29th October 2013
Photo caption: Challenger III, finally free from its grounding – with Yarmouth and Cowes lifeboats in attendance.
In the morning of 29th October the Yarmouth lifeboat, the Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) and Cowes lifeboat, Sheena Louise were called to assist the Tall Ships Youth Trust 72ft yacht, Challenger III. She had run aground on Gurnard Ledge just west of Cowes.
It was imperative than the yacht was re-floated as quickly as possible as there was potential for serious damage if the weather had deteriorated. The smaller Cowes lifeboat was able to approach the yacht more closely than the Yarmouth boat. They took a line to the top of the mast and pulled the yacht over on to her side while the powerful Yarmouth lifeboat established a tow and pulled her off. The whole operation took only half an hour and major damage was averted. No one was injured.
Caption: Challenger III being towed off of Gurnard Ledge by the Yarmouth Lifeboat.
Author: Richard Heming, Yarmouth Lifeboat Press Officer.
Photo Credit 1: George Chastney, Cowes Lifeboat Press Officer
Photo Credit 2: Yarmouth RNLI.