I just remember a real trophy winning "dumbass" event! It was in the Tobago
Cays in St-Vincent and the Grenadines. We had bareboat
rented a Beneteau
38. We were anchored for a while, but noticed we were dragging. So I sent my wife upfront to raise the anchor
with the windlass
, while I started the engine
and stayed a the helm
My exact instructions to my wife were "let me know when you see the anchor. We'll move and reset without haulin the anchor all the way up". Well, that's exactly what she did, exempt, she saw the anchor while it was still 10 or 15 feet underwater.
Thinking the anchor was clear and simply hanging of the bow at the water line, I maneuvered the boat to seek out a better location. While doing so I ended up picking up another boat anchor chain and, in doing so, unhooked his anchor as well.
Because both anchors and chains were now tangled up, both boats wee now loose and heading backwards towards a huge reef. We had our wives maintain forward motion just enough to hold the boat in position. Both I the other boat owner were unable to untangle our anchors and chains.
We called out with our VHF
radios for help and withing 15 minutes a French navy inflatable
with about 8 navy
sailors on board appeared from nowhere and headed right to us. A few of them quickly got on board while the other maneuvered their boat under our bows. They took care the of the situation!
Afterwards, they told their French marine
cruiser was anchored behind the islands in deeper water and they heard our call for help.
When it comes to sailing and all thing marie and nautical, I can tell you from first hand knowledge, (not from this event) tha the French are HUGE sailor with big time know-how.