||05-22-2008 12:37 PM
Sailing death close to home
A good friend and sailing mentor of mine, Ralph Reitan died last night while sailing his boat, a Tartan 10 named Wabbit during the Wednesday night races MRSA) on the Magothy River last night (22 March).
He was the lead boat at the time and got hit by a gust which knocked him down. His crew threw hime a life ring and managed to get the boat back to him but by then he was in cardiac arrest.
Ralph was a well known and respected local sailor, currently serving as the Rear Commodore and webmaster of our yacht club (www.yccsc.org)
. He will be sorely missed by all.
Although I choose to celebrate his life and love of sailing rather than be fearful, the water will be a little emptier this year.
Chuck, current Commodore, YCCSC
Man hospitalized after falling off boat -- -- baltimoresun.com
He was pronounced dead after the article went to press.