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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 October 2006, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Knox-Johnston back on race track
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Knox-Johnston is due to arrive in La Coruna on Thursday
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston rejoined the Velux 5 Oceans Race on Saturday after a dramatic storm forced him to stop in La Coruna, Spain, to make repairs.

The 67-year-old sailor's yacht was rolled in 70-knot winds but he is back in pursuit of the fleet.

Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm leads from Japan's Kojiro Shiraishi.

"I can't wait to get back into the race. See you in Fremantle," said Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world.

The race started in Bilbao on Sunday but the storm wreaked havoc among the seven-strong fleet, forcing Knox-Johnston, Mike Golding, Alex Thomson and Unai Basurko to suspend racing and sheek shelter to make repairs.

Kiwi Graham Dalton, sailing a smaller Open 50 to the rest of the Open 60 fleet, suffered mast damage on shore before the start and finally set off on Friday along with Basurko, who had returned to Bilbao.

Shiraishi and defending champion Stamm managed to keep racing during the storm and have built a big lead on Golding and Thomson, who rejoined the race on Thursday.

The first of three legs will take the fleet through the treacherous Southern Ocean, ending in Fremantle, Western Australia in early December.

The race then stops in Norfolk, USA, before a final leg back to Bilbao, arriving in Spain sometime in April 2007.

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