Falmouth family lost at sea to recall their adventure

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A Falmouth sailor who was lost at sea in the huge expanse of the Pacific Ocean in a boat smaller than a snooker table and with five other people on board is something to talk about.

To do so and survive for over a month with no fresh water and only the food being what could be caught is incredible.

On November 26 the indomitable Douglas Robertson will be sharing this incredible story of his family’s survival in a 9ft dinghy after their yacht, the Lucette, was sunk by killer whales at the maritime museum in Falmouth.

In January 1971 the Robertson family left Falmouth to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - sailing their 43ft schooner, Lucette, around the world.

Eighteen months into the trip, 300 miles off the Galapagos Islands, disaster struck and they had to abandon ship in a 9ft dinghy, the Ednamair.

After spending a gruelling 38 days lost at sea the family were eventually rescued by a Japanese fishing vessel.

As well as the fascinating lecture there will be the opportunity to see the Ednamair up‑close and ask Douglas questions about his incredible ordeal.

Tickets for The Last Voyage of the Lucette being held at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth - The Survivors Story are now available.

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