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Ocean Globe Race Yacht “Triana” Diverting with Injured Crew

18th September 2023
Crew member Stéphane Raguenes of the Triana crew on the right showing determination before the start of the Ocean Globe Race 2023
Crew member Stéphane Raguenes of the Triana crew on the right showing determination before the start of the Ocean Globe Race 2023 Credit: Aïda Valceanu/ OGR2023

On Sunday afternoon, the skipper of yacht Triana FR (66), Jean d’Arthuys, informed McIntyre Ocean Globe race control of an incident onboard.

Crew member Stéphane Raguenes had fallen on deck, resulting in a serious nine-cm-long, three-cm wide open wound on the back of his leg behind the knee.

Stéphane was taken below for immediate first aid to stop the blood flow. He was sedated and given painkillers. He was conscious, talking and made comfortable by his crew mates.

MSOS, the OGR 24-hour telemedicine team and TMAS International Telemedicine support were contacted, and photos of the injuries were transmitted via satellite for diagnosis. Medical advice was provided to the crew. OGR declared a Code Orange, and OGR protocols were put in place.

CROSS Gris-Nez, Maritime CoastGuard Agency, Portugal MRCC, Spain MRCC and Morocco MRCC were all informed. Stéphane’s next of kin were informed that while the wound was serious, it was not life-threatening, race control said.

Despite not having the easiest of starts to the race, Triana is currently leading ADVENTURE CLASS and is sitting mid-fleet, in seventh position overall and fifth in IRC ranking. Skippered by French media entrepreneur and winemaker Jean d’Arthuys, the yacht was forced to stop racing for four hours on night three to repair a broken steering cable. Repairs were successfully completed using Dyneema rope, allowing them to continue unhindered.

The Swan 53, one of the smaller yachts in the race, is sailing with a crew of just eight and is considered by many as the one to watch. She was leading the Adventure class by quite a margin.

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