Sailing vessel in trouble.

Boat Launched : D-Class

date: Saturday 25 July

Launched at : 11:40

returned at : 13:30

Weather : Fine with a WNW F4 wind.

A large 13m motor sailing yacht ‘Shimmer’ lost engine power due to overheating and then had difficulty taking its sails down. The D-Class lifeboat was launched and found the casualty 2.5km to the south-east of W Pole mark. It was sailing towards the shore so a crewman went on board and set up a tow, which enabled the lifeboat to pull the boat into the wind and the crewman took the sails down. The vessel weighed 17 tons but the  lifeboat towed her into the harbour and then to Sparkes Marina. Unfortunately there was no room for the large vessel and so the lifeboat had to turn ‘Shimmer’ round and go out into the harbour and wait.  After 40 mins of hard work to hold the boat in place, space had become available and so the casualty could be moored. Investigation showed that all the coolant had leaked from the engine and hence it had overheated.


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) onThursday, 04 March 2021
High Tide:02:46 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide:08:11 ( 0.80m )
High Tide:15:05 ( 4.60m )
Low Tide:20:35 ( 0.90m )
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