One of Britain's most successful sailors has accused the BBC of promoting an "elitist" view of his sport and failing to give it sufficient coverage.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said the corporation was obsessed with football and cricket and had forgotten that Great Britain is a maritime nation.
He said the country had developed "sea blindness" and claimed sailing was in fact open to all — "whether a bricklayer or Duke."
His comments came after the BBC failed to give any national coverage to the start of this year’s Fastnet race.
In a letter to Yachting World, Knox-Johnston said: "The start of the Fastnet could not have been more spectacular or received more publicity all over the world. However, there was one major exception - the national BBC news and sports news. It was full of football, athletics and cricket, but unbelievably ignored the start completely.”