Man Overboard During ARC Rally
The World Cruising Club has announced the death of a participant in the 2002 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), following a man overboard incident which occurred Saturday, Nov. 30. Phillip Hitchcock, 47 from Sevenoaks in Kent, UK, was sailing aboard the Formosa 51, Toutazimut. At the time of the incident the yacht was mid Atlantic, 24.06N 26.02W. Conditions were described as windy and rough, with big seas and 30 knots of wind. This is the first time a tragedy of this nature has occurred in the ARC, which annually sees more than 200 yachts sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to St Lucia.