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Sir Robin takes third place in transatlantic race

Credit: Breschi/Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Veteran British sailing legend and grandfather-of-five sir Robin Knox-Johnson has claimed third place in his class in a solo transatlantic race at the age of 75 - 45 years after he became the first man to non-stop circumnavigate the globe alone.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started on November 2nd in St Malo, France.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. Credit: Breschi/Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The pensioner, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea.

He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

Transplant woman joins ocean race

Double-lung transplant patient Justine Laymond. Credit: PA

A double-lung transplant patient has taken on more than 2,000 miles of ocean in one of the toughest legs of a round-the-world yacht race.

Justine Laymond, 39, endured exhaustion, tropical storms and rough seas in the Atlantic during her four weeks competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

She decided to join a relay team of transplant patients, surgeons and specialist nurses in the race to raise awareness of the difference an organ transplant can make to a seriously ill person.

Her life was transformed by a double-lung transplant she underwent in 2006 after suffering 15 lung collapses and being in a coma for three weeks.

Her achievement at sea was something she said she could never dream of back then, but that her experience has taught her to "live life for today".

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