Father sues over race death

Jan 6, 2013 by Guest Writer

The father of a California woman who died when S/Y Low Speed Chase crashed into rocks during the Full Crew Farallones Race off San Francisco in April has filed a lawsuit against the yacht’s owner for wrongful death.
Corey Busch, father of 26-year-old Alexis Tracy Busch of Larkspur, filed the complaint in San Francisco against James Bradford of Chicago, the yacht’s owner, who was aboard the 38-foot yacht at the time. He was one of three survivors.
In his lawsuit, Busch alleges the yacht was in an area avoided by other vessels where waves can be as high as high as 30 feet, according to news reports. There, a pair of waves slammed into the Low Speed Chase, snapped her mast, and swept all but one of her crew overboard.
Four other sailors aboard the yacht died as well. Marc Kasanin, 46, was pulled from the water by rescuers but was pronounced dead at the scene. The body of 25-year-old Jordan Fromm was later recovered near the island. Busch, Cahill and Elmer Morrissey of Ireland were not found and they are presumed dead.
The crash was one of the worst yacht racing accidents in the Bay Area in decades and marked the only fatalities in the history of the annual race that was first held in 1907.
A report issued earlier this year by U.S. Sailing said crew members could have prevented the tragedy had they sailed in deeper water.
Low Speed Chase was one of 49 boats that left the San Francisco Bay to make the journey around the uninhabited islands that sit about 27 miles west of San Francisco, the report says.