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Review panel looks into Mackinac capsize

In the wake of this summer’s fatal accident in the 103rd Race to Mackinac, US Sailing has convened a panel of experts to determine why the Kiwi 35, WingNuts, capsized and two of its eight crewmembers died.



A ‘sickening sound’ and then a rescue mission

Rambler 100 suffered a massive keel failure and capsized during the Rolex Fastnet Race.It was about 6:30 p.m. local time Aug. 15 when the Irish coast guard received an EPIRB signal from the U.S.-flagged racing yacht Rambler 100. She had just capsized about 16 miles from Baltimore, County Cork, between the turning mark of Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy.

Rambler was competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Fastnet Race after setting a course record earlier this summer in the Transatlantic Race from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point in the United Kingdom.



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A welder at Promet Marine Services in Providence, R.I., works on the 196-foot (sparred length) three-masted square rigger Oliver Hazard Perry. The ship will support and promote sail training, marine trade work force development, and marine conservation and environmental stewardship in Rhode. www.OHPRI.org

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.


Local Waters September 2011

Postcard: WoodenBoat Show
By Craig S. Milner
A Portuguese water dog stands guard over a framed hull displayed by The Apprenticeshop at this summer's WoodenBoat Show.Comfortable weather and a good turnout marked the 20th anniversary edition of the WoodenBoat Show, held June 24-26 on the grounds of Mystic Seaport in southeastern Connecticut.
The first WoodenBoat Show was held at Newport, R.I., and through the years its ports of call have included Southwest Harbor and Rockland, Maine; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.; and the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. The show has been at Mystic for the last five years.

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