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article imageVideo: Want to see a tornado bushwhack a 'World Race' ship?

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 10, 2014 in World
A tornado slammed into a clipper competing in an amateur event for the World Race. Everyone can joke about it now because there were no fatalities and only minor injuries.
The tornado came from an unexpected angle and hit the ship at 115 miles-per-hour. The impact left the boat knocked over and the crew reeling for safety. Sailors Sarah Usher and Liz Richards were thrown over the side but managed to get back in the boat with the aid of the crew. What could have been a disastrous incident turned into an intriguing story.
They were participating in the Clipper Round the World Race for amateurs. Experienced sailors usually team up with several inexperienced ones in order to give them their first real taste of how a big race actually goes. This gives people a way to learn and compete at the same time. The incident itself happened a bit off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
Not all races go this well as we saw with the deadly World's Cup accident. There are also books about Fastnet, the deadliest and most powerful storm that most have ever seen. Severe weather is perhaps the most dangerous thing for any naval race as you might expect. Thankfully fatalities are usually rare.
With the advent of video technology we have been able to catch many tornadoes on camera, often thanks to GoPro technology.
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