Alex Thomson's death-defying stunt, Ian Walker's celebrity yacht on fire and more: this week's YBW news in bitesize format.

This week’s news on YBW:

18 March
Video: Behind the scenes of Alex Thomson’s death-defying ‘skywalk’ stunt

How daredevil sailor Alex Thomson avoided disaster: watch the heart-stopping kite surfing stunt as he sails 280 feet above the the Hugo Boss race yacht.
Pictures: Ian Walker’s Sport Relief celebrity yacht returns to London in blaze of glory

The high-profile celebrity sailing crew ran from storms, had a Coastguard drop-in visit and finished the charity event in style on the Thames Friday night, raising more than £1m. See the firey photos.
Superyacht anchor chain kills crew member

A crewman on board a Russian billionaire’s superyacht has died after the boat’s anchor chain nearly severed both his legs. Read the story.


11 March
World-famous Gipsy Moth IV yacht headed to Jersey Boat Show

The restored Gipsy Moth IV will be in attendance at next month’s Jersey Boat Show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its historic round-the-world sail. See more.
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Clipper Race evacuate British sailor injured in violent storm

A British sailor competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is being taken to land after suffering a fall during a violent storm. Read the full story.
Thief steals yacht, can’t sail, needs rescuing, gets jailed

A man has been sentenced to 19 months in jail after he stole a car, then stole a yacht and sailed it into a force 8 storm before calling for help. Read the unbelievable story.


4 March

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Mummified German sailor discovered on drifting yacht died of heart attack

A stricken yacht containing the mummified body of a German sailor has been recovered from waters southeast of the Philippines archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.
The autopsy findings have ruled that the man died of a heart attack a week prior to his vessel running into trouble. Read the full story here


Fairline T48GT rolls of production line hi res 2

Fairline Yachts kicks off production of first boat
Fairline Yachts has rolled out the production line for its first boat, the Targa 48 GT, since being bought out of administration last January. See the pictures here.


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Briton among four rescued after being found adrift at sea in Thailand
Four sailors, three Canadians and a Brit, were rescued by the The Royal Thai Navy on Sunday 28 February.
They had been adrift at sea for five days after the engine of their Malaysian-flagged yacht Kiss stopped working, the main mast cracked and the sail ripped after being hoisted up a secondary mast.
A cargo ship en route to Kolkata, India, the MV Kota Teguhame, noticed the stricken yacht and came to the rescue of Jacques Doyer, 63, Maryse Doyer, 69, British Colin David Osmond, 37, and Andre Belzile, 73. Read the full rescue story here.


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Sir Ben Ainslie leads Land Rover BAR team to victory at the America’s Cup World Series
It was a promising start to the America’s Cup World Series for Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team in Oman this weekend, when they beat the Oracle Team USA by two points.
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Urbana Marina US fire

Video: marina fire kills two, destroys 21 boats

fire at a marina in the US has claimed two lives, destroyed 21 boats and damaged many more.

The marina fire, seen in the video above, broke out in the early morning hours of Monday at the Dozier Port Urbanna Marina in Urbanna, Virginia, on the US east coast. Read the full story