Injuries in Vendee Globe

800 miles south of Australia, Yann Elies broke his leg when his yacht, Generali, slammed into a wave.  He is the latest casualty in a race from which more than a third of the original contestants have been forced to retire. 

From the International Herald Tribune:

Elies’ boat is now hove to &mdash effectively stopped &mdash about 800 miles south of Australia in the Indian Ocean. The Australian emergency services have been alerted and are examining ways to get Elies off as quickly as possible.

Race organizers said compatriot Marc Guillemot, on his yacht Safran, has changed course to “offer the injured skipper psychological support” and was less than 100 miles from Generali and expected to reach Elies in a few hours.

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By Ocean Navigator