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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Yachtswoman banned from driving
Tracey Edwards
Tracey Edwards was caught drink-driving near Swindon
Yachtswoman Tracy Edwards has been banned from driving after being caught on a Wiltshire road at double the alcohol limit.

Edwards, who skippered the first female crew to sail around the world, admitted having wine and champagne at a function last August.

The 41-year-old was stopped by police after they spotted her Jeep weaving along the A419 near Blunsdon.

Swindon Magistrates gave her to a 16-month driving ban on Thursday.

Edwards, 41, told police she had been trying to answer her mobile phone.

When tested she showed 78mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

The sailor, who lives in Thatcham, Berkshire, admitted charges of drink-driving and careless driving at a hearing last year.

As well as the ban, she was fined 120 for drink-driving, 50 for careless driving and was ordered to pay 70 costs.

Edwards was awarded the Yachtswoman of the Year Trophy and an MBE in 1990 for her exploits on the yacht Maiden in the Whitbread Challenge.

Recently she has been living in the oil state of Qatar and has secured a 38m four-year sponsorship deal for a new yacht and two round-the-world races.

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