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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo...

This is the boat I got the ride on in June.

 

There were a couple that read anarchy on the boat & I believe (not 100% sure) one that was a regular poster so I'm hoping we hear something - looks like he checked in to SA just after midnight last night - so I'm real glad he seems to be OK.

 

Ditto dupape

Terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.

Please keep any updates coming - will be glued to the laptop this weekend.

 

505 I hope your brother heals well mentally & physically after going thru that.

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ABC news...

 

Two die, 18 rescued after yacht runs aground

Posted 51 minutes ago

Updated 25 minutes ago

 

Two people have died after a yacht carrying around 20 passengers crashed into an island off Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast early this morning.

 

Police say the yacht was taking part in a race between Sydney and Port Kembla when it ran aground on Flinders Island about 3:00am (AEDT).

 

Emergency officials received a number of distress calls and a short time later water police arrived and rescued a man from the water.

 

Two nearby yachts also assisted in the search for the remaining crew and pulled a 46-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman from the water.

 

Neither could be revived.

 

Paramedic David Morris says 18 other people managed to get on the island and have been winched by the ambulance rescue helicopter to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

 

Mr Morris says the majority of them have minor injuries and are suffering from hypothermia.

 

"Obviously you can imagine it was very cold overnight," he said.

 

 

Please let those monor injuries be very minor so no one else has to go thru too much pain.

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news.com.au

 

Two killed in yacht race to Flinders Island

By staff writers and wires

news.com.au

October 10, 2009 08:13am

 

BREAKING STORY: TWO people have died and 16 have been rescued after a yacht overturned off the New South Wales south coast during a race.

The yacht carrying 18 people hit rocks at Flinders Island off Port Kembla early today during a race from Sydney to the island and back, Macquarie Radio News reports.

 

A 46-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were pulled from the water but could not be revived.

 

The 16 survivors have been taken from the island to Wollongong Hospital by helicopter.

 

NSW Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings told Sky News this morning the accident involving the 18m racing yacht happened about 3am.

 

"With the assistance of other yachts in the race police recovered two bodies from the water," Supt Hutchings said.

 

He said police found another person alive in the water and were then told there were 15 more to find.

 

All 18 have now been accounted for and the two dead are awaiting formal identification.

 

While he gave condolences, Supt Hutchings praised the rescue efforts of police, the other yachts in the race and emergency services.

 

"I have no doubt their prompt action saved other lives," he said

 

The survivors have been treated for exposure.

 

There was no more information about other injuries and the cause of the incident is being investigated.

 

More to come...

 

With AAP

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Not good at all, thoughts for all involved and for the sailing community in general.

 

Hope that this does not take too many people down and effect racing and the racing community further.

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geeze...Pil who posts here is 46...Shorty is that age and so is Bono.

 

they were doing the last minute ring a round for crew last night...some good hands said no.

 

This is horrible

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geeze...Pil who posts here is 46...Shorty is that age and so is Bono.

 

they were doing the last minute ring a round for crew last night...some good hands said no.

 

This is horrible

He looked into SA just after midnight

Wind down there was about 25k at the time & temp app was only about 6 degrees

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geeze...Pil who posts here is 46...Shorty is that age and so is Bono.

 

they were doing the last minute ring a round for crew last night...some good hands said no.

 

This is horrible

not sure about the others but shorty is ok

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geeze...Pil who posts here is 46...Shorty is that age and so is Bono.

 

they were doing the last minute ring a round for crew last night...some good hands said no.

 

This is horrible

 

Sailed with them for years and hard to believe this happened. This is terrible news. Just don't know what to say. Thoughts go out to all.

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update...

Two die, 18 rescued after yacht runs aground

Posted 1 hour 53 minutes ago

Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago

 

Map: Wollongong 2500

Two people have died after a yacht carrying 20 passengers crashed into an island off Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast early this morning.

 

Police say the yacht was taking part in a race between Sydney and Port Kembla when it ran aground on Flinders Island about 3:00am (AEDT).

