One dead, four missing in Farallon Race at San Francisco
One dead, four missing in Full Crew Farallon Sailboat Race at San Francisco Yacht Club, California
One dead, three other missing after boat hits rocks near Farallon Islands
Bay City News, Monday, April 14, 2012
(04-14) 18:45 PDT
One person is dead and three others still missing after a boat involved in a race around the Farallon Islands ran aground this afternoon.
The boating accident involving a 38-foot sailing vessel named the Low Speed Chase was reported around 3 p.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read.
A Coast Guard helicopter was able to rescue two people from the rocks on the islands this afternoon, and an Air National Guard helicopter rescued another person, Read said.
A fourth person pulled from the water has been pronounced deceased, and another three people are still unaccounted for.
The Coast Guard has two boats on the scene, still searching for the boat's remaining occupants.
The belows are five(5) articles on the SFGate - Home of the San Francisco Chronicle
1. Lost sailors were adventurous, experienced
Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 04/17/12
The crew of the Low Speed Chase was a relaxed but adventurous cadre of expert sailors who were fixtures on the Marin County waterfront, friends and family said Monday. For five of them, the toughest race in local yachting circles - the Full Crew Farallones...
2. Sailing fans reel over yacht race death - 4 missing
Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, 04/16/12
The Bay Area's tightly knit sailing community was reeling Sunday after one of the region's most catastrophic boating disasters in decades - the wreck of a racing yacht near the Farallon Islands that killed one sailor and left four missing.
"It's a tragedy of unbelievable proportions," said San Francisco Yacht Club director Ed Lynch. "It doesn't affect just this club, it affects sailors all over the world. It's going to hit us hard for a long, long time.
"We're all deeply saddened."
49 boats competing
The 38-foot racing craft, named the Low Speed Chase, was one of 49 boats competing in this year's contest, which began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The race has been held annually since 1907 and is sponsored by the Offshore Yacht Racing Association in Alameda.
The sailboat had an experienced seven-man, one-woman crew including Capt. James Bradford of Chicago, who owns the boat and survived the accident. Other survivors are Nick Voss of Sonoma, in his mid-20s, and Brian Chong of Belvedere, in his late 30s, Lynch said.
Lynch identified the missing sailors as Alan Cahill of Tiburon, a boat technician in his mid-30s who has a wife and two children; Alexis Busch of Larkspur, who is in her mid-20s; Jordan Fromm, 25, of Ross; and Elmer Morrissey, early 30s, of Ireland.
All were wearing life vests and foul-weather gear, Lynch said.
Several boats turned back Saturday when 25-knot winds and waves as high as 15 feet churned up the waters near the Farallones, but otherwise the race conditions were typical for that area and this time of year, participants said.
Then, as racers were rounding the islands at 2:45 p.m., the Low Speed Chase was slammed by a powerful wave that washed five crewmates over the gunwale near the edge of the main Southeast Farallon Island - which, like the other islands, is formidably surrounded by steep, jagged rocks.
The remaining three on board turned the boat around to rescue their comrades when another wave heaved the boat onto the rocks on the northeast corner of the island, authorities said. Two sailors fell over the side on this second assault but managed to scramble to the shoreline, and the one left on board suffered a broken leg.
Too close to rocks
At least one other yacht was within eyesight, and its horrified crew watched the tragedy unfold but was unable to help in the tumultuous waves.
"It's a disaster - they were inside, too close to the rocks," said one of the onlooking sailors, Steve Hocking, a Sausalito Yacht Club member who finished the race in a 45-foot craft. "Once you get in that close and a wave hits you like that, it rolls you over. There's not much you can do.
"The power of those waves is incredible".
3. Crew in fatal yacht race joined by love of racing
LISA LEFF, Associated Press, 04/16/12
(04-16) 19:19 PDT San Francisco (AP) -- The yacht that was rolled by unexpectedly large waves in a tragic accident that left one crew member dead and four missing was manned mostly by experienced sailors who lived to be on the water and understood the...
4. Sailor killed, 3 missing in racing yacht crash
Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, 04/15/12
One sailor is dead and three were missing Saturday evening after a racing yacht ran aground near the Farallon Islands, 27 miles outside the Golden Gate, authorities said. Three additional crew members of the 38-foot sailing vessel, named Low Speed Chase...
5. One dead, three missing after boat hits rocks near Farallon Islands
Bay City News, Bay City News, 04/14/12
One person is dead and three others still missing after a boat involved in a race around the Farallon Islands ran aground this afternoon. The boating accident involving a 38-foot sailing vessel named the Low Speed Chase was reported around 3 p.m...
Giants to pay tribute to ex-bat girl lost at sea
Monday, April 16, 2012
(04-16) 17:08 PDT San Francisco (AP) --
The San Francisco Giants will observe a moment of silence to honor a former bat girl lost at sea during a California yacht race.
Alexis Busch of Larkspur is one of four sailors still missing following the wreck of the yacht Low Speed Chase near the Farallon Islands on Saturday.
Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Monday that Busch was Major League Baseball's first bat girl and held the position with the team for several seasons.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/HPge9v) that Busch was the first person to greet Barry Bonds after he rounded the bases when he hit his 500th home run in 2001.
Busch's father Corey Busch was a longtime executive with the team. The Giants will observe the moment of silence before Monday night's home game.