Aug 16 2010
As Sprint captain, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped rescue Ian and Anita Douce last saturday. I didn’t learn the full story until I saw the Douces at church on sunday morning. I knew they had been rescued, but didn’t know how.
Special thanks to Chris and Paul Clarke, who jumped into the water to help them. They then sailed the Sprint back to shore. A further note of thanks to Steve Hopper who gave assistance.
The wind was light when they set out. But it steadily strengthened to F4-5. Too much for beginners. Beach cats are fairly stable. But Ian fell overboard, rather than capsize. The Clarkes forsook their own racing to assist others who were in trouble. A noble act indeed. Thanks to all.