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better safe than sorry?

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A Open Letter to the 2016 Islands Race Chairs
March 8, 2016
Good evening:
Big breeze with a long lee shore is not a good combination.  In the 2013 race, onboard OEX, we spent six hours under the assistance of the United States Coast Guard following the race. We set the elapsed time course record. We sustained tremendous damage. We were fortunate. All crew-members returned safely and the boat was not lost.
Craig Williams and his family were far less fortunate.
“While the Islands Race has a rated distance of 129.5 nautical miles the northwest corner of San Clemente Island is 75 miles from San Diego Buoy #1 and therefore in inclement conditions help is not readily available.” – 2013 Island Race Report on US Sailing’s Safety Report.
We had considered withdrawing from the race. If put to a vote, I would support and recommend the inshore course. This seems a prudent contingency plan for competitors and organizers alike.
Sincerely,
John Sangmeister
Owner/Skipper
S/V OEX USA-88
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