Cornwall

Fastnet yacht Inseyandra loses mast off Lands End

A yacht taking part in the Fastnet Race has lost its mast, off Cornwall.

Falmouth Coastguard said the Inseyandra, which has ten people on board, got into trouble about 30 miles (48km) off Lands End earlier.

Coastguards said they were alerted after the crew put out a mayday call and the vessel is currently being towed by lifeboat to Newlyn.

On Monday, more than 20 crew on board a yacht heading for Plymouth in the race were rescued after their boat capsized.

The US-registered Rambler 100 overturned about 16 miles from the Irish Coast at 17:15 BST.

'Scary moment'

Mick Harvey, Rambler 100's project manager, who was on board at the time, said: "I was down below... when we heard the sickening sound of the keel breaking off.

"It was instantaneous; there was no time to react. The boat turned turtle, just like a dinghy capsizing.

"We got out of there as quickly as we could."

"It was a scary moment. One that I will never forget."

Maxi Banque Populaire, a French trimaran, was the first yacht over the finishing line in Plymouth overnight.

The biennial Fastnet Race set sail from Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Sunday.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's contest involves sailing 608 miles (978km) along the UK's southern coast and across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off south west Ireland, before sailing around the Isles of Scilly to Plymouth.

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