When Bad Luck Strikes, Part II

Once again, thank you to all of you for your support in the wake of John’s accident. (As this is a boating site, I thought I should use marine terminology!)


Thankfully, the surgeon expects John to make a complete recovery with full use of the leg, including hip flexion (he tore a hip flexor tendon insertion right off the bone). So we are very thankful for that.

Right now we’re seeing good improvement though the leg is still very acute (swollen, bruised, difficult to bend), so John won’t be released from hospital until that resolves.

The recovery process is going to be slow and I’m sure frustrating for John: six weeks with toe touch only using a walker, then limited weight bearing for a further period of time. In light of this we’ve rented an apartment here in St. John’s, Newfoundland for six weeks after which we’ll decide what to do and where to go next.

All I can say is how thankful we are for all the help we received and are receiving here in Newfoundland, for all the support we’ve received from friends and family, for the fact that John should get complete recovery, and for the fact that Morgan’s Cloud is safely tucked up in a shed in Maine! If this had to happen at least it happened now and here!

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Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

9 comments… add one
  • Chris Nov 8, 2012, 9:04 am

    In this case, bad luck was followed by good. N’est-ce pas?
    Chris & Janet

  • gil carter Nov 8, 2012, 9:39 am

    Get well soon, John!

    Fair Winds/Followings Seas


  • Viv and Mireille Nov 8, 2012, 9:45 am

    They will soon having you dancing a jig on George Street knowing the Townies!
    Good luck, and get on your feet soon!

  • Heather Holm Nov 8, 2012, 9:46 am

    No doubt the recovery period will come with its own adventures and lessons. Meanwhile, Phyllis, you can learn more about hip flexor tendons by doing yoga! (I’m off to class this morning at Lisa’s new home and studio in Bridgewater. She’ll no doubt have a teacher in St. John’s to recommend.)

    I hope John heals quickly and well, and without too much pain.

  • Simon Nov 8, 2012, 9:54 am

    A friend of mine managed to do the same thing while skiing. It took time and carfull attention to the instructions while healing, but all he has left now is the scare.

    Good luck healing John, and I’m waiting with interest what kind of new projects you now find time to do while others are not possible.

  • Hans Jakob Valderhaug Nov 8, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Here’s get-well greetings from this side of the pond. Hopefully your usual determination will have you fully recouperated by next summer. God Bedring!
    Hans and Eli
    S/Y Anna, Oslo Norway

  • david Nov 8, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Traveling down Long Island Sound in wind and snow. Pleased to hear that John is resting comfortably with a game plan for recovery. We know only too well that these challenges are never welcome but often new opportunities and changes in direction present themselves.
    All the best to you both,
    David and Mary

  • Svein Lamark Nov 9, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Good news to read. And while reading the good news a Fedex man came on the door with your book A Voyage North on Morgan’s Cloud ( a very fast delivery). The book looks wonderful and I shall enjoy it.
    I hope to see you on deck soon.

  • RDE Nov 10, 2012, 12:03 pm

    For those following the VendeeGlobe, interesting (layman’s!) observations:
    —Among current builds, the idea of rotating masts and deck spreaders seems to have fallen out of fashion. Conventional triple spreader masts-high modulus carbon with soft standing rigging.
    —Total boat weights as light as 7000kg.
    —Preference for transom hung rudders—evidently fast replacement and kick up trumps end plate effect.
    —not a single wheel steered boat in the fleet. Tiller steered with little effort at least in 12 knots of breeze at the start.
    —Amazing machines— looked at a video of a 5 year old design power reaching in 30 knots. Front 1/3 of the hull out of the water much of the time.
    —the odd boat out, most powerful and heaviest new boat leads in light going to weather after 3 hrs.

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