I did tactics on Tsunami 40.7 in Chicago and Sunday turned really bad for us.
I am not sure if you have heard about all the bad things that happened here on Sunday. I am pretty sure you have heard about the heavy weather that rolled though Chicago and off shore race courses. Circle B was the most affected. It was blowing 20-25 during the first race and we pulled jib halyard sheave out of the mast. we finished the race, but because there was only 8 of us on the boat and pressure was intensifying, we had decision to withdraw from 2nd race. It turned out that that was the best decision we have made all weekend.
Shortly after the mark set boat has overturned and 3 people were in the water, I think Andrew Kerr has assisted them. There were wipe outs everywhere and Sociable Chinese jibed and 3 people went in one unconscious, was struck by the boom. helicopters arrived and then picked everyone out of the water. However one person was in a coma once arrived at the hospital, he is on his way to recovery this morning. Other people were treated for minor injures, broken rib, and hand.
Unfortunately that is not all, as our pitman did not show up the the boat call on Sunday morning everyone started to worry as he was was very reliable man. After the race few guys went to his house to check on him and found him dead on his kitchen floor. The cause of death is not yet know. This was a very sad and shocking end to this regatta. very very bad. Ben Kramer was a friend of mine for last 10 years, and everyone in Chicago has known him, he was splicing lines and working on many boats, he was a very active member of the 40.7 fleet where everyone loved him. – Milosz.