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A two-week delay in being flown home to Swansea was being predicted last night for Rhian Jenkins, after she was airlifted off Merfyn Owen's Global Teamwork in the BT Challenge, writes Stuart Alexander.

Jenkins, thought to be suffering from a duodenal ulcer, was taken to Port Stanley by the RAF after an emergency call to the Falkland Islands. This was the second rescue of a sick crew member, Austria's Kurt Kinast having been taken off Save the Children by the Royal Navy's HMS Lancaster last week and flown home via Montevideo.

Despite being slowed by calms as she approached Cape Horn, Global Teamwork still leads the fleet of 14 from Andy Hindley's Save the Children, with Mike Golding third in Group 4. The forecast is strong south-westerlies, but this tricky, dangerous section of the southern ocean can produce all sorts of surprises, from storms to gentle sunsets.

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