Mel Bolton had been battling the council for years for compensation after his yacht, Classique, was dragged on its mooring into the Auckland Harbour Bridge piles at Shoal Bay during a storm in June 2014. A year after his death following a car accident, his wife has had a win, NZ Herald reports. In May, almost eight years after the storm and just weeks before a case trial was due to start, a financial settlement was reached and a notice of discontinuance was filed in the High Court.