Astounding pictures of yacht folly

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These astonishing pictures show a yacht that tried to leave Southport on Australia’s Gold Coast yesterday. The forecast was for 9 to 10 metre seas and winds of over 60 knots had been recorded.

The yacht’s engine apparently failed as she was knocked down. The crew managed to unfurl the genoa to turn the bow away from the wind and they sailed, presumably somewhat shaken, back in to port. It’s been reported that charges may be brought by the water police.