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UK woman evacuated from Clipper race on birthday

A British woman competing in a round-the-world ocean race is "devastated" after spending her birthday being evacuated to hospital, following an injury sustained when a "monumental" wave struck her yacht off the coast of South Africa.

Michelle Porter, from London, was evacuated on her 37th birthday from one of 12 yachts taking part in the 11-month Clipper race.

Michelle Porter (left) "recovering well" in hospital after being evacuated to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Michelle Porter (left) "recovering well" in hospital after being evacuated to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Credit: Twitter/ClipperRace

"It's certainly a birthday I won't be forgetting any time soon and for the wrong reasons," Ms Porter said in a statement.

Ms Porter said she "just didn't see the wave coming" and was saved by her safety line.

"The next thing I knew I was clinging onto the rails on the low side. Had it not been for my safety line I would have been straight overboard."

Injured UK woman evacuated from ocean race

A British woman is to be evacuated from an ocean race after being injured during a violent storm.

She was one of two crew members hurt as hurricane-force winds caused havoc in the Indian Ocean.

Michelle Porter, 36, from London, suffered a suspected broken arm as the fleet struggled to cope with the conditions. She will be taken to a hospital in South Africa for treatment.

The injured British woman's boat was diverted to Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Credit: Clipper Round the World.com

Her yacht, Derry-Londonderry-Doire, was hit by a wave which knocked it sideways. The boat's medic, Susie Redhouse, was also injured as the storm hit.

The 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began in London in September and the fleet have completed around a quarter of the 40,000-mile course.

Ainslie: British team decision likely in 'a matter of weeks'

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie told ITV News a decision will be made in "a matter of weeks" on whether there will be a British entry into the America's cup.

Ainslie was the strategist for Oracle Team USA as they recovered from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8 and win this year's event in San Francisco Bay.

He has spoken in the aftermath of his wish to repeat the victory with a British team.

Read: Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's father: He would 'have loved to have been involved' in British America's Cup team

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Kim Dotcom offers to sponsor Team NZ in America's Cup

Millionaire internet mogul Kim Dotcom has said he will sponsor New Zealand's next entry into the America's Cup yacht race.

It follows uncertainty over whether the New Zealand government will continue to sponsor the nation's entry into the race, which was won by US sailing team Oracle.

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Prime Minister John Key says no more funding for Team NZ? I say #Mega will become a Team NZ sponsor & we will win next time. #AmericasCup

Kim Dotcom told New Zealand's One News he would be able to make a "significant contribution", although he has not yet talked to Team New Zealand.

Read more: Ainslie's US team celebrate America's Cup triumph

PM congratulates Ainslie on winning 'global race'

David Cameron has used Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup heroics as an excuse to shoehorn in one of his favourite soundbites, tweeting about the sailor's triumph in "the global race":

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Talk about winning the #GlobalRace - Sir Ben Ainslie is responsible for one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks in the America's Cup.

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