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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Indeed it is, but not unique. Lots of places along the Oregon/Northern Calif coast very similar to it. Read your charts, if you can see white, stay far away, live to sail/race another day.

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Indeed it is, but not unique. Lots of places along the Oregon/Northern Calif coast very similar to it. Read your charts, if you can see white, stay far away, live to sail/race another day.

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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Posted: 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012
SFPD launches investigation into fatal Farallon yacht race crash
The body of Marc Kasanin, 46, of Belvedere, was recovered after the crash. However, four sailors remain missing and are presumed to be lost -- Alexis Busch, of Larkspur; Alan Cahill, of Tiburon; 25-year-old Kentfield resident Jordan Fromm; and Elmer Morrissey, of Ireland.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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http://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/...eedChaseLL.jpg

Look at the white breaker to the left of the pic. See how far out it started, and look at the height of it.
Yeah; and if the photo is not via a telephoto lens; the boat that the photo was taken from would only be 2 wavelengths away from the break. Consider the possibility that either a stacked wave came or a larger set of waves, that would put a breaking wave 1-2 wavelengths further out. This scenario is what I suspect happened when LSC was struck by the breaker(s).

The photo that Smackdaddy posted early in this thread appears to be from the Single Handed Farallones Race that was a couple of weeks prior to the crewed race. While the swell was lighter in that race (4-6 feet), it still shows 3 boats sailing way too close to the break while rounding SE Farallone.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Anatomy of a Farallon Islands yachting tragedy
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

This horrible accident and the Costa Concordia were highly preventable and are poignant reminders that sea-room is our friend and a safe buffer and a " get out of jail card"....
Areas known for normally rough conditions like the Farallons, islands, reefs and such landmarks should not be construed as a "bouy" for the rounding....
Touring or sightseeing or racing, fishing, photography,towing a inner-tube, etc,etc. belong together as leisure or touring activities....activities that if done while navigating a boat (itself often a leisure activity) should always be viewed as a bonus, but never the primary objective... which is ,of course, safe operation of the vessel at all times...
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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This horrible accident and the Costa Concordia were highly preventable and are poignant reminders that sea-room is our friend and a safe buffer and a " get out of jail card"....
Areas known for normally rough conditions like the Farallons, islands, reefs and such landmarks should not be construed as a "bouy" for the rounding....
Touring or sightseeing or racing, fishing, photography,towing a inner-tube, etc,etc. belong together as leisure or touring activities....activities that if done while navigating a boat (itself often a leisure activity) should always be viewed as a bonus, but never the primary objective... which is ,of course, safe operation of the vessel at all times...
There are a lot of Regattas that use islands and land points as marks. Maybe planners of these events should set marks well away from any potential danger area where captains would be tempted to increase risk to gain a few seconds. Floating marks or stationary boats, even GPS points could easily be substituted for rocky shorelines or dangerous reefs.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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Wow! I've never seen a sailboat carried by a chopper before. It was interesting that the boat stayed beam to the wind. Maybe the straps had something to do with that or maybe the rudder was set to create that. I half expected to see the boat either spinning or bow into the wind.
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