Flinders Islet Yacht Race Internal Inquiry Report

Dear Members,

The Flinders Islet Inquiry Committee has now completed an internal investigation into the incident which occurred on the morning of 10 October 2009 in the vicinity of Flinders Islet off the coast of Port Kembla, resulting in the deaths of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon. A copy of the report can be found on the CYCA website.

In addition to making the report available to members of the Club, the report has been sent to the following interested parties;

  • Families of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon
  • NSW Water Police who are continuing with the official investigation
  • NSW Maritime
  • Marine Rescue NSW
  • Yachting Australia, Yachting NSW and other yacht clubs around the country which organise ocean yacht races

The recommendations from the committee have been accepted by your board. These can be found on pages 55 – 59.

I am pleased to advise you that many of the recommendations made with regard to race organisation and emergency management have already been implemented. Other recommendations that require regulatory consideration will be passed on to the special regulations committee of Yachting NSW and Yachting Australia.

It is important to remember that this is the report of our own internal inquiry. The official investigation conducted by the NSW Police for the NSW State Coroner is ongoing. We understand that investigation is nearing its completion.

The board has approved the release of the report to ensure as many participants in our sport learn from this incident. Therefore I recommend you read it and share it with your crew if you are an active offshore ocean sailor.

On behalf of the board of directors I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Flinders Islet Inquiry Committee, Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould AO RAN (Rtd), Past Commodore David Kellett AM and Past Commodore John Brooks for undertaking this important task on behalf of the Club and for meeting the objectives of the Terms of Reference.

Yours Sincerely

Matt Allen

View the Flinders Islet Yacht Race - CYCA Internal Inquiry Report.