Classique features on front page of this morning’s Herald

The one fluked ex ship's anchor, Classique sledged easily without chafing her mooring pennants

Classique features on front page of this morning’s Herald
& has had a quiet day in the sun & calm recovering.
Last night’s coverage given on TV by Paul Henry was interestingly managed – he’s got an affinity for the sea which came over quite clearly. He not only owns a power boat but his ocean going experience in sailing craft is significant. Peter Williams QC retired sailed to the Nuclear testing protest in the Pacific a few years ago taking Paul Henry as crew.
Paul was corrected today as to Classique not slipping her mooring but dragging it entirely the whole way. Classque likes sailing & if she’s not taken, she goes off by herself.
He may also have been told that Bolton after departing the Caribbean actually sailed Classique solo from the Azores in the Atlantic, thru the Med, Red Sea & Arabian Sea before reaching the Indian Ocean enroute to NZ in time for our Millenium & America’s Cup.
The Squadron carried out their reconnaissance of the harbour yesterday & took an interesting photo of Classique from under the Northern end of the Harbour Bridge – apparently they got a good look at the mooring anchor at low tide too.
The Harbour master & Bolton were over to check it at today’s noon low tide – it was found to have no lower fluke & the anchor could be rocked by hand as it sat on top of the firm sand- stone type flat pan.
It now apparently becomes a legal issue as to who is responsible for the damage not only to Classique but also for the havoc created amongst the other craft enroute – their contact details are being held by the Harbour Master’s office.
Meantime Classique is in limbo, urgently needing haul out & it’s the weather which is being held to blame – not a company or person responsible at this stage.

The Sqadron’s photo taken during their reconnasance.
classique’s lower transom got another beating when she had
to be pulled astern to clear her bow from the grid poles.
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The one fluked ex ship’s anchor Classique sledged easily
without chafing her mooring pennants
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Classique features on front page of this morning’s Herald

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