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Title: S/V Cynthia Woods


1
  • S/V Cynthia Woods
  • Investigation Status Report

2
Crew of S/V CYNTHIA WOODS
  • Steven Guy, Jim Atchley, Joe Savana, Travis
    Wright
  • Steve Conway, Ross Busby, Roger Stone
  • Former coach, not a crew member.

3
Investigation Plan
  1. Preserve the Evidence
  2. Test the Evidence
  3. Analyze the Evidence
  4. Report Findings

4
Investigation Plan
  1. Preserve the Evidence DONE!
  2. Test the Evidence
  3. Analyze the Evidence
  4. Report Findings

5
Regata de Amigos
  • S/V Cynthia Woods starts the race at
    approximately 100PM on Friday, June 6, 2008. 26
    boats started the 630 nautical mile (725 mile)
    race from Galveston, TX due South to Veracruz,
    Mexico.

6
Inverted Vessel Showing Missing Keel
  • June 10, 2008 photograph of S/V Cynthia Woods
    hull .

7
Salvage Operation in Freeport, TX
  • On June 10, 2008, T T Marine Salvage hauls out
    the S/V Cynthia Woods for temporary storage at
    the Freeport Launch Services, Inc. facility.
    After multiple inspections, on June 20th the boat
    was moved to a storage facility in Galveston.

8
TAMUG and TT Locate Keel
  • On June 19, 2008, TAMUG employees aboard a TT
    Marine Salvage vessel use sonar to locate the
    keel at 28º 29.42 N LAT/94º 58.67 W LON , about
    32 miles SE of Freeport, TX.

9
Boats Secured in Warehouse
  • On June 20, 2008 the S/V Cynthia Woods and its
    keel were stored in TT Marine Salvages
    Galveston warehouse. On July 14, 2008, the S/V
    George Phydias was moved to the same location.

10
SIAD Preserving Evidence
  • Conducted 30 interviews of university staff and
    student offshore sailing team members
  • Analyzed all expenditures for the S/V Cynthia
    Woods S/V George Phydias
  • Responded to hotline reports
  • Reviewed offshore sailing teams processes and
    procedures
  • Reviewing Applicable Sailing USCG Guidelines
    for Best Practices

11
OGC Preserving Evidence
  • Coordinating the internal investigation
  • Gathering over 2,900 documents
  • Coordinating salvage, transport and inspections
    of the S/V Cynthia Woods and her keel
  • Coordinating activities involving all interested
    parties, including their attorneys and marine
    experts

12
Interested Parties
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Texas Parks Wildlife Department
  • Stone Family Representatives
  • Texas AM University at Galveston (owner)
  • Bruce Marek (designer)
  • Cape Fear Yacht Works (builder)
  • Payco, Inc./Galveston Yacht Service (ship yards)

13
Investigation Plan
  1. Preserve the Evidence DONE!
  2. Test the Evidence IN PROGRESS!
  3. Analyze the Evidence
  4. Report Findings

14
USCG Requested Destructive Testing
  • On July 1, 2008 all interested parties met with
    USCG to develop a protocol and take core samples
    of the boat to send to a lab for testing. This
    process took two 10-hour days.

15
Cooperative Effort
  • USCG had a private marine expert present to
    oversee the taking of samples. All interested
    parties marine experts worked together to
    develop a sample protocol. USCG logged almost 30
    samples.

16
Developed Lab Testing Protocol
  • On July 3, 2008, USCG personnel and marine
    experts for the interested parties worked five
    hours to draft a four-page letter of instruction
    to the lab.

17
Lab Analysis
  • 16 samples were collected and sent to a lab for
    testing.
  • Lab is tasked with conducting physical analysis
    to determine measurements, fiberglass to resin
    ratio, laminate schedule, and material
    identification.
  • USCG anticipates results in several weeks but
    will not release the results to all parties until
    its report is published.

18
Investigation Plan
  1. Preserve the Evidence DONE!
  2. Test the Evidence IN PROGRESS!
  3. Analyze the Evidence
  4. Report Findings

19
Brendan Dobroth
  • Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine
    Engineering from University of Michigan
  • 28 years designing, building and racing sailboats
  • Boats with his keel designs have won Etchells
    World Championship, Dragon World Championships,
    and Olympics
  • Structural Engineer for Maxi yacht Condor,
    Cornwall, England the only two-time winner of
    every major ocean race

20
Investigation Plan
  1. Preserve the Evidence DONE!
  2. Test the Evidence IN PROGRESS!
  3. Analyze the Evidence
  4. Report Findings

21
Report Findings
  • USCG will publish a report finding facts and
    drawing conclusions
  • USCG has not indicated when the report might be
    completed
  • AM System will issue its report after the
    issuance of the USCG report

22
Ongoing Activities
  • Assisting USCG
  • Working with marine engineer/naval architect
    retained by AM System
  • Identifying best practices documenting areas
    for operational improvements
  • Drafting portions of AM System report not
    dependent on release of USCGs report
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