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rockDAWG 04-15-2012 03:39 PM

One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race
 
One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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The Low Speed Chase was slammed by a powerful wave that washed five crew members overboard near Southeast Farallon Island, Lynch said. The remaining three on board turned the boat around to rescue their crewmates when another wave threw the boat onto the rocks on the northeast corner of the island.

The three on board climbed onto the rocks, where Coast Guard personnel in helicopters picked them up, flew them to San Francisco International Airport and transported them to a local hospital.

One of the crew suffered a broken leg and remained hospitalized Sunday morning. The other two were released after undergoing treatment for severe bruises, Lynch said.

The sailor who died was found in the water near the rocks, Read said.

Of the eight-member crew, three - including the sailor who died and two of the missing - were affiliated with the San Francisco Yacht Club, Lynch said. Seven are from the Bay Area and one is from Ireland, he said.

Their identities have not been released pending notification of their families.

"These were all very experienced sailors," Lynch said. "Anybody that's doing this race would have years of experience. It's inherently dangerous and they were well aware of the risks."

Family and friends within the tight-knit Bay Area sailing community gathered at the San Francisco Yacht Club Sunday, awaiting news of the missing sailors' fate. A candlelight vigil was planned for 5 p.m.

How could that happen? RIP :(
It is a dangerous sport. We only need to be unlucky once.

smackdaddy 04-15-2012 04:16 PM

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Seriously tragic. RIP.

blt2ski 04-15-2012 04:33 PM

Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race
 
Worst part is, IIRC this is the 2nd of the last 3 or 4 races with some sort of an issue on par with this. This being the worst one IMHO.

Either way one looks at it, not good.

RIP to the ones not found, condolences to the families. Tragic no matter how one slices this.

Marty

captflood 04-15-2012 04:47 PM

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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS: So sad just so sad as part the sailing ferternity any loss anywhere in the world is felt by many GO SAFE.

PCP 04-15-2012 06:00 PM

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Should not have happened :(

peterchech 04-15-2012 07:07 PM

Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race
 
Was the wave a shore breaker that they accidentally wandered into?

It's hard for 5 crew to clip in simultaneously, u often get in one anothers way...

Its a dangerous sport as mentioned previously, we only get one shot at this life...

dabnis 04-15-2012 07:47 PM

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Although I have fished that area I have never been right up against the island like they were. The chart shows rocks and shallows fairly far out on the north side:

Chart 18645

No room to recover if one gets blown down from the north, dangerous place, especially when it is rough. It will be interesting and educational if the survivors have details on how it happened. Sea room can be your friend.

Paul T

Chuteman 04-15-2012 10:28 PM

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The Latest with Entire Crew Details:
Condolences to Family & Friends

A rare tragedy at sea hits SF's sailing community - San Jose Mercury News

smackdaddy 04-15-2012 10:46 PM

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Man that sucks. I hope they find the others.

SlowButSteady 04-16-2012 12:31 AM

Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race
 
It sounds like they let their desire to bring home a trophy cloud their judgement and got too close to Southeast Farallone as they were making the turn for their run back to SF Bay. The Farallones, particularly the windward side, are not a place to take lightly. A very sad event, but it sounds like it was completely preventable.


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