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Tonga: Couple who Survived a Severe Storm Hoping to Find Their Abandoned Yacht

By Report sent by Stephen Jones and Tania Davies. Edited by Val. — last modified Nov 22, 2012 09:20 AM

Published: 2012-11-23 00:00:00
Countries: New Zealand , Tonga

Stephen Jones and Tania Davies were on passage between Tonga and New Zealand on November 7th 2012 when they were hit by a severe storm and rolled. See the Noonsite report here.

Steve and Tania have subsequently informed Noonsite that their boat, ‘Windigo’, sustained a fair amount of damage. It has no steering (possibly), no bilge, no battery ( the motor was left running) no lights., and a broken starboard hatch. In spite of all this, the boat can still sail as all rigging and sails were in excellent condition.

It was Steve and Tania’s home for the last 3 years but is, unfortunately, uninsured. They would very much love to see her again.

It can be identified by the SSR number 141391 on the stern. See a photo of the yacht below.

Windigo has a British flag and the dingy and motor were left on board. The dodger was gone but the frame was half there. The hatch was left open and if anyone gets close enough to her, it will need to be closed. In addition the bilge pump broke down during storm, so they are worried about more flooding.

If anyone spots her, can they please email them at  [email protected]

Steve & Tania are now in Auckland, heading to Opua Northland, to thank the most amazing people, Bruce & Marcelle on sailing yacht ADVENTURE BOUND, who came to their side risking their own lives. They will be forever grateful to them, and, of course, Orion NZ Rescue Air Force, the NZ Navy and captain Norman Mc Nee, who all played a vital part in their rescue.

'Windigo' was last spotted at position: 24 degrees, 49.3min South, 179 degrees, 49.2min East

Sailing Yacht Windigo

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