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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.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Seriously tragic. RIP.
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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.

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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.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Should not have happened
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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...
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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:

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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.

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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

The Latest with Entire Crew Details:
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A rare tragedy at sea hits SF's sailing community - San Jose Mercury News
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Man that sucks. I hope they find the others.
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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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