KITE-SURFING finally achieves recognition as an Olympic discipline this week when the Devon family at the top of the sport get the chance to showcase their skills in Denmark. Steph Bridge and her Exmouth sons, Guy and Olly, will make their Hempel Sailing World Championships debut ahead of the kites proposed inclusion in the Paris …

IT WAS one of the West Country’s most extraordinary sporting rises: the humble farm that became host to the world’s leading sports stars. Now a new book tells one of golf’s great tales – and the Indy’s John Collings has been reading it… Have you heard the one about two Irishmen, a pig breeder and …

IT HAS already been an amazing 12 months for the Cornish Pilot Gig Association and this weekend’s 29th World Championships on the Isles of Scilly should be the cream on the top. The country’s fastest growing sport now boasts almost 70 clubs – Portishead, Newhaven, London Cornish and Rowhedge (Essex) are among the latest ones …

HENRY Bomby admitted to mixed emotions after he finally rounded Cape Horn following one of the most relentless Southern Ocean legs in the history of the Volvo race. The 26-year-old Devon sailor and his colleagues on board the yacht, Turn The Tide On Plastic, have endured a miserable week. News that a member of the …

WEST Country circumnavigators Annie Lush and Abby Ehler were celebrating as their yacht, Team Brunel, took the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race after a navigational gamble appeared to pay off. With the fleet of six one-design 65-footers closing down on the latest leg finish in Auckland, the Dutch-flagged boat, with Weymouth Olympian Lush and …

ONE OF the West Country’s most experienced inshore racers is off to the Arabian Peninsula this week in a bid to win the latest edition of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. Stevie Morrison has taken part in the regatta before but his past involvement in a two-week programme, which mixes both inshore and offshore …

Health concerns have led to Weymouth Olympian Annie Lush being pulled off the crew of a Volvo Ocean Race yacht taking part in an around-the-world competition. Lush, who represented Great Britain in the Elliott six-metre women’s match racing event at London 2012, was injured during the third leg of the Volvo from Cape Town to …

A young offshore racer from the West Country has survived a harrowing knockdown on board a 98-ft yacht to take line honours in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s fourth annual transatlantic race from Lanzarote to Grenada. Cornishman Robin Elsey was a key member of Australian Ludde Ingvall’s multi-national crew on the canting keel maxi, CQS, …