US Sailing awarded a Hanson Rescue Medal to Erik Slockers and the crew of his Catalina 22 Windpower, Bridget Lane and Jay Sacco, for rescuing a sailor during the 2011 Leukemia Cup regatta, hosted by the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, on Lake Lewisville in Texas on May 7, 2011.
Winds were blowing at 18 to 25 knots wind with steep waves. Windpower’s crew was prepared for the conditions.
“Bridget, Erik, and I had our PFDs on all day,” said Sacco. “It was windy enough and the water was cold enough to warrant caution.”
Lane, who was keeping a lookout, spotted a person in the water who was not wearing a life jacket but was hanging onto a bright blue boat cushion.
Keeping a close watch on the situation, Lane alerted her shipmates that no boat was returning to pick up the sailor.