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Public interest in sailing tends to peak around America’s Cup where, traditionally, super-rich team-owners invest heavily to build hi-tech boats and to attract crews assembled from around the world.

Jonathan Levy has held a series of roles at Clipper Ventures, which organises the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Here he offers his insights into what makes an ideal host city for an event organiser.

Steve Armitage, general manager, destination at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, reflects on how the city’s event offer is evolving to meet its own needs and those of events rights owners.

America’s Cup sailing is 164 years old and proud of its traditions, but the 90km-per-hour catamarans contesting the latest edition have added a new dimension and opened up fresh commercial opportunities for a property focused on building for a new generation without losing sight of its past. Kevin Roberts reports.

 Chemicals multinational AkzoNobel has become the first company to sign a team title sponsorship for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in the fourth quarter of 2017 and ends in the second quarter of 2018.

American software tycoon Larry Ellison, who bankrolled Oracle Team USA twice to America's Cup glory, and legendary former sailor Sir Russell Coutts have announced a new global racing league called SailGP.

The Volvo Ocean Race is set to navigate a fresh path after Volvo Group and Volvo Cars, the co-owners of the sailing event for the past 20 years, said they will transfer ownership to sports management and production company Atlant Ocean Racing Spain.

The Hague in the Netherlands has been selected to host the 2022 Sailing World Championships.

Sailing’s World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has unveiled a new event in Norway and has revamped its format as it prepares for its 2018 season.

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The Volvo Ocean Race, formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race, is professional sailing’s longest event. It is one of just a few championships designated by the sport’s governing body, World Sailing, as a 'special event', alongside the America’s Cup and the Extreme Sailing Series.

Rachael Church goes behind the scenes at the Extreme Sailing Series and motorsport’s Extreme Drift Allstars and experiences how they both put fans at the heart of the action.

Sir Keith Mills writes exclusively in SportBusiness International about how the Olympic Movement can connect with the next generation, the British America’s Cup challenge and upcoming Invictus Games.

Matt Cutler spoke to Mark Turner, executive chairman of marketing and events company OC Sport and the man who heads up the Extreme Sailing Series, about adding Russia and Australia as venues for 2014 and where he sees events going in the future.

OC Sport Executive Chairman Mark Turner explains the rationale behind the new stops on the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series and where he believes stops could be in the future.

Mark Cameron, global brand experience director at Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) main series partner Land Rover, breaks down the company's sponsorship strategy to Matt Cutler at this year's event launch.