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Sailor dies during Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

April 2, 2016

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  • Sarah Young was part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
  • Young, 40, was in the cockpit of a boat when strong winds hit

Sarah Young was taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which takes participants through various continents on 70-foot yachts.
Sarah Young, 40, died after being swept into the Pacific Ocean. She is British, according to the race organizer.

Young, 40, was in the cockpit of the IchorCoal boat Friday when strong waves hit, according to the race organizer.
“She fell back toward the guard wire and was swept under it by another wave,” organizers said in a statement. “She was not tethered onto the yacht at this time and was swept away in strong winds.”
Rough conditions and poor visibility hampered the crew’s efforts to find her. She was recovered about an hour later, and attempts to resuscitate her failed.
The race, which began in London in September, is on the sixth of eight legs, across the Pacific Ocean from Qingdao, China, to Seattle. It is expected to finish in London in July.
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