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Captain Rick and Cathy are saddened with the loss of Nightwind. We do want all our friends, guests, fellow sailors and followers of Yacht Nightwind to know about her demise. Nightwind had a long and very exciting sailing here in the Caribbean. She began day sailing in 1977, we purchased her in 2008. She has always been lovingly and very well maintained during her life time.
Nightwind’s last day sail charter (we had no idea at the time of course) was on August 14, 2017 only a couple of days before she was taken into Independent Boatyard for her usual “spa treatment” (maintenance and inspection by the US Coast Guard). During the weeks before Irma, Captain Rick gave his all to making sure she would be ready for our first sail in late October.
Our plans changed in a flash, on September 6, 2017 she was hit by the roof of a steel building next to the boat yard and was thrown on her port side heavily and severely damaging her wooden hull (four very large holes from the jack stands going through the hull) and broke the mast in several places. Unfortunately, she was a total loss for us.
Yacht Nightwind will be missed in the Caribbean waters by all who just knew her, those who have sailed aboard her, her previous owners and by us Rick and Cathy. Her beauty as a custom yacht was unmatched and under sail she was absolutely beautiful and sail she could. Many of you have sailed her too many times to count over the years.
We certainly appreciate all of you for your support of Nightwind Charters. What’s in store for Captain Rick and Cathy remains unknown at this time. Follow us and check us out from time to time and when we know what the future holds we will let you know and hope you will become part of it.
Thanks to everyone once again.
May Nightwind continue to have fair winds and following seas. We were blessed to have been part of her sailings.