sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Australians run riot, face liquor charges in Northwest Passage transit
Australians run riot, face liquor charges in Northwest Passage transit

'Fortrus in the Northwest Passage'    .

They didn't come from a sailing boat, but the alleged illegal behaviour, wild partying, harassment of wildlife and bounced cheques** by a group of Australians on a powerboat in the Northwest Passage has the potential to affect all Australian cruising sailors in the future who try to transit the great Passage.

Fortrus jetskier in the Northwest Passage -  .. .  
After jet-skiing on the ice in the Northwest Passage, a boatload of wild Australian party-makers arrived in Cambridge Bay early in September on the Fortrus, a 34-metre luxury motor yacht from Australia, which sleeps 12 in cabins with ensuite bathrooms and entertainment systems.

The land along the coastlines of northern Canada is home to widely separated Inuit communities, many of which are dry communities, or else the distribution of liquor is controlled. Cruising sailors from Australia are generally careful to observe local customs and laws wherever they sail, but it is alleged this was not the case with the passengers and crew of the Fortrus.

While in Cambridge Bay, the Fortrus ended up being the subject of a police investigation under the Nunavut Liquor Act. This has now been widely reported in the local press, specifically the Nunatsiaq, who, in their article, specifically praised other visitors for their law abidance and observance of local customs.

Fireworks confiscated -  .. .  
Police seized 200 bottles of alcohol and $15,000 worth of illegal fireworks during September from the Fortrus.

On board the yacht they nabbed dozens of bottles of wine, hard liquor and even top-of-the-line champagne, along with fireworks from the United States that are not allowed in Canada.

Some of the crew on the boat were of other nationalities - Canadian, British and Ukranian. The owner of the yacht, Paul McDonald, 51, of Noosaville, Australia, now faces two liquor act charges: one count of providing liquor to a minor and one count of being in unauthorized possession of liquor.

But that’s just the bare bones of a sordid story whose details continue to circulate around Cambridge Bay.

These include mounting community concern after an underage girl from Cambridge Bay dived off the side of the yacht during a wild party where men overwhelmingly outnumbered women.

Locals also say that, after being told by the Royal Canada Mounted Police (RCMP) not to set off fireworks, the Aussies on board ignored the warning.

And that’s not all. The passengers from the Fortrus also appeared to have harassed muskox on nearby Mt. Pelly.

’Wrangling’ the muskox on a quadbike -  .. .  

'We wrangled them up and brought them back to the rest of the group,' says their website.

'Steve got some amazing video of the herd running strait [sic] down at him. The muskox were tired by the time we got them back to the group. We were able to get some great pictures right up close to the animals. Amazing…'

Muskox and Fortress adventurer -  .. .  

The yacht left the day after everyone on board was detained on the liquor act offenses and lost their stock of alcohol. None of this is mentioned on their website.

From the Fortrus passengers’ perspective, despite the seizures, 'the people of Cambridge Bay have been very helpful and Fortrus is now fully provisioned for the next leg of its journey. We tried to fuel while we were here but due to ice the town’s delivery of winter fuel is late and they can’t afford to deplete their supplies any more.'

As the yacht headed to Tuktoyaktok, they were overheard asking by radio if anyone with a float plane would be willing to bring them a new supply of alcohol.

McDonald is scheduled to appear before a justice of the peace in Cambridge Bay Nov. 15. He has until then to pay two $5,000 fines. A cheque for $10,000 left with the hamlet bounced.

If he doesn’t return to Cambridge Bay, an arrest warrant will be issued, says RCMP Sgt. Kristine Wood.

Because the offenses are summary offenses, any outstanding fines are unlikely to prevent McDonald from coming back to Canada. However, giving alcohol to minors is 'a serious matter' for the police and people in Cambridge Bay, said Sgt. Wood.

The RCMP recently produced a bilingual sheet asking people in Nunavut communities to report any 'groups or individuals who appear out of place,' and to remain on the lookout for unusual activities, such as ships without navigation or running lights or ships that follow an unusual route.

Wood said, apart from the Fortrus and a Norwegian sailing boat, the Beserk II, which was later dramatically lost in the Antarctic, crew and passengers on board other sailing boats, yachts and cruise ships generally observed all laws.

**Mr McDonald has since said, through his lawyers, that he 'regrets' the behaviour of he and his crew in Cambridge Bay, and will pay the necessary fine before the November 15th deadline. Sail-World has confirmed with local sources in Cambridge Bay that his denial of bouncing a cheque is true. He apparently promised to remit the money electronically, but it had not been done, so there was doubt that it would be done by authorities in Cambridge Bay.


by Jane George, Nunatsiaq/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102490

1:58 PM Mon 1 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

22 Sep 2012  Lost at sea for 15 weeks before rescued - by a shark
12 Sep 2012  How far from shore to be safe? An incident tells
29 Aug 2012  Solo Atlantic crossing boat meets its ejected owners again
10 Aug 2012  Farrallones Report on sailing deaths: They cut it too fine.
08 Aug 2012  Brazilian yacht stuck in ice sheet in Antarctica
31 Jul 2012  Mystery deepens over missing sailor
28 Jul 2012  Runaway sailing boat caught by the Gafirs
24 Jul 2012  Austrian sailor held over missing South African yachtsman
24 Jul 2012  Mystery over missing South African yachtsman
22 Jul 2012  Whoops! Rescue boats high and dry
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



































Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall by International Windsurfing Association,












Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature by Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz,




















Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Action-packed match racing + Video   
Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in Portsmouth   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration details   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Polishing up the silver   
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race - First start to lead off busy day   
Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the CrossFit Mid-Atlantics + Video   
18ft Skiff Europeans: Winning days at Lake Garda   
Clipper Race - Choppy conditions as fleet closes in on Den Helder   
Lightning Youth World Championship - Final day   
2014 Star Class World Championship - Day 3   
America's Cup: Dean Barker interviewed on the current state of the Cup   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Delphine Cousin draws first blood   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - On a roll in Marstrand + Video   
Star World Championship - Frustrating day 3 rocks the fleet   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Rendezvous returns August 31st   
ISAF seeks modern catamaran for future Youth Worlds editions   
470 Junior Worlds - Flawless performances on day 4   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT