Fatality at the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai

8 Metre skipper kills during dismasting

Tuesday September 23rd 2008, Author: Soazig Guého, Location: United Kingdom
The Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai, which started today, is in mourning after the sad loss of a skipper this afternoon.

The 8 Metre class yacht, Safir, owned and skippered by Wilfred Tolhurst, was competing in the coastal race. Shortly after midday Safir entered into a collision with Rowdy causing Safir to be dismasted. Wilfred Tolhurst was struck by the falling mast.

The Race Committee together with the CROSS Med and maritime safety crew (SNSM) reacted quickly to bring the skipper ashore, however nothing could be done to save his life.

A police enquiry is currently underway to determine the cause of the incident. All the organisers of the Yacht Club de Cannes, together with the sponsors and sailors join to support the family through these very difficult moments.

Wednesday’s first race is cancelled.

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