Spitfire Catamaran rescued.

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Sptifire cat being towed in

Date : Sunday 3 February

Launched at : 12:00

Returned at : 12:45

Weather : Cold but dry with a WSW F6 wind

The crew of the Atlantic 85 had just completed a training exercise and were on shore when Solent Coastguard telephoned the station to request a launch to an up turned small racing catamaran in the entrance to Chichester Harbour.
Hayling Island Sailing Club were training with Spitfire Cats in Hayling Bay. One capsized and the crew were unable to right the boat and they became ill so one of the club rescue boats took them ashore.
The lifeboat was launched to the abandoned catamaran where they were joined by a club rescue boat with 2 experienced sailors. By this time the mast had hit the bottom and broken so after a number of failed attempts at righting the cat one of the lifeboat crew entered the water with a pair of bolt croppers to cut away the mast and rigging. The mast and rigging was dragged onto the lifeboat while the sailors and club rescue boat righted the catamaran and towed it back to Hayling Island Sailing Club. The lifeboat returned the rig to the Sailing Club and then returned to the lifeboat station to be made ready for further service.



Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Thursday, 21 January 2021
High Tide: 05:00 ( 4.10m )
Low Tide: 10:32 ( 2.00m )
High Tide: 17:20 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 23:01 ( 2.00m )
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