Published on April 30th, 2016 - Reprinted with Permission
It was a record-setting year for the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, with overall elapsed and monohull times being eclipsed on the 125-mile course from California to Baja Mexico. But following the April 22 start, the race for Gordon Leon’s Farr 40 Foil became about a rescue. Here Gordon tells the story…
Foil was having a great sail during the 2016 Ensenada race. Peter prepared another stellar sailing meal and had just cleaned up as we reached the Northern Coronado Island. The wind subsided a bit and I handed over the helm to Val so that I could have my dinner. By the time I finished, it was dark so I put on my foulie pants and came on deck to relieve Val at the helm.
The wind picked up again and Val was surfing 12-15 knots in about 20 knots of breeze. The Farr 40 is a very strong and powerful boat and everyone was having a great time going fast. Then, disaster struck. Foil took a bad wave which kicked the stern causing a spectacular round down. Val lost his footing and tumbled through the port lifelines and into the water, after dark, with no lifejacket!
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, a Coast Guard boat and air crews worked together for a unique rescue of two people stranded on a disabled boat at the mouth of the Detroit River late Tuesday night.
The link below has the full news story and a video.
The above photo has Moderator and Past Storm Trysail Commodore Rich du Moullin discussing, "Leadership, Seamanship & Heavy Weather". Other speakers included current Storm Trysail Commodore Lee Reichart and past U.S. Sailing President and America's Cup sailor Gary Jobson who discussed the release of his upcoming film, "Fastnet 1979", which will be aired on June 5 at 6 pm EDTon ESPN.