Falmouth Coastguard has issued an all ships alert for Robin Davie, who is three days overdue on a 300 miles passage from France to Falmouth, Cornwall
Concern is growing for British solo skipper Robin Davie, who has been reported overdue on a 300-mile voyage from France to Cornwall.
The seasoned offshore sailor left the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne in his Rustler 36, C’est La Vie on 5 January 2019. He informed his brother that he expected to be back in Falmouth by 8 January 2019.
Robin Davie has been preparing for the 2022 Golden Globe Race. Credit: Robin Davie/PPL/GGR
He had been in Les Sables d’Olonne refitting the yacht, which has a new mast and rigging, to take part in the Golden Globe Race 2022.
Davie, who has solo circumnavigated the world three times, was officially reported overdue on 9 January 2019.
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Since then, Falmouth Coastguard has been broadcasting an all ships alert for the missing 67-year-old.
It is understood that Davie, who is from St Agnes in Cornwall, doesn’t have AIS or an EPIRB, and just a hand-held VHF radio. He does have a liferaft, complete with GPS and a spare VHF.
Davie, who was in the British Merchant Navy for 20 years, competed in the first BOC Challenge Around Alone Race in 1990, before making his second and third solo circumnavigations in the 1994 and 1998 BOC races.
Robin Davie was inspired to enter the Golden Globe Race after following Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s 1968-69 race. Credit: Robin Davie/PPL/GGR
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.
He had originally entered the 2018 Golden Globe Race, but had to defer his entry until 2022 after running out of time to complete preparations on C’est La Vie.
In the run up to the 2018 race, Yachting Monthly spoke to Davie as he tried to get his Rustler 36 ready.
‘The race is about the effort the person on board makes and their psychology, rather than the dollars spent on getting to the start line,’ he reflected.
‘I will be treating every problem as if it has a solution to be found. Things can go wrong no matter how many sea miles you have under your belt. The key is mindset. Don’t have great expectations and build yourself up so things can come crashing down.’
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