Yacht suffers a broken rudder

Boat Launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Saturday 18 May

Launched at : 14:47

Returned at : 16:13

Weather : Calm and fine with a F4 SW wind

A 39ft Swan sailing yacht on passage from Bosham Quay reached a position 2nm south west of West Pole Beacon when its rudder broke and jammed hard to starboard. The crew of 5 men and a women contacted Solent Coastguard who asked us to assist and so the Atlantic 85 was launched. Once at the yacht the crew confirmed the jammed rudder and an alongside tow was set up since the boat would be impossible to tow in a  straight line  with a normal bridle tow. In fact the Altantic 85 had a job making a straight course for the harbour and employed one engine in forward drive and the other in reverse to counteract the turning motion of the yacht.They made it however and safely towed the yacht and crew into Sparkes Marina where it was met by the Coastguards, and the Atlantic then returned to the lifeboat station.


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 Saturday, 23 January 2021
Low Tide: 00:19 ( 2.10m )
High Tide: 07:04 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 13:26 ( 2.10m )
High Tide: 19:43 ( 3.80m )
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