Last week a failed party round the world regatta singles GGR-2018 Briton Robin Davey (Robin Davie) was seriously scared his family and all who know him. Coming January 5 from the French port of Les Sables d’olonne in his native Falmouth (UK), he not only passed the 300-mile route through the English channel planned for three days, as promised to his brother Rick, but a week does not go out.
9 January, the British coast guard had to send the alarm signal to all vessels in the area, where they could be Davy. But none of them has received a signal from an emergency beacon with a Rustler 36 C’est La Vie. The strange thing was that everywhere had to go Davy, throughout the week the weather was excellent and so he could not get caught in a storm. The boat was in perfect condition: in Les Sables-d’olonne she had just gotten a new mast and rigging.
The yachtsman of great experience: he served 20 years in the trade of the British fleet, and three on the yacht single-handedly around the world. Moreover, when in 1994, thousands of miles from Cape horn , his boat was left without a mast, not only did he successfully rounded the Cape, putting emergency weapons, and reached the Falkland Islands. Although Davy did not have time to prepare C’est La Vie to the current GGR, he intends to participate in the next, 2022.
Given all this, no one could find a reasonable explanation of what could happen.
Days went by, and Davy nothing was known.
Finally, on the evening of 11 January, he suddenly showed up 25 miles South of the British archipelago of Scilly , and told rescuers that he was going to arrive in Falmouth on January 12.
Rick Davy, who began to fear the worst, finally can sleep in peace. His brother was safe
Apparently, the weather forecast for Robin Davie was even too calm, and he decided not to tack a zigzag, squeezing the most out of not very strong winds, and to go farther from shore in the Atlantic. The downside of this decision was that the sailor was also away from the main routes of ships and out of range of radio frequencies, which he tried to find the family and the coast guard.