Sailing dinghies in trouble

Boats launched : D-Class & Atlantic 85 diverted

Date : Saturday 9 August

Launched at : 12:08

Returned : 15:00 & 16:05

Weather : Fine but with a SSW F5 wind and ebbing tide.

In the first of 4 incidents, crew at the lifeboat station saw a dinghy sailing over the Winner Bank which then went about about and took down its mainsail. Its crew started waving for help. The D-class lifeboat was launched and went to the dinghy who requested a tow back to Itchenor, so a tow was established but Chichester Harbour Patrol vessel was contacted and the tow passed to them near the Rookwood Buoy.

On their way back to the station the D-Class was sent to two further dinghies that were on the Wittering side of the Winner Bank and had already capsized several times.  They were being carried out on the strong ebb tide towards the rougher seas over the East Pole Sands. As one of the dinghies crew had been in the water for some time, the Atlantic 85, returning from an event at Emsworth, was diverted to assist. The D-Class reached the first of the dinghies and assisted in righting the boat, then with the assistance of the Atlantic crew they righted the other dinghy. Both helms had been in the water and were cold and tired so they were taken into the Atlantic and wrapped up to keep warm whilst the D-Class took the two dinghies in tow. Both casualties and their dinghies were landed at Itchenor Sailing Club and handed over to club personnel.

Before reaching the station however the Atlantic 85 was tasked to go and search for a catamaran which had capsized in Hayling Bay and was not being righted. After a short delay in finding the casualty the lifeboat crew identified a small catamaran, now upright and sailing, who confirmed that he had capsized and had taken a while to right it. He was escorted into Langstone Harbour and helped ashore.

Finally both lifeboats were back at the station and had been made ready for their next incident!



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 Tuesday, 22 September 2020
High Tide: 03:21 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 08:46 ( 0.80m )
High Tide: 15:49 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 21:09 ( 1.00m )
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