 

Emergency officials received a number of distress calls and a short time later water police arrived and rescued a man from the water.

 

Two nearby yachts also assisted in the search for the remaining crew and pulled a 46-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman from the water.

 

Neither could be revived.

 

Paramedic David Morris says 18 other people managed to get on the island and have been winched by the ambulance rescue helicopter to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

 

Mr Morris says the majority of them have minor injuries and are suffering from hypothermia.

 

"Obviously you can imagine it was very cold overnight," he said.

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My thoughts are with those on the crew and the families of those lost..

 

Fair seas and gentle breezes..

 

It's beyond belief..

from what i've heard it was about 25 knots at the time

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My thoughts are with those on the crew and the families of those lost..

 

Fair seas and gentle breezes..

 

It's beyond belief..

from what i've heard it was about 25 knots at the time

 

I have no idea what the conditions were.. Fair seas and gentle breezes are my wish for those who have been lost..

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Met bureau observations show SSW generally, 10 - 12, maybe up to 18 in places. Not excessive, but there may have been big seas still running from what was occuring a couple of days ago.

 

Terrible tragedy. No doubt I knew some of the crew. I feel for them all.

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What tv station is doing the reports?

 

Also, why is a 14 year old kid doing that race? Especially in those conditions!

 

Skynews and you know they do a lot of sailing in the family so it is only reasonable that they can have some minors on board

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What tv station is doing the reports?

 

Also, why is a 14 year old kid doing that race? Especially in those conditions!

 

Skynews and you know they do a lot of sailing in the family so it is only reasonable that they can have some minors on board

 

Yeah, got no issues with the family sailing around the harbour, and day offshore races, but overnight offshore races in those conditions?

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From the CYCA website

 

Rescue authorities go to yacht in distress competing in the Flinders Islet Race

 

 

0930hrs, Saturday 10 October 2009

 

At approximately 0255 hours this morning, a red flare was sighted from a yacht competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 92 nautical-mile Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 20.00 hours.

 

At 0317 hours this morning, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) advised the CYCA Race Officer, Denis Thompson, that a crew member from the 24.4 metre yacht PriceWaterhouseCoopers, owned and skippered by CYCA member, Andrew Short, had activated an EPIRB.

 

AMSA immediately mobilised their services, contacting the Wollongong Water Police, who attended the scene at Flinders Islet.

 

It is believed PriceWaterHouseCoopers hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet. Fifteen of the 18 crew members aboard made their way safely to Flinders Islet, 2 nautical miles south-east of Wollongong and 44 nautical miles south of Sydney.

 

The 15 were airlifted to Wollongong Hospital and are receiving treatment for shock and minor injuries.

 

Local police and police attached to the Marine Area Command immediately attended the scene and a search of the area was commenced.

 

Water Police rescued one man from the water. His condition is currently unknown.

 

Two of the crew are deceased and awaiting formal identification. All 18 have been accounted for.

 

Two yachts competing in the race, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin and Bob Steel’s Quest, both from the CYCA in Sydney, went to the aid of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers crew. Both yachts have motored to Wollongong Harbour.

 

Two other yachts in the vicinity at the time of the incident, Geoff Ross’ Yendys, also from the CYCA, and Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll from Melbourne also stood by to give assistance.

 

Yendys finished the race this morning. Navigator Will Oxley confirmed Yendys crew had seen three flares as they were approaching the Islet. “We saw torch light in the water too and people on the Islet. We knew something was wrong, so we tacked towards them to see if we could give assistance.

 

“Ragamuffin and Quest were there too. Loki (Stephen Ainsworth, CYCA) had rounded the Islet and was six miles away, but radioed to see if they could help.

 

“A pilot boat from Port Kembla Harbour Control attended the scene,” Yendys owner, Geoff Ross.

 

Oxley said winds in the vicinity of Flinders Islet were in the 12-18 knot range from the south-west.

