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Tribute Conference for Jim Gray

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

All are invited to the Tribute to Jim Gray, May 31 2008, at UC Berkeley. Although Jim will be listed as missing until 2011, his wife Donna Carnes has asked that we have this Tribute now, to honor him, before too much time has passed. There are two parts to this event: the morning event, which will be in a very large hall, is open and public; the technical session, which is in a smaller hall, we are asking people to register for (on the web site), so we have an idea of how many are coming.

Please go to the tribute website for information, and to register.

– Joe

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



Regarding the Green Dye near SD

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

From the Coast Guard:

Good afternoon, Mr. Hellerstein,

I researched information regarding the green dye. On February 4, Sector San Diego responded to a report from aircraft of green dye which plots close to the possible lat and long given in the internet posting. They confirmed green dye 12 nautical miles offshore from Mission Bay. They did not see any debris, persons, vessels, or signs of capsized/sunken vessels in the area and suspended their search. It is important to note that Avalon Harbor places green dye in the ballast tanks of commercial vessels when they anchor in Avalon Bay. When these vessels depart for sea and pump their ballast tanks, it could be mistaken as a distress sign. I hope this helps you in your efforts.

LTJG Nephtwim Rosario
Sector Duty Officer
Sector San Francisco

REVISION: Last ping from Jim’s smartphone

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Apparently there has been confusion about the last time Jim’s smartphone checked in. There is now good reason to believe that the timestamps being used are GMT, not PST. Hence it’s likely that

The last time Jim’s smartphone checked in was 11:50 AM, not 7:50 PM.

This is consistent with Jim sailing out of range outbound to the Farallons.

Prior to that, Jim’s smartphone had been checking in every 20 minutes starting at 5:08 AM.

I know everybody is doing their all to get info out, and sometimes it needs to be revised. Let’s make sure the corrections get posted just as quickly as people find them out.

Thanks to all for their goodwill and honest efforts under fire.

Tenacious from above – just corrected the previous post

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

The corrected entry, now (hopefully) showing the right ship is here: 

request on content

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

The level of goodwill on this blog is, I know, absolute. That said, I want to make sure that we are sensitive to the public nature of this venue, and the audience, which includes Jim’s family and closest friends. I’d ask that we refrain from theorizing about Jim’s state of mind and other personal matters. To the extent that these issues can help in discovery, they would require concrete sensitive information from the people who are closest to Jim. As you can imagine, it’s uncomfortable for those folks to read the speculation of others on these issues.

Your understanding is appreciated.