• 30th Anniversary of New England 100 Goes Terribly Wrong

    A 60 year old female competitor aboard a Nacra MKII was involved in a horrible collision with a powerboat while participating in a long distance beach cat race on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

    NEWPORT, R.I. (WJAR) — A 60-year-old woman from Tiverton was killed Sunday when the sailboat she was racing in collided with a powerboat on the water in Narragansett Bay.

    The state Department of Environmental Management identified the woman as Sandra G. Tartaglino.

    The DEM said the crash happened at about 2:45 p.m. near the Jamestown side of the Pell Bridge.

    The woman who died was a participant in the New England 100 Regatta, which is a two-day sailboat race that consists of sailing around small islands in the bay.

    The regatta starts and finishes in Newport. Sunday was the final day.

    Investigators are waiting for an autopsy, reconstruction of the scene, and evaluating witness statements.

    Pictures given to NBC 10 News show crews on the water responding to the fatal accident in which the two-person catamaran sailboat and a powerboat somehow hit one another.

    The 60-year-old woman was found unconscious as a result of the crash and pronounced dead.

    The Coast Guard, the Narragansett Marine Task Force, the DEM along with first responders from Portsmouth, Newport, Warwick and Jamestown were at the scene.

    The medical examiner's office was brought in to determine her official cause of death. The DEM said alcohol did not play a factor in the crash.

    The woman's friends told NBC 10 News that their hearts are broken. They said she was heavily involved in the race and the sailing community.

    The woman's name was not released by police.


    New England 100 is a distance race open to two person catamarans with Portsmouth D-PN number lower than 77.6. Classes are F-18, Portsmouth Handicap Spinnaker & Portsmouth Handicap Non-spinnaker. Goal is to sail 20-50 miles each day starting and finishing at Sail Newport in Newport, RI. This race is for sailors that are confident enough with their sailing ability to self rescue as conditions may warrant sailing in extreme conditions without race committee support.

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