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Legendary yacht recovered by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.37pm this afternoon (Friday) the volunteer crew of the Yarmouth lifeboat station was called out to the renowned sailing vessel, Great Britain II, which requested assistance after suffering engine failure.

Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat

RNLI/Claire Hallett

Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat

The 77 foot yacht, with a crew of 10 on board, was quickly located off Newtown by the RNLI’s Yarmouth lifeboat and towed to the safety of an outer mooring off Yarmouth Harbour.

Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 and is the only yacht to have ever competed in five consecutive Whitbread Round the World Races.

RNLI media contacts

  • Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398

  • Richard Heming, Yarmouth RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer 07810 371233

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 or Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 / 07866 668825 /

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat

RNLI/Claire Hallett

Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat
Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat

RNLI/Claire Hallett

Yacht Great Britain II under tow by the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat

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