Longtime SA’er and SoCal pro sailor Campbell Rivers may have one of the coolest-sounding names in the sport, but he’s also the best kind of pro racer. Helpful to a fault, always positive and fun and a great asset to any team, Rivers is in trouble and needs help. Dig deep, y’all.
On Sunday evening, September 27, 2015, after the J/70 North American Championship in San Diego, a San Francisco area sailor, Campell Rivers, was in a Point Loma bar parking lot and was run over by a drunk driver. The driver was in a borrowed 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Campbell’s injuries that he sustained was a left knee injury and 5 breaks to his pelvis bone. He is still in the hospital in San Diego recovering from 2 surgeries.
While Campbell is not the type that relies on help from others, he does not have medical insurance so rehab and recovery costs are going to be extreme. At the moment, doctors are estimating that he will be in a wheel chair for 4 months, then a walker. It looks like it will be at least a year before we can see him on the race course with us again.
Campbell works as a pro sailor and also works on boats so his ability to earn a living has been taken away by a drunk driver.
With myself being his teammate at the regatta and being with him at the time of the accicdent, I have received an overwhelming amount of inquires of how people can help. As of right now the best support is financial as we need to transport him back home to San Francisco and help him get set up with a support system to help him to a full recovery. We hope he will recover quickly and get him back on the water living his dream.
-Jeff Thorpe & Jennafer Anderson