The ABN AMRO website continues to give sailors an insight into the rough life onboard a Volvo Ocean 70. ABN AMRO 2 ran into some really big waves on leg three between Melbourne and Wellington.
Gerd Jan Poortman was badly injured when he was swept from the bow all the way to the back of the boat by a huge wave that also damaged the bow pulpit.
UPDATE: I found an image of the damaged bow pulpit:
Here's a excerpt of his comments (linked to the video of his description of the events):
“Nightmare. First night big wave didn’t realize the strength of it. Didn’t see how massive it was. Swept me all the way from front to back. Somewhere along the line I hit my head. The dagger board on my back, I lay down and was hard to get up. Thanks to George for stitching me up and taking care of me. A real TEAM and great bunch of boys around me.”
Unfortunately an Ocean 70 is not the best place to recover from injuries.