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Wife confirms husband is third victim in fatal yacht race

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

ENSENADA, Mexico (AP):

The wife of a yachtsman killed with two others during a 124-mile race between California and Mexico said yesterday that her husband was a veteran sailor and the destruction of their boat is a mystery.

Leslie Rudolph of Manhattan Beach confirmed that Kevin Rudolph, 53, was the third sailor who died in the weekend race between Newport Beach and Ensenada.

The others were William Reed Johnson Jr, 57, of Torrance, California and Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, Florida. A fourth sailor was missing.

Wreckage of the yacht Aegean was found on Saturday near the Mexican border and there is speculation that a freighter or other large boat hit it in the middle of the night. No distress signals were sent.

His wife said Rudolph was competing in the race for the third time with the Aegean's skipper, Theo Mavromatis of Redondo Beach.

''I didn't like him doing the races,'' she added. ''I never liked it. I mean, they were out in the middle of the ocean. I always used to worry.''

However, Rudolph had no qualms about the event and trusted his friend, she added.

''He was a very experienced captain. Nobody understands how this could happen,'' she said.

The Rudolphs would have celebrated their 27th anniversary on May 26 and he leaves two grown children, his wife said. Rudolph and other crewmembers worked for the Raytheon company in El Segundo, she said.