 

The remaining boats in the fleet have continued on in the race.

 

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which conducts the annual race, responded immediately. Commodore Matt Allen and Rear Commodore Garry Linacre headed to Wollongong.

 

The incident is currently in the hands of the Water Police, who will make a statement about the accident when the full facts are known.

 

In an earlier incident, a female crew member on the yacht Patrice Six, owned by CYCA member Tony Kirby, was washed overboard, but recovered quickly with no injuries sustained.

 

By Di Pearson, CYCA Media

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From the CYCA website

 

Rescue authorities go to yacht in distress competing in the Flinders Islet Race

 

 

0930hrs, Saturday 10 October 2009

 

At approximately 0255 hours this morning, a red flare was sighted from a yacht competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 92 nautical-mile Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 20.00 hours.

 

At 0317 hours this morning, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) advised the CYCA Race Officer, Denis Thompson, that a crew member from the 24.4 metre yacht PriceWaterhouseCoopers, owned and skippered by CYCA member, Andrew Short, had activated an EPIRB.

 

AMSA immediately mobilised their services, contacting the Wollongong Water Police, who attended the scene at Flinders Islet.

 

It is believed PriceWaterHouseCoopers hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet. Fifteen of the 18 crew members aboard made their way safely to Flinders Islet, 2 nautical miles south-east of Wollongong and 44 nautical miles south of Sydney.

 

The 15 were airlifted to Wollongong Hospital and are receiving treatment for shock and minor injuries.

 

Local police and police attached to the Marine Area Command immediately attended the scene and a search of the area was commenced.

 

Water Police rescued one man from the water. His condition is currently unknown.

 

Two of the crew are deceased and awaiting formal identification. All 18 have been accounted for.

 

Two yachts competing in the race, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin and Bob Steel’s Quest, both from the CYCA in Sydney, went to the aid of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers crew. Both yachts have motored to Wollongong Harbour.

 

Two other yachts in the vicinity at the time of the incident, Geoff Ross’ Yendys, also from the CYCA, and Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll from Melbourne also stood by to give assistance.

 

Yendys finished the race this morning. Navigator Will Oxley confirmed Yendys crew had seen three flares as they were approaching the Islet. “We saw torch light in the water too and people on the Islet. We knew something was wrong, so we tacked towards them to see if we could give assistance.

 

“Ragamuffin and Quest were there too. Loki (Stephen Ainsworth, CYCA) had rounded the Islet and was six miles away, but radioed to see if they could help.

 

“A pilot boat from Port Kembla Harbour Control attended the scene,” Yendys owner, Geoff Ross.

 

Oxley said winds in the vicinity of Flinders Islet were in the 12-18 knot range from the south-west.

 

The remaining boats in the fleet have continued on in the race.

 

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which conducts the annual race, responded immediately. Commodore Matt Allen and Rear Commodore Garry Linacre headed to Wollongong.

 

The incident is currently in the hands of the Water Police, who will make a statement about the accident when the full facts are known.

 

In an earlier incident, a female crew member on the yacht Patrice Six, owned by CYCA member Tony Kirby, was washed overboard, but recovered quickly with no injuries sustained.

 

By Di Pearson, CYCA Media

Good on them for getting that out early - they must be mortified that such a horrible thing has happened

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What tv station is doing the reports?

 

Also, why is a 14 year old kid doing that race? Especially in those conditions!

 

Skynews and you know they do a lot of sailing in the family so it is only reasonable that they can have some minors on board

 

Yeah, got no issues with the family sailing around the harbour, and day offshore races, but overnight offshore races in those conditions?

 

 

Mate, just lay off until you know more details. This kid is probably a lot more capable than a lot of us. Never done the race but Syd to Port Kembla is only +/-45nm so its not that large a race. Prob would be a great weekend event usually.

 

Please everyone don't jump to any conclusions and criticisms before more info is available and even then lay off.

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I'm currently in Perth, 3hrs behind Sydney. Woken by a couple of phone calls in the wee hours local.

