Phil Robertson's China SailGP Team is staying positive despite the injuries their team has faced this week in training. Racing in the highly technical F50 doesn’t come without its challenges, especially in the strong winds Cowes has put up over the past couple of days.
Chen ‘Horace’ Jinhao was already crossing the trampoline between the two hulls when the boat moved beneath him; as a result, he wasn’t able to get a firm footing into the cockpit and made contact with teammate and fellow grinder, Liu ‘Black’ Xue. Xue suffered a neck sprain from the collision and Jinhao sprained his back.
“I should be ok to participate in tomorrow’s racing,” said Jinhao, “We are cooperating with the therapist on our recovery and getting ready for the coming tough fight.
While it’s not abnormal to experience injuries in sailing, it is essential to recognize and fully rehab them, just as any high-performance, professional athlete. Most teams have a dedicated physical therapist to help keep them race ready.
“I feel much better,” said Xue. “The waist is getting better, but my neck is still a little bit tight, I’ll do the recovery therapy tomorrow and hope to be back on the racecourse on Friday.”
The grinders need to be in peak performance to create enough power to make constant adjustments in ride height, heel, wing trim, and jib trim. Seasoned racers, Jinhao and Xue, know the challenge ahead and aren’t backing down.