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Famous schooner Nina

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The 1928 Starling Burgess schooner Nina is overdue from Opua to Newcastle Australia and is being discussed on a few other forums after relatives became worried.

 

http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/About-us/ ... cident.asp

Friday 14 June

 

Enquiries were made following receipt of an email expressing concern for the classic 1928 staysail schooner Nina with a crew of seven travelling from Opua to Newcastle, Australia that may have be overdue. Extensive enquiries were made and it was thought that bad weather and the yacht's position on 4 June that had delayed her arrival time for Newcastle.

 

 

I just read this morning that ' The New Zealand authorities have instituted an aerial search for Nina."

Anyone heard anything about that?

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Met Rosemary before we left for Bundy last year. Made us a great cheese cake for the trip which I managed to devour as the other two were not feeling the best for the first couple of days.

Great old boat with a lot of history "became famous in the 1928 race from New York to Santander, Spain, for which she was expressly built. She won the 3900 mile race in 24 days and was greeted by King Alfonso from his launch"

 

http://www.classicyacht.info/modules/yachts/Ninita-TClass-yachts_detail-1587.html

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This has popped up on the CF site , I don't know how they get that , whether its an email or public info.

 

Subject: RCC0401/13 SAR SITREP 2

 

TRANSMISSION: URGENCY

 

 

DATE AND TIME (UTC) 251900 UTC JUN 2013

 

 

 

FROM: RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE NEW ZEALAND

 

 

 

TO: HEADQUARTERS JOINT FORCES NEW ZEALAND, RCCNZ DUTY MANAGER, MNZ MEDIA

 

 

 

INFO: AUMCC, FRIENDS AND FAMILY CONTACTS

 

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SAR SITREP (NUMBER): TWO

 

 

 

(A) IDENTITY OF VESSEL: SV NINA

 

 

 

(B) POSITION: LAST KNOWN POSITION 33 53 S 165 18 E AT 032330 UTC JUN 13

 

 

 

© SITUATION: SV NINA WITH 7 POB DEPARTED OPUA NEW ZEALAND 29 MAY 2013 BOUND FOR NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA. LAST CONTACT WITH VESSEL WAS 032350 UTC JUN 13. AT THAT TIME THEY WERE IN CENTRE OF LOW AND WERE ADVISED BY WEATHER FORECASTER TO HEAD SOUTH AND HEAVE TO UNTIL SWELL ABATED.

 

NO TRANSMISSION FROM SATELLITE PHONE OR SPOT DEVICE ON BOARD SINCE CONTACT ABOVE. SKIPPER DAVID DYCHE BELIEVED TO HAVE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL AT NEWCASTLE 08 JUNE BUT UNREALISTIC GIVEN POSITION ON 04 JUNE SHOWS 250 NM PROGRESS SINCE DEPARTURE FROM OPUA. SV NINA IS A CLASSIC RACING SCHOONER BUT HAS REPORTED POOR PERFORMANCE HEAD TO WIND. CUMMINGS 150 HP ENGINE INSTALLED IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

 

 

 

(D) NUMBER OF PERSONS: SEVEN

 

 

 

(E) ASSISTANCE REQUIRED: RCC AUSTRALIA REQUESTED TO CONTINUE INVESTIGATIONS THROUGH CUSTOMS AND OTHER MEANS AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE.

 

 

(F) CO-ORDINATING RCC: RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE NEW ZEALAND

 

 

 

(G) DESCRIPTION OF VESSEL: 59-FT SCHOONER (70-FT INCLUDING BOWSPRIT) CONSTRUCTED IN 1928 OF WOOD AND USA-REGISTERED. WHITE TOPSIDES, GREEN HULL AND TAN MASTS. SHE HAS ONE 8-PERSON LIFE RAFT, PARACHUTE FLARES, VHF RADIO AND EPIRB.

 

 

 

(J) INITIAL ACTIONS TAKEN: COMMUNICATION SEARCH COMMENCED 14 JUNE AND CONTINUING. AERIAL SEARCH CONDUCTED 25 JUNE BY RNZAF P3 ORION. SEARCH AREA BASED ON POSSIBILITY THAT WEATHER AND SEA CONDITIONS CAUSED SV NINA TO BECOME DISABLED AND ADRIFT AT LAST KNOWN POSITION. 96 PERCENT OF 168 000 SQUARE NM SEARCH AREA COMPLETED. MANY YACHTS LOCATED BUT SV NINA NOT LOCATED. NO VESSELS REPORTED ANY SIGHTINGS OF SV NINA.

 

 

(K) SEARCH AREA: AERIAL SEARCH PLANNED FOR 26 JUNE BY RNZAF P3 ORION BASED ON VESSEL CONTINUING FROM LAST KNOWN POSITION TOWARD INTENDED DESTINATION. SEARCH AREA COVERS 320 000 SQUARE NM IN THE TASMAN SEA BETWEEN NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIAN COAST.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is knot looking good. She is solidly built but knot high sided, I hope she hasn't been swamped. Mind you she and the base crew on her has done a lot of sea miles so they could just be drifting unmasted. Being low wooded she could be hard to see.

 

Fingers crossed they are all OK drifting towards land somewhere. But it's knot good there has been zero contact or electronic transmissions.

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Was just on the news and not looking good

Cheers KM it was that indeed, i remember the limes now

Great old lady owned by a lovely lady, here's hoping

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Should have been stopped from leaving by customs a it was obviously unsafe to go to sea in such an old boat :twisted:

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