Solent Coastguard tasked the Severn-class lifeboat at 22:27 and it wasn’t long before the casualty vessel was located by the volunteer lifeboat crew just off Norton.
The single handed sailor had lost the use of the tiller, causing the steering to fail. He was getting close to the rocks on the shore.
The lifeboat crew established an alongside tow to escort the disabled yacht to the safety of Yarmouth harbour, where she was met by The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team.
As well as helping to secure the boat on the mooring, Coastguard officers provided safety advice to the skipper.
The incident concluded at midnight.