This is terrible news, I hope that all I know who sailed on the boat are OK and my condolences go the the families of those affected by this tragedy.

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This kid is probably a lot more capable than a lot of us. Never done the race but Syd to Port Kembla is only +/-45nm so its not that large a race. Prob would be a great weekend event usually.

 

Please everyone don't jump to any conclusions and criticisms before more info is available and even then lay off.

 

 

I think this is really important for all involved at the moment.

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Sail world - kodos to those on the other boats that worked so hard xxx

 

Sydney to Flinders Islet Race – two sailors drowned

 

 

'Flinders Island near Wollongong' Google Earth

Two sailors have drowned and a rescue is underway off the coast of Wollongong this morning after a racing yacht ran aground. The yacht, named as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and reported as having eighteen sailors on board, was participating in the annual Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Blue Water Point Score 92 nautical mile race from Sydney to Flinders Islet and back, which started at 20:00 on Friday night.

 

About 3am police and emergency services received a number of calls with regard to the yacht in distress off the coast of Wollongong.

 

At the time winds were light blowing from the south to south south west gusting to 13 knots. Police say the yacht was taking part in the race when it hit rocks off Flinders Island about 3:00am (AEDT).

 

Emergency officials received a number of distress calls and a short time later water police arrived and rescued a man from the water.

 

Two nearby yachts also assisted in the search for the remaining crew and pulled a 46-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman from the water. CPR was performed by people on board, however neither could be revived.

 

NSW Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings told Sky News 'With the assistance of other yachts in the race police recovered two bodies from the water,'

 

One sailor was picked up by Water Police and the other sailors had all managed to swim onshore on Flinders Island.

 

Ambulance spokesman David Morris said a rescue helicopter was called after rough conditions hampered the police boat rescue.

 

'We had to winch them because Water Police couldn't get them all on board because the water conditions were too rough,' he said.

 

'The boat crashed onto rocks and about half the passengers made it onto the island and about half were in the water.

 

'The rescue took about three hours and sixteen people were winched in total.'

 

The ambulance service says the majority of them have minor injuries and are suffering from hypothermia.

 

The two dead sailors are awaiting formal identification at Wollongong Hospital.

 

While he gave condolences, Supt Hutchings praised the rescue efforts of police, the other yachts in the race and emergency services. 'I have no doubt their prompt action saved other lives,' he said

 

More news as it comes to hand.

 

 

 

by Sail-World.com 8:22 PM Fri 9 Oct 2009 GMT

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This is an absolute tragedy. It's a big reminder that sailing is a dangerous sport and accidents can happen even on good boats with experienced crews. I knew both of the people who were lost and my thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. A very sad day for yachting.

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My heart is breaking...

Hugs from your brothers & sisters here mate.

 

 

2nd article on sail world...

 

PriceWaterHouseCoopers hits rocks in Flinders Islet Race, two dead

 

 

'SHOCKWAVE 5 - PriceWaterhouseCoopers' Andrea Francolini ©

At approximately 0255 hours this morning, a red flare was sighted from a yacht competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 92 nautical-miles Flinders Islet Race that started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour last evening at 20.00 hours.

 

At 0317 hours this morning, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) advised the CYCA Race Officer, Denis Thompson, that a crew member from the 24.4 metre yacht PriceWaterhouseCoopers, owned and skippered by CYCA member, Andrew Short, had activated an EPIRB.

 

AMSA immediately mobilised their services, contacting the Wollongong Water Police, who attended the scene at Flinders Islet.

 

It is believed PriceWaterhouseCoopers hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet. Fifteen of the 18 crew members aboard made their way safely to Flinders Islet, 2 nautical miles south-east of Wollongong and 44 nautical miles south of Sydney.

 

The 15 were airlifted to Wollongong Hospital and are receiving treatment for shock and minor injuries.

 

Local police and police attached to the Marine Area Command immediately attended the scene and a search of the area was commenced.

