A deckhand who enjoyed a drunken sex romp with her skipper while sailing a luxury superyacht from Brisbane to the Gold Coast admits she "did the wrong thing".
However, 26-year-old Cheya Handley pleaded
not guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court to risking the safety of
people on board when she was sailing the 80-foot (25-metre) Crystal Blue
on March 3 last year.
boat's skipper, 46-year-old Jeremy Piggott, has previously pleaded
guilty and was fined $4000 for recklessly contravening his duty to
The pair were returning the boat after a charter trip and began drinking before having sex.
I did the wrong thing, drinking on the job. I should have known better,
I screwed up big-time," Handley admitted in an interview with a
maritime safety inspector played to the court.
"We were chatting, laying down, looking at the stars and then got it on."
court heard the skipper repositioned one of the yacht's CCTV cameras a
number of times throughout the night, so it wouldn't capture him having
sex with the stewardess.
While they were "getting it on," the Crystal Blue hit a channel marker at Long Island around 11.20 pm. Further south at Steiglitz, the vessel struck a moored yacht.
And with that my friends, we award them bonehead move of the month! And it's only the 3rd of the month!