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RS Sailing Releases Statement On Death Of Yachtsman At Cowes Week

12th August 2018
RS Elite yachts racing at Cowes Week 2017 RS Elite yachts racing at Cowes Week 2017 Credit: Peter Trimming

#CowesWeek - RS Sailing released a statement expressing its members “deepest sadness” following the death of a sailor during Cowes Week on Friday (10 August).

The man in his 60s was thrown overboard from an RS Elite class yacht in Osborne Bay on Friday afternoon. He was picked up by a RIB and brought ashore but later pronounced dead at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, many of whom were racing that day,” the statement from RS Sailing reads. “Those most closely involved could hardly have been more experienced or acted more proficiently. We salute them and their efforts.

“But accidents can happen in almost anything worthwhile that we do, and our lost friend would want us to sail on with a smile and keep on loving it as he was doing right up until tragedy struck.”

Published in Cowes Week
MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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