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re: 3 Dead in Sailing Yacht Crash in Race from Newport California to Mexico.
I suspect it was the owner, Theo Mavromotis. He sails in the same class (cruising gennaker) as my families boat; I have had beers with him after the race in 2009 which he won (he protested us.) He always places pretty high in the race standings, so he would have likely gone way offshore this year as no wind. Based on my conversations with him, seemed like a competent sailor. Note sure if had radar but race rules require a radar reflector.
My guess: I agree with most everyone else, the freighter is at fault. I know that the US Nx to Mariners IDs the race and its is announced by both the CG and Mex Navy on radio repeatedly. So no lookout, no radar, and ran someone down.