French yacht crew still held

Four crew-members of the French yacht La Poste taking part in the Whitbread Round-the-World race are still in a Uruguayan jail, a week after being arrested for alleged assault and imprisonment of a burglar they caught stealing their money and credit cards, writes Stuart Alexander.

A decision over whether the yacht will start leg five of the race from Punta del Este to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday is being delayed until Friday as representatives of the French Post Office, who spent pounds 7m on the enterpise, and the French embassy try to sort out matters with the Uruguayan police and authorities.