So what to do? Because we have a bow thruster, I’ve never used the bank stick that’s been slowly rotting away on the roof and I needn’t have bothered now as we were firmly embedded in the bank. Likewise my idea of grabbing the stern line and pulling the back end free along the towpath came to naught. The only consolation was that as boating accidents went it was pretty small beer. Both ends of the boat were embedded in dry land after all. However, the embarrassment factor was another thing, especially as we had a charter boat following us. I was rather hoping they might come up and give us a shove – no chance – we never saw them, maybe they had their own accident because they were laughing at us so much. So there we were, not going anywhere in a hurry when another boat approached from the other direction. Seeing our plight he got close enough for me to throw him our bow line and was then able to drag us clear. Profuse thanks were offered and we slunk away, highly embarrassed. However, afterwards, when we chatted to other boaters we’ve discovered we were not the only ones who had major issues with the wind which has made us feel a little better.
Sorry no photos – even if I had some do you think I would post them??!!