Builders of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower have agreed to pay £200,000 for damage caused to a motor yacht

Builders of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower have agreed to pay £200,000 for damage caused to a motor yacht moored at Gunwharf Quays. Brave Challenger, owned by Wensley Haydon-Baillie, was struck by falling gravel while the tower was being built.

Mr Haydon-Baillie tried to sue Portsmouth City Council, but the matter has now been resolved after the tower’s builders, Mowlem, agreed the out-of-court settlement. Brave Challenger is powered by 3 Rolls Royce Proteus gas turbines and has a top speed of more than 60 knots.

She was built by Vospers in 1960 for shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, and her design was based on that of the Royal Navy’s Brave class fast patrol boats.