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Tragedy outside SF Golden Gate Bridge

Did a quick search and didn't find this posted yet. A couple died right outside the Golden Gate last Sunday when their boat capsized.

I've sailed last Saturday and the wind picked up very good in the afternoon and got much worst on Sunday (29-31 knots).

From the news article:
Jeffrey Easterling, 59, was the skipper when he and his wife, Beth Easterling 50, fell or were swept overboard from their sailboat in the waters west of the Cliff House restaurant in San Francisco.

He had sailed the 33-foot-long Barcarolle for more than 25 years.

"He was a very good sailor and a very careful sailor," said Bonnie Russell, who first went sailing aboard the Barcarolle in the 1980s. "Jeff always conducted person-overboard drills, and was always very, very careful.

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This has already been reported. Read the forums

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I'm thinking that tethers might've helped here? The South bar is no place to be outside the Gate when it's up... There was another older sailor lost off LA. He was 80. I seem to recall another lost outside of Boston around the same time frame too.
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