So Much Excitement!
Ok, folks… All we know right now is what we read in the Portsmouth UK newspaper The News.
It seems that one Mr. Andy Scott, a millionaire “property speculator” (already I don’t like the guy), had a refit done on his sailing yacht at a boatworks in Trinidad, but was dissatisfied with the quality of workmanship. Instead of contesting it in court – perhaps posting a bond or something – he and his compatriots (conspirators?) snuck into the marina and made off with the vessel in the middle of the night.
One little detail – he “forgot” to pay the 26,000 pounds owing to the boatworks.
He made the mistake of stopping in Barbados for a gin and tonic – and our Coast Guard ‘stormed’ the sailing vessel Whitbread and arrested happless Captain Andy. We have conflicting stories coming in as to whether it happened at sea or at anchor. We don’t even know exactly when it happened.
All we know is that some foreigner thought “To hell with the rule of law. To hell with the Trinidad courts – I’ll show them” and made off in like a thief in the night.
Stupse Captain Andy could be right – the chaps at the Trini boatyard could have overcharged him and done bad work. He could be in the right here.
… But now that he did what he did, it doesn’t matter. He disrespected the sovereignty and laws of Trinidad & Tobago.
From The News Portsmouth…
Night raid as tycoon claims back his boat
A MILLIONAIRE sneaked into a pontoon late at night to seize back his yacht after boatyard owners refused to hand it over.
Under cover of darkness businessman Andy Scott and friends untied the Whitbread and sailed off into the night. The dramatic night-time raid followed a row with boatyard owners in Trinidad, which he claims bodged repair work to his yacht.
Mr Scott, from Old Portsmouth, forked out £48,431 for a refit, but the yard then asked for a further £26,233 which he refused to pay.
The boatyard said if he didn’t pay he wouldn’t get his boat back. After making off in his yacht he was stopped by gun-wielding coastguards who raided his boat.
He said: ‘In the dead of night and feeling like a criminal or spy – despite being the boat’s owner – eight friends and myself left the yard on the yacht and headed to Barbados.
‘When I got there I contacted my lawyer and asked him to get in touch with the yard to let them know I wasn’t making a break for it, but I needed the yacht for a charter.
‘In the meantime they had already been in contact with the authorities. ‘A night after getting there the yacht was stormed by big, burly coastguards with guns, and issued me with a writ, arrested me and impounded the boat for non-payment of the final invoice – which was quite an interesting time.’
… read the rest of this article (link here)
Here is the millionaire’s website: Ascott Group Of Companies