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Making waves and setting records

Making waves and setting records

FAR from the glamour of glittering awards ceremonies, which bring together the who’s who of global sport, Kirsten Neuschäfer finds solace in the vast expanse of the ocean, a place where the only spotlight comes from the sun. She’d far rather be all alone on her beloved boat, Minnehaha. But the South African sailor has had to force herself to become accustomed to international attention after winning the formidable 48,000km Golden Globe Race (GGR). Not only did she become the first female winner of a round-the-world sailing race after almost eight months at sea, but she did it solo, using…
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Spanish charity rescues 117 migrants sailing from Libya

Spanish charity rescues 117 migrants sailing from Libya

SPANISH charity Open Arms said it rescued 117 migrants on Saturday crowded onto a precarious wooden boat from Libya in the latest such perilous crossing over the Mediterranean Sea. Last week's shipwreck off Greece, killing at least 78 among hundreds packed onto a fishing boat, has shone a light once again on the deaths of thousands of migrants each year fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East. Open Arms said in a statement that it had picked up 117 people on Saturday, including 25 women and a three-year-old boy, mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Libya. The rescue operation…
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