sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Search for missing sailor continues
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Search for missing sailor continues

'Moments of silent prayer for the lost sailors before the Lexus N2E awards ceremony Sunday - Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012'    Rich Roberts ©    Click Here to view large photo

Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012, 125 nautical miles from Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico, started on Friday, April 27 and concluded on Sunday April 29 with the Awards ceremony. It was 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.

Theo Mavromatis, owner and skipper of Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376, and his crew of three were victims of a violent accident that destroyed their boat a few miles offshore near Mexico's Coronado Islands at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Three bodies were recovered and the U.S. Coast Guard was still searching for a fourth on Sunday.

As that continued, following moments of silent prayer led by NOSA Commodore Chuck Iverson and master of ceremonies Gator Cook, the mood at the Hotel Coral and Marina, the race's new headquarters, picked up at trophy time in mid-afternoon with the usual tables full of artistic hardware distributed.

Bob Lane won a 2-year lease on a 2013 Lexus GS 350 for the best corrected handicap time - Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -     Click Here to view large photo

The most prestigious prize, the President of USA Trophy - and a two-year lease on a 2013 Lexus GS 350 - for the best corrected time overall went in absentia to Bob Lane, the Long Beach Yacht Club veteran sailor and pharmacist.

Earlier, Lane's Andrews 63, Medicine Man, chased Tom Holthus' slightly faster but more heavily handicapped Bad Pak across the line Saturday morning but appeared to have been beaten out by 10 minutes on corrected handicap time by David Lawson's Beneteau 373, Endeavor.

But Lawson, competing in PHRF-C class, withdrew later - officially, he retired after finishing (RAF) because he used his engine along the way, a privilege enjoyed only by Cruising class boats.

A day earlier the deceased sailors were brought to Coast Guard Sector San Diego and turned over to the San Diego County Coroner, whose office could not release the names pending notification of families. A separate source tentatively identified the crew members as Joseph Stewart, Michael Patton and Kevin Rudolph, but it was not publicly known whether Mavromatis was among those found.

Aegean at the start of the race - Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -  Susan Hoffman   Click Here to view large photo

Leading speculation was that Aegean was struck and demolished by a merchant ship crossing the path of the race.

'We haven't discounted that possibility,' said Bill Fitzgerald, the Coast Guard's lead investigator for San Diego. 'We're still tracking down any vessel that may have been in their area.'

Large merchant ships and commercial fishing boats from both the U.S. and Mexico operate in the area.

Fitzgerald confirmed one report about the bodies found: 'None were wearing lifejackets.'

These were the first deaths in the 65-year history of the race, a record built on a safety program featuring several pre-race seminars each year and enforced by the race's rules.

Eric Lamb of Vessel Assist, a private marine assistance service, and his partner Bret Thompson, discovered the wreckage at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday virtually by accident. That was nine hours after the boat disappeared from an Internet race tracking system.

Lamb said, 'We were on another call when we came across the debris. It was spread over about three miles.'

They identified the boat by its name on a piece of the hull from the rear starboard side.

'That was one of the biggest pieces out there,' Lamb said.

He notified the Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter that spotted the bodies that were recovered. A Mexican Navy vessel also joined the search for the fourth crew member, which continued with Coast Guard crews aboard a Jayhawk helicopter, a 45-foot response boat and a C-130 Hercules aircraft, as well as the Coast Guard cutter Sea Otter.

Mavromatis is president and chief executive of Aegean Consulting Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., which specializes in the telecommunications and aerospace industries.

According to a report by City News Service, Ray Pollock of Marina Sailing, which rents out the boat for Mavromatis, he had his regular crew. This was the seventh time he had entered the race, in which he won his class in 2011 and 2009.

He sailed in one of the Cruising classes, in which competitors are allowed to use their engines for propulsion when the wind drops too low to achieve a predetermined speed they could make under sail.

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

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

The race had 210 entries; 200 started and 160 finished.

Full Results.

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -  Rich Roberts ©   Click Here to view large photo

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -  Rich Roberts ©   Click Here to view large photo

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -  Rich Roberts ©   Click Here to view large photo

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race 2012 -  Rich Roberts ©   Click Here to view large photo

Newport to Ensenada website


by Rich Roberts

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96687

10:52 AM Mon 30 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2012 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

29 Apr 2012  Newport to Ensenada - Suspected shipping collision deaths - Update
29 Apr 2012  Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Two duel for honors
28 Apr 2012  Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Work for the strategist
22 Apr 2012  Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race primed for a battle of the big boats
13 Apr 2012  Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Advice from Andy Rose
11 Apr 2012  Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Fun to be had by all
06 Mar 2012  Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race title sponsor announced
29 Feb 2012  Newport to Ensenada to hold free seminars across Southern California






News - USA and the World







International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,








2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT