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Don't know the type and no image files but the boat in question was 13m and built in 1985. The couple concerned had made eight trips to Fiji in recent years so plenty of experience.
The NSW coast is a dodgey place at the best of times. If you are not prepared to wait for your weather you will spend a lot of time motoring or in summer bashing into nor easterly winds with the occasional southerly to liven up your life. Most people would tend to coast hop north and then head out via New Caledonia. Would take a few days longer but you'd avoid the inevitable hiding the Tasman is bound to dish out at some stage on what would presumably be a ten - fifteen day passage.
I guess they figured they had the experience and a well found yacht. Seems like they lost their rudder by the sounds of things.
This is the rescue launch. NSW Water Police...we don't have a Coast Guard as such other than a volunteer CG than do inshore rescue work.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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