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SOLO SCOT SURVIVES YACHT RACE TERROR.

Byline: JAMES TAIT

A SCOTS solo yachtswoman has survived an epic battle with the infamous seas around Cape Horn as she bids to win a marathon round-the-world race.

Emma Richards, 28, from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, mastered the treacherous Southern Ocean after dodging 50ft waves and icebergs in extreme conditions.

After rounding the tip of South America in the third leg of the 29,000-mile race, an exhausted Richards said: "This leg has been, without a doubt, the longest and toughest of them all.

"The Southern Ocean is the most inhospitable part of the world.

"The conditions have been so severe that I have been hand steering for over 16 hours a day, dodging icebergs and dealing with huge waves."

Emma, who lies in third place overall in her yacht Pindar, is now heading for the United States as she bids to become the first woman to complete the Around Alone race.

She added: "I am now on the homeward stretch.

"No woman has ever finished this race, so I just hope that I can do everyone proud."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2003
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