Yacht captain dies after going overboard during Newport Bermuda Race
HAMILTON, Bermuda (WLNE) –A yacht captain who was part of the Newport Bermuda Race died after going overboard on the course Sunday.
More than 190 boats left from Newport on a 635 mile journey to Bermuda Friday.
According to a release from race organizers, 74-year old Colin Golder, of New Jersey, went overboard in strong winds about 325 miles from Bermuda. He was captain of the 42-foot sloop Morgan of Marietta.
The vessel’s crew was able to recover Golder’s body and his yacht returned to the mainland.
Golder was the captain of The Morgan of The Marietta and this weekend marked his 10th time sailing in The Newport Bermuda Race.
ABC 6 News spoke with both current and former participants of the race who said the 635 mile journey isn’t easy for any sailor.
Jim Murray, a participant in the race who arrived in Bermuda Monday morning, told the race committee the weather conditions were tough from start to finish.
“There was a lot of shifty conditions in the backside of the front and we chased that front all the way to Bermuda. We had a confused sea state and winds that were up and down. Kind of a mix of everything that you get,” Murray said.
“The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, the Cruising Club of America, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club wish to express sincere condolences to the family and crew of Mr. Golder,” said race organizers.