Going after sponsors for damages in a boat racing death is nothing new. In 1984 during an event (not offshore)that I was involved with, a spectator death occurred as a result of the racing. Everybody even remotely involved with the event was sued, including two major company sponsors (beer and automobile/truck). Five years later the suit settled, ten different insurance companies came up with $500,000 each (including the major sponsor companies) which was a record award for the state on a single fatality accident. The racing venue never held another event.