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Solo sailor storms in.


YACHTSWOMAN Emma Richards 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.

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, 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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