Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Newport to Ensenada - Suspected shipping collision deaths - Update

by Sail-World.com on 29 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
Newport to Ensenada Race - Three sailors are dead and one is missing after the Redondo Beach based Hunter 376 yacht Aegean sailing in the category three 113 nautical mile race apparently collided with a large vessel in the main shipping channel near the Coroado Islands just south of the Mexican border.

The first indication of the incident was at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) officials realised the Aegean's tracking unit had stopped reporting. At the time winds were very light with many of the boats in the fleet experiencing winds of only 1-2 knots. It was a starlight night with a half moon.

Yachts sailing in the race apparently reported seeing very small pieces of debris debris in the water (much of it less than 4 inches long around 10am and a Coast Guard search was launched that led to discovery of the boat's wreckage, including the rear transom with the boat's name on it.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter led Vessel Assist to one body and later retrieved two others.

The three bodies were brought to San Diego for examination by the medical examiner.

The search continues on Sunday morning local time for the fourth crew member.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said the aerial seach was being focused on the Coronado Island area about 10 miles off the Mexican coast and about 10 miles south of U.S. waters.

The Newport Beach Patch website reports that 'The 37-foot Redondo Beach-based Aegean was skippered by its owner, Theo Mavromatis, and had its regular crew, according to Ray Pollock of Marina Sailing, which rents out the boat for Mavromatis. Pollock said Mavromatis, an engineer, was an experienced sailor who had won his cruising division in the Newport to Ensenada race in the past.

'We don’t have any details of what happened to the boat,' Pollock said. 'The boat was very seaworthy and had all the instruments you need to avoid collisions.'

Pollock said the Aegean had a brand-new engine and experienced crew.

'I’d probably rule out operator error,' he said.



Tracking records of large vessels that transitted the area last night are currently being examined.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's reports two of the dead were William Reed Johnson Jr., 57, of Torrance, Calif., and Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, Fla. The office was withholding the name of the third sailor pending notification of relatives.

upffront 660x82Southern Spars - 100Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Newport to Ensenada - US Sailing Independent Review Panel conclusion
Newport to Ensenada Race - US Sailing Independent Review Panel has come to a conclusion regarding the cause of accident During the Newport to Ensenada Race 2012 a tragic incident occurred, on 28th April, which resulted in the deaths of four Sailors. A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has come to a conclusion regarding the cause of accident. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376 sailboat, was destroyed during the race a few miles offshore near Mexico’s Coronado Islands.
Posted on 13 Jun 2012
US Sailing to conduct independent review of Newport to Ensenada Race
The United States Coast Guard of San Diego has requested that US Sailing conduct an independent review of the sailing The United States Coast Guard of San Diego has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race resulting in the deaths of four sailors. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376, and her crew of four were victims of an accident that destroyed their boat a few miles offshore
Posted on 15 May 2012
Body found in ocean identified as missing yacht skipper
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race – A body discovered near the Coronado Islands on Sunday has now been identified Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race – A body discovered near the Coronado Islands on Sunday has now been identified as 'Aegean' yacht skipper, 49-year-old Theo Mavromatis. The Redondo Beach resident and three other men were taking part in an annual Newport-to-Ensenada race when the 37-foot boat they were aboard dropped off the event's vessel-tracking system
Posted on 9 May 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Search for missing sailor continues
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - A gloomy gray overcast day with late arriving sailors coming wearily off the water Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - A gloomy gray overcast day with late arriving sailors coming wearily off the water to learn in hushed conversations of disbelief that three - and probably four - of their colleagues had perished on the way… all that set a subdued tone for Sunday's normally fun-filled windup of the regatta.
Posted on 30 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Two duel for honors
Bad Pak made a strong comeback from an awful start Friday in the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. Bad Pak made a strong comeback from an awful start Friday when another Maxi rival, Taxi Dancer, forced it off the starting line behind the pin-end committee boat as Medicine Man built an early lead.
Posted on 29 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Work for the strategist
The 125 nautical mile Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race started Saturday. The 125 nautical mile Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race started Saturday. There were 213 entries, starting with the Cruising class crowd that started earlier. What weather conditions they would find along the way appeared to be iffy at best
Posted on 28 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race primed for a battle of the big boats
The Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race is now primed for a battle of the big boats when it gets underway on Friday The 2012 Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race is now primed for a battle of the big boats when it gets underway on Friday just off the Balboa Pier. Following the cruising classes, whose 10-minute starting sequences start at 11 a.m., five of the first seven boats to finish last year will go off the line at 12:40 p.m.
Posted on 22 Apr 2012
Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Advice from Andy Rose
Who would be better than Andy Rose to offer wisdom on how to sail the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race? Who would be better than Andy Rose to offer wisdom on how to sail the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race? Competitors and other interested parties will hear it all at the pre-race Yachtsmen's Luncheon Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 720 W. Bay Ave. on the Balboa Peninsula. Tickets are $15.
Posted on 13 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Fun to be had by all
The 2012 Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race gets underway on the 27th of April and everyone can participate The 2012 Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race gets underway on the 27th of April and though family and friends of racers won't all be sailing in the race, everyone can participate in many of the race events and welcome the boats as they arrive in Ensenada.
Posted on 11 Apr 2012
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race title sponsor announced
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race has a new title sponsor. Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - The prominent producer of luxury cars has stepped aboard as an active title sponsor for the 65th annual offshore race.
Posted on 6 Mar 2012