mardi, le 28 juin, 2011

C'est avec tristesse que nous partageons la tragédie décrite dans l'article ci-dessous publié par Scuttlebutt ( lundi  27 Juin 2011.

À la lumière de cette tragédie, il est important que tous les entraîneurs, les instructeurs, les écoles et les clubs se rappelent de l'importance de la sécurité et de la vigilance sur l'eau en tout temps.
La période estivale est maintenant commencée à travers le Canada ainsi que les nombreux programmes de voile. Nous aimerions rappeler à tous les partis l'importance de revoir les protocoles et les procédures de sécurité sur une base régulière.


SCUTTLEBUTT 3371 - Monday, June 27, 2011


With school age children on summer break and the junior programs getting cranked up, the promise of a memorable sailing season was shaken last Thursday afternoon in Annapolis, MD when fourteen-year-old Olivia Constants died during her Club 420 class out of Severn Sailing Association. 

The incident occurred following a capsize near the Naval Academy, and she is said to have been underwater for several minutes. Initial news reports that her trapeze harness got tangled are not confirmed. Olivia and her skipper had just taken down the spinnaker. She was wearing a lifejacket, the winds were barely 10 knots, and veteran instructors reacted immediately and per protocol. An investigation and autopsy is underway. 

Observed Amy Gross-Kehoe, veteran coach and US Sailing Youth Council Chair from Annapolis, "It has reminded me that training and procedures are important, but sometimes, are not enough. At Annapolis Yacht Club, Eastport Yacht Club and SSA, we are working hard within the community to prevent irrational fear of youth sailing as a result of this event and to avoid laying blame. This tragedy was genuinely a freak accident." 

The sailing program at SSA was closed on Friday to allow for grief counseling. Olivia's memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday.
- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt 
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