Wis. sailor in race knocked overboard, dies in Va.
68-year-old from Racine one of seven crew members
GLOUCESTER, Va. — Authorities say a sailor in the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race was killed after a sail on the vessel knocked him overboard.
The Virginia Marine Police say 68-year-old Paul Stephen Case, of Racine, Wis., died following the Friday night incident off Windmill Point, near Gloucester.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that Case was one of seven on the crew of the schooner homeported in Pasadena, Md.
Officials said the crew of the 43-foot Cuchulain was taking down the sails when Case was struck on the windy and choppy seas. He was not wearing a life jacket.
Crew members tried to save him and CPR was performed.
According to the race’s website, more than 30 vessels participated in the race from Annapolis, Md., to north of Hampton Roads.