A week ago, Mark Bethwaite and I checked out the conditions on Lake Garda and it was blowing up to 30 knots with 2 meter (6 feet) waves. We decided to sail further upwind where the waves were only 1 meter (3 feet) and on our final run, I buried my bow into a wave, the boat stopped and I fell forward into the mast. I felt a pain in my right side as I climbed back into the boat.
The pain did not go away for several days, and a local specialist examined me and said that I had broken a rib. His advice: absolutely no physical exercise, which means no sailing in the upcoming Laser Master Worlds next week in Croatia. Bummer.
Wanting a second opinion, I went to a hospital to get x-rays where it was confirmed that in fact I have two broken ribs. And his advice: absolutely no physical exercise.
So I'm now sending the x-rays to my doctor in the U.S. to get a third opinion, but it looks like this Worlds will be spent watching rather than competing. Bummer.