Day 42 of the Vendee Globe solo race

The leaders on the solo Vendee Globe Round the World Race continue to race towards the New Zealand gate, which has been moved north to bring the fleet away from the risk of icebergs. Leader Michel Desjoyeaux aboard Foncia is the fastest boat in the fleet, currently sailing at 18 knots and covering over 375 miles in the past 24 hours. Yann Elies, the skipper of Generali who broke his leg on December 18, was successfully transferred to an Australian Navy frigate last Saturday morning. The medical team on board confirmed a fractured left femur and also revealed several broken ribs. Generali was around 850 miles south-south-east of Perth and was left sailing slowly northwards under a very minimal sail plan, away from the track of the worst of the low pressure systems. The Vendée Globe race directors will continue to monitor her position as members of the Generali team travel to Australia to go aboard a motor launch that will take them out to the area, and they will sail her back to Southern Australia. —
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