re: 3 Dead in Sailing Yacht Crash in Race from Newport California to Mexico.
They were sailing in a cruising class so they can run the motor for propulsion ad not get DSQ, you fill out an engine log and take a time penalty (.4*SR of LWL). They were serious about the racing, won their class twice in seven entries, so doubt drinking was involved.
That being said, I had seen the boat's condition (bristol) and talked to the skipper a few years back after he protested us and I have a hard time believing they "caused" their accident. I also read he was a ex-Raytheon/Boeing communications guy and had a substantial amount of modern electronics and communication on-board. Based on NOSA statements and press reports, sounds like he had AIS as NOSA was tracking his progress. We'll see.