Moon’s influence was undoing of yacht sailing in the Beaulieu River

The yacht, with five people aboard, had gone hard aground at the entrance of Beaulieu River when, thanks the gravitational pull of the moon, there was an exceptionally low tide.

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George shares this latest news on behalf of Cowes RNLI. Ed


The moon’s influence proved to be the undoing of a yacht early yesterday (Tuesday) evening, leading to Cowes RNLI lifeboat crossing the Solent to provide much needed assistance.

The yacht, with five people aboard, had gone hard aground at the entrance of Beaulieu River when, thanks the gravitational pull of the moon, there was an exceptionally low tide.

Tasked by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the lifeboat proceeded to launch at 4.20pm.

After standing off the yacht for an hour to await the turning of the tide, the lifeboat eventually towed the craft off the mud and into deeper water. Both the yacht and lifeboat then separately made their way to Cowes.

Image: © RNLI/Andy Miles

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 8:42am

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nyeve

Oh gosh, the moon, is it? I wondered why I grounded my craft so many years ago.. but the RNLI never explained me about tides when they dragged me ashore on a falling tide in a storm..

Mark L Francis

We used to regularly see yachts stranded on the sandbank at Bembridge who had to wait for the tide to lift them off, but it seems much rarer now