Yacht disaster that highlighted sea safety failings

The wreck of the yacht Queequeg in James Bay brought home the failings in St Helena’s ancient marine laws, says the man in charge of reviewing them.  The 40-year-old racing yacht, built by a celebrated Australian designer, was about to be sailed away from the island in late 2011 when its mooring snapped. The crew […]

World-class moorings make world-wide news

A story about the new “world-class” moorings installed below Ladder Hill Fort has been picked up by the yachting press in several countries – including Australia. They were commissioned after the loss of the vintage yacht Queequeg, which broke up on rocks after an earlier set of moorings failed. Project manager Hedge Shuter skippered one […]

St Helena waives the rules to welcome yachties ashore

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Landing fees are to be waived for crews of yachts spending less than three days at St Helena. The move follows a determined push to encourage more visits to the island under sail. In December 2010, the tourism department reported that it had put in new facilities at the landing steps, including a solar-powered shower, […]

Yacht wreck owner gets £200,000 pay-out

The wreck of the classic yacht Queequeg in James Bay in 2011 has resulted in an out-of-court settlement approaching a quarter of a million pounds. The veteran racing yacht broke its mooring and was blown onto rocks at the Needle’s Eye within five minutes while owner Graham Elliot and his two crew were ashore. They […]

GALLERY: The wreck of the Queequeg

Click to see the wrecking of the classic yacht Queequeg at Jamestown, St Helena, on 6 September 2011. All pictures are published by kind permission of Bruce Salt. See report below.