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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

A tragic event indeed. It should not have happened and I feel strongly for the family and friends left behind.

It also struck me (as it seems it did blt2ski), that we've had a sad concurrence of accidents lately. Perhaps I'm simply paying more attention to it, but it seems that over the last year & a half we've had more sailing accidents than similar periods before. Is it just me (and the pirate puppy) or are others also noticing this?
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A tragic event indeed. It should not have happened and I feel strongly for the family and friends left behind.

It also struck me (as it seems it did blt2ski), that we've had a sad concurrence of accidents lately. Perhaps I'm simply paying more attention to it, but it seems that over the last year & a half we've had more sailing accidents than similar periods before. Is it just me (and the pirate puppy) or are others also noticing this?
It's hard to say if there is a pattern here. Randomly spaced events often look "bunched" or "clustered".
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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Man that sucks. I hope they find the others.
The nearest buoy has the water temp at about 11˚C. Unfortunately, survival time without a survival suit in water that cold is usually no more than a 2 or 3 hours, maybe bit more with a good set of foulies.
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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.
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One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

RIP to those lost and best wishes I the families. I just heard they are calling off the search for the remaining four missing.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Yeah, I just heard about them calling off the search. That seriously sucks. That poor skipper is going to be dealing with some very heavy stuff.

I'll be interested in the final report on this one. Being on the rocks in two wave strikes seems to indicate that they were cutting it close. But that seems to be the standard to a certain degree in this race according to others who do it:

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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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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.

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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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Yeah, I just heard about them calling off the search. That seriously sucks. That poor skipper is going to be dealing with some very heavy stuff.

I'll be interested in the final report on this one. Being on the rocks in two wave strikes seems to indicate that they were cutting it close. But that seems to be the standard to a certain degree in this race according to others who do it:
Definitely, it is easy for us to speculate in the comfort of our office. I hope the investigation will shed some light on the details and the lesson learned so others can live.

In John Rousmaniere's talk in Safety at Sea course., he talked about the past fatalities that there was no single contribution factor, but many minor errors and lead to the final outcome.

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2. PLB standing by in the arm band

Considering these in the future during the rough sea especially at night
1. Wear a rock climbing helmet and harness
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3. Disable the auto-inflate PDF

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Memory eternal !


By chance I was in SF this weekend visiting local sailors - names had not been released, but everyone seems to have lost someone they knew. Locals said crew was experienced and sensible.
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By chance I was in SF this weekend visiting local sailors - names had not been released, but everyone seems to have lost someone they knew. Locals said crew was experienced and sensible.
Too true. Over at SA, the net is spreading as to who all knew these people. There were a couple of guys from Ireland in the crew - and posters from there who knew them are just now finding out.
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