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  1. #31
    Forecast calls for pain!

  2. #32
    Nothing worse than a great 12 hour run followed by 12 hours of slatted sails.

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    Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Simpson
    U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET San Diego

    A Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs an injured 48-year-old woman from the sailing vessel Amazing Grace 70 miles west of San Clemente Island, California, June 1, 2018. The woman suffered a head injury from the vessel's boom and was safely transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital, in La Jolla. (U.S. Coast Guard video/released)

    Statement from the SDYC Sailing Office, sent on behalf of George Teter, father of Amazing Grace crew member injured during the SoCal 300:

    “Ann Walton-Teter of Santa Monica, CA, sustained a serious head injury during the early morning of June 1 while crewing on the sailing vessel Amazing Grace competing in the SoCal 300 Regatta sailing Santa Barbara to San Diego. The injury happened nearly 120 west of San Diego as the boat prepared to round a virtual waypoint for the final leg to the finish. The accident was not witnessed by other crew as it was dark and she was tending a line for the running backstay on the stern of the boat during the maneuver. She was found immediately after the gybe by crew who assessed her injury accurately and called for urgent Coast Guard evacuation.

    In the interim she was given expert first aid by one of the crew, who monitored and protected her until the Coast Guard helicopter arrived. Boat rigging and ocean conditions made an evacuation directly from the deck too risky, so she was taken into the water by a Coast Guard diver who swam her to the rescue basket. They were lifted together to the aircraft and she was flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She underwent emergency neurosurgery for the evacuation of a large epidural bleed and a subsequent surgery to address facial and cranial fractures. The surgeries have been successful in stabilizing Ann’s conditions. She remains sedated in Scripps Memorial in the Neurosurgical Treatment Unit in intensive care. We respectfully request that Ann and her family be given privacy as her healing progresses.”


    Amazing Grace highlighted in yellow at approximate location of USCG pickup




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    Casey Shilling, sailing aboard Rogers 46 Bretwalda 3 was also airlifted earlier and is recovering at home.

    From Casey’s wife, Saturday morning:


    “We’re both in good spirits and Casey seems to be improving with each half day. He’s having a little less pain and a bit more feeling. The nerve doctor did an MRI last night but we do not have the results. His knee and everything above the knee works well, everything below the knee, ankle and foot, is what’s not activating properly. However, he just moved his big toe ever so slightly! Super exciting and motivating. He will be fitted with a custom foot brace today to wear for the foreseeable future to hold his foot up while he learns how to walk again until he regains control of those muscles."
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  4. #34
    Best wishes for speedy recovery's to both!

  5. #35
    Sending good thoughts and hoping for a speedy recovery to both injured sailors. Scary to think how a split second in time and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life. No matter how experienced or good you are it can happen to anyone.

    Also, the coast guard rescue teams are fricken amazing. Our worst day ever on the water is their every day at work.

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    Best wishes to them both and congrats to Lucky Ducksters on the overall win!

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    Lucky Duck’s Most Excellent CORW


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    Dave MacEwen and team on the Santa Cruz 52 have participated in every California Offshore Race Week since it’s inception 3 years ago and done well in various legs of same and finished 2nd overall last year and 2nd in division in 2016. This year they put the whole package together, winning the Spinnaker Cup, had a very close 2nd in the Coastal Cup and won Division and was 3rd overall in the SoCal 300. The cherry on to was to take the Division AND Overall in the CORW cumulative points spread. A tough, grueling 8 day week that began in San Francisco and ended in San Diego, with stops in Monterey and Santa Barbara. We caught up with Dave and got some insights to the week and how things went down…



    Spin Cup:

    "It was a little tricky getting out of the gate, for everyone. We had to play some shifts to get out, but had great local knowledge with Pete McCormick Zac Schramm and Robin Jeffers just to get out and clear. The breeze picked up on way out and we cut it close to Seal Rocks then worked our way outside the fleet looking for better breeze and clear air. We set the A2 just off Montara and carried that down to Ano Nuevo with Horizon on our port hip the whole way. If I recall right, we then peeled to our A2.5 and hugged the beach to get some of that compression pressure before working outside a bit to carry the kite across Monterey Bay. Horizon was on our starboard hip most of the way across the bay before we gybed in towards the finish. We got lucky and got in before the shutdown, but my heart goes out to the smaller boats like Outsider and Don’t Panic that went from planning mode to displacement mode at the end."

