SAN FRANCISCO – Excerpt from a New York Times article by Victor Mather that appears in today's paper, on the loss overboard of John Fisher (GBR/AUS) during the Volvo Ocean Race in the boisterous southern Pacific Ocean: Belying the stereotype of patrician yachtsmen with jaunty caps swilling drinks and getting tan, ocean sailing can be extraordinarily dangerous. In January, an American-Danish entrant in the Volvo race, Vestas, collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the middle of the night off Hong Kong, killing a fisherman. In the 2016 Clipper Round the World Race, an amateur version of the Volvo, two crew members of a yacht were killed in separate incidents. Andrew Simpson, an Olympic gold medalist, died in 2013 during testing for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay when his yacht capsized.
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Photo, credited to Jeremie Lecaudey - Volvo Ocean Race/EPA, via Shutterstock, that accompanied the NYT story with the caption, "John Fisher, a Volvo Ocean Race crewman, was presumed lost at sea."