Over she goes...again

Steve Clarke has capsized his five-metre catamaran in the estuary at Hinahina this afternoon, for the second time in less than four months.

The Catlins Cafe owner was sailing alone when a wind gust caught the boat and tipped it over.

He swam the 20-50 metres to shore in a "little bit of chop", but the water temperature was not a problem as he was wearing a wetsuit and life jacket, he said.

He planned to retrieve the boat using a jet ski at low tide. Mr Clarke, of Owaka, was in good spirits after his unexpected dip and determined to get back on the water as soon as possible, he said.

"It was fine...no worries at all."

A sailor for 30 years, Mr Clarke has owned the catamaran for about six months, and the hardest part was getting the craft upright again - a skill he had been practicing in the shallow water, he said. 

Senior Constable Murray Hewitson, of Owaka, said he was notified about the incident and understood Mr Clarke was retrieving the boat himself. 


The Southland Times