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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race
Some more information: the boat, Low Speed Chase, was I believe a Sydney 38 one design, light, but not ultralight, displacement, open ocean rated. This particular captain had bluewater racing experience, had done the Pacific Cup (SF to Hawaii) at least once, and this boat, with an 8' + fin bulb keel, though not my choice for these conditions, is certainly a capable s/v built for speed in big time open ocean racing (Sydney - Hobart, etc.).
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A boat just in front of Low Speed Chase reported large breaking waves on the turn and decided to give the rocks more distance than planned. Who knows what happened at this point, but large breaking waves against a rocky coast have been the nightmare of sailors for all time so let us pause to remember our brothers (and one sister) lost to the peril of the sea.
The boat is a very good offshore boat and I don't think it has nothing to do with it. The boat resisted without capsizing to "broadside large breaking wave" that threw overboard half of its crew. The boat remained in sailing condition and got another large breaking wave when the crew on board tried to get back to pick the ones overboard. The yacht was thrown at the rocks by the second wave.
Sad, all this
. They were not attached to the boat. That indicates the conditions were not bad and as Smack has said, it seems to they have taken a risky decision, trying to win distance, that did not end as planned. I guess that captain will be in trouble.
Last edited by PCP; 04-16-2012 at 11:28 AM.