ARC yachts in dramatic rescue
One of the advantages of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is the ARC Communications
Net - and once again this proved invaluable when one of the competitors, the British
Beneteau 47.7 Jus'Do It, picked up a mayday on 29 November.
The mayday came over the VHF from French yacht Sagitair, which was reporting
rudder problems. Jus'Do It contacted ARC control in Cowes and a fleet-wide
request for assistance was sent out over the radio net. ARC yacht Spirit of
Clyde was nearest to the stricken French yacht and was the first arriving
in the nick of time.
The Frenchman was taken off Sagitair onto the Spirit of Clyde, which
although was a smaller yacht on the scene but had fewer crew and so was better
able to accommodate the unexpected guest.
It seems that Sagitair had just the one person on board and all involved
in the rescue are reported well. The distressed yacht has been abandoned and is
expected to sink within the next few hours. Falmouth MRCC have issued a warning
to shipping in the area, while the Spirit of Clyde, complete with a new
crew member, are continuing towards St Lucia in the Caribbean.
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