US Sailing awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the crew of Mosquito, a Farr 395, for rescuing the life of a fellow crewmember who fell overboard during the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac.
While sailing into the Manitou Channel on the afternoon of July 17, 2011, in a strong southwest wind gusting to 40 knots and 4- to 6-foot waves, Mosquito was running at high speed under an asymmetrical spinnaker when the boat was knocked over while jibing. Mosquito was knocked over so far that the spreader tips were touching water. Co-skipper Dave Radtke immediately took notice of co-skipper Steve Laughlin in the boat’s wake. Radtke recalled thinking to himself, “I hope everybody remembers their job.”
Two other racers on another boat died when the Kiwi 35 capsized. Soundings wrote about a review panel created in the wake of the accident in our October 2011 issue.
The panel issue recommendations for procedural changes to the race in its report.