The Bella Vita spent a few days at tall ships Quay, before sailing for Lunenburg Saturday Morning. At 255′ in length, she is the largest purpose built yacht to call in Halifax. The largest yacht to Call in Halifax was the Lone Ranger, which then belonged to a google co-founder, and converted from a ocean going tug.
JTFA just tweeted that 8 people were rescued from a sailboat early this morning off Lunenburg.
A quick check of marinetraffic.com appears to show the vessel Esprit De Corps IV aground off cross island. it stopped broadcasting AIS just after 6am this morning.
Esprit De Corps IV is the former Amver Sport 1, the VOR60 yacht that was owned by Derek Hatfield, as Spirit of Adventure. Hatfield died in 2016. the yacht was a frequent participant in the Route Halifax Saint Pierre and Marblehead races.
I have sent a message to Atlas Ocean racing for confirmation. – Updates to Follow.
UPDATE May 24: Atlas Ocean Racing released a statement on Facebook yesterday:
At 4am AST on the 22nd of May, whilst returning from a season of racing in the Caribbean, SV Esprit de Corps IV was shipwrecked on Cross Island, NS.
20nm before Lunenburg, NS, her final port of destination, and under a very reduced set of sails, gale force winds complicated the manoeuvre of dousing the sails before entering the chanel leading to Lunenburg. The strong gusts and a loss of the ability to use the propeler led the boat to drift towards Cross Island where she ran aground. The crew prompted a PAN PAN to get the boat towed but later a water breech made the situation to upgrade to MAYDAY.
Maxime Grimard, skipper of the delivery of Esprit de Corps IV, acted in accordance with his safety in offshore sailing certifications and with the team’s safety procedures by protecting the crew first and foremost.
The 8 crew members of the sailboat wish to thank the Canadian Coast Guard and the crew of MV Salvage Monarch for their exemplary assistance in evacuating the crew. All members of the crew returned to land safe and sound.
After the crew, the team’s next priority became the recuperation of the vessel for environmental reasons and in order to salvage any equipment left. The team has set a protocol in motion to handle the recovery of any wasteful debris, in collaboration with Environmental Response of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Atlas Ocean Racing, Maxime Grimard, and Gilles Barbot (owner and official skipper of the boat), the insurance company and local experts, are actively seeking the most cost-efficient and practical solutions to recover what’s left of the boat as soon as possible.
We will keep you informed of the next steps in the recovery of the shipwreck. The goal is to return the boat ashore for inspection and evaluation of damage and potential repairs.
Thanks for your support,
Atlas Ocean Racing Team
They also posted that the yacht had been looted since it went aground, and before they could return to remove fuel.
The Futuristic Bridget Bardot Arrived in Halifax Friday Morning. The vessel is owned by the Sea Shepard Conservation society. I covered a brief history of the vessel, and Sea Shepard in this Herald Column.
Originally named Cable and Wireless Adventurer she was built for the purpose of circumnavigating the world in less than 80 days. This was successfully accomplished in July 1998 in 74 days, 20 hours, 58 minutes. Sea Shepard acquired the vessel in 2010. The 114′ long trimaran is powered by two 500hp engines, and has a top speed of 50km/h.
The British sailing yacht Ngoni was towed in by Captain Jim last night, and tied up at Purdy’s Wharf.From AIS Tracks, she was left Rhode Island, and apparently had an issue of Liscomb NS. She made her way to Halifax, and was towed into the harbour.
the name is from a lute like string instrument originating in West Africa
When I went by her today, someone was working on the radar.
(Above) The 140.75ft Custom sail yacht ‘Koo’ was built by Vitters in Netherlands and was delivered to her owner in 2002 as Vent D’est . She was last refitted in 2016. Registered in London England, She sleeps 8 and carries a crew of 6.
(Below) The 150.92ft Custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Mary A’ was built by Feadship in Netherlands in 2001 as Northern Light, and was last refit in 2010. she sleeps 12, and carries a crew of 9.
(Above) Cayman Islands registered Nimbus left Palm Beach Florida in May, And headed up to halifax. Since then she has done a couple of trips to Burgeo and Grey River Newfoundland.
NIMBUS is 30m in Length, built in Netherlands by Moonen and delivered in 2011. Her top speed is 13.0kn and she boasts a maximum cruising range of 4500.0nm at 9.0kn with power coming from two 600hp Caterpillarengines. She can accommodate up to 8 people with a crew of 3.
She was designed by Rene Van Der Velden with Diana Yacht Design developing the naval architecture, and the interior design was created by Art-Line.
Time For Us sailed this morning bound for Annapolis Maryland. She spent the Spring in Bermuda, then sailed to Charlottetown, arriving in Halifax July 16th.
The 122.05ft /37.2m yacht was built in 1997 by Delta Marine and last refitted in 2013. This vessel’s design and engineering are the work of Delta Design Group. Previously named Phaedra her interior was designed by Claudette Bonville. She will sleep 8 in 4 cabins with a crew of 5.
She is available for charter – 1 week Starts at $70,000 + expenses.
Days Like this is White, and the epitome of Bland Luxury.
Destination Fox Harb’r was owned by Tim horton’s co founder Ron Joyce.
Dardanella has the lines of a trawler, and a crows nest, and isnt all white. A worthy Yacht for the #8 position.
Amazon is a 102-foot (31 m) long screw schooner ex-steam yacht built in 1885 at the private Arrow Yard of Tankerville Chamberlayne in Southampton
6. Amer Sport 1/Spirit of Adventure/Esprit de Corps IV VOR60 Derek Hadfield’s yacht, the boat ran the Volvo Ocean race as AMER Sport 1, becoming Spirit of Adventure under Hadfiled’s ownership. She now sails as Esprit de Corps IV out of Quebec
Bread is reportedly owned by a Toronto bakery millionaire. Its facing a bit of an identity crisis with a sailing hull, and steamboat upper decks.
Khalilah was built by Palmer Johnson Yachts, and stopped into Halifax on her delivery trip to Florida. she reportedly belongs to a Russian millionaire
Lots of yachts put into Halifax over the summer. very few are special enough to warrant posting about. the 180.45ft custom Sail yacht ‘Kamaxitha’ is one worth mentioning. She was built by Royal Huisman in Netherlands, and was delivered to her owner in 2012.
The Cayman Island Flagged Kamaxitha offers accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms 1 owner cabin, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins and 1 pullman bed. She arrived yesterday from Palm Beach.
Other yachts that have visited Halifax, and warrant a mention Include Pangea – owned by explorer Mike Horne (2nd Visit), Khalilah on her delivery trip purported to be destined for a Russian millionaire, Bread – Owned by a Ontario Baker, and Amazon (See #10)