It is with sadness & regret that we report the death of Steve Lonie, a crewmember on board the Naut 40 ‘Lady Bubbly’ competing in this years regatta.
Lonie collapsed during yesterday’s Penang Inshore Race. Weather conditions at the time were severe - a heavy squally was blanketing the race course off the northwest tip of Penang. Given the sea state, a transfer to an emergency response vessel would have been impossible. Lady Bubbly crew administered CPR, and on arrival at Straits Quay Marina, ambulance crew provided emergency medical assistance before taking him to the Penang General Hospital where he later died.
"It is with great sadness that we have to communicate the passing of a great sailor and much-loved friend to the many participants over the years. He enjoyed this event immensely, in which he had been a regular participant for the last seven years,” said Jeff Harris, Regatta Chairman. “The Royal Selangor Yacht Club and RMSIR organisers and officials extend their deepest condolences to the sailor’s family and the fellow crew of Lady Bubbly"