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Lucky escape after sailors hit by tornado

Dramatic footage has been released showing the moment a group of novice sailors were hit by a tornado.

The sailors were part of the Great Britain taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The team was hit by a tornado as they competed in the world’s longest and toughest ocean race, which returns to London this Saturday after covering more than 40,000 miles between six continents over eleven months.

Six hundred and seventy sailors from all walks of life, aged 18-74, were trained to take on the biennial race regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges.

Crew member Paul Hardy, 43, is an IT consultant from Brighton; he is seen desperately trying to grab onto the mast after he is submerged into the sea as the yacht is hit by the tornado.

He said: “All of a sudden the wind picked up and the noise picked up…water started to rise and I knew there was something wrong … I tried to get out of the water and climb up onto the mast and then saw the water spout.”

GB Clipper team win first podium position in Australia

Henri Lloyd crossed the finish line into Sydney, Australia, claiming its fourth consecutive podium result and its first win in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

The team celebrated with champagne on arrival.

Their win strengthens the teams overall lead in the race series.

The team celebrating with champagne on arrival to Rushcutters Bay in Sydney Credit: AAP

Eric Holden said his team winning had "been a long time coming."

He also said, "We’ve been the bridesmaid for the last couple of races so it’s nice to do one better and win Race 5 into Sydney, Australia.

"People have been asking me if I would be happy winning the overall race without actually winning one of the races in the series. My answer is always yes, but it feels so much better to win a race then come second or third."

The crew finishing their third race Credit: AAP

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