    "Great party and awards at the MPYC, kudos to the staff and volunteers for another job well done!"


    Coastal Cup:

    "We had pretty good wind at the start, it had filled in pretty much to the starting line, we had a slight advantage with the local knowledge by heading in to the left towards Cannery Row, you get headed at 1st but then get lifted right up to the mark. It started honking pretty good, lots of boat flying their #3 jibs until we got to the corner, where the southerly took over. So, we were beating down the Big Sur coast and the it almost completely died. So, it wasn’t really clear whether to go in or to go out. As it turns out, going outside proved the way to go, Oaxaca, Horizon and Hana Ho got to the wind 1st, with Oaxaca getting a nice jump on all of us. We all sailed due south for a few hours, then it was a question of when to head in."

    "We decided to go in towards Conception early and the other 3 stayed out and ended up sailing a much longer course while we cut the corner. We eventually converged in the Santa Barbara Channel before the wind shut off. And boy did it shut off. We spent hours just going about a ˝ knot. Then there was the current. At 1st it was going out (east to west) and we all suffered equally, then when it switched, the boats to the south got the better angle, and were sailing close hauled and making better time. We ended up crossing the finish just ahead of Horizon but they beat us on corrected time, We had them by MILES for a while there, but they fought hard and clawed their way back, so I tip my hat to them!"

    "The Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosts a mean Wednesday Night Beer Can Race, and we have participated in previous years, but we were too beat to participate this time so we just relaxed and enjoyed the show from shore!"



    The SoCal 300:

    "The weather played out almost exactly as forecast. They try to start the boats at a time where they think boats can get to the sea breeze, and again, the local boats did the best job at that, like local boat Prevail got to the wind line ahead of all other boat in our class. Then it came on just as predicted. By the time we got to that Santa Cruz Channel it was blowing 20 knots solid maybe a little more, then you go through the lee of San Miguel Island. It’s a little deceiving, as things calm down for a while but then comes on much stronger when you emerge out of the shadow. Some of the boats don’t seem prepared for the eventuality, and it can come back and bite you. Some boats had the wrong kite up or were not really ready for the sudden increase. That’s when Bretwalda and destroyer had their issues. We had our jib top up, maybe longer than we should have. We set our A5 when we got back into the pressure, and even that was a bit of a chore to sail with in those conditions, but it was the right call."


    "Prevail was leading at the time by a large margin, they just kicked our butt on the up-wind leg, but we are optimized for downhill racing for these events. We were able to carry through the night, while they switched to jib reaching mode. Swells built to the 10’-12’ of so range and winds ramped up to 32 knots, and the boat was getting pushed around a bit, but SC 52’ behaves quite well in those conditions and with the new high aspect rudder, controlling the helm is very manageable. We usually start our watches around dinner time, but this time we just took our best handful of drivers and rotated them through the night and mixed in the rest of the crew on a normal rotation. With guys like Robin Jeffers and Dave Morris driving, they were rock stars when it came to keeping the boat under the kite and not wiping out. We were trucking through the night and saw boat speed in the low 20’s and hit 26- 27 knots at one point so it was pretty game on!"




    "The wind backed down some and squared off a bit in the middle of the night, so we switched to our A 2.5, a bigger kite, more of a runner. During the change, while we still had both kites up, a big gust hit just as we were sitting on a wave and we crashed hard. I was at the helm at the time and we had guys up front, and I just hoped they were hanging on. We got the boat back on here feet and completed the change, but that was a moment I won’t soon forget. I had never wiped out with two kites up before, and in the middle of the night!"


