When we were in Aruba
waiting to head
in 2003, The Marina Manager came over and asked me to give him a hand docking
a large Cat.
The owner was a wealthy Columbian who had not much sailing experience. He had flown to Australia
to pick up the brand new Cat he had bought, paid a crew to help him motor
across the Pacific (they jumped ship in Tahiti) and found some more crew to get the boat through the Panama Canal
. He then motored the Cat directly East to Aruba
by himself, where after helping dock
the boat, I met him....
This guy had not much of a clue and did the Panama
- Aruba leg without mishap! Some people are very lucky! After inviting us aboard for cold Heinekins in his air conditioned salon
, he told us the whole story. He nearly came unstuck just West of Aruba on approach because he had been asleep with the auto pilot on (something he said he did all the time!!!), and suddenly awoke to see breaking waves on reef dead ahead. He averted disaster just in time.
He told us all of this with a non-nonchalant shrug and a smile....
Some people are just charmed...