Originally Posted by Alan
Do you think you were putting your (& your crew) at risk in going out in those conditions?
I was thinking of going out for a play anyway. And for the crew, Ian Jones, it was his decision. I trust him as much as i trust myself.
It was a bit touch and go at times as the yacht was constantly surfing and pulling the stern of the rib side on to the wave, we had one end of the line ready to be sliped.
The hardest job was actually getting along side the boat, it was moving at 5knots across the waves. Every time we came down wind of it the yacht it was picked up and moved towards us, every time we cam upwind of the yacht we were in danger of being washed on top of it. After several atemps we finally came on to the bow (nose of the yacht to midship of the rib) this was hard because the boat was moving at 5 knots towards us. Ian quickly threaded the line through the bow eye and we started to tow with a 30m line. It would of been a lot easier if we had 1 extra crew to steer the yacht.
When we got the boat in the harbour we shortened the tow and paid for the yacht to be lifted to ensure no damage.