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

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My sincere condolences Chuck.

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Very tragic...my sincere condolences.
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Very sorry to hear about your friend Chukles
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My condolences Chuckles... If there's anything I can do for you or MMR, please let me know.

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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.
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