Sailors honored with rescue medal

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US Sailing awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the crew of sailboat Sociable for their rescue of six sailors from WingNuts, a capsized yacht on Lake Michigan during a storm in July in the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac.

Late on the night of July 17, Sociable, a Beneteau 40.7 out of Milwaukee Yacht Club, was sailing in a large group of Chicago-Mackinac Race boats off Charlevoix, Mich. when they were buffeted by severe squalls with wind speeds of more than 40 knots, steep seas, blinding rain and frequent sheet lightning.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. CDT, navigator Brian Adams heard the faint sound of a whistle. Alerted that something might be wrong, the crew soon spotted lights about half a mile away.

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