The Askoy Two is legendary in maritime circles - a once famous, luxury 20 metre steel double-ender ketch Belgium built in 1960. The steel ketch Askoy – once owned by the illustrious Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. The Askoy II was one of the biggest yachts ever built in Belgium, and in the sixties and seventies it was the flagship of the Belgian yachting fleet.  Brel sailed it to the Marquesas Islands. After several owners it was seen in Suva by Lindsay Wright who decided to buy it. After an eight-month battle to establish her identity, locate her owners, invalidate a US federal marshall’s arrest warrant for drug smuggling and persuade the Fijian Marine Department to sell her. He single handed sailed the Askoy 11 from Fiji and after he cleared customs at Opua, he set out to rejoin his family at Port Taranaki. On his way from the Bay of Islands to New Plymouth he battled  80 knot winds in a storm that washed the Askoy up onto the Northland beach, buried her eight metres under the sand.

After salvage t
he wreckage of the two-mast was transported from New Zealand to Belgium through the organisation "Save Askoy II".

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