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Damaged yacht set to resume race

Damage to Hull & Humber clipper
Repair work is under way to the damaged hull of the Humber clipper

A Hull-based yacht which was badly damaged in a collision during a round-the-world race is expected to resume sailing next week.

The Hull & Humber clipper was holed in a collision with the Cork boat at the start of the fourth leg at Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday.

Repair teams have been working round the clock to ensure both boats can continue on the next leg to Australia.

It is anticipated Hull & Humber will be ready to sail next Tuesday, 1 December.

Repairs to the less extensively-damaged Cork should be completed within three or four days.

Crew sidelined

Ten yachts are taking part in the voyage across the world's major oceans.

The yachts set off on the 35,000-mile (56,000km) race from Hull in September and are due to return there for the finish in July 2010.

Hull & Humber skipper Piers Dudin said: "The crew are off for the week as we can't work on the boat due to the cutting, grinding, fairing, epoxying, glassing, filling, sanding, drilling and bolting which is about to start.

"Cork will hopefully be out of here a few days sooner, their fix started yesterday [Monday].

"We're glad we're not the only ones here and they're some of the best company in the fleet."

He said if all went to according to plan, it was likely his crew would be spending Christmas in Geraldton, western Australia.

Skipper Piers Dudin describes the collision. Footage courtesy of Clipper Ventures.

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