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chucklesR 05-22-2008 01:37 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 ( 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 -- --

He was pronounced dead after the article went to press.

knothead 05-22-2008 01:42 PM

Chuck, Sorry for the loss of your friend.

Freesail99 05-22-2008 01:45 PM

Very sorry to hear about the lost of your friend, Chuck.

TrueBlue 05-22-2008 01:48 PM

My sincere condolences Chuck.

primerate84 05-22-2008 02:04 PM

Very sincere condolences.

Davidrogerson 05-22-2008 02:16 PM


Lion35 05-22-2008 02:20 PM

Very sorry to hear about your friend Chukles

sailingdog 05-22-2008 02:21 PM

My condolences Chuckles... If there's anything I can do for you or MMR, please let me know.

teshannon 05-22-2008 02:38 PM

That's a shame Chuckles. I once lost a long time sailing companion to natural causes and I remember how hard it was not seeing him there after that.

blueranger 05-22-2008 02:41 PM

Condolences Chuck.

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