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Theories About What Caused the Fatal Capsize in San Diego

By Sailingguide

Although officials say it will be weeks before their investigation determines the cause of this week's sailboat capsize in San Diego Bay and subsequent two fatalities, two theories have become prominent. Not surprisingly, each theory makes the person espousing it look better. Roger MacGregor, head of the company that built the MacGregor 26 that capsized, believes the boat was overloaded with 10 people aboard and wonders if the water ballast tank was full (as required to provide stability). George Saidah, founder of the nonprofit organization and apparent captain of the boat, says the boat was knocked over by a wind gust that caught the jib.


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