I decide to move to an anchorage a mile away and to tow the dink, something I never did before, so inexperience was at work, coupled with a bit of stupidity. I let the tow line out to a good length for towing expecting to motor
forwards as soon as the anchor
is up. The crew raises the anchor
, but didn't say it was up and to my surprise we are blown back quickly in the 20 kt breeze towards the tow line and dink. I ask twice politely for a crew member
to pull in the slack, but am ignored. It's now too late and the tow rope
is caught under the boat. I ask the other crew member
to drop the anchor as I can see we will drift onto a reef behind us, he asks why and I say drop the bloody anchor now, so he comes to the cockpit
to ask if he can have the situation explained to him. No choice now, I put her in forward and hope the rope
misses the prop. It doesn't. It is however cut by the rope cutter
. The dink drifts free and whilst the boat is repositioned and we re-anchor, we watch the dink drift towards the reef. A neighbour saves it just in time with their tender
and brings it over. Doh.
I don't blame the crew. They were not briefed properly.
Shows how a little mistake can turn into a cascade of mistakes
that can put the boat in jeopardy.