A rare tragedy at sea hits SF's sailing community

This framegrab image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows one of three crew members from the yacht Low Speed Chase being rescued from the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco Saturday April 14, 2012 by the U.S. Coast Guard. The sail boat carrying eight crew members ran aground during a race off San Francisco Saturday, killing one person and leaving four others missing, the Coast Guard said. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard)
April 15, 2012 5:08:40 PM PDT
A century-old tradition, the Full Crew Farallones Race has never been for the faint of heart: Winds averaging 10 to 20 knots and churning 14-foot Pacific Ocean swells are among the rough conditions typically braved by yachts and their crews during the daylong regatta, a spring favorite of skilled sailors.

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