Sailor Todd Tholke was a hero on Sept. 30 when he went out on San Francisco Bay in the middle of the night to single-handedly rescue the runaway French catamaran Energy.
The America's Cup World Series boat snapped its mooring line at Piers 30-32 that night and drifted off into the darkness, unmanned and out of control. It fetched up on the rocks of Treasure Island, where Tholke spotted it from the land.
At 3:30 a.m., Tholke pulled it off the shore with his 14-foot Boston Whaler. He then towed it to the Treasure Isle Marina and handed it back to the racing team.
The French were so grateful they offered to give Tholke a ride on the bay.
Since then he has filed a salvage claim on the high-tech racer to the tune of $200,000.