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Stranded Yacht Resists Removal Efforts in Edgartown

All kinds of things come ashore on the Vineyard's southern beaches, most recently a sailing yacht abandoned at sea a month ago off Charleston, S.C. The challenge now is to get it off the sand.

A tow boat with a crew of two worked for an hour Sunday trying to pull the stranded ketch Running Free from the sands of Norton Point Beach in Edgartown.
A tow boat with a crew of two worked for an hour Sunday trying to pull the stranded ketch Running Free from the sands of Norton Point Beach in Edgartown.


Updated: Patch's original post contained errors about the yacht's owner and earlier history. Click here for a detailed report from the Vineyard Gazette.

The Running Free was stubbornly stuck in Edgartown Sunday as a salvage crew attempted to pull the sailboat off the sands of Norton Point Beach.

Again and again, the tow boat's powerful twin 280-horsepower engines revved hard and the tow line tightened; but the Running Free never budged, its keel firmly buried in the sand even at high tide.

The ketch came ashore in Edgartown Friday night, according to a report in the Vineyard Gazette. Hard aground with scraps of jib fluttering from the masthead forestay, the yacht still appears seaworthy.

The salvage crew will have more and better opportunities to tackle the job in the days to come, as a waxing moon brings progressively higher flood tides through perigee July 21.

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Aron Levy July 07, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I claim it as mine!
Gina July 08, 2013 at 03:27 PM
It has certainly lived up to its name...
Roland Falkenstein July 08, 2013 at 04:22 PM
WRONG "RUNNING FREE" The Birdies who own Running Free that enjoyed the 4 years cruise are doing fine back home in Minnesota with "Running Free", as you say-they chronicled their journey in that blog, are safe and sound back there! PLEASE GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT! I will forward this to them!
Louisa Hufstader July 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Wow, what are the chances that two boats with the same name are ketches? Thank you for the correction, I'll update the text in the article.

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