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anniversary bash

anniversary bash

Last weekend saw a reported 9,000 to10,000 boats on Waitemata Harbour for Auckland Anniversary Day, but festivities ended on the bottom for the gorgeously restored 1939 Logan-designed K-Class yacht “Gypsy”. The sloop was sailing in the Anniversary Regatta when she was reportedly ‘run over’ by the Davidson 65 Antaeus, helmed by former Maximus owner Charles St. Clair Brown. Antaeus was under power, and St. Clair Brown told reporters that he “just literally didn’t see them” before slicing through the woody’s hull.

Gypsy owner John Pryor and his partner Jill Hetherington somehow escaped with their lives, St. Clair Brown helping with the rescue when he ‘dived in’ to the sinking boat and helped pull her aboard the bigger yacht. Jill will stay in the hospital with a chipped pelvis and assorted cuts and bruises. There’s plenty of info in the thread, and a video over here.