Congrats to Oracle for their America’s Cup victory. Oracle Team USA capped off a shocking comeback to win the 2013 America’s Cup. Oracle had once trailed 8-1 before going on an eight-race winning streak to edge Emirates Team New Zealand for the win.
The crew aboard the Alexander II said it caught 50 fish totalling 3,000 pounds off the coast of Cape May that August day in 2009, and recorded the haul in the ship’s log.
But when the Alexander II began taking on water and the Coast Guard came to the rescue, there were no fish anywhere on the 75-foot vessel. There was also little fuel, ice, food or other supplies essential for a lengthy fishing trip. The whole thing smelled.
The ship’s owner, Scott Tran, was soon charged with hiring a captain and crew to sink the boat and collect a $400,000 policy from his insurance company.
It was another early Friday morning for the crew of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules based out of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Fifty-knot winds roared around the airframe while the crew scoured the dark cauldron of 20-foot seas below for a boat. Rain lashed the plane, reducing visibility to less than a mile. Radar was next to useless and no one had been able to contact the distressed vessel. The only thing guiding the crew was an unregistered, but active, emergency position-indicating radio beacon, broadcasting a signal approximately 680 miles east from the U.S. and 75 miles north of Bermuda.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., had received the EPIRB broadcast at 1:39 a.m., Feb. 9, and immediately reached out to partner agencies in Bermuda to confirm the distress signal.
Key Biscayne tycoon Nicolas Estrella on Tuesday gave up on his increasingly difficult claim to collect $3 million for the loss of his sunken yacht off the Bahamas more than three years ago.
Estrella’s lawyers informed U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams that they were voluntarily dropping his lawsuit against Federal Insurance Co. because of their belief that he could not obtain a fair civil trial set for early November.
Estrella, 60, whose fortune is built on an auto insurance company named after him, was not in the courtroom Tuesday. His lawyers made their decision only after the judge refused their request to delay the civil trial until a parallel state criminal insurance fraud case against Estrella’s former boat captain, Robert Figueredo, is resolved.
Oracle Team USA, defender of the 34th America’s Cup, suffered a major setback Tuesday after its $8-million AC72 racing catamaran capsized during training in San Francisco Bay. Nobody was injured during the dramatic event, which occurred in gathering winds near the Golden Gate Bridge. Damage to the 72-foot vessel, which was swept into the Pacific before it could be towed to shore, is said to be significant.
We did something we had hoped we would never do, and that’s capsize an AC72,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The most important part is that all the crew are safe, and no injuries.”
It was the 11-man team’s eighth day on the water since the launch of the sleek new yacht in August.