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Solo sailor storms in.



Byline: WENDY MILLER

YACHTSWOMAN Emma Richards Emma Richards MBE is a British yachtswoman. In 2002–2003, she became the first British woman and youngest ever person to complete the Around Alone, a 29,000 mile, single-handed round the world yacht race with stops.  completed her historic round-the-world race yesterday.

The Scot became the first woman and youngest person ever to finish the 29,000-mile solo Round Alone voyage race.

Emma, 28, originally from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, survived what she described as the "perfect storm" 250 miles from the finishing line in Newport, Rhode Island Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. It is the home of Naval Station Newport, housing the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. .

She endured a 10-hour raging storm which hurled her around her cabin and survived a hurricane during the five leg race.

Speaking earlier on her yacht, Pindar, she said: "I have proved to myself that I hate single-handed sailing The sport of single-handed sailing is sailing with only one crewmember (ie. only one person on board the vessel). The term is usually used with reference to ocean and long-distance sailing, and particularly competitive sailing. , 135 days at sea on your own - that's far too long for any sane person.

"I am looking forward to a shower, being with friends and having lots of chat with a cold beer in my hand."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2003
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