Cowes Lifeboat Station

A Yacht Called Exocet Failed to Reach its Race Target

2nd August 2014

The Exocet arrives in Cowes Harbour.

The Exocet arrives in Cowes Harbour.

The five-strong crew aboard a yacht named Exocet were rendered completely harmless to fellow Cowes Week racers today when they suddenly discovered their rudder had broken off.

As the 21 foot yacht tossed and turned in a heavy swell from Gurnard Bay to off Egypt Point it appeared that at any minute someone could be flung into the sea. But then help arrived in the shape of Cowes RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, and the helpless yacht, based at Warsash, was taken in tow back to Trinity Landing, Cowes.

The stricken yacht begins its tow to Cowes.

The stricken yacht begins its tow to Cowes.

Cowes lifeboat happened to be on its regular safety patrol for the regatta at the time of the incident, which began just before 4 pm.

The cause of all the trouble – a broken rudder.

The cause of all the trouble – a broken rudder.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: RNLI/Cowes.