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Volvo Race - Annie Lush injured

Fourth-placed Team Brunel were dealt a cruel blow with key crewmember Annie Lush suffering an injury to her back.

Lush and teammate Peter Burling were grinding on the aft pedestal as Team Brunel prepared to gybe close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone when a huge wave swept them into the guard rail at the back of the boat.

Burling was unhurt but Lush was left with pain down her right side and struggling to move her right leg.

The crew responded immediately, carrying her down below and into her bunk where she has remained since.

The British sailor, 37, has been prescribed painkillers and plenty of rest by on-call race doctor Spike Briggs. While she recovers, the rest of the crew must push on shorthanded, making their task ahead even more challenging.

Update 21:30 HRS:

At the 21:30 UTC report, MAPFRE had taken a small lead over Dongfeng Race Team by hugging the Exclusion Zone, but can they make it stick . . .

Favourable north-westerly winds allowed the frontrunners to gybe right on the limit of the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone early on Tuesday and point their bows towards the Melbourne finish line.

They continue in that stronger wind.

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic are the two most northerly boats now, with team Akzonobel behind them but more southerly, and need more wind.

ETA Melbourne for the leaders is now 24 December . . .

Volvo Ocean race - Leg 3 - Tuesday 19 December @ 21:30 UTC

1. MAPFRE -- distance to finish -- 1,990 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team +2 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +94 nm
4. Team Brunel +120 nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +219 nm
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic +292 nm
7. team AkzoNobel +364 nm

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