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Our Road to Rio: 2016 Olympic Games

Our Road to Rio — The Test Event

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That’s right. Zach and I are finally sailing on the Olympic waters of Rio De Janeiro just two years out from the 2016 Olympic Games. Moments like this are incredibly surreal. This is the place that has been in our sights for the last three years. This is the place we hope to make history in 2016. We are really excited to be here!

Commuting across the bay to Rio with Christ the Redeemer in the backdrop

Commuting across the bay to Rio with Christ the Redeemer in the backdrop

Despite our excitement, we are focused on the task at hand. To get to Rio in 2016, we need to qualify the country and our first chance is in September at the ISAF Combined World Championships. No doubt we have pointed out the significance of this event in every blog we have posted, and for good reason. We would consider the last year and a half a huge success if we were to finish in the top ten countries at the Worlds. We will have proven that despite our time away from training on the water, we have continued to show world class progress in every other facet of our program. Results are undoubtedly an important and simple indicator of a team’s success, but the time and energy needed onshore to make an Olympic campaign successful is equally as important.

We are here in Rio to build on the progress we saw at the Europeans by sharpening our racing skills against top International teams. We want close crosses, tough lanes, starting line battles, and raw boat speed lineups in the most difficult sailing conditions in the Southern Hemisphere. Guanabara Bay in Rio is known for tricky tidal currents that swirl in and out of the harbor. The geography of the harbor and the sea floor create hidden eddies and varying tidal rates throughout the bay that are ever changing. From the stories we have heard from locals who grew up racing on the bay, Zach and I will have our hands full trying to identify how to play these waters!

Course Area Diagram

Course Area Diagram

Racing begins on August 4th which gives us a week of training before the big event. Until then, we will be logging hours against the worlds best with an informal practice regatta starting on the 30th. In addition to our knowledge on the water, we will also be learning a lot about living here in Rio so we may learn to enjoy the venue for everything it has to offer since we anticipate spending a lot more time here in the future. More updates to come later in the week.

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Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our generous supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

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European Championships End; Rio On The Horizon

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Races concluded on Sunday for the 2014 49er European Championships. After a tough qualifying series, Zach and I managed to put together some great races finishing the regatta with a pair of 3s. Overall, we finish the event 39th out of 89 boats, 9th in Silver Fleet, and top North American. We are seeing great progress in our ability to work together and execute. When we have great starts and fast first beats, we are finishing with top 3 finishes. We are happy with our speed and know that another month healing my shoulder will put our boat handling back on par for a top finish at the ISAF Worlds in September. There is little doubt that our anticipated comeback has been slow, much slower than we had hoped, but we are still optimistic and still working hard knowing that we still have time before we need to peak.

Rocks surrounding the racecourse made for short courses and lots of action!

Rocks surrounding the racecourse made for short courses and lots of action!

Zach and I are now back at home for a short break from competition, but still ever pursuing our projects and goals for the next event. Our last international competition before the Worlds is right around the corner, far south in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4th begins racing at the Rio Test Event which will be our first look at the olympic racecourse. No doubt we are excited to have a look at this important venue to gain insight into venue specific training after the Worlds, and with a strong US Sailing Team presence in all the Olympic classes, it will surely be a fun event!

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Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our generous supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

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European Championships: Qualification Series Ends

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Light winds prevailed the first two days here in Finland with breeze filling in for the final day of the qualification series.

The first day of the event, we sailed in the lee of the land right off the shore from where we launched. The racing was tight and extremely tricky with no side truly dominating the day. We were quite happy with our starts, being able to battle minutes on the line for our desired spot and executing clean accelerations. After the start, the race got more difficult with the early edges rarely paying. The top teams were frequently falling into the pelaton and often the last decision of the triple lap race decided the final outcome. We battled with our speed having made a last minute adjustment to our tuning prior to launching which made our decision making difficult. We made a lot of great decisions but didn’t have the ability to capitalize at the end. We finished the day with a disappointing 22-19-20.

