A GOLCAR woman is still involved in one of the world's toughest yacht races.
Rachel Jagger, 33, is crewing one of the yachts in the Sydney to Hobart race.
She and her fellow crew members are still in the race, despite rough seas and bad weather which have forced many boats to pull out.
Rachel, who grew up in Golcar, is crewing for friend Jakki Moores on her yacht Team Lexar.
The all-amateur crew lined up for the Boxing Day start with 99 other yachts, many of them crewed by some of the sailing world's best competitors.
The 628-mile race is due to end later today.
One of the favourites for honours in the Rolex Sydney- Hobart Yacht Race, Prime Time, was forced to retire early yesterday, joining 11 other boats which have pulled out of the race for various reasons since the start from Sydney Harbour.
The smallest boat in the fleet, Graham Jackson's 31ft Grasshopper, has also withdrawn, with a broken forestay.
Two other boats have gone into Eden with injured crew aboard.
The Sydney 38 Hidden Agenda, which was going to seek help in Eden for two slightly injured crew members and then continue on, has decided to retire.
Heavy seas have made berthing conditions difficult at Eden, where 50-knot winds have whipped up waves that are crashing over the breakwater.
Rachel, who has sailed for many years, now lives in London and the Isle of Wight.
She is Team Lexar's "pit queen", co-ordinating rope controls in the yacht's foredeck.