinese challenge Team Dongfeng in the 2014-15 line-up announced so far.

Yachting: Murray to head Australia at America's Cup

America's Cup veteran Iain Murray was Thursday recruited to head up Team Australia's challenge in the 35th edition of sailing's most celebrated contest. Murray is an old hand when it comes to Australian challenges and was the chief executive and regatta director of the last America's Cup, won by the United States who staged a sensational comeback to beat New Zealand. Winemaker Bob Oatley, whose Hamilton Island Yacht Club is the Challenger of Record to current holders Oracle Team USA for the next event, said Murray was the only man for the job.

Yachting: Ainslie set for talks on British AmCup team

Fresh from masterminding Oracle Team USA's stunning America's Cup victory, four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie says he is due to open talks about entering a British team in the race. Oracle stormed back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8 in the America's Cup in San Francisco earlier this week after Ainslie was installed as team tactician. In the aftermath of the race, Ainslie said he wanted to repeat his victory with a British team and he revealed on Sunday that moves to achieve that ambition have already been made.

Yachting: Ainslie fulfils lifelong ambition with Oracle's Cup win

British four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie says he realised a lifelong dream by inspiring Oracle Team USA to an improbable win in the America's Cup. Ainslie replaced John Kostecki as Oracle's tactician ahead of races six and seven last week, and the move proved inspired as with his guile and expertise Oracle recovered from an 8-1 deficit to overhaul Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 to clinch sailing's greatest prize on Wednesday. "To be part of a winning America's Cup team is for me personally part of a lifelong dream," the 36-year-old told BBC Radio 5.

Yachting: US takes another America's Cup win over Kiwis

Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand for the fifth America's Cup race in a row on Monday, again denying the Kiwis the victory they need to take the trophy. The win evened the score on the water, with both teams winning eight races, but left Oracle behind two points on the scoreboard due to penalties imposed for pre-regatta violations.

Factbox: America's Cup sailing rules and tactics

The 34th America's Cup is the first in its 162-year history to be held inshore close to waterfront spectators. A new electronic umpiring system will police the race course in the confined waters of San Francisco Bay and will penalize boats that violate the rules or sail out of the racing area. With radically innovative 72-foot hydrofoiling catamarans match racing on a tight course, at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour, the rules are crucial to keep the competition fair and safe. MATCH RACING
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