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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Spithill injures elbow - out of Race

by Di Pearson/RSHYR Media 12 Dec 2018 18:09 PST 26 December 2018
Comanche - Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2017 © Rolex Studio Borlenghi

America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill has incurred an elbow tendon injury while preparing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on the Comanche 100 Supermaxi.

As a result he will not be participating in the 2018 edition of the iconic Australian event. With a primary focus on being healthy for his America's Cup campaign with Luna Rossa, Spithill flew to Los Angeles to be evaluated by his surgeons Dr. Robert Bray and Dr. Andrew Bulczynski (Disc Sport and Spine Center Los Angeles), who conducted surgery immediately.

Taking prompt action, rather than aggravating the injury with continued training or racing, averted potential months of downtime, and Spithill is expected to be fully recovered early in the new year.

A native of Australia, Spithill will return to watch and support the Comanche team in their bid for top honors and defending their title when the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race kicks off on 26 December 2018.

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