Nova Scotian company, PRAXES Medical Group responds to medical emergencies in global yacht race

HALIFAX, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - After racing nearly 40,000 miles, around the world, all 12 yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arrived in Derry-Londonderry, completing the international sailing race. Halifax based company, PRAXES Medical Group partnered with the Clipper team, acting as the race's first ever global medical emergency support partner.

PRAXES is the only Canadian company providing this medical innovation to global customers and the only Canadian sponsor of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

PRAXES specializes in providing emergency medical services remotely via telemedicine. Their physicians support workers in offshore or remote locations during medical emergencies. PRAXES supported all  670 Clipper crew members with 24/7 medical care through their "EMdoc" telemedicine service. This remote medical service connected Clipper crew with experienced emergency physicians, providing immediate medical advice. PRAXES maintained their global response guarantee of 5 minutes, to some of the most remote locations in the world.

 "We were thrilled to support this year's Clipper Race crew," said Susan Helliwell, PRAXES CEO. "Over the last 11 months, we've answered over 100 medical calls from Clipper yachts, from every corner of the globe, and provided 16 in port virtual clinics. Our proprietary software is key, but it's not really about technology. The magic ingredient in our service is our incredible doctors. They work with almost no information - just a concerned voice at the end of a satellite phone."

Throughout the course of the race, PRAXES' medical team received calls for issues ranging from dislocated shoulders to hypothermia, following a mid-Pacific man overboard incident. With hundreds of hours of experience in supporting ocean based crews, including the Canadian Navy, fishing fleets, offshore oil and gas installations and the Canadian Coast Guard, PRAXES emergency physicians were ready for the challenge – it was business as usual.

"Having PRAXES' support over the past year not only reduced the number of in-port hospital visits and medevac situations during the race, but also provided peace of mind for the family of crews while they sailed the world's most dangerous oceans", said Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race.

More information about PRAXES, and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race can be found at:

About PRAXES Medical Group
PRAXES has been supporting remote workers in dangerous environments since 1997. Its global Telemedicine service is Canada's premiere telemedicine service for industry. It also supplies a range of medical services from medical exams to the set up and operation of remote medical clinics. The PRAXES mission is to improve remote health care while simultaneously reducing cost and risk for clients. PRAXES supports the Canadian Coast Guard and Navy, the marine industry, mine sites, oil and gas sites, prisons and even Mount Everest climbing teams.

About Clipper Ventures Plc
Clipper Ventures Plc was established in 1995 by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69.  Sir Robin founded the company on the premise that sailing should be made available to everyone, regardless of age or experience. So he launched the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996. The company owns and operates its own matched fleet of ocean racing yachts and so far more than 3,000 people have competed in the eight editions of the Clipper Race to date. The company also owns the rights to the professional solo round the world VELUX 5 OCEANS race and runs a successful events division offering corporate sailing and development programmes. Today Clipper Ventures is recognised as a leading international marine events company which is focused on developing and promoting major global events such as the Clipper Race.


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Image with caption: "PRAXES CEO, Susan Helliwell (right), Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (centre), AND PRAXES emergency physician, Dr. John Ross (left).(CNW Group/Clipper Ventures Plc)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Clipper Ventures Plc

For further information: For additional information or media requests, please contact: Emily Farlow, NATIONAL Public Relations, 902-332-8054,; Marina Thomas, Clipper Race Press Officer,, Tel: +44 (0) 7793 417 751/+44 23 92 526 000

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