The man and woman on board the yacht, named Patou, had planned to sail from East Cowes to Yarmouth but then, off Gurnard, changed their plan because of the strong westerly wind. When they attempted to motor back to Cowes Harbour, it was discovered they could not start their engine.
The lifeboat, which launched at 17:55, towed the yacht to Trinity Landing.
The couple hoped to sail to the boat’s home port, St Malo, once a repair had been carried out.
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