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Death on the Water

Death on the Water

These
stories always suck and are grim reminders of what can happen, even in
a Wednesday night race. here’s a updated report:

I
am so very sorry to pass on this preliminary information about the incident
which occurred in last night’s race on the Magothy, and about the loss
of our sailing friend of many years Ralph Reitan, skipper of Wabbit (
Tartan 10), last year’s Commodore of Yacht Club of Cape St. Clair.

Last
night Ralph Reitan, approx age 60, fell overboard from his boat after
completing a difficult windward leg of the race in squall conditions,
apparent winds gusting to approximately 30 kts. He was an experienced
skipper, although this was the first race of the season for him and his
crew. He was thrown a life ring which he was able to grab, and another
racing boat, C&C 39"Beagle", skippered by Dr. Colin McKenzie,
rescued him, and started CPR when it was found that Ralph was in cardiac
arrest. Paramedics were called, met McKenzie’s "Beagle" at the
Ulmstead marina, and took Ralph to Anne Arundel Medical Center. News reports
said that he arrived in critical condition, but he died later during the
night.