This afternoon while walking the dogs, we spotted the wreck of a yacht beached upon the sand. Of course, it immediately caught my attention, and I wished I’d brought my camera with me. Wrecks make for great for photography. So, after our walk, I dropped our son and his mate home, and headed back with the camera and Geoff. We’ve been living here for over 15 years, and this is only the first yacht wreck I can recall. Initially, I didn’t know how long it had been out there. The entire hull was missing, while the mainsail was still tied around the mast and our son, (AKA Popeye Junior) noticed the pump was still in situ. Seems that wasn’t enough to save it’s life, or perhaps there was no one on board to perform CPR when tragedy struck.
I don’t know much about yachts, but this one looked a little on the mature side and, as I said, the hull was missing. Indeed whatever had happened to it, it was clearly an “insurance job”, although my husband joked to other walkers that it would be a “challenging restoration project”. As a car enthusiast, my husband has a few of these in our backyard.
Of course, the questions were mounting. Where did it come from? How did it get there? As boat owners ourselves, I naturally felt sorry for whoever owned it. While it wasn’t the latest and greatest, the little blue yacht could well have been someone’s pride and joy. Equally, it could well be like most of the boats out there on their moorings. I might onlyly get out once a year, and spend most of it’s time entertaining the sea gulls.
It was right on dusk when we turned up, and there was the usual scattering of dog and power walkers moving a long the beach and adjacent promenade. Many stopped and paid their respects to the poor little yacht, taking photos and also wondering what had happened. There was a night of strong wind and rain two days ago, which could’ve washed it up , but where did it come from? Where is home?
Eventually, we spoke to some walkers who’d seen it out sailing on the weekend. They’d also been there earlier in the day and had seen the hull washed up on the sand at low tide. However, the tide had come in since then and reclaimed it and as the tide rushed in, I couldn’t help wondering what if anything would be left of it tomorrow.
I’ll have to pop back and see and keep my ears open. There’s no such thing as private around here, and no doubt words gone round the sailing club…or maybe not.
Has anything mysterious happened near your place lately? Please share in the comments.
Ettalong Beach is located 86 kms North of Sydney and is a half hour ferry ride from Palm Beach where they film Home & Away. You can see Whale Beach Headland, Palm Beach and Lion Island in the background of the featured image as you scan from left to right.
PS I forgot about a possible Home & Away connection for our beached yacht. Do you think Alf sunk the boat and has gone missing? Not sure of any of the other current characters, but Alf has to be immortal by now.
A chance encounter like that always produces more questions than answers. It’s fun to let one’s imagination run wild with different scenarios.
Strange that someone would just leave their yacht there. It certainly raises my curiosity.
Colline, it didn’t take long for me to get wind of what happened. Yesterday, I went back to photograph it again and saw a bloke climb up the mast and I thought he might’ve been the owner. He wasn’t but he was a friend of the owner and told me about how he’d sailed it down the coast and camped on beaches along the way. Sounded like an idyllic trip but then he didn’t have a boat trailer to get it out and it got beached during the storm. There is talk of trying to salvage and restore it but that does seem a bit ambitious.
Their lack of planning may have caused them to lose their boat.
Oh no, this is terrible news.
I saw the boat with a Lass sitting on board playing with her phone. I really wanted to show my admiration of lovely boat and ask if they wanted any help. I was reading about a similar vessel which sailed across the Atlantic in the 60s.
Her back was to the beach so I left her to the evening abmbiance.
A couple of days later I notice she was holed and abandoned, heart breaking.
It will be very easy to fix, these are simple staple and glue boats. New piece of ply, staple it to the frame, paint, done.
If anyone has info abt them I would be happy to donate time and somewhete to work on it.
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