Pratical Boat Owner: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been forced to retire from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race after splitting the mainsail on his yacht, Grey Power.

 

The mainsail split between second and third reefs and the mast was also damaged. Sir Robin and his crew member Simon Clay are now heading for Calais in France, which is the nearest port that can take the Open 60.

The race started yesterday morning off the Isle of Wight after being postponed due to bad weather on Sunday.

Sir Robin said all was fine on board and he had had a great sail otherwise and had hit 21 knots, but repairs will take a couple of days so carrying on was not possible.

Sir Robin spoke to race organisers RORC at 1830 BST yesterday to inform them of his retirement.

 
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Clipper sailor Ruth Harvey is suing Sir Robin Knox-Johnston over allegations of victimisation and harassment after paying £40,000 to compete in the annual race.
 

The 50-year-old, who is also an employment lawyer, is claiming she should be classed as an employee having been part of a crew. The employment specialist, who failed to complete the race, now wants a legal ruling that will delineate between paid participants and employees.
 
Two days have now been set-aside in November to decide whether Ms Harvey has a case, following a preliminary hearing at Southampton Employment Tribunal last month. Speaking to legal website RollOnFriday, Ms Harvey argued: “I was a worker for the provisions of the Employment Rights Act, as regards safety, and I was covered by Equality Act provisions ‘in any capacity’ on board, as regards harassment.
 
“Complex legal argument here involves both domestic and EU law and similar recent cases have gone as far as the Supreme Court.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said: “While we can confirm we are currently in a tribunal process with Ms Harvey, it is our policy not to comment further upon ongoing legal matters.”
 
Ms Harvey set sail from St Katherine’s Dock in September last year having “begged and borrowed” to raise the funds necessary to take part in the once in a lifetime challenge.

A JustGiving page she created for the event has raised £745 of the £5,000 target for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Ms Harvey raced on board the 75ft yacht Jamaica Get All Right with 59 other crewmembers from a number of different nations.

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BBC News: Hundreds of sailors have returned to London 11 months after setting off on the 40,000-mile (64,000km) Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The 12 boats in the Clipper Race sailed between six continents.

 

Crowds greeted the boats as they arrived at Tower Bridge at 12:45 BST. Twelve teams, largely made up of novices, tackled hurricanes and tornadoes as they raced between six continents.

The crew from the winning vessel, Henri Lloyd, was presented with a trophy at St Katharine Docks.

The race was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69.

He said: “It is a tight race, but in racing with a tight crew that is teamwork and that’s where you learn you can do things you didn’t realise you could do. You work together and you trust your lives to each other on a boat.”

 

Most of the crew members – 670 from more than 40 nations – were novices, although each boat was skippered by a professional.

The Clipper Race took in South Africa, Western Australia, Sydney, Singapore, China, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Derry and the Netherlands before returning to London.

Most of the crew members – 670 from more than 40 nations – were novices, although each boat was skippered by a professional.

The Clipper Race took in South Africa, Western Australia, Sydney, Singapore, China, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Derry and the Netherlands before returning to London.

 

See article and more pictures at BBC News – click here

 

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