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Canadian Eric Holden wins Clipper Race

Canadian Eric Holden skippers winning Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team

Vancouver skipper Eric Holden navigated the Henri Lloyd yacht to victory in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race placing first ahead of second-place yacht, GREAT Britain.  As skipper of the Henri Lloyd, Holden fearlessly led his team through unpredictable, rough seas and long durations away from dry land. Arriving back to London’s Tower Bridge along the River Thames on July 12th 2014 after nearly a year from the start date, the Henri Lloyd crew were overjoyed to be greeted by family, friends and a vast crowd of supporters.

Throughout the race, PRAXES Medical Group (based in Halifax, Nova Scotia) provided 24/7 medical support to all teams for any medical situations and/or emergencies that occurred. The team at PRAXES pride themselves on their involvement with such an esteemed international race. As the only Canadian sponsor of the Clipper Race, PRAXES couldn’t be more thrilled to learn of the triumph of fellow Canadian, Eric Holden.

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Eric Holden proudly displays the Clipper Race trophy with PRAXES Vice President of Marketing John Hockin at Tower Bridge in London

“I am really proud to have had a great Canadian company in PRAXES supporting us with medical advice as we circumnavigated the globe,” says Holden. “It was a huge comfort to have a PRAXES doctor on the other end of the line during a medical emergency we had on board. Everyone sailing offshore should arrange for medical support while at sea and I would highly recommend PRAXES.”

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race pairs novice sailors with experienced skippers and covers 16 individual races over 64 300 kilometres around the globe. It is a life-changing experience and true test of strength for those who accept the challenge. Clipper 2013 – 2014 crew members faced a variety of unforeseen medical situations from hard knocks to a man overboard. PRAXES was standing by at all hours, every day of the week for the duration of this dramatic race.

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Henri Lloyd yacht goes under Tower Bridge

“We were thrilled to support this year’s Clipper crew,” says PRAXES CEO, Susan Helliwell. “Over the last 11 months, we’ve answered over 100 medical calls from Clipper Race yachts, from every corner of the globe, and provided 16 ‘in-port’ virtual clinics. But it’s not really about technology, the magic ingredient in our service is our incredible doctors – people who assist with almost no information, just a voice at the end of a satellite phone.”

PRAXES Medical Group was established in 1997 and now provides medical support to clients in remote locations such as the offshore oil and gas industry, and mine sites among many others.

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The crew of Henri Lloyd celebrate their victory

To learn more about Clipper, check out: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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