A GPS device from the doomed racing boat Aegean struck a jagged island, an online tracking system shows.
The sailing community was buzzing with the news Tuesday, as racers emailed a link to Spot, a personal satellite tracking company, and speculated anew about the original theory of the accident. Up to now, many thought that the 37-foot Aegean was struck by a larger commercial vessel, such as a tanker or freighter.
The accident claimed four sailors' lives Saturday during the annual Newport-to-Ensenada race. One body has not yet been recovered.
Spot hosts webpages at http://www.findmespot.com where friends and family members of sailors can check in on a boat's progress.
The track for the vessel identified as the Aegean shows the GPS device aground on the north end of North Coronado Island at 1:36 a.m. — the time that race organizers said the accident occurred. The Coronado Islands are about 15 miles south of San Diego Bay.