On September 13, around 1:00 p.m., 382-foot Washington State Ferry MV HYAK collided with a 27-foot sailboat in the Harney Channel between Orcas and Shaw Islands. Harney Channel is about a half-mile wide with depths between 80 and 190 feet. Apparently, for whatever reason, neither vessel captain knew to get out of the way until it was too late. The weather was overcast, but not foggy. The sea was calm.
May 9 - It is a very sad day in sailboat racing. Earlier this afternoon, Swedish racing catamaran ARTEMIS AC72 capsized during a training run with twelve crew on board, killing one crewmember and injuring one other.
At around 10:30 p.m. on September 18, a caller aboard 40-foot S/V BETH alerted the Coast Guard that the captain of BETH had incurred back, rib, and arm injuries caused by the boom. This happened about thirteen miles west of Port Angeles, Washington.
Two separate, successful rescues of sailing crews occurred during the past week, thanks to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER). Originating after the TITANIC tragedy, AMVER has developed into a computer-based, voluntary-enrollment global reporting system managed by the U.S. Coast Guard and used by maritime rescue authorities worldwide to alert and divert nearby AMVER-enrolled ships to aid mariners in peril.
Small pieces of AEGEAN, a 37-foot sailing yacht which was racing in the 65th annual Newport to Ensenada sailboat race, were located off the Coronado Islands, just south of the California-Mexico border, on Saturday, April 28. The bodies of William Reed Johnson Jr., 57, of Torrance, CA, and Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, FL, were found among the debris. Later that day, the body of Kevin Rudolf, 53, of Manhattan Beach, CA, was recovered. The fourth man, Theofanis Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach, CA, the owner and captain of AEGEAN, is missing.
On April 14, the eight member crew of 38-foot S/V LOW SPEED CHASE was participating in the Full Crew Farallones Race around the Farallon Islands, an island group located about 27 miles west of Golden Gate, CA. At around 3:00 that afternoon, The Coast Guard at Alameda, CA, received an EPIRB signal registered to LOW SPEED CHASE, while the Coast Guard at San Francisco received a mayday call regarding the sailboat.