HERO GAVIN SAVES SAILOR'S LIFE ON ROUND-GLOBE RACE.
Byline: email@example.com PAUL O'HARE
A SCOTS sailor saved a trapped yachtsman on a stricken boat during the world's longest ocean race.
Gavin Reid, 28, and his Mission Performance team found the vessel with a jammed propeller, damaged mainsail and a sailor stuck at the top of the mast.
They suspended racing to go to the aid of the boat, which was not taking part in the 40,000 nauticalmile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Gavin, who was born deaf, swam to the yacht and climbed the mast in rough seas to free the crewman, who had been trapped for nine hours.
Now he and his team have been given the Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award. They berthed in London on Saturday after the 11-month challenge.
Gavin, from Edinburgh, said: "It's all a bit of a blur. It was something I felt I had to do and am honoured to have been recognised for it."
Clipper Race chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: "This is in the spirit of true seamanship."
RESCUE Gavin scales mast
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