Capsized Anna Salvaged and Seen in Niue

s/v Anna salvaged and stored inverted on the top of the monthly supply ship to Niue
s/v Anna stored inverted on monthly supply ship to Niue

Nearly a month ago we shared the surprising story of a 57′ catamaran called “Anna” that had reportedly capsized off Niue on the way to Tonga. It was surprising because cruising catamarans almost never capsize – usually only light-weight racing cats have that happen. The crew were rescued quickly (thanks to their GPS-enabled emergency beacon and the quick response of the NZ coast guard). The skipper said they were surprised in a sudden squall with over 60 knot winds and too much sail up. It turns out the boat was a custom design and quite light-weight considering the size of the boat.

On Sunday, we noticed an upside down catamaran on the back of the monthly supply ship to Niue. I immediately guessed it might be Anna and confirmed it with our binoculars. The supply ship was over half a day late, so we guess they had discovered the still-floating Anna and salvaged it. We heard on the island that the ship asked if anyone wanted Anna on Niue. Of course, they said “no” because there’s no place to have it repaired or stored on Niue. So, we guess they’ll take it to another island or return with it to New Zealand. There was some significant structural damage to the port stern area (possibly done while lifting it onto the ship at sea).

We also heard the crew of Anna were having trouble getting insurance to pay for the loss. Apparently their policy required a crew of 3 when on blue water cruises. Not that it would have made any difference in this case.

For those of you wondering, a capsize is extremely unlikely in Tahina’s future. Anna had a narrower beam to length ratio, and actually weighed less than Tahina (even though it was 7 feet longer!). Our rigging is much more likely to give way before the boat would turn over due to the enormous force that would be required to lift us over. But, we hope we would be likely to reduce our sails or manage to bear off quickly enough to reduce the possibility in squally conditions.

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3 Responses to Capsized Anna Salvaged and Seen in Niue

  1. Frank Taylor says:

    Kristina from s/v Songline sent me an E-mail with further details about s/v Anna:
    I thought I’d add to the discussion on ‘Anna’ the capsized catamaran. I’d heard many different stories/opinions about it from many different cruisers so I went and spoke to one of the salvage team about what they knew, and thought you’d be interested.
    The boat was found by SY Mary Powell on a reef on the east coast of Tonga and they called in a couple of locals including Riki from Neiafu to do the salvage. I spoke with Riki from Riki’s Dive shop under the Aquarium Café.
    Apparently when the freighter rescued the crew from the vessel the stern of Anna was being bashed against the freighter causing the damage you saw. One of the crew had a near miss with his legs as he scurried up the ladder on the side of the freighter and the stern missed his legs by inches. The crew insist they weren’t flying a spinnaker but the salvage crew say it was attached to the rigging – though it may have unfurled itself from the deck. We inspected Anna in the harbour here before it was loaded onto the freighter you saw in Niue and it looked like it was very lightly built. Apparently the insurance company have said they will not being paying anything to the salvagers as they are not interested in the vessel now so as one of the salvagers owns a share in the freighter they put it on board to see what they could do with the hull in NZ.

  2. Glen (Kiwi Crewman on Anna) says:

    Hi Guys
    So sad to see our lovely boat like this.
    I have heard the stories from misinformed people that our spinnaker was attached to the rigging this is rubbish I was on Anna for a year and the spinnaker in all this time never came out off its locker.
    Regards Glen…
    (Kiwi crewman on Anna)

  3. hydelotter says:

    I am sorry for the vessels owner and crew.
    I am interested in buying the hull of the boat, if anyone has any info on its whereabouts, please let me know or pass my name and number on to them.
    Thank you.
    Hyde Lotter or tel in Australia 61 (0)428791175

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