Holidaymakers try to rescue yacht that ran aground at Stanwell Park

Illawarra Mercury. By Bree Fuller:

It was the maiden voyage that dreams were supposed to be made of, but Melbourne skipper Damien Smith got more than he bargained for when his new yacht, All That Jazz, lived up to its name.

Less than 24 hours after setting sail from Sydney, the 30-year-old found himself stranded on Stanwell Park Beach with his stricken vessel, drawing the attention of crowds as he tried to manoeuvre the small yacht back into the water.

He had run aground on the northern Illawarra beach at 4am on Sunday morning, following some difficulties with his sail and outboard motor.

It was far from how Mr Smith envisaged his first foray into sailing, after snapping up the $7000 vessel for a bargain $2550 on eBay.

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