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YACHT RACE SAILOR HURT.

Byline: Bruce Walker

A British sailor has been rescued from a yacht after he hit his head in rough seas off the coast of Taiwan during a round-the-world race.

Nick Woodward, 55, from Birmingham, was injured when he was thrown across crew accommodation on the 68ft Gold Coast Australia.

His colleague, Australian Tim Burgess, broke a leg but 13ft waves stopped both men from being rescued by helicopter and coastguard boat. They were later transferred to another vessel outside Keelung Port, near Taiwan, before being taken to hospital.

High winds blighted the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as the teams sailed from Singapore to China.

The yacht's skipper Richard Hewson said: "The force with which Nick hit his head on the lockers was enough to crack the plywood."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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