Alinghi grinder injured
At this time, the French sailor and Xavier Jolis, the Team Alinghi physiotherapist, compared the opinions of doctors in New Zealand, Switzerland and France. Christian received permission to continue his training, with the understanding that he could sustain a possible re-injury. On February 1, he injured this fragile part of his hip, and the crack broke completely, making it impossible for Christian to sail.
Far from giving up, the America's Cup veteran will continue to put his expertise to work within Team Alinghi. Anticipating the possibility of the situation, Team Alinghi was prepared : a new grinder will take Christian's place on the winch handles for the America's Cup regatta. Christian will undergo surgery upon his return to Europe.
"We anticipated this situation, so we have someone who is totally ready to take my position onboard during the America's Cup races," commented Karcher. "As I said to the entire team, we have a magic opportunity, which is to battle for the America's Cup, and we will live this moment together. "