The following day yielded no wind and, therefore, no races. Wednesday was our only chance to improve our standing before fleets split to Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Yesterday conditions were ideal with 16-20kts and sunny skies. We raced on the far course, course “C”, which had some innately difficult characteristics of its own. Finland has many small islands dotting its coastline with small channels to navigate through the submerged rock piles and islands. Course C is a quick sail away through these narrow channels, sometimes narrowing to 40′, and has a solitary rock and rock pile located next to each other on the bottom, middle left side of the race course. Earlier in the week, these features proved a to be a menace, taking out several centerboards and granting mass redress for poorly marked water hazards.

Course areas

Course areas

Zach and I sailed four races yesterday with great results: 13-7-12-5 moving us up considerably to secure our position in the Silver Fleet. We are still working out through our injuries and time away to get back to where we were in April of 2013 and looking forward to more racing time. Luckily, great wind is forecasted for the rest of the week! For full results, check the European Championships website.

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Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our loyal supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

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From Kiel To Finland

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Zach and I are now in Helsinki, Finland after some time off from training. This week, we are competing in our first European Championship. This is our first time to the area and it is absolutely beautiful. Before we talk about this week, let’s recap Kiel.

Kiel Recap

We had two cancelled sailing days at this event due to wind at both extremes. throughout our race series, we had great speed and put together full races for several single digit and top 5 results. Unfortunately, we did have two DNS’s in our scorecard: one from our spinnaker pole snapping and the other from retiring from a windy race to save my shoulder. These two results hurt our chances of making Gold Fleet especially in this truncated series. We did, however, fulfilled our goal of gaining racing experience leading up to the Worlds this September. As part of our four month plan, we will sail 4 regattas; focusing on working together in these high intensity circumstances. This is what our team needs the most after 8 months away from the boat.

BBQ with our favorite German friends!

BBQ with our favorite German friends!

Thank you Block Family for your continued hospitality and friendship!

Thank you Block Family for your continued hospitality and friendship!

Time Off and 4 Month Plan Revisited

Our non-sailing segments leading up to the Worlds this September are carefully planned and as important as our training. For me, every trip back to the US means a trip to Miami to check in with my medical staff to make sure my shoulder continues to improve. It’s also an opportunity for me to focus on my workouts, which contribute significantly to my recovery. Additionally, we use this time to work on projects. Our biggest project this week was acquiring Brazilian visas on short term notice. The consulate is unusually packed with soccer fans going to the World Cup!

As part of our plan, Kiel, the Europeans, the Rio Test Event, and the 49er North Americans are our four training events this year. Between competing at these events and “time off” we are hoping that we will be able to completely heal my shoulder and peak for the Worlds. With the guidance of the US Sailing and Miami medical staff, we feel confident we will be able to achieve a top performance in Santander!

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Racing begins tomorrow and we are expecting easterly winds at 8-12 knots all day. The forecast for the week supports great sailing conditions and we are excited to see how we compete against this stronger fleet. For information and results you can check out the regatta website.

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Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our loyal supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

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Day 1 Kieler Woche Regatta

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Zach and I are now in Kiel, Germany competing in our first event together since the 49er World Championships in September of last year–almost 9 months ago. We are very happy to be back competing again and welcome the chance to sail at the Kieler Woche Regatta. This is a incredible event tied to a huge festival that runs for several weeks.

Skipper's meeting and cloudy skies

Skipper’s meeting and cloudy skies

Today was a famous windy and wet summer day here in Northern Germany  as we were greeted with cool temperatures and showers. We sailed three races in the yellow fleet during our first day of qualifying races. Conditions were challenging as we sailed out in unprotected water–a rarity for our class since we are usually the course closest to shore for spectators. A confused 2-4′ chop was prevalent and the wind ranged from 12-25kts. After an hour postponement as the race committee wrangled with their anchors, we race a triple windward leeward. Without a doubt, my time away from racing made the race more difficult than necessary, but we sailed several great legs to finish 6th.

