The Clipper Race yacht Da Nang – Viet Nam has retired from the current leg of the race after being damaged by a large wave.
The yacht was knocked down when it was hit by a large wave at 2215UTC last night in 45 knot westerly winds as a secondary low hit the back of the fleet.
The boat does not need assistance but the wave damaged the port side binnacle and helming bars. As a precaution, the team has made the decision to retire from the race and motorsail for the moment as they make the rest of the way to Seattle.
Skipper Wendy Tuck reports that she and some crew sustained minor injuries and some crew have been shaken by the incident but otherwise all are safe and well.
Crew member Bridget Keevil suffered a small cut to the eye and nose and has a black eye. She has also hurt her shoulder. The Clipper Race’s global medical emergency support Partner Praxes have been consulted.
Wendy has suffered a cut to the head which she is also receiving treatment for.
The rest of the 12-yacht fleet are on schedule to arrive in Seatle between 15-20 April.
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