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Solo yachtsman from Cornwall is ‘safe and well’

Solo yachtsman from Cornwall is ‘safe and well’

Published by Helen Down at 3:34pm 11th January 2019. (Updated at 12:04pm 12th January 2019)

Robin Davie, who was overdue on a 300 mile journey from France to Falmouth, is understood to be safe and well.

Golden Globe organisers said the 67-year-old experienced sailor set out on Saturday 5th January on 36ft yacht C'est La VIE.

According to them, Mr Davie told his brother to expect him back last Tuesday but nothing had been heard from him.

Earlier this week, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued an ‘All Ships Alert’ to try to find the skipper.

They have since confirmed he heard the emergency broadcasts and has been in contact.

Robin Davie yacht
Cornish yachtsman Robin Davie has reportedly made contact with Coastguards amid concerns for his safety: PPL Ltd

Davie had entered the 2018 Golden Globe Race but ran out of time to complete his preparations and was returning home to Cornwall, intending to compete in the next GGR solo round the world race in 2022.

The MCA has confirmed that Mr Davie made contact with Coastguards to say he was 25 miles south-west of Scilly.

The 67-year-old is reportedly due into Falmouth on Saturday afternoon.

“We were concerned for the skipper’s safety and so we’re really pleased that he has been in contact to tell us that he is safe and well.


”Being able to broadcast continuously can pay dividends and in this case it really helped us to locate him.


“We had worked out that the sailor could be somewhere around the Isles of Scilly by considering the weather conditions and what passage he would have been likely to take.


“It really was a case of putting ourselves in the skipper’s shoes”.


Dai Jones, Controller for HM Coastguard

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