One sailor died and four others were presumed dead on April 14, 2012, after waves pummeled the Sydney 38 sailboat Low Speed Chase, which was competing in the Full Crew Farallones Race off San Francisco.
Three aboard survived, including the owner/skipper James Bradford, along with Bryan Chong.
“For the family, friends and survivors, the April 14, 2012 Low Speed Chase accident at the Farallones changed our lives forever,” Chong writes in an essay posted on the Sailing Scuttlebutt webisite. “Not a day passes that I don’t think about what went wrong that day at the Farallones and what can be done to prevent something like this from happening again. I was by no means an expert in safety before the accident, but since I’ve been home numerous sailing groups have invited me to share my thoughts on this topic.”