Australian yacht designer murdered in Benguet

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 17 2012 09:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2012 07:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - An 81-year-old Australian renown for his winning boat designs in the world-famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been murdered at his mountain home in the Philippines, police said Wednesday.

A Filipino employee discovered Joseph Adams' body in his home in Itogon, outside the the mountain city of Baguio on Monday, a police report said.

He had been attacked by an unknown knife-wielding attacker, it said.

The motive of the attack was not known and no arrests have been made, police said, adding the incident was under investigation.

The Australian embassy in Manila told AFP its consular officers were working with Filipino police on the case.

Neither the Filipino police nor the embassy would say how long Adams had been in the Philippines.

Adams was known for designing swift yachts including the Helsal, which took line honours at the record-breaking 1973 Sydney to Hobart race.