Bristol, Rhode Island (October 27, 2022)— Following the tragic incident that occurred during the running of the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race, US Sailing, at the request of The Bermuda Race Foundation, Inc. as the organizing authority for the race, in conjunction with the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, convened a panel of experts to study the incident.
After an extensive investigation, US Sailing has released a report on the incident. The report details a factual summary of the incident, key conclusions and a set of recommendations based on the learnings from the incident to help make the sport of offshore racing safer.
The full report can be found on the US Sailing website here.
US Sailing would like to thank the family of Mr. Golder, the crew of Morgan of Marietta, the Cruising Club of America, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, The Bermuda Race Foundation, Inc. and the technical experts for their assistance in the investigation.
US Sailing’s condolences remain with the family and friends of long-time US Sailing member Colin Golder.
US Sailing routinely conducts independent reviews of sailing accidents. Most of these come at the request of the US Coast Guard. These reviews conducted by panelists assembled from US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee have improved safety guidelines for racing, communication between sailors and race organizers, and training for race officials running offshore races.
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First Place - Challenger Division
Women's National Champion
Abby Freeman Kwiatkowski
Juniors National Champion
An Amendment to the Notice of Race for the Summer Series has been posted
Due to the fact that most of our Race Committee volunteers will be at Put-in-Bay this Sunday (July 17) working the I-LYA Junior Championships Regatta, we have rescheduled this week’s racing to Sunday, August 7 (originally an “off week” between the summer and fall series).
- Since the 1980s when larger “cruising” type boats began to gain popularity at our club, BLYC has worked to find the most fair way to handicap boats of different designs. Many dedicated volunteers have worked on this effort. The main factors we have always considered are…
- Utilization of a standard rating system – in our case, Portsmouth
- A system that takes into effect varying conditions, not merely differences in design.
- Relative ease of use and (hopefully) understanding
- None of us are measurement and handicapping experts. While, personally, I may have a good understanding in the rules related to scoring both one-design and handicapped racing, Measurement is (and is defined as such in the racing rules) a separate role from that of race management. I don’t know that any of us have the experience and extensive knowledge necessary to truly understand all of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of how ratings are calculated and, more specifically, how any particular modification affects boat performance. Thus, the use of the large, well tested, database provided by US Portsmouth.
- Racing at BLYC has always been promoted (and, in my opinion, should remain so) as FUN, social, and an effort to encourage participation in the support. We aren’t, in actuality, “competing” for much more than bragging rights. Fairness in competition is extremely important and always a goal, but we must also remember that “cultivation of sociability among its members” is the second part of the Club’s mission statement.
- One thing that no sailing handicapping system accounts for (nor should account for) is skill and execution. Many often think of handicapping in terms of how it is applied in golf. Golf handicapping generally seeks to equalize players – Sailing handicapping seeks to equalize equipment.
- I strongly encourage all sailors to familiarize themselves with the systems we employ to handicap the racing at BLYC. The more people we have that understand the process, the better we can work together to keep our racing FAIR and FUN.
What a wonderful time we had on our first ever sailing adventure! The BLYC “Grow the Sport” initiative is truly an excellent way for members to learn more about sailing .
This past Friday was a perfect day and Dave Paligo and Bill Collision took us out sailing and provided us with an great overview. They gave us an opportunity to try out different responsibilities on the sailboat and taught us so much !! They were professional , patient and very personable . We didn’t know anything at all about sailing but now we not only know about the mast , jib and boom but also about winches , tiller, sheets , puffs and so much more . We must say that their enthusiasm for sailing is contagious and they knew how to make “newbies” feel comfortable.
We really encourage others in the Club to take advantage of this great opportunity to get out and try their hands at sailing on Buckeye Lake .
Sue & Mark Zawislak