23rd August 2015
It’s been called the Formula 1 of small sailing boats, but when one lost its mast in the Solent today it became just a small helpless craft urgently needing assistance from Cowes lifeboat.
The lifeboat took to the waves this evening after being told via Solent Coastguards that an International Moth had suddenly come off its high performance foils when it was dismasted off Gurnard Marsh.
First to assist the lone sailor was a 40 foot catamaran; then the lifeboat took over to return both him and his disabled 11 foot sailing hydrofoil to its base at Gurnard Sailing Club.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer