Coast Guard halts ocean races off San Francisco

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The Coast Guard temporarily suspended ocean races in the San Francisco Bay area in the wake of the April 14 accident off the Farallon Islands that resulted in the deaths of five sailors.

The Coast Guard said the order would affect Saturday's Offshore Yacht Racing Association Duxship Race and the Singlehanded Sailing Society Farallones Race, scheduled for May 12.

A safety review by US Sailing, the governing body of yacht racing, should be completed before the next scheduled offshore race on May 25, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Click here for the full article.

Click here for the Coast Guard's notice.

Five of the eight sailors aboard the Sydney 38 Low Speed Chase died when the boat was hit by large waves and rolled while rounding the Farallons. One of the deceased was recovered, and four remain missing. The Coast Guard rescued the three survivors.

The accident took place during the Full Crew Farallones Race.

Click here for a report with video on the accident by Soundings, Trade Only’s sister publication.

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