Yachts­man dies dur­ing Cowes Week

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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

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