Round the Island Race: New record set despite strong winds
A new record has been set in one of the world's largest yacht races, taking place around the Isle of Wight.
Organisers of the 85th Round the Island Race said "stronger than expected" offshore winds had led to the cancellation of some classes.
However, Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 trimaran, Phaedo 3, finished the 50-nautical mile race in two hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds.
The previous record was set by Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie in 2013.
He completed the course in two hours and 52 minutes - dedicating his achievement to fellow Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson who died in 2013.
The one-day race is believed to be the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
According to BBC Weather, a force 4-6 westerly breeze was forecast for Saturday's race.
The coastguard said several boats were unable to take part due to the conditions, others had to pull out during the event due to "lost rigging and rudders" and one boat sank.
Meanwhile, a number of craft lost their masts and several people were injured or rescued, including a 38-year-old man who suffered minor head injuries after being hit by the boom of a yacht.
"Regrettably, what appear to be near perfect conditions on land are not as favourable offshore, especially for smaller, less stable boats," JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race said in an earlier statement.
More than 1,500 boats were registered to take part in the race, which started and ended at Cowes and attracted about 16,000 sailors from across the UK, Europe and the US.
The first race took place in 1931 with 25 entries.