Dinelli injured by rogue wave

Raphaël Dinelli, the French skipper currently in 10th place in the Vendee Globe around the world yacht race, has sustained a suspected cracked rib.

Late last night Dinelli was working out on deck of his Open 60,Fondation Océan Vita, when his Activ’ Echo system alerted him to the presence of another boat in the vicinity. As the visibility was poor and the sea rough, Dinelli grabbed a running backstay, while looking around trying to spot the ship. At that moment, a rogue wave threw him backwards.

The Frenchman managed to get up, but was experiencing a severe pain in his side. He went back to his bunk to try to catch his breath and get some rest. He awoke a few hours later, but the pain remained just as acute. He contacted the race doctor this morning, who has diagnosed a suspected cracked or broken rib.