French Yachtswoman Dies in Helicopter Crash

florenceThe world of sailing, and sport in general, is today mourning the loss of three top French athletes after the helicopters they were on board crashed in Argentina.

Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine were among ten people killed when two helicopters collided in La Rioja province during the filming of TV survival show Dropped.

Florence Arthaud, 57, was a respected sailor, winning the 1990 Route du Rhum on her boat Pierre 1er. The Route du Rhum is a transatlantic single-handed yacht race taking places every four years. The course is between Saint Malo, Brittany, France and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In 1997 she also won the Transpacific with Bruno Peyron.





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