It was a beautiful, sunny day in October 1988, when Urte, a 5,000-ton interisland freighter, approached the dock in the harbor at Rarotonga's Avatiu. The harbormaster assured us that this was a routine stop and there would be no need for_ Cloud Nine_, and two other sailboats moored stern to the quay, to leave port. However, Urte didn't stop at the commercial dock and kept coming toward Cloud Nine. Her bulbous bow went under both our anchor rodes, hitting our port bow forward of the mast and pushing us almost parallel to the dock and down on the other two boats like a row of falling dominoes. I believe her housed anchor caught our shroud, snapping our nine-sixteenths-inch wishbone backstay (between the insulators!) and our starboard upper shroud. The mast folded just below the lower spreader and collapsed over the foredeck of Urte. Luckily, it was low tide, and I think Urte was aground before making contact but hadn't fully stopped. Had she moved forward another six feet, Cloud Nine would've been crushed like an egg against the quay, but we still had significant damage to our port side from the impact of the collision.