    "We sailed down to the turning mark and gybed, just past midnight and we still had good wind, which is pretty unusual for this course, as usually come in the morning, the next morning! Our routing took us south of rhumbline so we could have leverage towards the finish close hauled in the lighter airs. Anyways, we managed to get lucky with the wind all the way to the finish and closed the gap on the big boats. We were really pleased with the results and having been able to carry the kite all the way on leg 2."

    "I have to hand it to the other skippers, they made the decision to do the race, but do it in a prudent manner and put safety ahead of finish position. That’s really the right thing to do, nobody wants to get someone hurt or break the boat. For us, the Lucky Duck program, we are out there in game on conditions a lot, sailing in Northern California in events like the Farallones, Lightship or Duxship, you get accustomed to the conditions. We put a lot of miles on the boat and the crew has been together for some time and carry the best safety gear we can put on the boat. Not that you want to have to use it but if you are out there, at night, in 30 knots with the kite up, it’s comforting knowing that you are doing everything you can to protect yourself."

    "We have the luxury of having a really strong, very capable crew, the main core that has been together for 4 years, and we have added some “youts” into the mix. If you are going to race in the SoCal 300, it’s going to blow 30 knots at some point, more often than not, and you need to be ready for that. Making the right decision that applies you your boats and crew’s ability is crucial and I think the boats in our fleet all did that. Whether it be doing the race but not flying the kite at night, as Prevail did or not doing the race at all as Horizon did. Most of all, I am really proud of our crew, they did an amazing job, and I could not be happier."


    Crew: Pete McCormick, John Hansen, Ashley Hobson, Austin Book, Zac Schramm, Robin Jeffers, David Morris, Brenden Bradley, Giacomo Paoletti, Karl Grunewald

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    Nice work Dave and crew, quite the adventure!

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    The Close Call On Bretwalda


    Bretwalda puts the hammer down image sharon green www.ultimatesailing.com


    Deception was within a half mile of Bretwalda and we observed an extended period when their kite was in pieces and they couldn’t get it down. Our navigator heard their radio broadcast that they had an injury aboard but were going to continue to race. One of our crew, Dr. Charles Stuart, is a retired orthopedic surgeon. He got on the radio and asked if they wanted to discuss their injury. After they described the injury, he advised them of what to watch for, including the important issue of checking to make sure there was a pulse in the lower leg and told them how to check it. They reported at first that there was a pulse in the lower leg. Shortly thereafter, they came back on to report that there was now no pulse in the lower leg. Charlie advised them to get the injured person to the hospital as soon as possible, as he needed surgery and he was at risk of losing his leg. Bretwalda reported they could make in to Marina del Rey in 7-8 hours.


    Dr Charles communicating with Bretwalda Crew
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    The CG was monitoring this exchange and came on to discuss with Charlie. Charlie told them 7-8 hours was not soon enough, that the lack of a pulse in the lower leg for that long meant it was likely the person would lose their leg in that amount of time, and that the CG should definitely proceed with a medevac, which they did. It seems from what little reports I have seen that this incident has a good outcome. The injured person did indeed undergo surgery to graft the veins and nerves back together and relieve constricting pressure from the surrounding muscle. But a disaster was narrowly avoided here.



    This is a good example of using the resources that exist on the race course, as well as prompt CG response. We should not be afraid to ask for a medical consult in these situations. If Charlie had not jumped on the radio and volunteered his help, it is likely Bretwalda would have done what I think many of us would have done – stabilize the injured person, give some pain medication, and continue sailing as long as he otherwise seems under control. That would not have worked here as his lower leg probably would have died before reaching medical attention.

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  10. #40
    Yikes!

    Hope it turned out well, losing a limb for a yacht race is not a good trade off!

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