Independent review to take place into death of sailor during Newport to Bermuda race
Sailing authorities have launched a review into the death of a veteran sailor taking part in the Newport Bermuda Race who drowned in rough seas last Sunday after being swept overboard.
US Sailing has been invited by the Bermuda Race Foundation, the organising authority for the race, in conjunction with the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, to “independently review the matter to determine what took place and what safety lessons might be learnt”, the organisation announced.
The US national governing body for the sport sent its condolences to the family and friends of “experienced blue water sailor and long-time US Sailing member Colin Golder” who lost his life during the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race.
Mr Golder’s vessel was nearing the midway point of the race when the skipper went overboard.
A statement online added: “US Sailing will make a further announcement once a review panel has been appointed.”
The ensign at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has flown at half-mast – a show of respect that has been “solemnly observed by members and visiting sailors at colours each evening”, the Bermuda Race Organising Committee said.
The committee has remained in contact with Mr Golder’s family and the crew of his vessel in the race, the 42ft Morgan of Marietta, which has returned safely to the mainland.
Bermuda race organisers encouraged the appointment of the independent panel to review the tragedy and publish a report.
The committee said: “While words are inadequate at a time like this, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Golder’s family, friends, and crew as we await the report of the US Sailing panel.”