 

Water Police rescued one man from the water. His condition is currently unknown.

 

Two of the crew are deceased and awaiting formal identification. All 18 have been accounted for.

 

Two yachts competing in the race, Ragamuffin and Quest, both from the CYCA in Sydney, went to the aid of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers crew. Both yachts have motored to Wollongong Harbour.

 

Two other yachts in the vicinity at the time of the incident, Yendys, also from the CYCA, and Living Doll from Melbourne also stood by to give assistance.

 

Yendys finished the race this morning. Navigator confirmed Yendys crew had seen three flares as they were approaching the Islet. 'We saw torch light in the water too and people on the Islet. We knew something was wrong, so we tacked towards them to see if we could give assistance.

 

'Ragamuffin and Quest were there too. Loki had rounded the Islet and was six miles away, but radioed to see if they could help.

 

'A pilot boat from Port Kembla Harbour Control attended the scene,' Yendys owner.

 

Oxley said winds in the vicinity of Flinders Islet were in the 12-18 knot range from the south-west.

 

The remaining boats in the fleet have continued on in the race.

 

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which conducts the annual race, responded immediately. Commodore Matt Allen and Rear Commodore Garry Linacre headed to Wollongong.

 

The incident is currently in the hands of the Water Police, who will make a statement about the accident when the full facts are known.

 

In an earlier incident, a female crew member on the yacht Patrice Six, owned by CYCA member, was washed overboard, but recovered quickly with no injuries sustained.

 

The Reichel Pugh 80 footer PriceWaterHouseCoopers was launched in 2000 as Shockwave 5 for Neville Crichton, it lead the fleet into Bass Straight in the Sydney to Hobart race of that year before retiring after hitting a sunfish.

 

She was raced in North America until 2008, when Andrew Short brought the boat back to Australia, initially racing it as Andrew Short Marine. She won the 2008 Gosford to Lord Howe Race and as PriceWaterHouseCoopers was preparing for the 2009 race, before heading south to Hobart again. The boat sank shortly after the incident today.

 

 

 

by Di Pearson CYCA media, amended by Sail-World.com 9:13 AM Sat 10 Oct 2009

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Shorty & Sally Gordon...

 

Eight bells & fair winds

 

 

Shorty as in Andrew Short?

 

Tragic news regardless of who it is.

 

 

What an absolute tragedy!

All our thoughts and condolences from the sailing fraternity up here in the north!

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Is this really confirmed that it is Sally and Andrew, god regardless this is a major tradgedy for the yachting family, though this I'm sure would be their choice in heading off to the the fair winds in the sky, this is just so sad and major, major loss of great people.

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Two gone too soon...

 

Sailors pray,

For fair winds and a following sea

 

The smell of salt in the air,

The feel of their skin as it's touched by the spray

 

An albatross soaring above,

Dolphins in the ship's wake at play

 

To witness a work of art that only God can create,

The sunset at the end of day

 

At night a million stars in the sky,

Safe anchorage in an islands lee

 

When the time comes to die as for all it must,

To awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts

 

And always there would be,

Fair winds and a following sea

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I have just landed at LAX airport and this is the first thing I'm told about from home. I am in shock and can not believe this has happened. They will be missed in our small sailing family.

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It's mind numbing that an overnight race can end in such tragedy, and that we've lost two people who contributed so much to sailing as a sport, and to the development of junior sailors. Obviously our thoughts go out to Kylie now in what must be a nightmare for her.

 

It was amazing to see the eagerness and selflessness with which Yendys, Quest, Rags, Exile, AFR, Living Doll and us (SwD) all stayed on scene until we'd received confirmation that all persons on board were accounted for. The common phrase was "we're looking for one of our own." Obviously there is very limited news coming out of the CYC at the moment, but the atmosphere there is like a morgue. No one can believe it.

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The Sydney Morning Herald website has a little more detail now.

