On Friday night, March 8 a tragic accident occurred during the Islands Race off the coast of Southern California.
Crew members aboard Uncontrollable Urge encountered dangerous conditions while rounding San Clemente Island. Rough seas drove the 32-foot sailboat into the surf line causing major damage and the crew of six was forced to abandon the vessel. The Coast Guard was diverted to the scene and five sailors were rescued, but one died.
All of us at US Sailing – our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers - are deeply saddened by this event, and are mourning the loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends as they navigate through these very difficult times.
While we cannot affect the past, we will look to learn from this tragedy to help sailors in the future. At US Sailing our commitment to safety at sea is paramount.
We will continue to champion the many positive lessons and opportunities that sailing offers, and strive to ensure sailing remains as safe as possible.
Executive Director, US Sailing