Having a lovely few days at our mooring
in Prinyers Cover. It is always a pleasure, visiting old friends, sailing on and off the mooring
, viewing the stars etc.
We decided to sail our dingy down to the marina for an ice cream, and a visit. While there the wind
piped up all of a sudden.. well ok it was a windy day but not a terrible day. In any case there it was , largish waves for the dingy ( a bolger nymph) and blowing 25 to 30 knots. When we sail the dingy we do not carry our oars, we carry a paddle. Off we set tacking up the cove towards the mother ship. One fellow at anchor
calls out to ask if we wanted a tow. Nope we were doing fine, although with the lug rig, one tack is way better than the other. We are spilling wind
, suddenly the mast
breaks at the step.
Much activity ensues, gathering mast
, boom, yard,sail and grabbing paddle. I paddle while he skulls with the rudder
. Suddenly, it seems a long way to the mother ship. An Alberg
37 weighs his anchor
, motors ahead of us, drifts back carefully and hands us a second paddle. I still cannot believe he did that, but we are very grateful for the 2nd paddle, which we of course returned. A little extra excercise and we are in the process of building a new mast and changing the step configuration.
I was surprised to learn the following day, when various dingies stopped by to visit us how many folks were watching us sail up the cove. They all said the same things, " You guys were going good." The other comment was, "when the mast broke your actions were immediate and in concert, like a well planned and choreographed dance." We merely thought we had taken the obvious action under the circumstances.
In any case we had a lovely few days sailing using the mooring as a base.