SIGHTINGS socrates — cont’d anchor but when a 69-year-old woman who weighs about as much as a wet Yorkie must do so completely unassisted, folks get creative. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t quick but eventually Socrates — with lots of advice from the boys — was able to fit the raft into its mount and secure it. Socrates had hoped to take advantage of the ebb current that night but light winds forced her to anchor just outside Richardson Bay for the weekend. Several Bay Area sailors dropped by to say hello, which cheered her immensely. “Two offered bottles of wine, which I couldn’t accept, unfortunately, but the face-to-face chats were nice because they were the last I’ll have before I get back,” she said. Nereida was finally able to weigh anchor on November 5, drifting out the Gate on zephyrs. The wind played cat and mouse with Socrates until she hit Mexico, where it finally stabilized enough for her to make consistent speeds toward Cape Horn. With her delayed departure, followed by her pit stop in the Bay, Nereida can’t afford to lose any more time getting to Cape Horn, but as this issue went to press, she was nearing the ITCZ, and it’s not known for brisk breezes. Follow her trip at www.svnereida.com. — ladonna
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us sailing’s aegean final report West Coast sailors were delivered a one-two punch this spring when two tragic accidents just two weeks apart took a total of nine lives. First, Low Speed Chase went ashore at the Farallones on April 14 during the Full Crew Farallones Race, killing five of the eight crewmembers. Then on April 28, the Hunter 376 Aegean ran into North Coronado Island during the Newport to Ensenada race, taking all four crewmembers. US Sailing's report on the LSC incident was released in early August, while Aegean's was released on October 30. As predicted, the investigative panel — which included West Coast sailors Bruce Brown (chairman) and Alan Andrews, and special consultants such as Evans Starzinger and Chuck Hawley — found that "a key element of the accident was likely an inadequate lookout, and that it is likely that Aegean inadvertently motored beyond a waypoint set before North CoroDivers Russell Moore and Ed Harris discovered the nado Island." Three of the remains of ‘Aegean’ at the crash site in May. victims — owner/skipper Theo Mavromatis, 49, Kevin Rudolph, 53, and William Johnson, 57 — died of blunt force trauma, while Mavromatis' brother-in-law Joe Stewart, 64, died of drowning due to traumatic injuries. The 119-page report went on to detail the presumed events of April 27-28, which are as telling as they are grisly. The panel believes Aegean had been motoring under autopilot for several hours when it struck the island at about 1:36 a.m. The SPOT device onboard had been steadily transmitting the boat's position, and pinged once more two minutes after the boat hit the rocks. Then at 1:43 — three minutes before it was set to ping again — the device was manually activated to send a 911 message by someone aboard. At 1:44 and 1:45 a.m., two voicemails were left on Mavromatis' wife's phone. Sadly, none of these messages were retrieved until 9 a.m. Flotsam at the site, a large debris field nearby, the recovery of the bodies and the eventual discovery of underwater wreckage — includcontinued on outside column of next sightings page Page 70 •
• December, 2012
The big kiss off — The Baja Ha-Ha's annual 'From Here to Eternity' Kissing Contest left us wondering if any of the contestants have actually seen the iconic film. Eh, who cares? It's still a blast to watch and participate in!
The December 2012 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.