Rock causes little damage

A 32-foot fibreglass yacht hit a rock in foggy conditions off Kaikoura on Saturday morning.

Kaikoura Coastguard vice-president Jack Kemp said the skipper of the Cabachon, a man from the Dargaville area on a solo circumnavigation of the country, hit a rock about 500m off the Kaikoura coast in foggy conditions.

The coastguard boat helped the yacht to South Bay where it was refuelled, he said. A coastguard volunteer dived under the yacht to inspect the hull before it sailed out to moor in South Bay.

The boat was not seriously damaged in the incident, Mr Kemp said.

The hull received a scrape and there was minor damage to the rudder.

The skipper was in no rush to continue his journey and decided to rest up until the wind conditions were right.

He would then continue on to Lyttelton.

The rescue continued a steady workload for the Kaikoura Coastguard this summer.

Kaikoura Star