Ocean sailing legend dies at 101

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Bill King, whose 42-foot junk-rigged schooner, Galway Blazer II, capsized and was dismasted during the ill-fated Golden Globe solo, non-stop round the world race, died at the age 101.

Galway Blazer II, designed by Angus Primrose, after consultation with Bill's wartime friend, legendary solo yachtsman Blondie Hasler, was hit by a hurricane 1,000 miles south-west of Cape Town.

In September 1970, Bill set sail once more.

Seven days out of Fremantle, Western Australia he was rammed by a great white shark which holed the boat on her port side.

"Seeing that blue water through my hull was definitely my worst moment at sea. It was time to ring up God, but I didn't have the number," King said.

He eventually made it round the world and was awarded the Royal Crusing Club's medal and the American Cruising Club's prestigious Blue Water Medal for his circumnavigation.

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