Yachtsman who died while taking part in cross-channel race is named

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A MAN who died this morning while competing in a yacht race has been named by Hampshire Police.

Christopher Reddish, 50, of Clapham Junction, near London, had been sailing the Lion boat last night.

He was taking part in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Morgan Cup race, which left from Cowes at 7pm last night and was heading for Cherbourg, France.

The police authority say he fell overboard at around 11.45pm.

Solent Coastguard received a mayday call at 12.38am and sent out a helicopter.

The man was recovered and a doctor pronounced him dead at the scene.

Ian Loffhagen, racing manager, said: ‘It is with great regret the club has to report a tragic loss of life.

‘A British sailor, lost his life after falling overboard during the race.

‘Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, who have been informed.

‘Everyone has been left devastated by this and in due course the authorities will be looking into how this happened.’

The yacht was one of 72 experienced offshore race boats that took part in the race.