Injured and retired regroup

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 28 Dec 2006 13:53:00
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Injured Rolex Sydney Hobart skipper Graham Jackson is heading back to Sydney this afternoon after receiving treatment at Pambula Hospital last night for a fractured wrist, broken hand and a cracked sternum

Injured Rolex Sydney Hobart skipper Graham Jackson is heading back to Sydney this afternoon after receiving treatment at Pambula Hospital last night for a fractured wrist, broken hand and a cracked sternum after he was thrown across the deck of his yacht Illusion early yesterday morning in heavy seas.

Jackson was taken from his yacht by the police launch Alert yesterday afternoon after Alert had picked up the crew from the stricken yacht Ray White Koomooloo.

Jackson today described what happened in the darkness and huge seas yesterday morning.

“I was steering the boat when it launched off a huge wave. The boat became airborne. When it crashed back down I was catapulted onto the deck hardware,” he said.

“We have a titanium tiller extension that snapped like a twig. I’m surprised the boat didn’t break.”

Illusion continued racing and Jackson plans to be reunited with his crew when they reach Hobart.

Injured Maximus crewman Glen Attrill remains in Moruya Hospital in a stable condition. He will be discharged in the next few days.

Maximus motored overnight from Ulladulla and arrived in Sydney Harbour this morning. They went straight to Woolwich Dock where the broken mast was craned off the boat.

Maximus is now tied up at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay where the tired crew has started cleaning up the boat in preparation for it being shipped back to Auckland in a couple of weeks’ time.

Ray White Koomooloo skipper Mike Freebairn and one of his crew are currently in Melbourne awaiting a flight to Hobart. Their insurance company sent a plane out yesterday afternoon to search for the stricken vessel but was unable to find it. The boat is presumed sunk.

ABN AMRO ONE was due to leave Ulladulla at lunchtime today with a delivery crew, bound for Sydney. - Lisa Ratcliff

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