Yacht drama in Sydney harbour
26/10/2004 10:59 - (SA)
Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House was the backdrop
for a maritime drama on Tuesday when a former America's Cup racing
yacht slammed into underwater rocks near the landmark, tipped
onto its side and threw some of its passengers overboard.
The 22-metre yacht FT Spirit hit the rocks around noon on Tuesday,
ripping the keel and ballast off the yacht and sending some on
board - most of them experienced sailors - into the water, said
deckhand Benny Mawson.
The FT Spirit was formerly known as the Spirit of Australia and
contested the 1992 America's Cup in San Diego, California.
"It sounded like a large boom," Mawson told reporters
at the scene.
"We came in too close and hit the bottom and as we did the
boat pivoted on the keel and it ripped the big 20 tons of lead
that keeps the boat upright, right off," he said, adding
that none of the 12 people on board were injured.
Water police and local maritime authorities rushed to the scene
and pulled the passengers out of the water, the New South Wales
state Maritime Authority said.
One witness, Graham Ellis, said he was walking around the back
of the Opera House, which sits on a headland jutting into the
harbour, when the crash occurred.
"The boat was sailing up and down about three or four times,"
Ellis told reporters. "Then I heard a huge expansive crash
which lasted for about two or three seconds. It seems to me they
just went too close (to the edge)."
A tug boat dragged the yacht, still lying on its side, away for
Today my kids knocked the ice out of one of the boats and went
fishing. Sitting by the fire they thought that they'd placed the
net a bit wrong. Fixing it showed these fishes in the net. This
amount is what you hopefully get in 2-3 nets over night in other
cases. It's a sort of Salmon. This week might be the last with
an ice free bay. The marsh and lakes are frozen.
Knight just to show the size.
Yours, Dejan Petrovic´
Thought you might like to see a photo or two of another great
use for a Toto....
We had an oyster roast at my house Friday night and discovered
that a Toto, besides being a great boat, also makes a great
party cooler! Wouldn't want to try this without it being epoxy
coated on the inside though :-)
Dave Robertson of www.woodenboat.net.nz
has recently sold his Navigator Wairua. He’d done a fair
amount of mileage in her, and loved her dearly but a household
that now includes a partner, two dogs, a 24ft Denis Ganley centerboard
gaff cutter and a small business did not leave time for the smaller
Shes gone to an owner from Wellington at the bottom of New Zealands
North Island, and we wish her well with her new owner.
Here is a picture to remember her by, hopefully we’ll see
more of her in the future.
Dave, an ex Navy Chief Petty
Officer, was in the habit of issuing “notices” covering
voyages (patrols) and activities undertaken, heres one with Wairua
ready for action.
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Saw your old Tennessee,
now owned by Seth Macinko, and I thought how nice it would be
with some shade from a light hardtop.
So I got fooling with my photo program
and the attached is the result.
The new Ask The Skipper section of the Aurora Marine Club
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This weeks 'Question Of The Week' is:
How do I keep my boat from smelling in the spring?
Bill Broderick asked:
I pump out my holding tank and flush antifreeze into the holding
tank when I winterize my boat but in the spring the whole boat
reeks. The smell seems to be coming from the toilet in the head.
Is there anyway I can prevent this or seal the system so it
doesn't smell up the boat? The smell gets into the upholstery
and carpeting and the boat isn't very pleasant to be in.
The answer to this question can be found in the Aurora Marine
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Simply log into the Aurora Marine Club using your email and access
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GEM Products To Unveil Weather-resistant
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The Gemlux Tournament Series Steering Wheel features
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ORANGE PARK, FL (October 18, 2004) It was somewhere during
the halfway point of a long fishing trip in 2003 that GEM President
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one year later, GEM will unveil this innovative new steering
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