Skip to comments.2 Found Dead After Sailboat Capsizes During Mackinac Race (Chicago, IL to Mackinac Island, MI)
Posted on 07/18/2011 8:04:26 AM PDT by PDMiller
The bodies of two people have been pulled from the water in northern Lake Michigan after a sailboat participating in the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac capsized in a storm near Fox Island early Monday morning. Six were rescued.
The names of the two were not released by the Coast Guard. Officials could not recall any previous drowning deaths during past races.
The Coast Guard was notified at 11:40 p.m. CDT Sunday by radio by crew members from the sailing vessel Sociable, that the 35-foot sailing vessel WingNuts had capsized, sending eight people into the water.
Crew aboard the Sociable rescued six, the Coast Guard said. The bodies of the two missing boaters were recovered around 8:45 a.m. today.
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My random thoughts based on the scanty information in the article, and the photo.
Paul Elvstrom designed a half-tonner with wings in the early seventies. Those IOR boats with their pinched ends were a handful to sail offwind in heavy weather.
BIG storm rolled through the fleet - both drowned sailors tethered to the boat.
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