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At 0850 on Sunday 29 August the Coastguard received a distress call from a 35ft yacht Sardilou which had crashed on to the Meadulse Rocks off Inchcolm Island with four people on board.
The RNLI Queensferry lifeboat was at the scene by 0905 to find the yacht, a Westerly Seahawk, stuck fast on the rocks with four people aboard.
The yacht Sardilou had been under sail from Aberdour and approaching Inchcolm Island, in the Firth of Forth, in rough seas when they were hit by a 30-knot gust of wind which drove them hard on to the rocks.
The skipper, fearing that in the rough seas and strong winds the yacht was in danger of capsizing, launched the liferaft.
The volunteer lifeboat crew attached a line and evacuated the four sailors safely on to the lifeboat, landing them back at South Queensferry before returning to the Meadulse Rocks to find the yacht now high and dry on the rocks.
With the yacht secured and having appeared not to have suffered serious damage, the lifeboat returned for the yacht’s skipper and a crew member, taking them back to the Sardilou where they safely got aboard.
On the rising tide the lifeboat crew attached a towline and pulled the yacht well clear of the rocks.
Her skipper was then able to start the engine and under RNLI escort motored to Port Edgar Marina, where the yacht could undergo a full inspection.
Alpha sailed by Glenn Ashby and James Spithill sent the first salvo by port tacking the fleet in the first race. Just a few minutes after the start the C-Class lost one of its most valuable assets when Steve Clark’s Aethon capsized going upwind. During the flip, Clark slid off the windward hull, 14 feet in the air and backsplashed into the precious Cogito wing which dominated the competition for over 10 years before the 2007 I4C, turning it into carbon scraps. http://www.sailinganarchy.com
There was an awful waterspout the other day in Novorossiysk
ICAP Leopard starts Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010
A tantalising start to ICAP Leopard’s attempt on the Round Britain and Ireland record came to an abrupt end less than three hours later when damage to the boom forced them to retire off Beachy Head.