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Search status

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Since January 28, the San Francisco police, the Coast Guard and Jim’s friends and family have conducted an extensive search to find him and his sailboat, Tenacious, off the California coast. I want to summarize the status of that search here, so that the broad volunteer community that’s done so much knows where we stand.

The Coast Guard’s air and surface search covered 132,000 square miles in the days immediately following Jim’s disappearance. This search was thorough: Planes, boats and helicopters covered much of the region repeatedly. Radio broadcast alerts were made for a week, and all marinas and harbors were canvassed repeatedly. It found no trace of Tenacious or Jim.

During the Coast Guard search and in the days that followed it, Jim’s friends and family assembled satellite imagery, collected wind and current data and arranged for more air and surface searches over the ocean and coast from Oregon and into Mexico. We have walked stretches of coastline and have postered marinas with details on the missing boat. The story has drawn attention from around the world.

Based on our knowledge of the boat and weather conditions, we do not believe that Tenacious could have outsailed our search, whether it was under power, adrift, sailing under autopilot, or even sailing at best possible speed. We have covered an enormous area.

In the last several days, the Friends of Jim group has reviewed all the data with Coast Guard officials. The fact is that we have no evidence as to what has happened to Tenacious or to Jim Gray. Neither we nor the Coast Guard can come up with a surface search plan that is likely to find either Tenacious or Jim, given everything that has been done already.

Accordingly, the Friends of Jim group is suspending its active effort to find Tenacious that has been centered here at the blog. For both the Coast Guard and the Friends of Jim, “suspension” means that the active search has been discontinued due to exhausting all present leads and the lack of new information. Of course, should we or the Coast Guard receive any new information, we will investigate it.

Understandably, Jim’s family is determined to continue to seek answers, but they deserve to be able to pursue them privately. The family deeply appreciates everything the Coast Guard and Friends of Jim have done.

Jim’s wife Donna asked me to add this statement of thanks from her on behalf of the family:

On behalf of our entire family, I would like to thank every individual and organization who helped, and is continuing to help, in a long and difficult search. As the search takes on a new direction, I want you to know that your faith, hard work and boundless creativity sustain us during this unbearable time.

Jim is very lucky to have you as friends and colleagues, and we are very lucky and grateful to have your support.

Below, in the previous post to the blog, we have posted recent photos of Jim, photos of Tenacious at anchor and under sail, and an email address where you can send any information that could help us with our search. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police contact numbers are also listed.

  • The e-mail address is
  • The Coast Guard contact number is (415) 399-3547.
  • The San Francisco police department contact number is (415) 553-1071.

Thank you, one and all, for this amazing effort to find our Jim.

Contact information and photos

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Anyone with information about Tenacious or Jim Gray should contact:

  • The San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-1071.
  • The US Coast Guard at (415) 399-3547.
  • Our search email address,

Jim was last seen on January 28, 2007. Here are several photographs of him and of his 40-foot C&C sailboat, Tenacious, sail number 31869.

Jim Gray

Jim Gray



Media contacts.

Friday, February 2nd, 2007


I met with Donna this morning. She deeply appreciates the efforts of this group to use our talents in the search, and wanted me to say so.

She and the rest of the family prefer not to speak to the press right now. She did ask me if I would serve as a clearinghouse and spokesperson for the “friends of Jim” group that’s assembled here. There’s a lot going on, but I’ll do my best to keep abreast of it. If you get inquiries from the press, please feel free to pass them along to me.

I’ve set up an email address on my personal server that reporters can use to contact me. It’s tenacious at olsons dot net.

Extensive status report from Tom Barclay

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

First let me apologize for not keeping you up to date with all the activity on the search for Jim. This message is to everyone that has contacted me directly or has been in some way connected or interested in helping to find Jim. If you noticed I missed someone, please forward this e-mail to them.

Second, Jim’s wife Donna and daughter Heather want me to thank you for your interest, your love, your support, and your generous offers of assistance whether you are old friends, new friends, Microsofties, competitors, etc. It means the world to them. Our efforts mean so much more as the days wear on.

Many of you have contributed the facts that are in this message. Thank you in advance for keeping me up to date with what you are doing and prodding to me to focus on things that could be critically important.

I spent the day with Jim’s wife Donna. The SF Police Department interviewed her and I for 3 hours this morning. They have investigated Jim’s car, the harbor master, and other “local details”. They have not found anything to indicate any sort of foul play.

Between the Microsoft IT department and Cingular we know that Jim’s smart phone was last “heard from” approximately at 7:30 pm Sunday evening. A Fish and Game employee on the Farallon Islands believes he saw a red hull sail boat on Sunday. But s/he did not see the name “Tenacious” on the side of the boat.

A number of folks on the distribution list have discussed the possibility of acquiring satellite data. Jim Frew at UCSB has been working SPOT Image to acquire some 5m data the next time the bird is over the search area. The Microsoft Virtual Earth Team is working with GeoEye and Digital Globe to acquire imagery on the next pass. They and others are also investigating the feasibility of acquiring SAR scenes as well. Sergey at Google has offered their assistance as well. NASA is working on getting there vis/ir camera on an ER-2. All of our satellite friends are concerned about fog and clouds; and/or ability to find a little red-hulled / white deck boat in a sea of gray pixels. Still, all of us with any bit of satellite experience are willing to take a shot regardless of the low probability of success.

The Coast Guard announced today that they were terminating the search at dusk. I say “were” because shortly after the news conference at 2pm PST, they called Donna to say they were sending their aircraft and a number of ships out again tonight until 1am. They have called back to say they are extending the search again until morning. We know that the USCG “standard operating procedure” is to search for 24 hours. They are well past the 72 hour mark. I do believe that the Coast Guard personnel in charge are doing all that they can to bend the rules in our favor. I sat in Jim’s home office watching countless CG helicopters traveling in and out of the Golden Gate during the day.

We have received a number of offers from private pilots to mount a private search. We have begun to organize a search starting tomorrow (Thursday). We’ve hired a plane from HJW to fly the coastline from north of Bodega Bay to Monterey Bay looking in every cove, inlet, and rock cropping. A friend of Mike Ubell and Paula Hawhtorn with a plane is also going to fly the coast line to the south. The same friend hooked us up with a few pilots from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. They believe we can get two larger, twin-engine planes in the air heading out over deeper water once the fog lifts around 11am or noon tomorrow. Bottom line we will have four planes out during most of the “flyable” day tomorrow. I have lead on a fifth plane, but no promises of getting it in the air tomorrow. We may need volunteers to be observers. The more eyes looking the better. I do not know exactly how many we can take tomorrow. If you are available, please let me know. However, please be aware we may not be able to take you up on your offer to help.

For those of you that know Donna, you know she has a great deal of personal strength. However, dealing with the press has her spooked. She can’t bring herself to be on television with a microphone shoved in her face. We’ve placed a 24 hour guard outside her home. So if you are near by and you want to visit her; do call first. It will be a lot easier to get to the door bell if you call ahead.

Everyone I talk to that knows anything about these sorts of things is totally stumped as to how a 40ft sailboat literally has disappeared without a trace so fast. No distress signals. No debris. Nothing. Our one great hope is that he is either a drift or has limped into some obscure cove along the California coast. And there are lots of them.

So again I apologize for not keeping you up to date with all that is going on. Donna thanks you, Heather thanks you, Microsoft thanks you, and I thank you for all that you’ve done so far and will be doing until we find Jim.

Thank you so very much,