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Round the World Yacht Race Claims Another Victim

Crew member on one of the yachts swept overboard, buried at sea

(Newser) - A 60-year-old with more than four decades of experience as a sailor was killed during the UK's Clipper Round the World yacht race Saturday. Simon Speirs, a crew member on the Great Britain yacht since the race began on Aug. 20, was helping to change its sails amid gale-force... More »

Insane-Sounding Ocean Race 'Round the World Has Begun

Some of the contenders in the Clipper yacht challenge have zero experience

(Newser) - A competition deemed "human will against nature" by its founder (the first person to ever sail, solo, nonstop around the world) officially kicked off today in London, with a motley assortment of mostly run-of-the-mill folks vying to win the 40,000-nautical-mile contest that will reach six continents, NBC News... More »

83-Year-Old Yacht Wins Trans-Pacific Race

...a feat it last pulled off in 1936

(Newser) - The boat that won this year's Transpacific Yacht Race was a feared competitor on the cutting edge of sailboat design … back in 1936, when it won the race for the first time. This time, the Dorade was a much less likely winner. When he bought the boat for... More »

3 Dead in Month's 2nd Yacht Racing Tragedy

Officials believe boat collided at night with a much larger vessel

(Newser) - A yacht racing off the coasts of California and Mexico apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing, a sailing organization said today. It was the state's second ocean racing tragedy this month. The Newport Ocean Sailing Association—organizer of... More »

Yacht Racing Off SF Coast Suspended

Races rerouted after 5 sailors killed

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has called a temporary halt to ocean-going races in the San Francisco area following the deaths of five sailors during a race earlier this month. A race due to take place Saturday has been rerouted, and authorities are working to find a new route for another race... More »

Sailors Say Iranian Lockup Wasn't So Bad

British yacht crew says they were scared, but treated well

(Newser) - The five British yachtsmen Iran captured en route to Dubai say they have no complaints about their treatment. The sailors described their ordeal at a news conference today, saying they were held in a “perfectly reasonable room,” where they played chess and darts and were exceedingly well nourished.... More »

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