Drum gets dusted off for another dangerous outing...
Zoe Street
08:24 14th May 2005

Call him mad if you like but Duran Duran warbler Simon Le Bon is again competing again in the yacht race which nearly finished him off 20 years ago.

The Rio singer is even using his trusty (or not so) yacht, Drum, which famously capsized during the 1985 Rolex Fastnet Race.

The boat, now owned by Scots car magnate Arnold Clark, according to The Scotsman newspaper, has been lent back to the rocker for the purposes of the hazardous race - which covers a 608-mile course and can involve scary tidal currents and often bonkers weather.

Le Bon and crew (not Duran Duran, that is), dodged death when Drum fell foul of aforementioned bonkers weather off the tricky coast of Falmouth the first time round. So let's all keep our fingers crossed they'll be nice and safe this time, shall we? 

One suggestion might be just not to do the race at all and stay home with a mug of tea and a copy of the Beano, but we're all different.

The race kicks on August 7 off the Isle of Wight and Bon-Bon will formally announce his plans at a launch in Glasgow on Monday, May 16.

Oh lordy.