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Lampe leads field in OSTAR race

Katie Miller
Katie Miller starting the 2009 OSTAR from Plymouth

Dutch sailor Jankees Lampe is leading the field in the 2009 OSTAR transatlantic race.

The 40-year-old is approximately 200 miles off the Grand Banks in his boat La Promesse.

The OSTAR is the world's oldest solo sailing race and goes from Plymouth to Rhode Island in the United States.

Birmingham's Katie Miller is part of a chasing pack that includes Italians Roberto Westerman and Lucca Zoccoli and British sailor Rob Craigie.

In her OSTAR blog, Miller said on Tuesday that she had gone south because "it's the more favourable place to be".

The 22-year-old added: "The sea state makes the motion a little uncomfortable now as the wind has died down."

Miller is one of the few sailors in the OSTAR to have secured title sponsorship for the race, with her boat BluQube named after her backers.

She is regarded as a promising future prospect in the sailing world and is an ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Trust.

Devon-based sailors Mervyn Wheatley and Peter Crowther are also making good progress across the Atlantic, with both positioned in the middle of the field.

Rob Cumming, 19, retired from the OSTAR on Monday after suffering storm damage to his yacht Ego-Tripp.

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