Originally Posted by Limey Linda
So why has the silly buger still got his main up ?
Where was the deep water in relation to the yacht. Was it a spit or the whole bank? What was the wind direction?
- Lets have the FACTS before slating the poor foreigner! (The goodwins (especially the inside channel) are not the easiest to navigate on a yacht.
In answer to your question Linda, there is a very well known example (in Swallows and Amazons) of dragging a boat over a spit to deep water by a hard sheeted main on a close reach. I have seen the same 'technique' off the Chichest bar when the skipper ran aground, but knowing he had deep water to lee, after getting over the bar, effectively dragged the boat over with a significant heel, but he felt that better than drying out. Perhaps opening hours beckoned?
From the photo, and the breaking waves he has obviously run onto a lee shore, but where if there is deep water beyond nearby there is an option.
The other reasons for keeping the main up in such a situation are:
1. to heel the boat the right way - have you ever seen a yacht dryout 'downhill'? Not nice!! - Although I'd usually go for the anchor chain for this.
2. Visibility for rescue
3. To protect the keel /hull structure by not bouncing on them in shallow water. (Often anchor warp taken up on main halyard is used to get this heel on)
What did your punters make of the diversion Jon?