SIGHTINGS fire — cont’d there was very little damage to the marina and no damage to any other boats. Two fire trucks arrived within 15 minutes, but the fire had progressed so quickly that the propane tanks exploded and the whole boat was engulfed. “The firemen really risked their lives,” reported Lynn Bradshaw aboard her Hans Christian 33T La Vita, “because there was diesel in the tanks, gas in the dinghy and possibly more gas stored on the boat.” After about an hour of pumping water on the blaze, firefighters finally gained the upper hand, but not before both masts had fallen and the boat was gutted. Sadly, the owner only carried liability insurance on the boat, which was declared a total loss. He suffered a burn on his leg and was reportedly in shock over his loss. Ten days later and a little farther south in La Paz, Port Townsend, WA-based Brian Jose (pronounced “yos”) was walking down a dinghy dock to return to his anchored Pearson Triton 28 Shelly B when he realized his home was on fire. The Mexican Navy tried to snuff out the flames, but it was too late. Shelly B burned to the waterline and
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ac — cont’d coverage will be unlike any racing you’ve seen before on TV. Production crews were in San Diego and Valencia last month recording team interviews and special effects, and folks in the know say it will be impressive. Think MTV, according to BMW Oracle Racing’s external affairs advisor Tom Ehman. Frankly, if the sailing is good, it doesn’t matter how slick the post-production is. After all, ESPN’s coverage of the 1987 Cup races in Fremantle drew thousands of sailors and even a few non-sailors to the tube at ungodly hours to watch live coverage with little more than aerial views of the course and cameras on spectator boats. A little breeze can go a long way. — ss
The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.