The lead singer of 1980s pop group Duran Duran is to return to sea this week to compete in a race in which he was almost killed 20 years ago when his yacht capsized.
Simon Le Bon will once again compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race with 20 of the original crew which escaped death when his yacht, Drum, capsized in bad weather off the coast of Falmouth while competing in the 1985 race.
During the dramatic race two decades ago, Drum lost its keel and capsized, trapping the singer and other crew members inside the hull for 40 minutes. Now, Le Bon is being reunited on Friday for a celebration dinner with all but one of the original crew, before they set off on the race once again on Sunday from Cowes, Isle of Wight.
After capsizing, Le Bon sold the yacht, now called the Arnold Clark Drum, but it is being loaned to him this year by its owner Scottish entrepreneur Sir Arnold Clark.
Le Bon hopes to raise awareness of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution by participating in the race.
The Arnold Clark Organisation will also be donating a car to the RNLI as part of its charity fundraising initiative.
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world's classic yacht races, pitting sailors against tricky currents and changeable weather conditions in its 608-mile course in the English Channel.