Clipper Race Responds to Publication of Report into deadly Accident

The UK’s aquatic Accident research Branch (MAIB) has now – Thursday 13 April 2017 – published its final report into two fatal accidents into the 2015-16 version associated with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, initial within the event’s 20 year history.

The report shows that 1st fatality was a direct result of the crew member entering the cockpit risk area, in which these were struck by the mainsheet on boom as soon as the watercraft gybed.
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The 2nd fatality was the result of the team member not clipping on when on deck, which is mandatory on Clipper Race yachts, and was afterwards washed overboard in negative weather through the night. Reasons why they neglected to follow their fundamental trained in these incidents will remain as yet not known and theories are purely speculative.

The book of MAIB report is welcomed by Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, whom reviews: “The MAIB has an important role in making sure the valuable learnings from accidents are shared with the to greatly help enhance security. These two fatalities, resulting from two very different incidents, had been initial inside our long history and are also tragic, specially as they had been caused mainly through momentary lapses in applying basic safety training.
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The report acknowledges we were proactive to mitigate the risks worried even more. Security is our greatest priority since the Clipper Race had been created in 1996, amassing huge experience through ten biennial editions, 84 yacht circumnavigations (a cumulative four million nautical kilometers) with almost 5000 crew undergoing substantial training. Manning plans and shore-based administration have been developed to make certain skippers are acceptably supported and these will still be regularly reviewed.

The Clipper Race has worked closely with all the MCA for quite some time in developing its safety requirements and procedures, and has assisted develop MOB and recovery training using them additionally the MAIB ahead of these incidents, which includes included the evaluation of AIS (Automatic Identification System) beacons.
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Clipper Race training was created to make certain that amateur crew can handle the precise needs of big yacht ocean racing and even novices emerge as competent sailors. Training also includes an individually supplied ocean success program recognised by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and World Sailing, even though it isn’t requirement.

Exactly What Took Place

ANDREW ASHMAN (49) – A paramedic from Orpington, Kent, ended up being playing three feet of the Clipper 2015-16 Race.

The event happened on 4 September 2015, a few days in to the very first stage of the battle from London to Rio de Janeiro into the North Atlantic around 120 nautical miles west of Porto, in the Portuguese coast. Andrew Ashman, an experienced sailor who had completed the Clipper Race’s mandatory four part, four week, interval training, stepped within the main sheet traveller, a high obstruction into the danger zone between two prominent winches, when he had been hit by the mainsheet on the growth. He sustained a top impact neck injury that is believed to have killed him instantly. This can be a high-risk area taught to your crew during training due to the danger of being struck by the growth.

There are a variety of situations that might cause this to occur. In cases like this the motorboat performed an accidental dual gybe (turn) resulting in the failure of a strop holding a ‘foreguy/ preventor’ line. The report acknowledges it is most likely not feasible to create a preventer system that, for yachts regarding the size employed by the Clipper Race, will not fail under any circumstances; indeed, it could be more threatening if it would not.

However, MAIB has recommended your Royal Yachting Association, World Sailing and British Marine come together to give you suggestions about the use and limitations of various rope types and for the manufacturers in this instance to examine the information and knowledge provided on their information sheets and also to utilize other rope manufacturers to talk about any limits with the marine sector for more accurate calculation of these power and breaking strains.

SARAH YOUNGER (40) – an organization owner from London was taking part in the total circumnavigation of this Clipper 2015-16 Race.

The incident happened on 1 April 2016, day 12 of North Pacific leg from Qingdao in Asia to Seattle regarding the west coast associated with US, at 39 North, 160 East, approaching the Overseas Date Line. Round-the-world team member Sarah younger was on deck during the night within a storm with wind speeds over 40 knots, gusting over 60 knots, after the reduced amount of sail area to react to the desperate situations, when a revolution broke throughout the deck causing the woman to lose the woman footing finding yourself next to the guardrail each time a second revolution washed her overboard as she was not attached to the watercraft by the woman safety tether.

The conditions were horrendous by enough time Sarah ended up being situated via her AIS beacon and recovered from the heavy seas she had unfortunately perished. Due to the cross country from landfall Sarah had been hidden at ocean once the sea conditions had calmed adequately.

The total report is published in the MAIB site here: reports