Suspected fracture forces yacht UNICEF to suspend Clipper Race participation and divert to Qingdao


Crew member Trudi Bubb, 50, from Crawley in Surrey, suffered a suspected fractured arm when the 72ft yacht UNICEF fell off a wave during Force 12 winds in the Yellow Sea. She was below decks near the galley when she fell, during the race from Da Nang to Qingdao, the eighth stage of the 14-stage race around the world.

Skipper Paul Atwood and UNICEF’s onboard medic sought advice from doctors at the race’s remote telemedicine service, which is staffed by doctors from the race’s Global Medical Emergency Support Partner, PRAXES.

UNICEF is approximately 120 miles southeast of Shanghai and has an ETA of 0100 UTC tomorrow (10 Match 2016). On arrival, Trudi will be transferred to hospital for assessment, then the team will resume racing to Qingdao, China.

The yacht’s skipper Paul Atwood had described the conditions in his blog earlier in the day: ‘Slamming, driving rain, the steady 50-60 knots breeze peaking at a gust of 92 knots, the air full of horizontal spray, waves filling the cockpit…