Report on Youth Sailing Tragedy

A fatal accident in Annapolis, Md., in 2011 inspired sailing programs across the country to reevaluate safety standards and procedures. Find US Sailing's Independent Panel Report on the incident here, a web extra from our March 2013 issue.

Excerpt from John Rousmaniere's introduction to the Inquiry:

Following a fatal sailing accident at Annapolis, Md., on June 23, 2011, the Severn Sailing Association invited the United States Sailing Association to send representatives to Annapolis to discuss the incident with its officers and staff.

After an extremely informative and at times emotionally wrenching discussion, Hal Whitacre asked US SAILING to appoint an independent review of the incident. I was asked to conduct this review, and my aims are these: provide a factual narrative of the accident and the response, make findings, and offer recommendations that could be helpful to SSA and all sailors.

_Click here to view the complete report.