Getting the feel of going fast in traffic again

Getting the feel of going fast in traffic again

 

We met misfortune in race two when our spinnaker pole broke, folding in half as we went high to roll a boat downwind on the first run. This is a first for the both of us, but we weren’t fazed. We raced back to shore, replaced it, and were back ready to go for race 3. The breeze was built considerably during our last race to our favor. We were leading the first beat when we mis-judged the port lay line. Rounding the windward mark in 5th, we were bombing downwind with a large up phase in the pressure. As we got to the “gybe spot” we watched as boats ahead of us capsized. Thinking conservatively, we opted for a “chicken gybe” which meant we doused our spinnaker, tacked around instead of gybed, and then reached to the leeward marks on port. We successfully accomplished this maneuver and were flying on just two sails when a monster puff took us out. Sometimes we are going so fast that it’s difficult to keep the bow up! We capsized along with a majority of the fleet, and I made the call to save my shoulder for another day.

Sometimes it feels like controlled chaos

Sometimes it feels like controlled chaos

Tomorrow we expect more breeze and shifty conditions but less waves as we sail just off the dock on the “TV Course”. Live coverage of the racing can be seen here. Unfortunately, our two non-finishes today make us ineligible for Gold Fleet racing, top 25 boats after tomorrow. Currently we are in 47th. We are extremely upset that we won’t be able to enjoy the tight racing at the top, but we are happy with how we are sailing. We know that we are still a month away from being fully operational again, and we are quickly ticking off the boxes in preparation for the Santander Worlds. We are truly thankful for the support we have had during our hiatus from our friends who have never stopped believing.

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Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our loyal supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

June Training In Europe Begins

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Less than 800 days remain until the opening ceremonies in Rio De Janeiro, and already the pressure is on to prepare. Zach and I arrive today at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport for another stint of concentrated European training with the world’s best. In less than 48 hours we will have left our respective homes stateside to drive our equipment from the storage facility in Amsterdam to Santander, Spain. We have made training in Europe, and especially Santander, a priority over the next four months so we have a proper balance between practices and races. Many of our supporters often ask us if we enjoy our time sailing and traveling throughout the world, and I respond with mixed emotions. Without a doubt, we are privilege to see and experience the world, but we are in the pursuit of the acme of sport performance, which leaves us with few days to fully take advantage of our circumstance. Of course, experiencing different cultures means different foods are available, or not, and we have mixed emotions about this too! We try to always keep a few items on us just in case.

Frank's Red Hot Sauce, Cholula Lime, Mrs. Butter's Worth Syrup, Pancakes batter, Chili seasoning, Mr. Stubbs BBQ sauce, and soy sauce are some just some staples.

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Cholula Lime, Mrs. Butter’s Worth Syrup, Pancakes batter, Chili seasoning, Mr. Stubbs BBQ sauce, and soy sauce are some just some staples.

For the next two weeks, Zach and I will be training in Santander, Spain which will host the 2014 ISAF Combined World Championships and the battle royal for Olympic country qualification. Having experienced a similar qualification regatta at the 2012 49er World Championships, we understand the importance and subsequent drama an event like this can have. It is our hope that our familiarity with the venue will help to give us a mental edge to get the job done and qualify the United States in September. Santander is a “heavy” venue in terms of the sea state we can expect. Swells can easily reach 2+ meters in combination with a “washing machine” like sea state on a few race circles. During our time training here this month, we will focus on sailing in these tough sea conditions.

Revisiting our 5 year plan

Revisiting our 5 year plan

As part of our 2014 goal, we are also expanding our knowledge by contracting coaches for specific needs. Unlike other Olympic classes, the 49er is a relatively new class and has several distinct developments over the course of its history. Boats sailed at the 2008 Olympic Games are almost completely different than the boats sailed in London just four years later; notably, the mast went from carbon and aluminum with a round-top main to a full carbon mast with a square-top main. As such, there are very few 49er experts for private hire since the best ones are the sailors we compete against! Creative thinking, thanks to a few of you, has helped us narrow down some talented coaches, but their fees come at a premium. We need your support to help us round out this coaching budget!

