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Belgian youth sail borrowed yacht on the rocks!

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by P46-Curaçao, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. P46-Curaçao

    P46-Curaçao Senior Member

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    Five friends from Belgium have destroyed a yacht of 1.4 million euros due to sail on the rocks in Saint-Tropez. The 18-year-old Lucas had borrowed the boat from his father.

    Het Nieuwsblad reports that the boys themselves from there have come unscathed.

    "It's a clumsy piece of amateurism," Eric Esters find the French coastguard in Saint-Tropez. "The boys hardly knew how to hold a rudder."

    Lucas and his friends, all between 18 and 20 years, "well shaken up," says Pierre-Yves BARASC, director of Sauveteurs de Mer. "On a bruise after they're fine. Actually, it's a miracle. They run too fast in a place where the water barely 60 centimeters deep. Their yacht had a depth of 2.70 meters. After they hit the rocks, they flew through the air. "

    The Coast Guard says that Lucas had permission from his father to go boating. A drone has imaged how the boat is on the rocks.

    http://www.nu.nl/opmerkelijk/432562...aren-geleend-jacht-van-14-miljoen-rotsen.html
  2. Capt J

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    Well any idiot that would give his teenage son permission to use a $1.4 million yacht deserves the outcome.
  3. K1W1

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    I know a few who have given their teenage offspring free rein on much bigger boats than that
  4. Ken Bracewell

    Ken Bracewell Senior Member

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    In fairness, my father gave me the keys at a very early age. But he also taught me how to handle it first.
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  6. Capt J

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    So did mine, I was 13 and had to take the USCG power squadran course first with him, and it was the keys to a 13' Boston Whaler. Not his yacht.
  7. Ken Bracewell

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    I got the Whaler (Donzi in my case) at a much earlier age. In my teens I had access to larger boats. By 15 I was operating a small (45 passenger) cruise ship on my Dad's behalf. I guess my point is, that it wasn't necessarily the kid's age that caused this accident. It was his lack of skills and training.
  8. Capt J

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    I got a 16' donzi after the whaler then an 18'. I agree it was mainly a lack of training. But kids will be kids. Kids will do a lot of stupid stuff with their friends either to show off or because they're fearless. The majority of the time we got away with it. But there's were dozens of times the bow of that Boston Whaler was pointed straight up at the sky in the ICW, I put a 55hp Mariner on it shortly after buying it. LOL