June 16, 2013
Bob Meistrell, nephew Billy, grandnephew Daley and grandniece Jenna awoke at 4:30 a.m. Father’s Day morning aboard Meistrell’s 70-foot, twin diesel boat Disappearance. That morning, Disappearance was to be the lead boat in the Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard race from Two Harbors on Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Over the nearly three decades Meistrell had owned Disappearance, he had volunteered to drive the lead boat in countless paddleboard races.
Daly was competing in the Rock 2 Rock.
Two hours after rising and just minutes after the start of the race, Meistrell suffered a fatal heart attack.
“My uncle was always in a good mood, but looking back on Father’s Day morning, he seemed in a really good mood. It’s weird,” Billy Meistrell said.
Meistrell had used the occasion of the race and the fact that Daley’s birthday was Friday, to call a family gathering on the island at Cherry Cove, two coves west of Two Harbors, where Meistrell had had a mooring for decades.
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