Santander Test Event 2013

Santander Test Event 2013

From Santander, Zach and I travel north to Kiel, Germany for one of our favorite events: Kieler Woche Regatta. This will be our first regatta together since the 2013 World Championships last September and an opportunity for us to dust off the cobwebs. 49er sailing is fun, but competition is what we live for! Looking forward to visiting with the Block Family during our time there!

More to come on our training and travels once we are settled in Santander.

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 Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our loyal supportersGladstone’s Restaurant, and Kaenon Sunglasses for their support!

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798 Days Until The Summer Games–West Coast Training Concludes

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Feels good to be going fast again! Photo credit: Luther Carpenter

Going fast again!
Photo credit: Luther Carpenter

Zach and I have had a wonderful week of training here in Long Beach, CA. Without question, Long Beach has become our favorite sailing venue and we look forward to annual visits to test ourselves in the area’s incredible conditions. Over the last month, we have experienced strong Santa Anna winds which is an offshore, strong, puffy breeze that often carries ash and smoke from the inland fires, and the predictable late afternoon sea breezes that pipe up to the high teens. For those of you following the news, the dry weather and fire threats are very real. Some occurred just around the corner from where we were staying!

With the consistent winds, we have made progress everyday. Much of our time is spent re-learning our communication and movements. Remembering all the small details after five and a half months away from sailing is difficult, but it is rewarding since our learning is steep. Additionally, I am learning a lot about establishing a protocol for rehabilitating my shoulder on the water. This requires some trial and error and there have been days which we have been forced to stay ashore because rest was needed. This can be quite frustrating when we have been patiently waiting for so long! We remind ourselves, however, that my shoulder recovery is positively improving and we are once again sailing. In the next few months, this injury will be forever behind us.

Long Beach crowd Photo credit Luther Carpenter

Long Beach crowd
Photo credit: Luther Carpenter

While training hard this month, we also had a few great distractions. I took part in another National Team Tour event at Newport Harbor Yacht Club along with three other US Sailing athletes. These events are great opportunities to mingle with supporters and chat with the local youth about our path to the Olympics. We also had several dinners and a great closing party at Gladstone’s Restaurant in Long Beach. I don’t know any other restaurant that plays sailing videos on all of their TVs! If you are in Long Beach, this is the place to be. Zach and I were fortune to not only frequent the restaurant but live with the Sangmeister family who own it. We thank John, Sarah, Peter, Jack, and Will for their hospitality and friendship this past month! We enjoyed being part of your family.

We also reached a wonderful milestone for our team this past weekend with Zach and his fiancee Sara celebrating their engagement in San Diego. Zach and Sara are to be wed in the fall.

The happy couple!

The happy couple!

Zach and I conclude our west coast training with a three day trip to the US Olympic Training Facility in Chula Vista, CA today and go home to rest before a month of sailing in Europe. More updates later in the week about our training in June!

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Back In The Saddle Again

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Long Beach, California Photo courtesy of Kyle Blair

Long Beach, California
Photo courtesy of Kyle Blair

Zach and I are in Long Beach, California with two weeks of training already under our belt. We are stoked to be sailing again and progressing along smoothly in the stellar sailing conditions off of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. My hiatus from the boat, 150 days in total, has made us eager to train harder this year. The last two weeks have already been some of the most productive of our campaign.

Since we have been in Long Beach, we have made contact with some of the local talent who have welcomed us with open arms and eager enthusiasm. Long Beach is home to many World Champions, Olympic Medalists, and incredible ocean racers. Zach and I are fortunate to be here and even more fortunate that these individuals are interested in helping us out.

