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Crew aboard battered racing yacht arrive in California

April 3, 2012 |  9:56 am

Yacht Oakland

The remaining crew members of a battered yacht arrived Tuesday in Oakland, three days after being pummeled by a massive wave during an around-the-world race.

The 68-foot Geraldton Western Australia was struck by the wave Saturday about 400 miles west of the California coast. Two British sailors were hurt and rescued Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The other 11 members of the crew, including two with less serious injuries, remained aboard their vessel and continued the race. They arrived at the Port of Oakland about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The sailors were part of a 10-vessel, around-the-world race that was running its sixth leg from Qingdao, China, to California. The 5,680-mile leg is the race’s longest, and officials estimate the journey takes around 33 days.  

The sailors are due back out on the seas to continue the race April 14.

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Photo: Nik Brbora, 29, right, a software engineer from London, waves as he is helped off the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf in Alameda on Monday. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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