It is one bit of weather that I try and avoid in a moving boat. I recall on time at Athersotne top lock we had relatives on and I foolishly gave him the tiller on Waterlily to get between the lock in the first pound. He got well and truly grounded on the offside by the wind. Lots of spectators watched me, over a considerable time, get us out. One thing we see a lot on our moorings is lots of revs which of course reduced the water beneath the boat making the position only worse.
This gent was struggling with the wind at Hunts lock on Tuesday....
It got worse before he quite calmly recovered the position.
The reason for the post is to remind me to get some form of flag put onto the front of Percy. As you can see in the photo the flag is telling of the wind direction and a good reason not to present the broadside of the boat to the wind.
Of course it is always better to have the driving end blown around rather then the pointy end (unless you have those bow thruster things)
Off to Midland Chandlers to take advantage of their 20% sale !!