The 70′ schooner Nina and her crew of seven have been reported missing. They sailed on May 29, from Opua in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand bound for Newcastle, Australia. They were last hear from on June 4th, 370 nautical miles west of New Zealand. David Dyche is reported to be the captain of the yacht. Two other American men and three American women are aboard, aged between 17 and 73 as well as a British man, aged 35.
“Our records show that conditions at the last known position for the vessel… were very rough, with winds of 80km/h (50 mph), gusting to 110km/h (70 mph), and swells of eight metres (26 ft),” said Kevin Banaghan, rescue mission co-ordinator for the New Zealand maritime authorities.
There have been no distress calls from the schooner.Nor has the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Beacon) been activated. New Zealand Air Force search planes have been dispatched to look for the missing schooner but thus far have found nothing.
The Nina was built in 1928 as a staysail schooner. She was designed by Starling Burgess for Paul Hammond and was built by Ruben Bigelow on Monument Beach, Cape Cod, Mass. The schooner quickly earned renown as a racer. Niña first became famous in the 1928 race from New York to Santander, Spain, which she won in 24 days. She was the first American yacht to win the Fastnet race and went on have a successful career in yacht racing under several owners. She has been owned by David Dyche since 1988. Accordin gto a post in sailblogs.com by Rosemary A. Dyche, in September, 2008 “Capt. Dyche, wife Rosemary, son David set off on their dream to circumnavigate.”
Thanks to Niall Sinclair and Phil Leon for contributing to this post.