Tragedy and closure —Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
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 crewmembers into the sea; the remaining sailors turned the boat around to retrieve their MOBs, only to be swept 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.
Also offshore-related, Emirates Team New Zealand's (ENTZ) Camper has finished their epic Leg Five journey from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil, after having to stop in Puerto Montt, Chile to make emergency hull repairs a few weeks ago, thus tacking on an additional 3,000-plus miles to their leg. In all, Camper sailed an epic 9,048 nautical miles and picked up an additional 15 points for their fourth-place Leg Five finish. Currently, Telefonica is in first place with 147 points, followed by Groupama in second with 127 points, and ENTZ in third with 119 points; Leg Five winner Puma Ocean Racing is now back in the hunt in fourth place, with 113 points.
'It's about how resilient the team is—they just stood up and got on with the job, so I'm proud of the effort of the whole team,' said ENTZ skipper Chris Nicholson. 'It's a valuable 15 points...we won't even know how valuable those points are until the end in Galway, [Ireland] but I have a feeling they're vital,' Be sure to get the full report, inside, including an audio recording of an interview with Nicholson from the dock in Itajai.
Luna Rossa wins America's Cup World Series Naples 2012 Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Meanwhile, in Cup circles, the full video replay of the final day of the Naples, Italy, America's Cup World Series event is available for your viewing pleasure in this issue. The Challenger of Record for the 234th Americas Cup, Artemis Racing, took top honors in the match-racing section of the event, and Luna Rosa cleaned house in the fleet-racing event. Get the full media blast, inside.
North American Soling fleet Chris Gribble
And finally, be sure to get the latest news from the Global Ocean Race fleet as they fight their way through Sargasso seaweed en route from Punta del Este, Uruguay to Charleston, South Carolina. Also, check in with the Clipper Around the World Race fleet as they savor ideal offshore conditions en route from California to Panama, and get the latest news from the US Soling Championships, which recently wrapped up in Annapolis, Maryland.
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