U.S. Sailing this week made recommendations in a report to increase safety for sailors during offshore races to prevent future racing deaths. Read More
A great white shark attacked a kayak near Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz earlier this month, throwing the boater into the water. And just last week, another sighting was made just south of Santa Cruz in Aptos.
Yet shark experts say there’s little to fear. Read More
After the deaths of five people in a crash near the Farallon Islands last month, yacht racing off the Northern California coast is set to resume this weekend, with the local sailing community vowing to improve safety and training standards to prevent future tragedies. Read More
A survivor from the sailboat Low Speed Chase said his terrifying experience being washed off the 38-foot vessel was like being in a “washing machine with boulders."Bryan Chong of Belvedere was one of three crew members rescued by the Coast Guard on April 14 after their boat was thrashed by waves near the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. Five other sailors were lost. Read More
A helicopter lifted a wrecked sailboat off one of the Farallon Islands on Monday, 10 days after it was tossed around by rogue waves, killing five crew members.
A small helicopter landed on the southeast island of the Farallon chain around 4 p.m. After members of the salvage team rigged the boat, a larger helicopter equipped with a crane lifted the wreckage and brought it to the Half Moon Bay Airport. Read More
Friends and family of four missing sailors said they were devastated by news that the Coast Guard called off its search late Sunday after the “window of survivability” passed.Coast Guard Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield said the search continued well beyond the possibility of finding anyone alive.“We don’t make these decisions lightly or easily,” he said Monday. Read More
A 105-year-old race turned deadly for the first time in its history Saturday after a wave broadsided a sailboat, sending the crew overboard while killing at least one person.Rescue crews spent Sunday searching for four of the eight sailors aboard Low Speed Chase; three were rescued Saturday when the body was found. Read More
Thanks to properly functioning emergency equipment aboard a boat that lost power near the Farallon Islands on Friday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two fishermen stranded on the distressed vessel.
The Capt. Jack, a 36-foot fishing vessel, had no means of communication when it lost power, but the fisherman activated the boat's emergency position indicating radio beacon, which beams an alert that is relayed to the Coast Guard. Read More
A proposal to eradicate tens of thousands of mice from the Farallon Islands could involve dropping a payload of poison pellets, all in the name of preserving a fragile seabird population.
Initial talks of killing the non-native rodents on one of the desolate isles 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco have some environmental groups fuming, while others don’t see a better option. Read More
Six endurance swimmers attempting a relay course Thursday from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t quite make it, as they were plagued by difficult water conditions brought on by mountain snowmelt runoff. Read More