Here are some comments of one of the passengers of that unfortunate boat - they were posted on a Yahoo San Francisco
From: Dan Brazelton
I was the crew on the boat. So I can answer a few questions. Before you ask about decisions that were made, I was not the skipper
and I was not at the helm
. Out of respect for him, I am not going to speak for his decisions.
I have 1 year of sailing experience myself. I knew that fort point
was hazardous, but had been near before, but as close. I had never seen conditions like Saturday before.
The boat was recovered by a salvager and is floating, sans rigging
Both the skipper
and I are ok.
Going thru the posts I saw discussion about the rough seas out the gate. I didn't think it was too rough for the bay area. It was a
solid breeze though. Rough seas were not an issue. Surf was the
issue. It was actually very mellow.
From the back side of the surf, it didn't look like they were breaking.
Lifeline: I was caught in the rigging
and dragged under for some time.
I would like to see video to see how long. I wouldn't have wanted to be on a lifeline in that situation, unless it was easy to detach. Unless I was not in the bay - then I would rather get dragged and pummeled than separated from the only solid object for miles around.
Thanks very much for this discussion. I feel privileged to be alive