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Justin Scott stamped his authority on the fleet with two wins, to move him to the top of the table in the Pre-World Practice Regatta.

The day took a very heavy toll on the fleet with only eight skiffs able to finish in Race 8.

She had sustained a suspected fractured shoulder and a laceration to her leg.

William Wallis and Fyn Sprott, sailing Westwind, have so far scored 1-3-1-2 for seven points, while Thomas Nikitaris and Silas Hamilton, sailing Hellooooo, are second on 9 points.

Out of control spinnaker broaches, capsizes, a collision between two high profile yachts and a subsequent disqualification and a man overboard (briefly) situation have marked the opening races.

Champions from a number of classes could not overcome local Nick Jerwood and his crew.

Gusty big winds result in retirements and sail handling problems for the start of the series.

Contrary to beliefs, Finn sailors are not fat - top-level sailors exhibit physical fitness comparable with professional rowers, runners and cyclists

The Clipper Cup was created in 1978 as an International Offshore Rule team event with record 78 entries from around the world competing in Hawaii.

Among those taking part will be staff from the Star Inn at Whitby Harbour, an offshoot of Andrew Pern’s Michelin-starred restaurant 30 miles inland at Harome, near Helmsley.

The Cruising with Spinnakers Division has drawn close on 30 boats which, along with SB20 sports boats, International Dragons and trailable yachts, will see a total fleet of more than 80 yachts, plus close to same number of off-the-beach boats.

With more than three times as many entries already received as the same time in recent years, organisers are confident this year will offer the strongest field since the 1990’s.

The new policy will encourage event organisers to adhere to the class’s sustainability guidelines as well as those of the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.

The boats are on a tight reach, with wind and boat speeds in the mid to high teens.

Four barrels of rum from Lunenburg's Ironworks Distillery will spend the next 15 months in the cargo hold of the three-masted tall ship Picton Castle.