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OEX abandons ship in Transpac, then sinks; crew saved by Pyewacket

OEX, a Santa Cruz 70 offshore racing yacht, was abandoned at sea yesterday following a rudder issue some 242 miles southwest of San Diego while participating in the 2019 Transpac Yacht Race. 

While the crew of OEX was forced to abandon ship after it began taking on water, a fellow race competitor, Pyewacket, owned by Roy Disney, managed to rescue all nine OEX crew members. 

According to early reports, “everyone is safe” and on their way back to the mainland. They were expected to arrive this morning in Marina del Rey.

OEX, skippered by John Sangmeister out of Long Beach, sent out a mayday around 2 a.m. and sunk about 3 a.m. The yacht was owned by Stagg Yachts and has an estimated price tag of $575,000.

Interestingly enough, another boat, the multihull Maserati Multi 70, also competing in the race, struck a large unspecified floating device that came out of the water by up to one meter, damaging the left hull bow and rudder wing.

Following repairs, the Maserati Multi 70 resumed sailing.

The Transpac, or Transpacific Yacht Race, is a 2,225 nautical mile race from Pt. Fermin, off San Pedro, to Hawaii. Racing began last Wednesday, July 10.

Both Pyewacket and OEX competed in this year’s Newport to Ensenada, however, both posted DNFs.

Hagestad fades in final round of Players Amateur, finishes second

Big Canyon’s Stewart Hagestad appeared to be in control heading into the final round of the 20th Annual Players Amateur being played at the Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina, over the weekend. Entering with a five-shot lead over the field, Hagestad shot 75.

That lead evaporated throughout the day as Georgia senior golfer Spencer Ralston fired a final-round 63 to make up an 11-shot deficit and win by one at 19-under.

Hagestad had a chance coming into 18 needing only a par to tie but suffered one of his five bogeys on the day.

Hagestad had opened play with a course record 61 last Thursday and was looking at going wire-to-wire.