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Concordia yawl sinks in Nantucket

Oct 1, 2014
A member of the classic Concordia fleet, Winnie of Bourne sank after a collision outside Nantucket Harbor.

A member of the classic Concordia fleet, Winnie of Bourne sank after a collision outside Nantucket Harbor.

Jim Powers/Inquirer/Mirror

The well-known classic Concordia yawl, Winnie of Bourne, sank on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 after a collision with the 46-foot Swan, Dragon. The accident occurred at 1020 just before one of the busiest sailing events of the season, Nantucket Race Week. According to the Coast Guard, the 39-foot Winnie of Bourne received catastrophic damage, including a 2-by-2-foot cracked seam and a two-inch hole in its hull. The yacht sank while attempting to make it back to Nantucket Harbor immediately after the collision. A Coast Guard response boat retrieved four people from the water. All were wearing lifejackets and there were no injuries. 

Skip Willauer

The Coast Guard said that the cause of the collision was under investigation and would not comment as to which vessel was at fault.

Winnie of Bourne was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1952 and had undergone an extensive refit between 1988 and 1996. The boat won first in class at the 2012 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, in Brooklin, Maine.

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