Coffee table rudder saves Aussie sailors

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The National, Friday July 20th, 2012

A DARWIN sailor who used a coffee table as a rudder said the Territory style bush mechanics helped stop them drifting to Papua New Guinea.
Boat builder Warren Clancy was sailing his catamaran Nebula with mate Brendan Daly from Weipa near the top of the Cape York Peninsula across the Gulf bound for Nhulunbuy.
But in 3.5m waves and 30 knot winds the rudders on the 13.7m catamaran broke at about 3am on Monday leaving them drifting half way across the Gulf.
Clancy and Daly had set off in the catamaran Nebula from Mackay in Queensland. –
Warren’s brother Chad Clancy told NT News the pair had set off the EPIRB at 8.10am Monday after they had problems in rough seas. –