Racing’s nearly-man Hervé Poncharal finally secures the victory that eluded him for four decades

Seeing his opponents drift wide, Oliveira pounced. His team boss says he knew immediately that the win was secured. “Before he crossed the line I knew he was going to win … when it’s such a long time you’ve been waiting, and we are not blasé like some teams, like you know if you’re working […]

‘Tears in my eyes!’: Viewers sing along with rousing renditions of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia at the Prom after BBC back down over lyrics’ ‘imperialist ties’

However, critics argue that the lyrics to Rule Britannia, including the line ‘Britons never, never, never shall be slaves’, are overtly racist given the UK’s prominent role in the slave trade – and also the implication that some people could be slaves.

Cancelling this year’s Sydney to Hobart will be unpopular but the 2020 race is already doomed

Not to mention the joy, camaraderie and friendships forged or strengthened on docks or amid the salt spray that will be surrendered in 2020. Or the lost Boxing Day chats featuring Wikipedia-pipped facts about Wild Oats XI to impress family and friends gathered in a post-Christmas haze to watch the race from the shoreline or […]