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Night repairs for Devon yachtsman
Sir Robin Knox Johnston in Saga Insurance
Sir Robin and Saga Insurance will tackle Cape Horn
Round-the-world yachtsman Robin Knox Johnston has set off on the second leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race, despite problems with his boat, Saga Insurance.

It is thought the boat was damaged when a rope caught around its propeller.

The 67-year-old sailor from Devon had to make hasty overnight repairs to be ready to begin the start of the second leg from Freemantle in Australia.

Five yachtsman are taking part in the gruelling race. Sir Robin, from Ipplepen, is currently in third place.

The second leg of the race will take the solo yachtsmen from Australia to Norfolk Virginia in America.

Oldest competitor

The 14,000-mile journey will cover some of the world's most testing waters and take the sailors around the infamous Cape Horn.

In 1969 Sir Robin became the first person to sail non-stop around the world alone, and at 67 is the oldest participant in the Velux 5 Oceans.

He was 30 when he took 312 days to circumnavigate the world in his 32ft wooden yacht Suhaili in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race. He was the only competitor to finish.

Mike Golding, 46, from Hampshire, Graham Dalton, 53, from New Zealand, Alex Thomson, 32, from Portsmouth and the 42-year-old defending champion Bernard Stamm from Saint Pabu in France are the four other competitors in the single-handed race.



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