Sailing legend rails against ‘elitist’ presentation of his sport

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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.”

Click here for a report by The Telegraph.

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