 

To those who went to their rescue our hearts go out to you as well. It is something we all would do but in our lives never wish we need to do.

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A very sad day for the Australian yachting community, names have now been released on Skynews.

 

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From Skynews.com.au

 

Yacht accident kills famous yachtsmen

Updated: 14:06, Saturday October 10, 2009

Police have named the two victims of a yachting accident off the NSW south coast.

 

Experienced sailors Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point, and Andrew Short, 48, of The Spit, were pulled unconscious from the water early on Saturday morning, but couldn't be revived, police said.

 

Their yacht, Shock Wave, sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, crashed into rocks off Flinders Islet and ran aground at about 3am (AEDT).

 

The 16 surviving crew members were rescued and taken to Wollongong hospital suffering minor injuries and hypothermia.

 

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Skynews TV report said that as the keel hit the rocks, the boom swung and knocked 3 into the water...

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The Sydney Morning Herald website has a little more detail now.

 

To those who went to their rescue our hearts go out to you as well. It is something we all would do but in our lives never wish we need to do.

+1 thanks to all just trying to figure out a way to help & to those who tried CPR a special warm, dry hug with tears in our eyes.

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That's terrible news. Andrew Short has been a very prominent figure in offshore racing over your way for so many years now. Condolences to every one that knew and sailed with him and Sally. :(

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That's terrible news. Andrew Short has been a very prominent figure in offshore racing over your way for so many years now. Condolences to every one that knew and sailed with him and Sally. :(

 

Respectful wishes from California based Australian sailor

 

Sally Gordon is an example of what is possible for female sailors

 

Andrew Short an Australian sailing legend amongst vert few who truly deserve that title

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That's terrible news. Andrew Short has been a very prominent figure in offshore racing over your way for so many years now. Condolences to every one that knew and sailed with him and Sally. :(

 

Respectful wishes from California based Australian sailor

 

Sally Gordon is an example of what is possible for female sailors

 

Andrew Short an Australian sailing legend amongst vert few who truly deserve that title

Well said, mate. Still numb & speechless here. Two stunning exemplars, and good mates.

 

Best wishes to survivors, family & friends.

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Two dead and sixteen rescued after yacht crashes into rocks

October 10, 2009 - 4:57PM

A file image of Shockwave after the start of the 2000 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Getty Images

 

A file image of Shockwave after the start of the 2000 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Getty Images

 

Well-known Sydney yachting identity Andrew ‘Shorty’ Short has died after his boat ran aground during a race off the NSW south coast.

 

Short, 48, of The Spit, and crew member Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point, were pulled from the water unconscious early this morning but could not be revived.

 

The 16 surviving crew members were rescued and taken to Wollongong hospital suffering minor injuries and hypothermia.

 

Short was the owner and skipper of the 24.4m maxi yacht Shockwave, sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which crashed into rocks off Flinders Islet off Port Kembla and ran aground at about 3am during a race from Sydney to the island and back.

 

A police and emergency services rescue began shortly after 3am after authorities received a number of distress calls about the 18-metre maxi yacht.

 

The victims were pulled from the water by crews from Sydney yachts Ragamuffin and Quest, now moored at Wollongong Harbour, but could not be revived.

 

Fifteen survivors managed to make it onto the island and were later winched to safety by helicopter during the three-hour rescue operation, police said.

 

They were taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering a range of minor injuries and hypothermia, while a 14-year-old boy sustained burns to his hands, Ambulance Service of NSW said.

 

Another man was pulled from the water by water police and his condition is unknown.

 

The 92 nautical-mile Flinders Islet Race started off Point Piper on Sydney Harbour at 8pm yesterday.

 

The yacht ran aground about seven hours into the journey, and activated a series of red flares about 2.55am, which were noticed by competing vessels.

 

Race organisers, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) - which sent a rescue helicopter - and Wollongong water police were alerted and began searching the area.

 

Ragamuffin and Quest went to help the PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ crew, CYCA said in a statement.

