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Yachtswoman Emma sets sail for record.

Byline: BILLY PATERSON

LONE Scots yachtswoman Emma Richards sets sail today on the second leg of a gruelling round- the- world race.

She will head for Cape Town in South Africa in the 7000-mile second leg of the Around Alone challenge.

Emma, 27, is already in the record books for her solo west-to-east crossing of the Atlantic in a monohull boat.

She had to contend with temperatures of minus 30, howling winds and 20 ft waves so powerful they nearly knocked the bolts out of the bottom of her 60ft yacht Pindar.

The Around Alone race is a seven month 28,755-mile challenge around the globe which is split into five stages.

If Emma, of Helensburgh, completes the race she will enter the record books again as the first woman to finish the Around Alone voyage.

But she knows that she needs to rely on more than just her extraordinary skill and courage for that to happen.

"It's complete luck," she said. "I could hit a whale or a container that could destroy my rudder."

Determination needs to be a factor as well, and Emma is not lacking in that department.

She said: "I don't want to be a Sunday driver on the water. I want to be the Michael Schumacher of the waves."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 13, 2002
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