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Association Cup tragedy

by John Curnow 15 Apr 2018 01:23 PDT 15/4/18
Club Marine Series final day at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron © Alex McKinnon Photography

Sadly there has been a fatality during racing today. West Sou’west winds of up to 36 knots were blowing were blowing the time of the incident in the 2018 Association Cup on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. A Northerly had been blowing earlier, but the clocking around to the left would have made the Bay go from flat water to possibly 1.5-2m very quickly, as there is significant fetch available.

The annual event is held between the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Royal Brighton YC and Sandringham YC, and contested by teams from each club in both IRC and AMS. A joint statement will be issued tomorrow (Monday) by the clubs, as Police are presently taking statements from all parties. Max Peters fell overboard from his Adams 10, Top Gun, and was not able to be resuscitated. He was retrieved by another craft, also racing in the event. Our deepest condolences to the family, crewmembers, club friends and all racing out there today.

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