 

Sydney yacht Yendys also detoured to help their competitors.

 

Navigator Will Oxley said the crew of Yendys saw three flares as they were approaching the island.

 

‘‘We saw torchlight in the water too and people on (Flinders) Islet. We knew something was wrong, so we tacked towards them to see if we could give assistance,’’ he said in a statement.

 

‘‘Ragamuffin and Quest were there too. [The yacht] Loki [stephen Ainsworth, of CYCA] had rounded the Islet and was six miles away, but radioed to see if they could help.’’

 

Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said the rescue mission was extremely difficult.

 

‘‘Waves were about 2.3 metres, the sea was sloppy, but the wind was quite calm,’’ he said.

 

‘‘I want to thank everyone involved in what was an extremely difficult rescue mission that was handled very professionally.’’

 

Investigations are continuing and Maritime Area Command police are preparing a report for the coroner.

 

Police said it was too early to say what may have caused Shockwave to hit the rocks.

 

The construction and safety of the yacht, which is believed to be badly damaged on Flinders Islet, would be examined as part of the investigation, Marine Area Command Crime Manager Jennifer Thommeny said.

 

The vessel was built in Sydney in 2000 for another yachting identity Neville Crichton, who then sold it on to another man.

 

Short travelled to the US to purchase the yacht in 2008, where he completed the 635 nautical mile Newport to Bermuda race, before sailing on to Panama and then Mackay, Australia.

 

He participated in several Sydney Hobart yacht races.

 

It was one of several yachts he owned over the years, including Amazon, Bobsled and the Djuice Dragon.

 

He also ran an award-winning boating business, Andrew Short Marine, with three premises across Sydney.

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Very sobering news....Rocking a lot of peoples worlds in sydney a the moment which shows what a shock to the community it is....Very sad news

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his is unbeliveable just woke to the news from home in he UK

Condolences to all Family, friends and Crew,

a sad day for the Australian sailing community and sailing in general.

Fair Winds and calm seas

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I am in shock to hear of such tragic news.

There is one great hole in the Aussie offshore scene. Shorty was a great contributer the industry in many ways.

 

One of my best memories of Shorty is him steering Amazon downhill at about 15 knots and selling a boat to a customer on his mobile at the same time. Perfectly in control, fast and still on the job. A truly good bloke.

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I am in shock to hear of such tragic news.

There is one great hole in the Aussie offshore scene. Shorty was a great contributer the industry in many ways.

 

One of my best memories of Shorty is him steering Amazon downhill at about 15 knots and selling a boat to a customer on his mobile at the same time. Perfectly in control, fast and still on the job. A truly good bloke.

 

 

Here Here, sorely missed an inspiration to boats and life

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NineMSN story is that the two lost are Andrew Short and Sally Gordon.

The former confirmed by a friend of the family.

My condolences to all affected.

Such very very sad news and great loss.

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We all arrived at the club today, exuberant to put winter behind us because it was the first race of our season. Obviously talk on the patio was about sally, andrew and the shockwave crew. The tragedy was never far from our thoughts all day. We send our sympathy to friends and family of sally and andrew, many of us have sailed with and/or enjoyed a laugh at the bar with them. Vale to you both . To all who were aboard last night - most people will will ever understand what, how or why it happened; in a way that's to be expected. Those who sail, know; and those who don't never will. We sail because we love it and empathise with any who sadly encounter danger when they're out there doing what we love.

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We all arrived at the club today, exuberant to put winter behind us because it was the first race of our season. Obviously talk on the patio was about sally, andrew and the shockwave crew. The tragedy was never far from our thoughts all day. We send our sympathy to friends and family of sally and andrew, many of us have sailed with and/or enjoyed a laugh at the bar with them. Vale to you both . To all who were aboard last night - most people will will ever understand what, how or why it happened; in a way that's to be expected. Those who sail, know; and those who don't never will. We sail because we love it and empathise with any who sadly encounter danger when they're out there doing what we love.

 

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