Re: Notice to Mariners Week 13
On the day that the Fastnet of 1979 started we left Cowes in a UFO 34 for Burnham ( been doing Cowes week) The wind followed us all the way & we flew the spinnaker from Cowes to just short of the approaches to the Crouch when it got dark. The weather felt weird. The surface of the Thames was absolutely flat without a ripple but we were doing 6 kts with a full spinnaker from the wind several feet up. We could not get into the Crouch due to very low water. We motored N & S trying to find a channel.
I leaned over the side to wash a plate & against the dark horizon saw what I thought was a sail. I shouted a warning to the helm. Others started looking & when we shone a torch on it we realised that it was the wing of an aeroplane sticking up out of the water. It stuck up really quite high.
Never seen it since & never heard of anyone else seeing it either.
The tide was so low that we spent a couple of hours trying to find enough water to get into the Crouch; & that was in the days when one could get in & out with ease.
It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!