True Story number 2.
picks up to about 25K and a private 38 foot boat
I go over in the dingy and no one is aboard. Its now blowing 35K 40K and we are dragging very quickly. There is a rocky lee shore approaching.
No sign of any owners.
has all its anchor
chain out and a manual anchor winch
No sign of any additional anchors.
Do I stay on bord and wait as the yacht piles up on the rocks?
Do I leave the boat to its own devices?
I conclude if it was my boat I would want someone to do something.
So I go to start the engine
No Joy (It turns out there a two battery
switches that need turning on and they are in different locations.)
Now the rocks are getting very close and its obvious with the swell that the boat will be wrecked.
Now I have very limited options.
The anchor is still not touching the bottom so there is still the option of sailing off the lee shore, but if I put up sails
and the boat is wrecked I would be in serious trouble.
Anyway perhaps foolishly thatís what I did.
I could not have been more relieved, if it was my boat, when the yacht started gaining some ground from the danger
The only problem is I am in a Italy
on a Danish boat, thatís not mine, sailing off the coast. With no witness (other than my wife back at my boat) that I have not just stolen it.
Anyway, It all had a happy ending the owners could see the whole drama from shore, but their dingy was a long way off and had no outboard
. They said they were on their knees praying I would do something.
They became good friends and I hope someone would do the same for my boat.