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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: "I want to know why this happened"

Sarah Young was taking part in the year-long race on the IchorCoal boat Credit: ITV Meridian

A round the world sailor who was swept to her death was not tethered to her yacht, it has emerged.

Sarah Young, 40, was the second crew member to have died on the vessel in the last six months. Andrew Ashman from Kent, died while taking part in the Clipper round the world yacht race last year.

The deaths are the first in the Clipper race in 20 years.

Her death is now being investigated by race organisers.

People tweet their tributes to sailor who died in Clipper Race

RYA pays tribute to British sailor

The RYA has paid tribute to Sarah Young Credit: RYA

"The RYA is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of crew member Sarah Young (40) whilst competing on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

"Sarah was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21) and her next of kin have been informed.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Sarah’s family, friends, her fellow crew members and the wider Clipper family.

"A full investigation will be carried out, as is standard practice, into the incident in cooperation with the appropriate authorities.

"Race Officials are supporting the Skipper and crew through this tragic ordeal."

Sailor dies in Clipper Round the World race

Credit: Clipper Race

A sailor has died taking part in the Clipper round the world race - which started in Gosport.

Sarah Young, 40, a company owner from London was knocked from her position by a wave.

She was not tethered onto the yacht at this time and was swept away in strong winds.

The Clipper Race had been on her bucket list for some years, and she said celebrating her 40th birthday just before setting sail was the perfect way to start the adventure.

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Man who fell overboard releases book about his dramatic rescue

Andrew Taylor was suffering from hypothermia and shock when he was rescued Credit: ITV Meridian

Exactly one year after he was rescued from the North Pacific, a novice sailor has released a book about his fight for survival.

Andrew Taylor who's 47 and from Oxford, was taking part in the Clipper round the world yacht race when he was hit by a huge wave and swept out to sea. A violent storm meant Andrew spent nearly two hours in the freezing water.

Today he is releasing his book 179West - named after the exact co-ordinates where he fell overboard.

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