The following story highlights the findings of an investigation into boat accidents that occurred during two U.S. races last spring.
On April 14, during the Full Crew Farallones Race off the coast of San Francisco, Low Speed Chase crashed into rocky shoreline killing five sailors. Two short weeks later on April 28, the four crewmembers of The Aegean, racing from Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico, met with tragedy after crashing into an island. No one survived.
The investigative panel found that both boats were on unsafe courses and that lack of seamanship caused the loss of life and property. The panel members went on to say that charts and maps should be used to steer clear of islands, and that the crew “could have and should have known not to be in that spot.”
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