Yacht club promises inquiry into fatal race mishap

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The organization that sponsors an annual sailing race from Chicago to Mackinac Island plans an inquiry into the capsizing of a boat during a fierce Lake Michigan storm that led to the deaths of two crew members, an official said Tuesday.

"We want to understand what happened and to learn what we can do to improve the safety guidelines under which we run this race," said Greg Freeman, chairman of the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac.

Mark Morley, skipper of the Saginaw-based WingNuts, and crew member Suzanne Bickel died after the 35-foot craft overturned around midnight Sunday. A rival boat rescued the other six crew members, who said in a statement their boat was knocked over by a 75-mph gust.

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