Five injured, one fatality in NHYC/SDYC Islands Race
by Chuck Hope, SDYC Paul A. Marshall, NHYC on 11 Mar 2013
Deepest sympathies and prayers are now going out to the crew and family of the Uncontrollable Urge. On Friday March 9, 2013 at approximately 9:26 pm, while taking part in the fourth annual Islands Race, the crew reported rudder failure on their VHF marine radio. They were in the vicinity of San Clemente Island at the time.
Uncontrollable Urge, Coast Guard Rescue off San Clemente . .
Uncontrollable Urge, a Columbia 32 Carbon sail boat hailing from Silver Gate Yacht Club, is owned and skippered by James Gilmore. Crew included Mike Mike Skillicorn, Doug Pajak, Craig Williams, Ryan Georgianna and Vince Valdes.
The crew attempted to launch a life raft and attempted to set an anchor before abandoning the vessel to swim to shore. The vessel was reportedly destroyed by the surf at the shoreline of San Clemente Island.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the six sailors and brought them to the San Diego Coast Guard Sector where they were met by emergency medical personnel for transport to a local hospital. Unfortunately, one of the crewmembers was deceased.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner identified the man who was killed as 36-year-old Craig Thomas Williams, of San Diego.