Buckingham amateur sailor takes part in round the world yacht race

The crew of the Quingdao who are taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The crew of the Quingdao who are taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

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AN amateur sailor who was helped by a premature birth charity when her son was born in 2000 is giving something back by taking part in the first leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Marion Lynch, 47, is one of five women on the 17 strong crew of the Chinese boat Quingdao and has been racing in the first 5,000 mile leg from Southampton to Rio de Janeiro. The boat set off on July 31 and the leg will take six weeks.

Dr Lynch, who lives in Buckingham, is raising money for the Barely Born Appeal, which helped her and her son William.

She said: “I was surprised to go into labour and horrified when William was taken to ICU as his lungs were not functioning properly. We were visiting family on the Isle of Wight and I was not prepared. I remember calling Kathie the midwife in Buckingham and her telling me to stay put.”

William, who is now ten, waved his mother off at the Royal Yacht Squadron start line in Cowes Isle of Wight. He starts at the Royal Latin School this month.

The boat is currently running parallel to the coast of Brazil. It is in eighth place behind Gold Coast Australia in first.

All monies raised will go to the charity and people can sponsor Marion at www.justgiving.com/Marion-Lynch.

A regularly updated blog and information on the race can be found at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/index.php/the-teams/qingdao/crew-profiles/crew.