Yachting Australia, on behalf of members of the sailing community, expresses our sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Booth, a member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, who passed away following an accident on Pittwater. We also wish his fellow member Billy Stevens a swift recovery from injuries sustained during the incident.
Both men were assisted by their fellow sailors, officials, staff and volunteers, as well as emergency services on Saturday afternoon.
Yachting Australia President Matt Allen was saddened to hear of the incident, saying, “I’m sure I speak for many members of the sailing community in offering our sympathies to the family and friends of David, who we lost on Saturday. A number of his fellow sailors have spoken to me in the past day or so, he was well regarded within the community at Pittwater and also as part of the Race Committee at Hamilton Island and will be missed by many.
“We also offer our good wishes to Billy for a speedy recovery from his injuries and hope he is home with his loved ones soon. There are a lot of people at Newport who are looking forward to seeing him at the Club in the not too distant future”.
“It would have been a distressing situation for fellow sailors, officials, staff and volunteers at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Saturday and we thank them for their efforts and assistance, I’m sure they will rally together to support each other during this difficult time. We also express our gratitude for the work of emergency services personnel who were quickly on the scene and rendered assistance”, Matt added.
The matter is currently under investigation by local authorities.