Plymouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers helps with the Transat.

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouths inshore and all weather lifeboats were at sea today, but not in their usual capacity of saving lives. Coxswain Dave Milford and the volunteer crew had been given the honour of acting as the starting line for the prestigious race.

The singlehanded racing yachts, some of which are capable of speeds over 30 knots,got off to a good start and were soon on their way across the Atlantic to New York. 

Single handed yacht racing has been a part of Plymouth since the 1960s. One of the boats in the race today, Pen Duick 2, won the 1964 race. The lifeboat crew gave her bon voyage.

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