Hit & Run: Beneteau strikes MOD70

Yesterday we saw the 38 foot sailing vessel ‘Halcyon Daze’ strike the docked MOD70 trimaran ‘Virbac-Paprec’ in Morris Canal, causing damage to the carbon fiber hull.


The captain tried to make a run for it without reporting the incident so we motored up to him to see what he had to say.

While his crew was attempting to remove the MOD70 paint evidence from their starboard hull and railing, the captain unfurled the main sail ignoring all verbal requests to return and report the damage.


An NYPD boat quickly joined the 4-knot”chase” down the Hudson, ordering ‘Halcyon Daze’ to stop. The captain tried his best to ignore the NYPD’s sirens, lights, and hailer, but after a few minutes, ‘Halcyon Daze’ was forced to return to port and face the damage.


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  1. Adam May 28, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    I know the captain , great sailor. What I can see some idiots making up stories about a scratch! Don’t you people have no serious subjects?

  2. Greg May 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    I saw the 38-ft boat recklessly SAILING up and down the narrow and congested Morris Canal without any regard for safety. A number of us were frankly quite amazed to see that, given that it was Memorial Day weekend and the canal was experiencing heavy traffic. Then, for the boat to try to squeeze through a narrow opening – under sail no less – behind a ferry docking without any consideration for the ferry’s prop wash was simply amazing to watch! I was glad to watch the NYPD escorting him back into Liberty Landing Marina where he would be (hopefully) forced to take responsibility for his actions.

    Another sad example of a sailboater giving us sailors a bad reputation by showing a complete disregard for the ColRegs and simply asserting what they blindly think is “their right” as a sailboat.

  3. Matthew O'Hara May 29, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    There is no way he can deny responsibility for striking the MOD70. As a captain of your vessel you are responsible for the safety of it, and he put the boat into the situation where the prop wash pushed the boat into the trimaran. Good job NYPD.