From my mate who knows the area well
"You are in Ramsgate on a transit to St. Kats from Cowes. Next leg is the final one. You plan to get to St. Kats for the 1300 HW locking-in. It's blowing hard from the NE and bitterly cold. You have one crewman.
You could stay put, or plan a well-buoyed route
in deep water
through the Princes Channel, or you could use the (very) slightly shorter 'Overland Route' as it's known locally, inside the Margate Hook Sand, past Reculver, and on across the shallows to the Nore.
You have chosen the latter.
It's 0500 on Jan 31st, it's pitch
dark, blowing 6-7 from the NE and you are sailing westwards along the N.Kent coast in a very fast boat. You are approaching the shallowest section of the route
. You are aiming for a very narrow swatchway which, as charted, at LW 'should' just about have enough water
to get you through. And it's LW.
You approach the narrow gap between the buoys on a beam reach.
The yacht strikes and stops. You call a Mayday.
The lifeboat arrives, plus a helicopter. It's still pitch
dark. Your boat is jarring on the sands with each passing wave. Somehow the lads on the AWLB get a line aboard and take the strain but suddenly you realise water is pouring into your boat. Seconds later, she capsizes, you are both in the sea. Later the lifeboatman described this moment to me as 'very dodgy indeed', with just a small hint of massive understatement.
The helo crew are onto the situation, and somehow they get you and your crew lifted off the stbd quarter of the capsized boat.
The lifeboat crew can't really do anything to save your boat without putting themselves and their own boat in grave danger
in the shallows, so it's left to fend for itself.
You and your crew are alive and unhurt.
It's only a boat. "
Who said a picture paints a thousand words?
I suppose it depends on what speed he was doing? what does a J boat do with full canvas
up in an F6?