Ok I will be the ass...
First of all I am glad everyone is OK and we only bent a boat.
It's hell to second guess your self and BS to be second guessed by an armchair sailor halfway around the world but aren't there some lessons here?
- We knew all about crap weather
in the area
- The boat was safe in then canal?
- The boat popped over to Cuxhaven presumably to get a jump start but a much more exposed place and right on the tail of a storm
- The dock
failed - not your fault but someone warned of the 45kt wind
coming, albeit hours before it got there
Hindsight is 20/20 but shouldn't the boat have stayed in the canal until the storm's intentions were known?
Once in Cuxhaven with warning of surge and 45kt winds was there an opportunity to move the boat to a better shelter in that harbor?
Was the pressure of a fast delivery
For me the lesson is don't get near storms and stay in the most sheltered place I can find even if it is inconvenient and adds day(s) to a trip.
Sorry to be the internet
ass/smartypants and I recognize I wasn't there but it seems this could have been avoided/minimized.
Sorry again, just my 20/20 hindsight.