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Old 18-12-2008, 20:37   #1
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Exclamation RESCUE OPERATION in the Southern Ocean

While sailing the boat Generali in the Vendee Globe around the world race, solo sailor Yann Eliès was thrown when his boat slammed into a wave. In terrible pain, Yann crawled across the foredeck and into the cockpit, where he radioed for help. Rescue operation underway.

A bunch of boats have been dismasted already in the race and now a terrible injury. Must be horrible to be out there alone unable to move. Hopefully they can get help to him soon.

The news article:
Vendee Globe Skipper Yann Elies Injured - Rescue Under Way

Vendee Globe Skipper Yann Elies Injured - Rescue Under Way | YachtPals.com
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Old 19-12-2008, 20:21   #2
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What an incredible situation.
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These boats are built to minimum standards to achieve speed and are pushed way past their limits. It is a wonder any of them finish.
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I can't even imagine what it would be like to have a broken thigh bone, single handed and in the Southern Ocean even with knowing that help was on its way!!!!
That is going to be one difficult transfer onto the Aussie warship.
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Old 19-12-2008, 23:37   #5
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That is going to be one difficult transfer onto the Aussie warship.
You bet! Didn't they send the whole Navy on holidays over Christmas to save money?


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Yann has now been transferred to the HMAS Arunta - should be back in Fremantle well before Christmas; think of the money the Navy will save . I haven't heard what has happened to the yacht.
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Two crewmen are taking the boat to Australia under minimum sails and avoiling the low pressure systems.
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I don't believe anyone was left aboard the vessel to sail it to Australia - rather, it was rigged to sail itself out of an area of low pressure, and a couple of support staff for the Generali effort will try to rendevous with the vessel to sail her back to Australia.

From the report on the official website:

"On board the Frigate Elies will be assessed by the civilian doctor on board and is expected to be taken to Perth military hospital.

The Australian frigate's RIB then returned to Generali to pick up two crewmembers who were left to secure the boat. The Open 60 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.

A crew from Team Generali, have left for Australia to go aboard a motor launch which will take them out to the area, and they will sail her back to Southern Australia."

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I would have thought they would have had a responsibility to scuttle her, seems setting her a sail with no crew/watch would be a violation of some maritime law???
Very interesting story..
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I would have thought they would have had a responsibility to scuttle her, seems setting her a sail with no crew/watch would be a violation of some maritime law???
Very interesting story..
Its a big ocean down there and not too many ships go there. The chances of anything hitting it are ... (did someone write a song...?)
Remember the Southern Ocean is not like the Med or North Atlantic.


I think its a great and novel idea! Throw up a sail and put the auto pilot on, leave the EPIRB going and salvage a million dollar yacht when its 10 miles off port! Good thinking!


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That's what I read. I thought it meant it was manned. Also, its vendeeglobe.org not com. That's what google is for anyway.
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Yann is now in Royal Perth Hospital and will undergo surgery tomorrow (Dec 23).

Three cheers for the captain and crew of HMAS Arunta and also for the doctor from Royal Flying Doctors Service (Western Operations).
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These boats are built to minimum standards to achieve speed and are pushed way past their limits. It is a wonder any of them finish.
I wouldn't necessarily agree with that. The boats are designed to very exacting standards and have to comply to all sorts of safety regulations and undergo way more testing than your average cruising yacht. Yes; the boats are pushed hard, but plenty of them are still being raced years after the particular round the world for which they were desinged. The designers obviously are "pushing the envelope" in terms of using new technology; canting keels, for example, and new technology always has teething problems during the first years.

Do you think your average Beneteau or Bavaria or Hunter would do any better if pushed hard in the Southern Ocean way down near the icebergs?
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Yann is now in Royal Perth Hospital and will undergo surgery tomorrow (Dec 23).

Three cheers for the captain and crew of HMAS Arunta and also for the doctor from Royal Flying Doctors Service (Western Operations).
quite rightly so

and dont forget the efforts of the English woman who broke off from the pack in an attempt to reach yann
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"The boats are designed to very exacting standards and have to comply to all sorts of safety regulations ...."

Then obviously the standards are rubbish, these around the world boats break apart every time the race is run... keels fall off etc.
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