The latest issue of Latitude 38 sailing magazine shares the story of the October 28 events surrounding a J World sailboat and the rescue of its Alameda-based captain and other crew.
The boat was participating in the Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when it literally ran into a pod of whales and sank about 200 miles southwest of San Diego.
Captain Eugenie Russell of Alameda and Barry Demak, the general manager of the J World sailing school in Alameda, and three students were on board. (The school’s office is in Marina Village at 1070 Marina Village Parkway.)
The rescue effort by the U.S. Coast Guard included flight mechanic Jeremy Treichel (see above photo, from left), rescue swimmer Scott Mochkatel, commander Jonathon Ralston and co-pilot William Burwell.