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Record-breaking yacht left to rot

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An iconic world record winning yacht left to rot in a watery grave in Plymouth, England, has been saved by a determined team of experts who want to blow new life into its' sails.

Sir Chay Blyth's Challenge Business 45, won two round the world races and holds the class record for the Round the Island Race on the south coast.

She sustained structural damage and lost rigging after falling on her port side in dry dock and was left to rot because it was thought to be too expensive to repair her.

But businessman Brian Pogson saved the yacht from the scrap heap and quickly realized all was not lost, and the vessel could be made ship shape.

"I knew then she was not twisted and upon further investigation discovered that her damage was localized to the impact zone,” he told the Plymouth Herald. "I strongly felt that this stunning and well-built yacht was too good to scrap and that we could bring her back to life.”