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It was mere hours into the Velux 5 Oceans solo around-the-world yacht race when the fleet was hit by a powerful Bay of Biscay storm off France with winds gusting to 77 mph. To professional photographer Dan Towers, the conditions were picture-perfect, albeit a tad on the white-knuckle side. Towers hopped into a single-engine helicopter with the doors removed and sped off after the fleet.