Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kate's Sailing Sisters in Near-Fatal Crash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kate's Sailing Sisters in Near-Fatal Crash

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Byline: Michael Howie

THE Duchess of Cambridge's sailing "sisters" told today how they were caught up in a dramatic boat crash while racing their yacht at Cowes.

The Sisterhood crew -- with whom Kate trained before her marriage for a battle-of-the-sexes rowing race across the Channel -- were involved in a collision with photographer Edward Lloyd Owen in another vessel.

The all-female charity fundraisers said he "came within feet of being crushed and was lucky to escape death", after his rigid inflatable boat drifted in front of their powerful, eighttonne J-122 racing yacht.

As the vessels collided, the women sent out a mayday alert but the inflatable was wrecked. A rescue craft was called to help Mr Lloyd Owen to safety before towing his craft to shore. The 10-strong crew of Kate's friends competed against male crews all last week at the annual regatta and were heading for a top 10 finish in a fleet of 35 but finished 21st after the accident.

Sisterhood skipper Susan Glenny said: "You get these photographers in Ribs and they normally steer clear. He was about a length in front of us. I shouted, 'We're going left' and he went exactly the same way.

"He went straight under the bow, down the left-hand side of our boat and was taking on a lot of water. He was saying, 'I'm sorry, I got in your way'. He felt really bad about it." Ms Glenny, 37, who quit her marketing job to become a professional sailor, added: "It was dangerous for him. …

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