Sailing teaches you patience and US racing disaster
Sail Port Stephen's Commodore's Cup regatta - with the heavy rainsqualls knocking out the breeze, the cruising fleet is being held ashore, so there is a lot of coffee being consumed. Regular SMS updates from the race committee are very helpful, the good news is its looking better for the much anticipated Trophy series, there are some very hot entries.
|Weather day 3 Commodores Cup, Sail Port Stephens 2012 Bureau of Meteorology |
|Early morning over d'Albora's marina Nelson Bay.jpg Sail Port Stephens Event Media|
This weekend saw one of the biggest disasters in North American ocean sailing in decades when one sailor was killed and four others went missing during the San Francisco Yacht Club's 2012 Full Crew Farallones Race.
Low Speed Chase, a Sydney 38, was swept by a huge wave as she was nearing the lee shore of the Farallones Island, sweeping crew members into the sea; the remaining sailors turned the boat around to retrieve their MOBs, only to be smashed onto the rocks by another massive wave.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) launched an all-out search for the sailors and later found the body of Marc Kasanin, but at the time of this writing, Alexis Busch, Jordan Fromm, Alan Cahill and Elmer Morrissey remain missing. Sadly, the USCG now fears these sailors lost, given the duration of their ordeal and the water and air temperatures involved.
Sail-world.com extends our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased and the missing, who are reported to be experienced and solid sailors.
As always there is lots more news ...
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
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