Yacht abandoned during Sydney to Hobart washes up on remote Tasmanian island
Yacht abandoned during Sydney to Hobart washes up on remote Tasmanian island: A yacht abandoned at sea immediately after suffering harm in the Sydney to Hobart race has washed up on a distant Tasmanian island, exactly where authorities will try a salvage mission.
On December 28th, only moments after the forty-foot yacht, Huntress, collided with an unexplained item that severed a section of its rudder, law enforcement officials came to the rescue of the vessel’s crew.
The yacht was abandoned at sea and has since been found washed up on the shore of Christmas Seaside, which is located on Cape Barren Island in the Strait of Bass.
Earlier this week, Marine and Safety Tasmania issued a warning claiming that the boat was located fifteen nautical miles off of the state’s north-east coast and that salvage operations were anticipated to begin on Wednesday.
It was reported later on Wednesday that the yacht had run aground on Cape Barren Island, and that attempts to recover it will be attempted on Saturday.
The Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania used social media to share images of the vessel when it washed up on the coast.
The organization said, “We’re hoping salvaging is quick, safe, and lucrative since she provides a prospect [to] faraway and pristine country,” which translates to “we’re hoping she can be salvaged.”
After been eliminated from contention for the New South Wales prize on Boxing Day, Huntress was compelled to pull out of the Sydney to Hobart race and give up her spot in the field.
On the morning of December 28th, a catastrophe occurred around eighty nautical miles east of Flinders Island. The skipper, Victoria Logan, along with her seven crewmates, were involved.
She said that she was downstairs when the yacht’s driver, her partner Brent, felt a thud as a consequence of the steering when the vessel was riding a wave. The thud occurred because the steering caused the vessel to hit the wave.
“He lost control of the boat when the wheel was wrenched out of his grasp, and the vessel began furiously breaking waves. It took us a few minutes, but we eventually realized that we had lost control of the steering.
“We realized that the rudder had sheared off, and we could see it floating up ahead of the boat, out into the distance,”
Logan said that Huntress had most likely struck a sunfish. In 2021, the yacht gave the Sydney to Hobart race a go but was ultimately unable to finish it. The mainsail damage was the primary reason of their failure.
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