Sailing report highlights issue with Mackinac boat

October 30, 2011 (CHICAGO)

A U.S. sailing report now says their boat was too unstable to sail in the competition.

The report includes a picture of the Wingnuts one day after the accident in July, and it concludes that Wingnuts' light-weight and unusual proportions made it vulnerable to capsizing in a race with the potential for extreme weather.

The 35-foot sailboat overturned during a fierce storm in the annual Chicago to Mackinac race.

Skipper Mark Morley and Suzanne Makowski-Bickel died.

Another vessel rescued the other six crew members.

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