• 15-OCT-2014

First Injuries on the Volvo Ocean Race

We're only four days into nine-months of intense racing – but already the Volvo Ocean Race casualties list is beginning to take shape.

Team Vestas Wind's Tony Rae revealed today that he is actually suffering from a pretty severe rib injury, sustained during training – but that he kept it quiet as he didn't want his mother to find out!

The hard as nails Kiwi is being held together by a lot of tape and padding, but reckons it doesn't affect his ability to help out on the Danish boat.

"I'm doing a lot more with my left side than my right side – but we'll deal with it. When you're out here, you can't just have a day off and lie on the couch!"

His team mate, Nicolai Sehested, isn't surprised at the grin and bear it reaction of the guy he says assumes the father role on the boat.

"He's tough, and he takes care of himself," says the young Dane. "You could crack 15 of his ribs and he'd still be going at it hard every single morning and night!"

And Tony's not the only one feeling the effects of the opening exchanges: MAPFRE's Spanish sailor Carlos Hernández took a heavy bang on the chin, and was advised by doctors to stay down below deck for 24 hours.

Amory Ross, the Onboard Reporter on Team Alvimedica's, slipped on deck and dislocated his shoulder – an injury which he corrected himself immediately.

Meanwhile, extreme conditions over the last couple of days including winds of well over 30 knots has seen seasickness set in across many of the boats.The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is expected to reach the Canary Islands tomorrow.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager