Vendee's Yann Elies in pain

Vendee Globe, solo, non-stop, round-the-world race sailor Yann Eliès, suffering from a broken thigh bone, is in pain and cannot reach his medical kit.

Competitors Marc Guillemot (Safran) and Sam Davies (Roxy) have been directed to come to his aid and assist as needed, and the Royal Australian Navy’s 118-metre HMAS Arunta (pictured) has left Perth and is expected to rendezvous tomorrow.

Generali has three reefs in the main and a small staysail set. He was injured while
working on the bow of Generali on Thursday morning. He was thrown along the deck and sustained a fracture to his thighbone.

Over the past 24 hours, race leader Michel Desjoyeaux shows no signs of letting
up as he posts the highest mileage total of the fleet (422 miles). The fleet is
soon to pass the East Australia Gate, with recent information regarding ice
location has caused race organizers to move the coordinates of the New Zealand
ice gate 8 so as to protect the fleet.


Image: Courtesy HMAS Arunta