An injured British yachtsman who was competing in the Global Challenge regatta and was rescued last week by the Chilean Navy in the Magellan channel area was successfully operated in Buenos Aires.
Tim Johnston from the yacht "Team Stelmar" was suffering from a serious arm injury which forced captain Clive Cosby to contact the Chilean Navy in Punta Arenas.
A vessel with medical aid and towing capacity located the yacht and after a first call in Puerto Navarino, "Team Stelmar" left for Ushuaia from where Johnston was air evacuated to Buenos Aires.
This Tuesday Team Stelmar left Ushuaia to restart racing.
"It's been an extremely difficult time for Clive and his crew, especially Ruth the Doctor, and we have the utmost respect for how they have dealt with the situations encountered," explained Andrew Roberts, Global Challenge Race Director.
"When they decided that they wished to carry on racing we made a proposal giving a line of latitude which would be the furthest south they should go. Clive felt that they could stay even further north, in an effort to avoid the worst extremes of the Southern Ocean, so as organisers we're happy with the decision".
"Safety has to be of paramount concern and Clive, as always, has shown a very responsible and considered approach".
The yacht will therefore make best speed (sail or motor-sail) to the point at which they ceased racing where they will resume racing to waypoint Alpha and Wellington, albeit on a more northerly track than they might otherwise have taken. The implication is that it might take longer than the preferred southerly route but will hopefully avoid some of the ferocity and extreme cold of southern ocean conditions.
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