Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Dodging Freighters & a Literary Quiz

The San Francisco Chronicle, online at www.sfgate.com, has moved some good sailing coverage in the last few months. In today's paper there's a story about two people (Nick Patz and his fiancĂ©e) who capsized in area of the SF Bay called the Carquinez Straits while day sailing their 14-foot boat to a bar in the town of Port Costa Saturday afternoon. According to the article they landed the boat on the beach and proceeded to the bar where they partied until 1:00 AM. On the return sail the boat began to fill with water, soon swamped and sank under the Carquinez Bridge. About 5 miles east in Martinez, a Greek-owned tanker called the Bow Prima had just picked up 100,000 barrels of diesel fuel from the Tesoro refinery and was outbound with two tugs, heading straight for the Patz and his unfortunate wife-to-be. Read on for the rest of the tale – as they say the truth can be stranger than fiction. And speaking of fiction, here’s a test of the sea going literary sort. What famous novel of the sea began with the hero in similar “straits” in the SF Bay? A hint, the equally famous author made his home in wine country...

4 comments:

EVK4 said...
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EVK4 said...

8 people in an 14 foot dinghy on San Francisco Bay. Wow.

I'm going to guess 2 years before the mast since I don't know the answer and it's a sailing book that's been gathering dust on my bookshelf for about 10 years.

Tillerman said...

The Sea Wolf by Jack London starts with a boating accident on SF Bay.

Zephyr said...

Three cheers for Tillerman!! for those of you who have not read Sea Wolf, pick it up...you will not be dissapointed - evk4 we'll take "Two Years Before the Mast" as a strong reccomendation ;-)