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Dart RNLI assists large yacht at entrance to Dartmouth harbour

Lifeboats News Release

A 63 tonne 75ft yacht had just lowered her sails in failing light when she lost her steering on Friday (1 Feb)

Yacht under way approaching Dartmouth Castle

RNLI/lifeboat crew

Yacht back under way with jury steering rig

She was approaching the Castle Ledge buoy in the narrow entrance to the harbour. She immediately called the Coastguard in Falmouth who tasked the Dart RNLI B class lifeboat and the Torbay all weather lifeboat to assist. The five yachtsmen onboard were able to set up a jury rig and regained their ability to steer shortly after the Dart lifeboat reached them. The RNLI volunteers then escorted her to the town pontoon. The yacht had been on a shake down passage from Lymington.

Yacht cockpit showing the emergency steering rig

RNLI/Dr John Fenton

Yacht cockpit showing the emergency steering rig
Yacht with jury steering rig about to berth in Dartmouth

RNLI/David Bown

Yacht with jury steering rig about to berth in Dartmouth

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