Sailing report highlights issue with Mackinac boat

October 31, 2011 10:22:59 AM PDT
ABC7 Chicago has learned more about the deaths of two crew members in this year's Race to Mackinac.

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.