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4/2/05 Ft. Point boat sinking

Final score: Surfers 2 - Sailors 0

Here are the details. A Santana 22' sailboat, "Yachtsea", with two aboard, made a few huge errors as it came under the GG bridge. It tried to sail between the South Tower and the Point, right into the lineup, at the end of low tide, in a big breeze, and big waves. Worse yet, according to a statement made by one of the sailors following the rescue, they were trying to surf the waves. Not a good idea under the circumstances. (Update: According to a comment posted below on 4/10/05 by Dan, the overheard statement "we were trying to surf the waves" may have been a misunderstanding) As these and the linked photos show it didn't quite work out as planned. The stern was caught in a following breaking wave, the bow took a dive, and the boat tripped over the keel. The boat rolled twice, breaking the mast. End of boat. Haruwn, Matt and some others pulled the guys out of the water, and got them to shore on a couple of boards. Krista got some great video of the whole thing, which ran on KRON-TV. There are some shots before and during the rollover by Wayne Lambright at http://sfsurvey.com/photos and some here of the aftermath and rescue. For information regarding the photos in this gallery, contact: chuck@2007ac.com
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