Round the world Emma

Pindar girl Emma Richards announces her latest venture
Hot news and some that will be very very welcome for race organisers Clipper Ventures - Emma Richards is to take part in Around Alone. Not only will Richards be the only woman in the September's singlehanded round the world race with stops - but in particular will be the only British entry, thereby making some sense of the race's new route which takes in a UK stopover in the Devonshire port of Brixham. The 27 year-old Hamble-based Scot came to the fore as part of Tracy Edwards' crew on the maxi cat Royal & SunAlliance, which lost its rig while making an attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy in 1998. From being the nipper on the cat, Richards teamed up with fellow Royal & SunAlliance crewwoman Miranda Merron and took part in several two handed races including the Figaro class' Transat AG2R and the Transat Jacques Vabre backed by her long term sponsors, Pindar, the Scarborough-based print and electronic media company. Having fastidiously avoided singlehanding, Richards found herself entered in the 2000 Europe One New Man STAR. But at the finish of the British singlehanded transatlantic race, the media furore surrounding Ellen MacArthur's extraordinary overall monohull win outshone Richards' victory in the 50ft class sailing Pete Goss' Vendee Globe steed, Aqua Quorum. Last autumn Richards did a rather slow Transat Jacques Vabre on Steve Fossett's old Lakota trimaran with Mikaela von Koskull before sailing from New Zealand to Miami on the Volvo Ocean Race as part of Lisa McDonald's Amer Sports Too crew. Within days of leaving Amer Too Richards was on board Tracy Edwards' Maiden II preparing to make an attempt on a transatlantic record. And if you are out of breath now, this is just the beginning... Richards' entry in Around Alone came about following considerable