The national association for sailing Down Under, Australian Sailing, today released a statement to the media (below) concerning the loss of Showtime (previously Midnight Rambler) after the keel fell off on the return delivery from the Sydney-Hobart race.

The SA forum carried a very lively exchange at the time of the loss between the original designer, Ker, and some “interested parties”. The keel was a recent mod designed by another naval architect.

It is interesting that AS felt compelled to conduct their own investigation/review when the accident did not occur during an AS event.

Under Australian law, had there been any loss of life that would have prompted a Coronial Inquiry (as happened after the tragic 1998 Sydney-Hobart). The relevant regulatory body, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) could also investigate, and may well be doing so.

– Anarchist David

Australian Sailing has determined to conduct a review into the LCE Showtime incident and provide a report on the facts and learnings of the incident.

After completing the CYCA’s 2019 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, race entrant LCE Showtime was being delivered back to Sydney when on 5 January 2020 at 0230 hours the keel failed, and the crew activated its emergency beacon. The NSW police service responded to the incident and all crew were rescued.

Australian Sailing has determined to conduct a review to provide a report on the factual happenings in respect of the incident. The National Safety Committee has appointed Tim Cox (chair), Chris Zonca and Frank Walker to conduct the Review.

Of particular interest to the review are the processes relating to the original design and modifications to the keel, groundings or impacts, administrative procedures and documentation, actions undertaken by the crew at the time of the incident, and the application of the Australian Sailing Sea Safety Survival Course content to the experiences of the crew of LCE Showtime.

Any interested party may make written submissions to the review by emailing¬†[email protected]org.au. Parties wishing to be interviewed by the panel should also contact Australian Sailing at the same email.

A copy of the Terms of Reference for the Review can be read here.