An Ill Wind

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Photo by Carol Vyn

The Wine Down had a bit of a jolt Sunday afternoon when it hit a channel marker off of Bay Island, breaking its mast.

The boat was tacking  in the bay around 5:30 p.m. when a stiff breeze tipped the mast and sail into the marker, a witness said.

The 35-foot sailboat hit Marker 11 and somewhat “wrapped around it,” said the Harbor Patrol’s Newport Beach watch commander, Sgt. Mike Robertson, so getting it loose was  a bit of a challenge. Once freed

, the boat was pulled to a mooring and secured for the night.

Robertson didn’t know the exact wind speed but said it had picked up.

There were no injuries, he said.

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