Yacht loses mast in strong winds
THE crew of a yacht was left stranded off the coast of Woolgoolga this morning after the vessel's mast broke in strong winds.
The skipper alerted authorities around 12.30am and the Coffs Harbour Water Police crew reached the stricken yacht around 2.30am.
"We located the vessel 16 miles north-east of Coffs Harbour and about eight miles east of Woolgoolga," Coffs Harbour Water Police Sergeant Don Stewart said.
"The mast had come right out of the deck in gale force winds, which were blowing about 45 knots this morning.
"The skipper was on a delivery run from down south taking the yacht up to Brisbane when they were struck by trouble.
The 9m vessel, carrying two crew on board, has since been towed into the Coffs Harbour Marina for repair.