Early this morning Vendée Globe skipper Yann Eliès sailing Generali sustained a fracture to his left leg while he was working on the foredeck of his Open 60 yacht. Yann was thrown on to the deck by a violent jolt to the boat when it was stopped suddenly by a big wave.

He has been advised by the race doctor Dr Chauve, and an evacuation process is under way. An Australian Navy Frigate has been detailed and has left Perth Australia this evening and should take around 48 hours to reach Generali’s location.

Read the full story here: Vendee Globe Skipper Yann Eliès Injured – Rescue Under Way

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Vendee Globe Rankings

Updated GMT December 18 2008 – See current Vendee Globe rankings  here: Vendee Globe

  1. Michel DesjoyeauxFoncia
  2. Roland Jourdain – Veolia Environnement
  3. Jean Le Cam – VM Matériaux
  4. Sébastien Josse – BT
  5. Armel Le Cléac´h – Brit Air
  6. Vincent Riou, PRB
  7. Marc Guillemont – Safran
  8. Jean-Pierre Dick, Paprec Virbac 2
  9. Samantha DaviesRoxy
  10. Brian ThompsonPindar
  11. Dee CaffariAviva
  12. Arnaud Boissières – Akena Vérandas
  13. Steve WhiteToe in the Water (Spirit of Weymouth)
  14. Jonny Malbon – Artemis
  15. Rich WilsonGreat American III
  16. Derek Hatfield – Algimouss Spirit of Canada
  17. Raphaël Dinelli – Fondation Océan Vital
  18. Norbert Sedlacek – Nauticsport-Kapsch

Out of the Vendee Globe:

Kito de Pavant, Groupe Bel
Marc Thiercelin, DCNS
Yannick Bestaven, Aquarelle.com 
Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss
Jérémie Beyou, Delta Dore
Unai Basurko, Pakea Bizkaia
Dominique Wavre, Temenos
Loick Peyron, Gitana Eighty
Bernard Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat
Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty, Groupe Maisoneuve 
Mike Golding, Ecover 3
Yann Eliès – Generali 

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