I now have 10 days of sailing under my belt and I have to say, it’s good to be back! Zach and I have both done our homework over the last few months and we are ready for a five month run to qualify the United States for the 2016 Olympic Games at this years ISAF Combined Worlds in Santander, Spain. We are beyond focused and more excited than ever to push harder in every aspect of our campaign. As with every setback we have encountered, we have only become stronger and achieved more as a result. Zach and I are thankful for the support of you, our friends and family, in these challenging times.

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We would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider, the Osprey Foundation, our loyal supporters, Gladstone’s Restaurant, Kaenon Sunglasses, and the Sangmeister Family for their support!

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The Next Leg of the Journey

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World Cup Miami wrapped up last week with light winds.  Even though Fred and I were in different boats (a coach boat and a 49er), we learned plenty and got a lot out of the winter training.  Our next leg of the journey as a team will begin at the end of April when Fred is cleared for duty and we can get back to Our Road To Rio.

The Miami weather threw a curve ball last week which delivered light and fluky winds for the regatta.  Normally we sail three races a day for five days, which results in fifteen races for the series.  But, with the unusual weather, we only sailed 9 races.  I matched up with US team member Trevor Moore for December and January.  Trevor competed in the 49er at the 2012 London Olympics in my role as the crew position.  Needless to say, I learned a great deal in the front of the boat and improved my game over the last month and a half.  Like any competition, Trevor and I had some great moments around the race track followed by some tough breaks.  Against a stacked roster of 34 boats, we finished 13th.  Although we were disappointed with our end result, we learned a lot and sailed hard.

Photo Credit: US Sailing Team Media Will Ricketson

Photo Credit: US Sailing Team Media Will Ricketson

While I was sailing with Trevor this winter I trained my eye to look at the mainsail differently.  This made me see and feel the changes I made to the boat setup.  I focused on where the main sail twists open, which ultimately translates into speed.  I also learned how to change sailing modes from a high and tight angle to a fast forward speed machine.  All these little tricks I learned will be crucial to get us a medal in Rio.

Fred followed the races from the coach boat giving him a unique opportunity to study the top teams in the world.  He was very diligent watching the best boats race around the track and he captured their movement in the boat with hours and hours of video footage.  I joke that Fred is like a football coach or a boxer studying his next competition in very finite detail learning all their strengths and weaknesses.  With video to watch and the tactical races he viewed from the coach boat, Fred is keeping his mind sharp so that when his body is ready he won’t miss a beat.

Fred will be spending the next few months coaching 49ers in Europe.  I am still sorting out plans to sail as much as I can with whomever I can while also coaching some of the US women’s team in the 49er FX.  Our team goals over these two months are to stay in the game as much as we can, keep learning, and have our bodies physically ready to go when we get to the end of April.

Looking ahead, Fred and I will train in late April and most of May in Long Beach, California before we head to Europe in early June to race a few regattas and spend some time in Santander, Spain to prepare for the World Championships in September.  Despite our current situation with its setbacks, Fred and I are doggedly determined to stay on track of that timeline we created in 2011.  We know we can qualify the United States for the Olympics in the 49er at the Santander Worlds this September.  Stick around, we are just getting started!

On Track

On Track

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Fall Update And Winter Training Plans

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Happy belated Holidays to all our our friends and family. Zach and I have been remiss in reporting our activities over the last few months and so I will begin!

