PARIS - Dutchman Conny van Rietschoten, the only skipper to have won the Volvo Ocean Race twice in its 40-year history, has died aged 87, race organisers said on Wednesday. Van Rietschoten claimed the second and third editions of offshore sailing's leading round-the-world professional race in 1977-78 and 1981-82 on board Flyer I and Flyer II. He triumphed in the latter despite suffering a heart attack in the Southern Ocean. Van Rietschoten insisted on keeping his condition secret from his rivals and even refused shore assistance in case they found out and sensed they could take advantage. "The New Zealanders (in Ceramco) were breathing down our necks," he later told reporters after winning the event then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race.”–AFP