Simon Le Bon: pop star, audacious sea racer… and essayist on atheism??? Wikipedia tells the story:
While Duran Duran was on hiatus in 1985, Le Bon drew media attention when his maxi yacht, Drum, lost her keel and capsized during the Fastnet race, just off Falmouth, along the southern coast of Cornwall. Before being rescued, Le Bon and other crew members were trapped underwater, inside the hull, for forty minutes. Despite the accident, Le Bon and Drum went on to participate in the 1985-1986 Whitbread Round the World Race, coming in third overall in elapsed time. Le Bon and his partners eventually sold Drum; the events surrounding Drum and the races were chronicled in a 1989 movie entitled Drum – The Journey Of A Lifetime.
Twenty years after his accident, in 2005, Le Bon made public his desire to race again. During a touring hiatus in August 2005, Le Bon again raced ‘Drum’ in the Fastnet race, borrowing the vessel from her current owner (the Scottish multi car garage owner Sir Arnold Clark) to participate, and raising funds for the RNLI charity. Le Bon had to leave the race unfinished, as light winds were slowing ‘Drum’ (and ‘Drum’s’ competitors), and would have delayed the boat’s arrival at Plymouth, interfering with Le Bon’s obligation to perform in Japan.
In 2009 Le Bon (who describes himself as a “concerned agnostic”) contributed an essay to the book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, edited by Ariane Sherine.