13th August 1948:  Danish yachtsmen Paul Elvstrom, winner of the Firefly class at the 1948 Olympics in Torquay, Devon.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Paul Elvstrom: Sailing great, 88, dies

By Rob Hodgetts
Denmark's Paul Elvstrom -- an Olympic yachting great, sailing pioneer and an inspiration to many -- has died peacefully in his sleep aged 88.
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Super-sized: The world's largest luxury yachts

By Rob Hodgetts
It's the world's biggest superyacht by volume, with the biggest indoor swimming pool, but the deluxe Dilbar ranks only fourth in a prestigious Top 101 list of luxury leviathans.
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100% Natural Energy, Conrad Colman's yacht in the Vendee Globe, passes Madeira.

Charting an epic sailing voyage

It's known as the Everest of the Seas, one of the toughest events in any sport -- but it rewards its competitors with fleeting moments of beauty and calm amid its succession of grueling challenges.
English skipper Alex Thomson sails onboard his class Imoca monohull "Hugo Boss" moments after taking the start of the Vendee Globe around-the-world solo sailing race off the coast of Les Sables-d'Olonne, western France, on November 6, 2016. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE        (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sailor smashes Vendee Globe records

The grueling Vendee Globe is not even a third of the way finished, but British sailor Alex Thomson has already set two records in the solo round-the-world race.



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