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Skippers named for Vendee solo race

Alex Thomson before the start of his last Vendee Race attempt, in 2008 Credit: PA Wire

Twenty yachtsmen - including three Hampshire skippers - have been named for the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe race. Alex Thomson, Sam Davies and Mike Golding will sail single-handedly around the world in 50 days time.

Sam Davies taking part in her last Vendee Globe attempt in 2008 Credit: PA Wire

The event starts in the French village of Les Sables d'Olonne on November 10th and sails around the world from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn.

There is a long slide down the Atlantic, then across the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Then, it's back up the Atlantic, finishing from where it all started.


Yacht rescue update

Dr Jane Hitchens Credit: PA

The crew of a Round The World yacht injured when their boat was hit by a massive wave have been transferred onto a US Coastguard cutter.

They are now being treated by medical specialists aboard the vessel which is due to arrive in San Francisco Bay later today.

Coastguard say Dr Jane Hitchens, from Kent, has suspected broken ribs and is being treated with oxygen.

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