Tragedy mars Marion Bermuda ocean race

Hamilton, Bermuda— June 21, 2015: With great regret, the trustees of the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association are sad to announce that one of the sailors on the 2015 race now in progress has died of natural causes. 

On Saturday night the crew of ‘Legacy V’ were enjoying a great sail with laughter and jokes all around when crewman Bill Fasnacht of Mystic CT fell over unconscious. The crew tried CPR for an hour, used the onboard defibrillator and all other methods at hand but without success. The boat is returning home to the US. 

Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Executive Director, Allan McLean, speaking on behalf of the entire group of organizers and volunteers from Beverly Yacht Club, The Blue Water Sailing Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club said, “We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Fasnacht’s wife Betsy Bowman and all of his family, crew mates and friends. We will fly our flags at half mast in his memory and also have a moment of silence in his memory before the Prizegiving Saturday night. We wish safe voyages to all of our other friends at sea.”

– Talbot Wilson

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