Whoops! Three crew on board could not stop their catamaran Dazzla from beaching in a very embarrassing way in Force 7 (32-38kts) conditions last weekend. The story has a good end though, as catamarans, practised at beaching for picnics, are easier to 'de-beach' than a conventional yacht.
Dazzle - not the right weather for a picnic
The yacht's anchor had dragged in the high winds and lurched its way through the heavy breaking surf to end up on the beach outside Benbridge Harbour on Britain's Isle of Wight.
Dazzla finally towed back to sea after the firing of a rocket to get a tow line to her
The rescue was quite ingenious. Dazzla was in too shallow water for the lifeboat to pass a tow so a rocket line was fired from about 80 metres away.
Once a tow line was attached, Dazzla was pulled from the beach to deeper water in the harbour channel, then towed into Bembridge Harbour. The operation lasted about one-and-a-half hours.
However the lifeboat crew were very late for supper that night. The lifeboat was forced to seek a berth in Portsmouth harbour until 10pm because weather was too severe for it to return to the lifeboat station.