NSW yachtsmen home after five-day ordeal

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Three yachtsmen stranded more than 220 nautical miles off the NSW coast have been towed back to land exhausted after five days at sea.

Authorities received a MayDay call late on Monday night from the Solar Coaster, which had been de-masted west of Lord Howe Island.

The hull of the 11.5-metre vessel was intact and the three men on board - aged 64, 63 and 61 - were uninjured.

The NSW Police Force's Marine Area Command and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) immediately launched a search and rescue operation to locate the yacht and bring the men to shore.

They were found about 10.30am on Tuesday and an AMSA Challenger jet was launched which dropped fuel, supplies and a satellite phone to the trio.

Police meanwhile launched a vessel, which met up with the Solar Coaster on Thursday and connected a towline.

Despite some unfavourable conditions that restricted speeds to just 4 knots, both vessels arrived safely at Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle, just before 10.30am on Saturday.

The fatigued men were reunited with family members after docking at Port Stephens.