If you're going to steal a sailboat, at least know how to sail it. Imagine sitting down to a nice cup of coffee, you turn on the TV to watch the morning news and flashing before your eyes is your yacht bouncing off the shore down the coast. That's what happened to the owner who promptly called the police when she realized that her boat was the one on the screen.
Shades of Capt. Joe Schmidt and Dan Brazeltont! I wonder why sailors don't like the surf? Could it be that dark feeling of dread that in the next 30 seconds you will be inverted in your smashed Laser with water shooting out of your nostrils?
Via Scuttlebutt: Day 1 at Etchells Australian Nationals: Raymond Smith’s St John’s Dance was well placed midway through the final downwind leg when the boat lost control on a wave, broached wildly and snapped the spinnaker pole. Now totally out of control, the spinnaker pulled the yacht down sideways, it filled with water and slowly, painfully slowly, sank to the bottom, leaving just the top half of the mast visible. All three crew emerged unscathed, but the yacht will spend the night on the bottom of Cockburn Sound, forcing a day’s rest on the crew, and effectively snuffing out any chance they had at the national title.
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