The sailing fraternity in Australia is mourning the loss of two great and well known sailors today.
Last night Andrew Short’s 79ft PriceWaterhouse Coopers "Shockwave" ran into rocks around
Flinders Islet off Port Kembla located south of Sydney during the Flinders Islet Race – a part of
the Bluewater Pointscore run by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.
The boat was completely destroyed and tragically, Andrew Short and Sally Gordon perished. 15 of
the remaining crew were able to swim to Flinders Island and one was pulled alive from the water
by other race boats (Ragamuffin and Quest) who were quick to the scene to help.
There was a large swell running but the weather wasn’t particularly fierce. Police are investigating
the cause. Talk at the club is they were not felt to be cutting things too close, but it’s difficult to
say exactly what happened at this stage. These guys were really experienced with each at 15
Sydney-Hobarts under their belts.
In the meantime, we’re all very sad. Just goes to remind us that we can never take our sport for
granted. Even on a local overnighter, in relatively manageable conditions, catastrophe can and