A forty-yr-old woman is the second Briton national to have died due to Clipper Round the World yacht Race.
Sarah Young, who comes from London, had boarded the IchorCoal boat when she got swept overboard in the Pacific Ocean.
Her death comes after the September death of Andrew Ashman, a London paramedic, who got knocked unconscious while in the same boat.
Organizers have said the cause of Young’s death has not been confirmed but they suspect it was due to drowning or exposure.
The incident has occurred on the 9th race of the 14-stage competition that started in August and spans for more than 40,000 nautical miles.
Close to 40% participants haven’t sailed before taking part in the longest ocean race in the world, but Young and Ashman are the only fatalities in the race that has a history of 20 years.
During this 2015-16 edition of the race, over 700 Crew are participating and they left London towards the end of August 2015. They are expected back on 30th July.
Young was tidying the cockpit after reefing the mainsail when she was knocked from her position by a wave. She fell back towards the guard wire and was swept under it by another wave.
Attempts to rescue her were blocked by strong winds of 40 knots and her body was recovered after more than an hour.
According to race organizers, Young has left behind a partner and she owned a lifestyle company that offered services to high net-worth individuals.
Before the Clipper Race, she had participated in several expeditions including Mountaineering in Nepal. She has also taken part in a marathon and was a qualified dividing group leader.