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Cynthia Woods Initial Document Review

Please direct media inquiries concerning the Cynthia Woods investigation to Frank Griffis or
Rod Davis at (979) 458-6023.
Griffis cell: (979) 571-9877; Davis cell: (979) 587-2778

Texas A&M University System investigators have released 1315 pages of documents pertaining to the Cynthia Woods sailing vessel in response to an early public information request from the media. The documents include information gathered during the initial stages of the investigation, including maintenance records of the sailing vessel, safety manuals and procedures, boat specifications from the manufacturer, reports on groundings of the vessel during previous outings, and early email messages among Texas A&M University at Galveston officials and others regarding the sinking of the vessel, up until about June 11. It is anticipated that further documents will be released as the investigation progresses. Media will be advised at such times.

To make the information readily available to the public, the A&M System is posting the scanned documents on this site in PDF form. If the files are too large for download and you wish to obtain via CD instead, please contact us for mailing, and be sure to include a mailing address. Direct CD inquiries to Brandy Cox:  979-458-6023 or

The 38-foot Cynthia Woods capsized on the night of June 6 in the Gulf of Mexico while competing in the Regata de Amigos, a sailing race from Galveston to Veracruz, Mexico.  A Coast Guard helicopter rescued five members of the Texas A&M University at Galveston Offshore Sailing Team early on June 8 reportedly 27 miles off the Texas coast near Freeport.  The body of the sixth crew member, safety officer Roger Stone, was found that afternoon.

Initial Document Review 1 (PDF)
Initial Document Review 2 (PDF)
Initial Document Review 3 (PDF)
Initial Document Review 4 (PDF)