After clinching Silver at the Santander Test Event and 20th at the 49er World Championships in September, Zach and I took a week off to rest from a full month of training and travel. By resting, we mean taking a few days off from sailing, as we are always working on projects small and large. One of these projects was attending to our injuries. Zach’s forehead has healed well although he still needs to get plastic surgery to fix the remaining nerve damage. I tweaked my injured shoulder on the second to last day of the World Championships and I needed to see a physical therapist to diagnose and fix the bicep tendonitis which resulted. As the October weeks progressed, the pain from tendonitis continued to bother me and we weren’t able to log any quality training on the water. With the Colorado Springs winter training camp a week away, I flew back to Miami to see my surgeon and get a cortisone shot to alleviate the swelling and pain.
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Zach and I arrived in Colorado Springs on October 27th for our first US Sailing PET Camp. Contrary to these camps in years past, the focus of this year’s camp was more on information dissemination instead of fitness evaluation. All US Sailing personnel and resources were available and we had an extremely productive camp at one of the premier athletic training facilities in the world. From early morning to late evening, we were in the classroom, at the gym, or in personal meetings with the team experts. Zach and I were extremely impressed with the organization and quality of that four day event.
Mural of Rio de Janeiro in the dining hall.

Mural of Rio de Janeiro in the dining hall.

Shortly after the Colorado Springs Camp, we journeyed to Houston, Texas for two weeks of skiff sailing with our other US teammates. Led by Luther Carpenter, we were ecstatic to begin sailing after a full month off nursing our respective injuries, however, our camp was cut short almost immediately. On a downwind run concluding our first day of training, Zach’s trap line failed resulting in an immediate capsize. I was whipped forward dislocating my left shoulder again as I collided with the hull, while Zach was left hanging upside down by his ankle in the tow strap. It took several hours before Zach and I made it to an emergency care center. With sore ankles and shoulders, our November camp was finished and we needed to follow up with MRI and CT scans to determine the extent of the damage.
US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider National Tour stopover at the St. Francis Yacht Club

US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider National Tour stopover at the St. Francis Yacht Club

But, not before we made a scheduled stop in San Francisco to represent the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider on their National Team Tour. During the two night stopover, we visited the St. Francis Yacht Club and the San Francisco Yacht Club. We had two pleasant evenings mingling with members and young Olympic hopefuls, signing posters, and having a Q&A with members about our individual campaigns. Zach and I were pleased to finally meet the many supporters that keep our team functioning. We are proud to represent the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider at this event!

From San Francisco, I flew back to Florida were I met with my surgeon and physical therapist in Miami. CT scans revealed disappointing news. Similar to my last dislocation, I tore the labrum in my left shoulder in the same area of my last surgery. This time, however, I also chipped part of the glenoid cavity, which is the cavity that the head of the humorous sits. Preliminary MRI and CT scans tests were unclear just how large the fracture was and whether the labral tissue was still connected to the glenoid cavity or was partially attached to the fractured bone.

With all the uncertainty, Dr. Kaplan and his team at University Miami Hospital deemed surgery a prudent move and on November 18th I went under the knife. They did a fantastic job removing the fractured glenoid and putting three more anchors to tie down the torn labral tissue-that makes 12 total anchors now in my left shoulder.

Recovery time will be about five months and I plan to spend all of my time working with Chris Herrera and his team at Jaguar Therapeutics in Coconut Grove to accelerate my return in April. Along with my physical therapy, I will be observing and coaching the 49er training this winter. With the large international talent coming to Miami this year, I will have a great opportunity to check out what other teams are doing for comparison.
Photo Courtesy Will Ricketson of US Sailing Team Sperry Top Sider

Photo Courtesy Will Ricketson of US Sailing Team Sperry Top Sider

Zach plans to team up with 2012 Olympian Trevor Moore for the time being to stay fresh and continue developing his skills on the water. With a full December and January training schedule, they will learn a great deal sailing with each other. Hopefully, Zach can defend our World Cup Miami Gold medal performance at the end of January!

There is no doubt now that Zach and I are well versed in how to keep the campaign moving forward despite these small setbacks, and look forward to coming back stronger, as we always have, from these small adversities. A strong performance at the ISAF Worlds in Santander is our goal for this year and we are confident that the US will earn a berth for the Olympic Games at this first round qualifier.

Through our highs and lows, your support always keeps us steady and focused on the overall goal: a medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. We appreciate those that have already reached out to us and who continue to lend a helping hand every step of the way. We would also like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider for their continued support and their guidance.

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