The rescue of Yann Elies is old news. It had a happy ending. But what if he had broken his leg at the outer reaches of this Southern leg, where help is thousands of miles away rather than the 40 hours it took the Australian frigate to arrive. The news might not be so rosy. These are highly competent professional offshore sailors with huge shore teams. They know the risks. But Rachel Maddow, the liberal political commentator on MSNBC, is surely echoing some of the thoughts of John Q Public in her short piece on the Vendee Globe.
Tip of the hat to Sailing Anarchy for the heads up on the Rachel Maddow video.