Wind generator blades sliced Polish sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski during the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans Race.

Beaming Down Satcom Surgeons

Sailors benefit from rising interest in telemedicine services.

Telemedicine, the ability to remotely treat patients in far-flung corners of the world, was still in its infancy in 1998 when it was put to a highly publicized test aboard a storm-tossed sailboat in the Southern Ocean. Russian competitive sailor Viktor Yazykov was participating in the solo Around Alone Race. His boat was about 900 miles below the tip of South Africa when his rig began falling apart. While Yazykov was repairing a broken shroud, an elbow he had injured earlier in the race grew inflamed with infection.

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