Spain: Dutch yacht ruined surfing on Formentera
FORMENTERA _ Spain has accused a 50-m, 7-crew Dutch luxury sailing yacht of disrupting internet traffic to and from Spain’s Balearic island of Formentera by wrecking a communications cable in an anchor-raising maneuver.
The yacht’s owner, real estate tycoon Niek Sandmann, denies any wrongdoing. In mid-June he told Quote Magazine _ a Dutch bible for the well-off _ that when his yacht’s anchor got stuck, a diver set it free. Sandmann put the issue in the hands of his insurance company and wondered why anyone would lay a fiberglass cable in a bay where every week hundreds of boats anchor.
While phone service was quickly restored, internet users were without service much longer. Nav charts show a fiberglass cable in the bay.
The Royal Huisman-built Dwinger is a 50m sailing yacht with an aluminum hull and a 63m freestanding mast that supports 2 sails on an aerorig _ an advanced sailing system that offers a smooth ride and significantly less heeling than a traditional yachts.