MEMBERS of Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) went to the aid of two "irresponsible" dinghy sailors who went out in dangerous conditions at the weekend, although their race was called off because of the weather.

Race officials had cancelled the Pompey Perisher dinghy race because of the wind and waves.

The race is hosted by Portsmouth sailing Club and attracts experienced sailors nationwide.

Despite the conditions and cancellation, two yachtsmen sailing RS300 competition sailing dinghies decided they could handle the conditions.

They were seen in difficulties near the commercial shipping lanes. They were a hazard to navigation and were in danger of being run down by larger vessels entering Portsmouth.

A GAFIRS' crew was alerted and they towed the two dinghies to safety away from the shipping lane.

The two red-faced sailors, whose actions were criticised by the rescue services, were offered advice by coastguard members who met them at Portsmouth's Camber Docks.