The RNLI lifeboats of Cowes, Lymington and Yarmouth were kept busy in the western Solent on Saturday morning, 30 June.
Cowes lifeboat comes alongside the dismasted Itch.
The lifeboats were dealing with yachts battling through a brisk southwesterly on the outward leg of the annual Round the Island Race from Cowes.
An early emergency involved the 20 foot Itch, with seven people on board, which lost its mast off Egypt Point. It was eventually towed back to Cowes by the local lifeboat.
The crippled Pelican, initially being towed by Cowes lifeboat.
Another dismasting concerned the yacht Pelican, in Thorness Bay. Cowes lifeboat first
attempted to tow the boat but it was found there was too much debris in the water. Lifeboat crewman Chris Adams. already on the yacht, was joined by Pete Tarrant. Together they managed to lift the debris, including the mast, on to the deck. The yacht was then able to proceed under its own power back to Cowes.
A further alert concerned a yachtsman on First Love, complaining of chest pains. Chris Adams was put aboard to administer First Aid; the man was eventually transferred to Lymington lifeboat and then airlifted to Southampton by the coastguard helicopter.
All that can be seen of the capsized catamaran Aquae Sulis.
A more dramatic incident occurred near Hurst Point, when the catamaran Aquae Sulis capsized. All the crew were quickly recovered from the water.
The yacht Firefly damaged its hull when it struck an old submerged wreck off The Needles. The skipper indicated they were able to make their own way to Hamble, but requested help for a woman aboard who received a head injury. She was first put on to the Lymington lifeboat, then transferred to Yarmouth lifeboat and landed at Yarmouth.