With great regret, Zach and I wish to inform you that we will be pulling out of our training camps and regattas for the rest of the spring and summer. The dislocated shoulder I experienced during World Cup Hyeres in France two weeks ago also tore the labrum in my left shoulder. After discussing our options with our sailing and medical staff, we decided that surgery to repair the injury was necessary, especially since we are still year one in the quad. The procedure was performed earlier last week, and I am happy to report strong improvement in my strength and mobility already. A huge thanks to Dr. Chris Herrera at Jaguar Fitness and Dr. Lee Kaplan at University Miami Health for their expert knowledge and services, as well as to our sponsors and supporters who have reached out to us these past few weeks.
As you can imagine, this news is unbelievably frustrating as Zach and I have enjoy great progress this spring. Not only have we been producing better results, but we have also been learning a lot about the 49er. We are so close to many more performance break-throughs, which will now have to wait until we hit the water again in August in preparation for the World Championships and the Santander Test Event in September. Although we finished World Cup Hyeres last in Gold Fleet, Zach and I have climbed in the ISAF World Rankings to 7th which is a testament to the effort and support we have achieved over the last year and a half.
The risk for personal injury is not uncommon in Olympic sailing and, in particular, the 49er as we are beginning to realize: many past and current skiff sailors offered their condolences and stories as they described their own physical hardships and setbacks. We are thankful that both of us are healthy and fit, and that this circumstance was just an unfortunate accident while competing.
While we can’t progress in our sailing for the next few months, this situation gives us an opportunity to pursue and complete new and outstanding projects. Olympic sailing is an exhaustive search for understanding and knowledge in all areas of this multifaceted endeavor, and we will use our time thoughtfully to continue our development. There may be three years until the Games in Rio, yet we understand the urgency and value of the time today in our performance down the road.
Zach and I would like to thank the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, Hedgeye, our friends and families, Chris Herrera at Jaguar Fitness, and Dr. Kaplan at University Miami Health for their support. It is a long road to Rio, and we are truly thankful you are there to share it with us.