Renowned bluewater sailor van Rietschoten dies at 87

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Long regarded as one of the hard men of world sailing, and Round the World racing in particular, Conny van Rietschoten won the 1978 and 1982 renditions of the then four-stop race.

Van Rietschoten is reported to have struggled for some time with poor health and died of a stroke.

He is credited with bringing the professional approach to Round the World sailing that was picked up by others in the 1982 race onwards.

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