Hi BC Mike. In reply to your question below about QE birthday weekend and a Lotus. I haven't heard of anything directly over the weekend, nor in particular that design of boat.
On the 2nd was the incident that involved the yacht Thyme and the argument over the bolt and anchor
parting company, resulting in the running aground and loss of the vessel off the Taranaki coast. Can't remember off the top of my head
what the vessel was.
Also in June, but I don't know the date, a vessel was lost
after running aground on Norfolk Island. The anchor
warp had frayed and parted company at 3AM. She was a Lidgard design, originaly called Takiri and renamed Bad Omen.
On July 28, a 48ft Ketch
named Sailfish, ran aground on Cape Farewell spit in ruff sea's. She managed to get herself off.
Thats all I know. The weather
over QB was cold and wet with snow down low. But there were no wild storms. A friend crossed Cook straight on the Ferry
on the Friday and Monday and said it was a good sailing.