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Old 28-10-2009, 18:08   #16
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Well, it's never a good idea to second guess the skippers who are out there in the soup. If finding refuge seems the right thing to do, fine and so be it, especially for those who are new to offshore sailing. No need to scare the heck out of your spouse and kids the first few days out of port! It just seemed to me that a 40 kt. broad reach in those conditions might be a great opportunity to put some miles behind you and move on down the coast.
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Janet just texted me to say the SD coastguard had done a 800mile round trip into mexican waters to rescue people from a capsized sailboat. 400 miles would be about right for the Baha so I'm guessing it was one of them.

She said it sounded like everyone was okay.
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Another thing that many fail to realize about the left side of Mexico and the US, is that, almost always, it's a Leeshore! Instead of being blown out to sea, those on the West Coast are blown ashore.
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Here's the news: 5 Rescued After Sailboat Capsizes, Sinks - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego
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Old 28-10-2009, 18:39   #20
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A news report in San Diego just said that a liferaft had been sighted and survivors rescued about 200 miles south of San Diego from a sailboat. No idea of who or what boat, or if they were associated with the Ha-Ha. Will forward info as available.

OOps! The One called Tom beat me to the scoop!
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The word I got was that it was a J/120 named "J World".
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Old 28-10-2009, 19:07   #22
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The word I got was that it was a J/120 named "J World".
I am glad they are safe. It would be interesting to see if this involves keel failure.

I just read a blog post from a friend's boat that is in the Haha sent to their website by SSB (4:10pm). It did not sound like they were getting hammered at all. 15-20knots wind on a broad reach, with forecasted 25-30kts tonight and seas building to 15ft (his report). They said some boats were seeking anchorages, but he was continuing on to Turtle Bay.
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The word I got was that it was a J/120 named "J World".
The official entry list shows J World to be the J/120 of Wayne Zittel of San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta.

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Old 28-10-2009, 20:12   #24
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It did not sound like they were getting hammered at all. 15-20knots wind on a broad reach, with forecasted 25-30kts tonight and seas building to 15ft (his report). They said some boats were seeking anchorages, but he was continuing on to Turtle Bay.
That would closer match an extrapolation of the weather up here in SD, been a sunny blustery day, would have been awesome sailing....
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The local news here in San Diego just showed interviews with a couple of the rescued crew. They said that they encountered a pod of whales and they struck one, damaging the rudder and holing the boat. They said it sank in seven minutes. Apparently the crew and the Coast Guard did everything right to effect the rescue.
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The owner of the boat has a post on Sailing Anarchy.

j/120 Sinks - Sailing Anarchy Forums
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Today, 'Lectronic Latitude put out a special edition, reporting on the sinking of J/World yesterday during the early going in the '09 Baja Ha-Ha:

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"SPECIAL REPORT: J/World Sinks on Ha-Ha

"October 29, 2009 Pacific Coast of Mexico

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"J/World at the start of the '07 Ha-Ha. She sailed more than 10,000 miles before a freak whale attack sunk her 50 miles off the coast of Baja.
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2009 Latitude 38 Publishing Co., Inc.

"Shortly after yesterday morning's Ha-Ha check-in, the crew of J/World, the J/120 skippered by former Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club commodore Eugenie Russell, experienced one of the highlights of the cruising life: They spotted a whale. Then they saw another. They quickly realized that they'd sailed into a pod of whales big whales."

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To read the entire report, go to:

Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine

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I guess I stand corrected,the only boat that got hammered,was the one that hit the whale.The forecast sounded ominous,but luckily the fleet made it into safe harbor.
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Wow! Perhaps it's time for some active whale defence systems? Someone could start a new business

Whale deaths caused by US Navy's sonar
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yep 8 hours out of San Diego until almost Turtle Bay was 16 footers and 35 knots NW when I went down....
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