Nola, these stats are always a wake-up call to the "sailing will kill you" crowd. I started a similar thread a couple of years ago on the same stats for that year:
How "afraid" should we be of sailing?
The bottom line? To be statistically safe sailing all you have to do is 4 things:
1. Get 10 or so hours of some informal training on how to sail
2. Take a 40' vessel into the open ocean in rough to very rough conditions
3. Wear a pfd, don't drink, stay on the boat (regardless of make or year)
4. Sail REALLY fast
I'm down with that.
(We're safer than a freakin' canoe!)