Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson sailing with Jeremy Taylor
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FT Masterclass: Sailing with Shirley Robertson

Jeremy Taylor gets in the mood for Cowes Week with the double Olympic gold-medallist

On the River Neva, St Petersburg: Roman Hagara, double Olympic gold medallist (far right) oversees the FT’s Henry Foy (one-time Isle of Man yacht club sailor of the year)
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Sailing special: From St Petersburg to Cowes

As the Extreme Sailing Series hits Russia, Roman Hagara puts Henry Foy through his paces. PLUS: On the eve of Cowes Week, Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson takes the helm for an FT Masterclass

Lano's Arch in Tout Quarry. It is part of the Merchant's railway, which was the first private railway in the country, funded jointly by the stone merchants to carry stone to the bares at Castletown
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A walk with the FT: The Isle of Portland route

A walk with writer Sue Clifford is as quirky as her guidebooks. Learn about opes, lerrets and the creature unlucky enough to stop fishermen in their tracks

Ben Gollings and Oliver Pickup
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FT Masterclass: Rugby sevens with Ben Gollings

When a former England sevens captain warns him that people only remember the tackles you miss, Oliver Pickup knows he’s in trouble

Steven Levitt (left) takes on theoretical player Tim Harford at The Palm Beach Casino, London
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Poker with Steven Levitt

Tim Harford understands Texas Hold’Em but can he play it? Perhaps he shouldn’t start by challenging the ‘millionaire genius’ and co-author of ‘Freakonomics’

The view of Camber Sands
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Barometer: The Gallivant, Rye, East Sussex

From the terrace, a high sand dune eclipses the view of Camber Sands, the asset that gives the hotel its motto: ‘eat, sleep, beach’

Jan Dalley
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Venetian rowing with Jan Dalley

Very few people still practice the traditional Venetian art of stand-up rowing. But a non-profit organisation is keen on preserving the old water culture

Simon Holt (left) and Brian Viner
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Horse-racing commentary with Simon Holt

It takes verbal dexterity, quick wits and a good memory for colours. But the Channel 4 commentator makes a difficult discipline sound remarkably easy

Goalkeeping with Michel Vorm

Should you aim low? Disguise your run-up? Or just wait awhile? The Dutch goalkeeper explains the best way to take a penalty kick

Michel Vorm kicking a goal
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Penalty-taking with Michel Vorm

Should you aim low? Disguise your run-up? Or just wait awhile? The Dutch goalkeeper explains all

FT Masterclass: Fell running with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee

The Olympic triathlon heroes share their other great sporting passion with Mark Bailey

FT Masterclass: Animal photography with Mark Harvey

Dogs may be photogenic but they are also wont to run around. Can their freedom be captured in a portrait?

FT Masterclass: Pétanque with Mike Pegg

It may not be the sunny south of France but even on a chilly Devon day, British fans are warming to the traditional charms of pétanque

The Pursuits Interview: Joanne Calderwood

The undefeated star of mixed martial arts talks about her ‘aggression switch’ and reveals her top street-fighting tip. (Clue: it’s non-violent)

A walk with the FT: The Holborn route with Peter Ackroyd

Short walk, long history: the London chronicler explores 900 years of incident

A walk with the FT: The Holborn route with Peter Ackroyd

Short walk, long history: London chronicler Peter Ackroyd explores 900 years of incident

Barometer: Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Neil O’Sullivan unearths an arts and crafts gem hidden in the suburbs of Newcastle

FT Masterclass: squash with Nick Matthew

With interest in the sport at an all-time high, Oliver Pickup takes his retro racket and trainers for a quick refresher with England’s best player

The Pursuits Interview: Nacho Figueras

One of polo’s most famous – and most photographed – players talks about his aims for the sport and the dangers of riding a horse at 40mph while ‘trying to hit a tiny, bouncing ball with a long stick’

Gardening with the FT: Charlotte Mendelson

Flowers, pah! They’re just a waste of space. The novelist on why her garden is all about ‘growing stuff that I can eat’