Tim sustained the injury whilst in the pulpit, forward of the forestay, when a very large (freak) wave broke over the bow and washed him onto the forestay with great force. The yacht immediately altered course downwind so that Tim could be moved below.
After consultation between the onboard medic Dr Ruth NEWTON, the Accident and Emergency Unit at Derriford hospital in Plymouth (UK) and Challenge Business' fleet Medical Officer, Dr Spike BRIGGS, the decision was taken to seek further medical assistance for Tim. Because there are so few shipping movements in the Southern Ocean and because of the difficulties of transferring an injured person even if a ship were available, the decision was made to head back to South America.
Team Stelmar ceased racing at approximately 17:30 GMT, and altered course to head east towards southern Chile and Cape Horn. It is estimated that it will take between 5 and 7 days to reach either Puerto Williams, Ushuaia near Cape Horn or Valdivia on the west coast of Chile, but the weather conditions over the coming days will determine which port is chosen.
Tim is reported to be in a comfortable condition, being looked after as best as is possible by his crewmates. We will provide more information as soon as possible.