No more practical courses while under investigation

Hot Liquid, the company that owns the yacht Liquid Vortex which was rescued off Dover in Tuesday’s Force 11, has been suspended from running UK practical RYA courses.

Speaking to PBO today at the first day of the London Boat Show, the RYA said that they imposed the suspension yesterday, while they work with investigators looking into exactly what happened.

Liquid Vortex, a Bénéteau 40.7, ran into trouble in Tuesday’s horrendous weather, with seven mainly paying crew aboard, all but one of whom became incapacitated. The subsequent rescue involved two RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter.

Hot Liquid are best known as a sailing school with bases in the UK and Gibraltar, and since their inception in 2005 have trained some 3,500 people.

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