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'Mutiny' Yacht Found Sailing near Norfolk Island

'Bill Heritage (left) with John Lammin and Carl Horn just after the mutiny and rescue. Third mutinous crew member Sharan Foga is obcured behind - photo by Getty Images'    .
Remember the story of the three crew who mutinied against their skipper, set off an EPIRB and forced the abandonment of the yacht? If you don't remember, it's not surprising as it happened over seven months ago,(See Story). Bill Heritage's Yacht, Air Apparent, has just been found - still sailing!

If ever there was evidence that the little yacht was seaworthy and could survive all that the often unfriendly Tasman had to throw at it, even without any help from the crew, this is it.

It was found as a 'ghost ship' floating around the Pacific Ocean and now identified as the vessel from Nelson, New Zealand, that was abandoned after its crew mutinied.

The 7.9m yacht was discovered south of Norfolk Island by French Navy patrol ship La Moqueuse on a trip from Noumea to Nelson last week, over 800nm(1500km) from where it was abandoned. Its captain, Lieutenant Laurent Saunois, said the yacht was like a 'ghost ship'.

'When we found it, we called out, but nobody came. You always get a strange sensation when you find a boat like that, like something bad has happened,' Lieutenant Saunois said.

On March 25, Air Apparent was travelling from Auckland to Nelson, going around Cape Reinga, when it hit 3m waves and 25 to 30-knot winds. The captain, Bill Heritage, did not consider these conditions life-threatening but his three crew disagreed and set off the emergency locator beacon 165km west of Kaipara Harbour.

Air Apparent has drifted north over 800nm -  .. .  
Mr Heritage and the crew were airlifted from the yacht, which he had owned for 15 years, by Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter and taken to Auckland.

'We were sailing very conservatively and we had an ideal wind direction. There was high winds but that is not dangerous.

'I was sleeping when they woke me up and told me they were going to set off the beacon. I didn't know what they were talking about,' Mr Heritage said.

Mr Heritage initially put in an insurance claim with AMP New Zealand but was declined. After receiving some pressure from an Australian insurance company that said it would cover such an incident, AMP ruled that a mutinous crew was not reasonably foreseen.

AMP then granted Mr Heritage a claim for $23,000, though he had initially claimed $24,000.

'I think we all came to a conclusion which was amicable for both sides,' Mr Heritage said.

Air Apparent is now the property of Vero, the company that underwrites AMP general insurance policies.

A spokesman for Vero said it had approached the French Embassy in New Caledonia and contacts in Norfolk Island to see if they could help coordinate a salvage or sinking mission.

Mr Heritage said that after the yacht drama happened, he spent almost two weeks exploring salvage options.

'A tug costs almost $7000 a day for three days to get out there, and the cost to send an aircraft to look for it. It wasn't worth it for a small boat.'

At the time, he asked his crew members to cover the cost but subsequently dropped the request.

One of the crew members, Carl Horn, was a friend of 26 years to Mr Heritage.

Mr Heritage said he had sent an email to him asking for a resolution but had not received a reply.

Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson said the boat was still within New Zealand's search and rescue region but not within its territorial waters, which meant NZ had no legal jurisdiction over it.

'The only thing we can really do is give people a warning that it is out there and, obviously, we would do that,' he said.

Mr Heritage had owned Air Apparent for 15 years and was an experienced sailor, but his crew had little or no experience.

'I didn't rally them. Another skipper might have done better,' he said.




by Charles Anderson, Nelson Mail/Sail-World

  

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