JOG Yacht Racing are deeply saddened to announce that a competitor was reported overboard during the Cowes to Deauville race on Friday 26th May at approximately 21:30hrs BST. The incident occurred some 15 miles from the finish in the Seine Bay off the Northern coast of France.

Following a Mayday call to the French rescue services, air rescue and lifeboats, together with nearby vessels and a number of competing boats, assisted in a search.

We are working with French authorities, and all concerned in establishing the full details and assisting with enquiries. The competitor’s next of kin has been informed. Our thoughts and most sincere condolences are with the family at this difficult time.