just th facts

Today, US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing in the U.S, released the report requested by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee regarding the tragedy that occurred during the running of the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race.

The 52nd Annual Newport to Bermuda Race (“Race”) started off Newport, Rhode Island on June 17, 2022. The yacht Morgan of Marietta (“MOM”), a Centurion 42, competed in the Race. Colin Golder (“Colin”), of New Providence, New Jersey, owned and skippered the boat. Colin went overboard on the afternoon of Sunday, June 19, 2022.

He was not wearing a harness with tether nor a personal flotation device that complied with the Race’s safety requirements (hereinafter “PFD”). The crew of MOM executed man overboard procedures quickly returned to Golder, and connected him to the boat via a Lifesling. While connected to the Lifesling, Colin lost consciousness and died soon thereafter. The crew of MOM had great difficulty in pulling Colin’s unconscious body back aboard, but finally did so. Once they recovered Colin’s body, the crew returned MOM to its home port in New Jersey. Read on.