Saturday, October 17, 2009

Onboard living Doll- Flinders Islet Race

Photos by Christophe Launay
Onboard Living Doll, Farr 55, built by Cookson Boats for Melbourne yachtsman Michael Hiatt competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) dramatic 92 nautical-miles Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour, where a yacht, Shock Wave, sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, crashed into rocks off Flinders Islet and ran aground at about 3am. Two yachts competing in the race, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin and Bob Steel’s Quest, both from the CYCA in Sydney, went to the aid of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers crew. Two other yachts in the vicinity at the time of the incident, Geoff Ross’ Yendys, also from the CYCA, and Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll from Melbourne also stood by to give assistance.
Experienced sailors Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point, and Andrew Short, 48, of The Spit, were pulled unconscious from the water but couldn't be revived.

My deepest and heartfelt condolences goes out to the families that have lost their loved ones.

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Christophe Launay