Barracuda (Beneteau 40.7) sinks during Mackinac return delivery

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We are sad to report Barracuda suffered keel damage and sank on the Mackinac return delivery. The keel struck the bottom repeatedly during heavy seas in shallow waters before failing. After the keel was lost, water filled the hole and Barracuda sank within minutes. Three people were rescued, according to accounts from eyewitnesses, and no injuries or casualties have been reported.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to owner Steve Pelke and crew chief John Boyle, and all crew on board. We hope for the sound recovery of Barracuda.

Source: Sailing Anarchy forum thread – click here

20 July 2007 | Beneteau 40.7, Boating Disasters, Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race | Comments

2 Responses to “Barracuda (Beneteau 40.7) sinks during Mackinac return delivery”

  1. 1 john beckstedt 23 July 2007 @ 8:28 pm

    sORRY TO HEAR ABOUT IT; DOESN’T SOUND LIKE MR. BOYLE WAS ON BOARD.

  2. 2 Fred kowitz 24 July 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    The official notice on the problem at Portage Lake was issued June 20, 2007

    http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/_kd/Items/actions.cfm?action=Show&item_id=5457

    Portage is a recreational channel, not a harbor of refuge…

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