Sir Ben Ainslie and his team practise on one of their test boats on the Solent, ahead of the Portsmouth races on July 23 and 24
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Sir Ben Ainslie on his new £85m dream

The Olympian with a fearsome reputation wants to be the first Briton to win the America’s Cup

Anita Sethi and DBC Pierre
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FT Masterclass: backgammon with DBC Pierre

How the ancient board game saved the life of the Booker Prize-winning author

Richard Thaler, left, instructs Jonathan Derbyshire in the unexpectedly complicated pursuit of putting
©Owen Richards

FT Masterclass: putting with Richard Thaler

The US economist and co-author of ‘Nudge’ on how behavioural theories apply even on the putting green

Jeremy Taylor (Number 158) joins a practice session
©Cian Oba-Smith

FT Masterclass: Ball boy, ball girl with Sarah Goldson

Wimbledon’s ‘BBGs’ are strictly drilled in gathering and handling tennis balls

©Giulietta Verdon-Roe

A walk with the FT: Telegraph Hill with AL Kennedy

The author is leaving London after four years there. She shows Hannah Beckerman the place she’ll miss most

Kriss Kyle
©Fred MacGregor

FT Masterclass: BMX with Kriss Kyle

The Scottish stunt rider teaches ‘pumping’ and ‘dropping in’ — but how do you stop a bike with no brakes?

Cheo oversees Cordelia Jenkins at work
©Tommy Sussex

FT Masterclass: graffiti with Cheo

‘We’d nick the paints and then find a wall,’ says the Bristol artist, who demonstrates how to wield a can of spray paint — legally

Maggie O’Farrell by the greenhouse at her Edinburgh home
©Sophie Gerrard

Interview: Maggie O’Farrell on making beeswax balm

The award-winning author shows the FT how she devised a treatment for her daughter’s eczema

segway polo
©Marco Kesseler

FT Masterclass: Segway polo with Jack Richardson

England’s best young polo player mounts his trusty two-wheeled steed to teach Jeremy Taylor the basics

©Jack Latham

FT Masterclass: beatboxing with Shlomo

There’s more to the art than a mouth and a mic: Helen Barrett minds her Ps, Ts and Ks

FT Masterclass: portrait drawing with Mark Haddon

The best-selling novelist is also an accomplished draughtsman and painter

FT Masterclass: jousting with Dominic Sewell

Keeping a 12ft lance steady at a gallop requires skill, strength and a Monty Python-esque sense of humour

FT Masterclass: vocal coaching

Can gurning, yawning and a ‘buttock reset’ help Sam Leith to deliver rich, resonant political oratory?

FT Masterclass: badminton with Rajiv Ouseph

England’s top male player divulges some of the secrets of the world’s fastest racquet sport

FT Masterclass: horse whispering with Gary Witheford

The go-to man for troublesome animals on how to tame 700kg of badly behaved horseflesh

FT Masterclass: bouldering with Shauna Coxsey

As she navigates her ascent, the British bouldering champion displays a spider-like elegance

FT Masterclass: zero-waste living with Bea Johnson

If you have less, you waste less, says the sustainable-living guru who recommends following the five Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

FT Masterclass: rowing with Anna Watkins

Can the Olympic champion set a newbie straight amid choppy waters and an approaching barge?

FT Masterclass: auctioneering with Jeffrey Archer

The millionaire author and former MP shares the secrets of upping the bids. By Henry Mance

FT Masterclass: basketball

Can Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues, the shortest-ever NBA player, help Oliver Pickup realise his own hoop dreams?

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