Robin Davie, pictured, has been missing since Saturday when he left France on a 300-mile journey to Falmouth, Cornwall on his yacht
An experienced sailor who had not been heard from after six days at sea has told the Coastguard he is ‘safe and well’.
Robin Davie is expected to arrive back in Falmouth in Cornwall on Saturday afternoon.
The 67-year-old was due back at his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall on Tuesday, having set off on a 300-mile journey from Les Sables d’Olonne in western France last Saturday.
He had visited the French port to have his yacht, the Rustler 36 C’est La Vie, refitted with a new mast and rigging.
But friends were left ‘completely flummoxed’ after the yachtsman, who has sailed solo around the world three times, appeared to have vanished during his return amid calm sea conditions.
The Coastguard said late on Friday that the skipper of the C’est la Vie had ‘just reported that he has heard the broadcast action being made by HM Coastguard and that he is safe and well 25 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly’.
Falmouth Coastguard issued an alert to all ships in the area on Wednesday morning after Mr Davie’s brother, Rick, reported him as overdue.
Due to the weather conditions, Mr Davie had needed to tack further to the west, making the leg to the Scillies ‘much longer’ than anticipated.
Out of radio contact range and without mobile phone signal, it was only when he got close enough to land on Friday that he received the Coastguard’s broadcast.
The experienced yachtsman, pictured on his boat, had sailed around the world several times
Mr Davie left France and the coast guard has said they have not received any distress signal before finally hearing from him on Friday
Mr Davie planned to sail past Brest before heading across the English Channel
Coastguard Controller Dai Jones said: ‘We were concerned for the skipper’s safety and so we’re really pleased that he has been in contact to tell us that he is safe and well.
‘Being able to broadcast continuously can pay dividends and in this case it really helped us to locate him.
‘We had worked out that the sailor could be somewhere around the Isles of Scilly by considering the weather conditions and what passage he would have been likely to take. It really was a case of putting ourselves in the skipper’s shoes.’