Yachtsman dies during Cowes Week
Investigations are continuing into the death of a Hayling Island sailor during Lendy Cowes Week.
Wayne Rogers, who was in his 60s, was taking part in the RS Elite race on 10 August when he fell overboard. Initial reports are that he was dragged through the water by the boat’s main sheet.
Cowes RNLI, which described sea conditions at the time as ‘rough’, said a fellow competitor from the yacht Riff Raff jumped in to rescue Rogers, who was quickly transferred into one of the Lendy Cowes Week safety RIBs and brought ashore to Trinity Landing. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport but was later pronounced dead.
The Commodore of Hayling Island Sailing Club, Nick Peters said Rogers was a popular club member who had “ended his days doing one of the things he absolutely loved, racing in an exciting Cowes Week.”
“Our deepest sympathies to his wife Allison and children, Marcus and Anna,” said Peters. “Wayne’s warmth, sensitivity, inspiring sense of humour and passion for life was a delightful mix.”
“He was a lovely man, lived life to the full, made sense of life’s complexities and inspired many of us around him,” added Peters.
The Isle of Wight coroner will be holding an inquest into Wayne Rogers’s death at a later date.
Wayne Rogers was competing in the RS Elite race during Lendy Cowes Week when he fell overboard