French America’s Cup skipper injured in training

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FRENCH America’s Cup skipper Franck Cammas has been seriously injured in an accident while training

Cammas suffered an open fracture at the bottom of the right tibia, leaving his foot partially severed.

The skipper was at the helm of one of two training boats, a GC32 catamaran, sailing in Quiberon Bay, Brittany.

He fell overboard and was run over by the rudder of the boat while it was going at speed, his team reports. His right leg was badly injured.

Cammas was quickly recovered by a support RIB and was taken to shore, where he was airlifted by emergency helicopter to Nantes hospital.

During the qualifying rounds of the America’s Cup in Portsmouth in July, Cammas admitted the world series event has come too early for his side to challenge for victory.

The 42-year-old was ‘not happy’ with his team’s lack of preparation.

He said at the time: ‘We didn’t have enough time to prepare because we started the schedule very late for this America’s Cup.’