112 year old yacht rescued off The Needles by Yarmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

In yesterday evening's shout, the Yarmouth lifeboat was launched at 8:24pm to go to the aid of the prestigious classic sailing yacht 'Iolaire', which was in difficulty off The Needles.

The 112 year old classic yacht 'Iolaire' under tow by Yarmouth RNLI.


The 112 year old classic yacht 'Iolaire' under tow by Yarmouth RNLI.

The lifeboat located Iolaire and her two person crew, one nautical mile south west of The Needles lighthouse, suffering from machinery failure and a lack of wind to sail to safety.

An RNLI crew member was transferred aboard, a tow line was passed and the tow back to Yarmouth commenced, with the lifeboat returning to station by 9.45pm.

The Iolaire, is a unique 16m Yawl built in England by the Harris Bros in 1905, she raced successfully in many regattas in her heyday, including Cowes Week and the Fastnet.

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