2 Apr 2016

2nd British sailor dies in round the world race

7:18 pm on 2 April 2016

A second British sailor in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has died after being swept overboard in strong winds.

Yacht race.

Yacht race. Photo: Photosport

Forty year-old Londoner Sarah Young was on board the IchorCoal in the Pacific Ocean in wind speeds of up to 40 knots, but was not tethered in and was washed under the boat's guard rail by waves.

"Next of kin have been informed and all our thoughts are now with Sarah's family, team-mates, and loved ones on and off the race," organisers said in a statement published on the official race website.

"Skipper Darren Ladd reports that Sarah was tidying the cockpit after reefing the mainsail in 35-40 knots of wind, when she was knocked from her position by a wave.

"She fell back toward the guard wire and was swept under it by another wave."

In September 2015, English sailor Andrew Ashford was killed while racing onboard the Ichorcoal when he was struck by a sail.