Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Shipwreck in Aberdaron

Had a bad weekend? Spare a thought for the owner of this yacht who decided to lend it to a friend to be sailed from the Lake District to Bristol. The threat of high winds from the south west lead him to seek shelter in Aberdaron Bay at the weekend. Had he done so at the western end of the beach he might have been OK. However the allure if the bright lights of Aberdaron and the quality local ale at the Ty Newydd Hotel led him to anchor in the soft sand in the middle of the bay. High winds late in the evening caused the anchor to be dragged and the ship to be blown right up the beach at high tide, damaging the rudder in the process.

The local rallied round and a temporary rudder was installed. However, the tide, now that the wind has dropped, never made it far enough up the beach. The boat has to be stabilised with ropes at every high tide day or night as it suffers the full force of the breakers.
The plan now is to use the biggest JCB on the peninsula to lift the yacht out of the sand and drive it down to the sea. In the meantime we have 2 new residents in Aberdaron and we have an addition to the seascape - all adding to the interest on the Wales Coast Path.

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