Preliminary findings released in race tragedy

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A US Sailing independent review panel released a set of preliminary findings and recommendations from the research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the April 14 deaths of five sailors from the sailboat Low Speed Chase.

The panel presented this information May 22 to the new San Francisco Bay Offshore Racing Council, which includes local race organizers and yacht clubs.

The council has developed its goals to enhance safety and communications practices for all upcoming offshore events in the Bay area. Recommendations relate to training, communication and race management.

Click here for the full announcement.

Meanwhile, after the deaths of five people in a crash near the Farallon Islands last month, yacht racing off the Northern California coast was set to resume last weekend, with the local sailing community vowing to improve safety and training standards to prevent future tragedies.

Click here for the full report by the San Francisco Examiner.