Clipper in rudder trouble

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crew members on the Capital’s entry in the Clipper Round the World yacht race are preparing to dive beneath the boat to free something caught on its rudder – while they continue to sail.

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital is racing towards Cape Town on the third race of the year-long challenge, which was won yesterday by the Gold Coast Australia crew.

Edinburgh skipper Gordon Reid said a rope or fishing net appeared to have caught around the boat’s rudder and would need to be freed.

He said: “In a marina it’s an easy job but in 20 knots of breeze on big ocean swell, swimming three metres under a 40-tonne boat is no walk in the park so we’re waiting until conditions are more favourable.”