Cowes Lifeboat Station

Round the Island Entrant Reaches Cowes Under Lifeboat Tow

20th June 2014

A yacht under tow from Cowes RNLI earlier in 2014.

A yacht under tow from Cowes RNLI earlier in 2014.

The drama and uncertainty of the famous Round the Island Race came a day early for one couple, having to summon urgent help when their yacht was in danger of drifting on to rocks.

The 29 foot Spellbound, with an Itchenor, Sussex couple on board, had been on passage from Lymington to Cowes when it suffered engine trouble west of Newtown Estuary. With insufficient wind for the couple to switch to sail, and under-sea rocks getting ever closer, the couple sent out a distress call.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was tasked to go to their aid, and on arrival at the scene found that Spellbound had already been taken in tow by another yacht.

The tow was taken over by the lifeboat which took the yacht to East Cowes Marina, where hopes were high that Spellbound would be fully repaired to take its place in the race line-up off Cowes tomorrow morning.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.