An experienced sailor who had not been heard from after six days at sea has told the Coastguard he is “safe and well”.
Robin Davie, 67, was expected back at his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall on Tuesday having set off on a 300-mile journey from Les Sables d’Olonne in western France last Saturday.
On Wednesday morning, he was reported ‘overdue’ to the UK Maritime Coastguard Falmouth and an ‘All Ships Alert’ issued for his yacht, C’es la Vie.
However, earlier this morning the Coastguard said: “The skipper of the yacht ‘C’est la Vie’ has just reported that he has heard the broadcast action being made by HM Coastguard and that he is safe and well 25 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.”
C’est La Vie is now due to arrive into Falmouth on Sunday afternoon.
Robin served in the British Merchant Navy for 20 years and competed in the first BOC Challenge Around Alone Race in 1990 in yacht named Spirit of Cornwall ,
He went went on to make his second and third solo circumnavigations in the 1994 and 1998 races.
During the 1994 race he was dismasted thousands of miles from Cape Horn and sailed under jury rig around the Cape to the Falkland Islands.