Wanted to give some information about a very strange situation we
experienced in Clifton Harbour on the 26th of december 2008.
We arrived with our chartered boat and received a mooring
Newlands Reef. Payed for it and checked as we always do, if the
looks secure, underwater too of course.
We arrived at arround 11.30 am and left the boat for a shopping
tour for about two hours. Went swimming and snorkeling had a
and took the dinghy
to Happy Island at arround 5 p.m. and
so did all our mooring-neighbours.
At arround 6 p.m. some guys came to the bar looking for the crew
of our boat, telling us the boat was on the reef ( the harbour reef)
We took our dingy and really, the boat was now moored on annother
mooring closed to the reef.
It was already dark of course and three guys entered the boat, telling
us that we could be happy that they safed our boat.
Also they told us they would usually take US $ 1.000,00 for it but
offering us a special price
"just" US $ 600,00.
At that night we told them we are not going to pay anything, first we
want to check to boat and see what happened.
Early next morning we checked the boat underwater and nothing really
nothing was visible !
This morning an American crew came along telling us that they looked
while passing with the dinghy
that afternoon, everything was alright
and the boat was moored secure. Also an Lady came allong telling
us that the moorings right behind the Newland Reef are bad (whatever
o.k. everybody could make a mistake, no doubt, but the boat was
moored that day for about 5 hours secure and it was really windy,
so what happened ?
To tell the story to the end, we payed the US $ 600,00 just because we
where lucky that nothing happened.
But in our opinion this was sooo strange that we would like to give
this information to as many crews as possible.
Maybe it is not only us that experienced this in Clifton Harbour.