Skipper calls police for help after hand-built wooden yacht suffered damage to its sail


Adventurous skipper sheepishly calls police for help after his hand-built wooden yacht starts to fall apart during a test ride

  • A man sailing a homemade vessel was rescued off the coast of NSW on Sunday 
  • The hand-built wooden yacht suffered damage to its sail near Port Stephens
  • Police towed the man and his boat back to shore after he logged his journey 

An adventurous skipper behind the wheel of a hand-built wooden yacht has been rescued off the coast of New South Wales.

Water police from Port Stephens, about 2.5 hours north of Sydney, were forced to tow the man and his trimaran back to shore after he found himself in trouble about two nautical miles off Boondelbah Island on Sunday afternoon.

Police said the homemade vessel suffered damage to its sail.

The skipper, who was wearing a life jacket, was clever enough to log his journey with the local Marine Rescue so police knew he required assistance.

The man also had a VHF radio, EPIRB and other safety equipment on the boat. 

An adventurous skipper behind the wheel of a hand-built wooden yacht has been rescued off the coast of New South Wales (pictured)

An adventurous skipper behind the wheel of a hand-built wooden yacht has been rescued off the coast of New South Wales (pictured)

Police shared pictures of the rescue mission as a reminder to follow safety precautions while out at sea. 

‘This adventurous fellow was adrift off the coast of Port Stephens at the weekend after his hand-built trimaran got into some strife,’ police wrote on Facebook. 

‘Always refer to the equipment checklist before hitting the water, regardless of what vessel you’re in.’ 

The skipper thanked police for their rescue efforts.   

‘My sincere thanks to NSW Police, particularly Clint and Matt who conducting the tow back through the heads,’ he wrote.

‘I obviously do not like having to request assistance and certainly don’t want to do it again, particularly as I’m gearing up for a much more remote journey on the Barrier Reef.’ 

Port Stephens water police were forced to tow the man and his trimaran back to shore after he found himself in trouble about two nautical miles off Boondelbah Island on Sunday afternoon

Port Stephens water police were forced to tow the man and his trimaran back to shore after he found himself in trouble about two nautical miles off Boondelbah Island on Sunday afternoon

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